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Manchester cinema guide ~ What's on in Manchester cinemas 6th - 12th March 2015.
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Manchester Cinemas - Birdman
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 15 certificate
Our Review: 5 stars

DEFINITELY MUST-SEE: Michael Keaton makes his comeback in this outstanding dark comedy drama with an all-star cast from Babel director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, in which a washed-up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, must overcome his ego and family troubles as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glorys [watch trailer]

Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan
"Birdman is everything you want movies to be: vital, challenging, intellectually alive, visually stunning, emotionally affecting" ~ Empire
"If Mel Brooks, John Cassavetes and Terry Zwigoff co-directed a superhero movie, this might be it" ~ Total Film
"At long last, Mexican miserbalist Alejandro González Iñárritu has located his funny bone. The results are immense" ~ Little White Lies
"Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu really excels is in delivering an excellent drama about a man on the edge" ~ Radio Times
Manchester Cinemas - Whiplash
Whiplash15 certificate
Our Review: 5 stars

DEFINITELY MUST-SEE: Music drama in which a promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realise his student's potential [watch trailer]

Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist
"Sum up the plot and it sounds interminable. Watch the film and it will spit you out elated, exhausted and cheering for an encore" ~ Empire
"A masterclass in technique, power and rhythm, it stings and sings like nothing else" ~ Total Film
"Whip-smart. A cracking effort from all concerned" ~ Little White Lies
"This blisteringly told tale is a hugely entertaining, refreshingly subversive take on the well-worn "inspirational teacher" theme" ~ Radio Times
Manchester Cinema Guide - Selma
Selma12a certificate
Our Review: 4 .5 stars

MUST SEE: Superb cinema biopic which chronicles civil rights leader Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. [watch trailer]

Starring: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth
"A vital piece of work from an invigorating new voice. Oyelowo is a revelation" ~ Little White Lies
"Powerful drama, driven by a powerhouse performance, Selma is this year’s Lincoln. For Oyelowo and DuVernay, it’s a career changer" ~ Total Film
"British actor David Oyelowo gives a career-defining performance as Dr King: stirring and full-blooded" ~ Radio Times
"It’s not a perfect film by any means, but it’s incredibly powerful and often moving, anchored by an awards-worthy performance from Oyelowo" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinema Guide - Paddington
PaddingtonPG certificate
Our Review: 4 .5 stars

MUST SEE: A live-action feature for all the family, based on the series of popular children's books by Michael Bond, in which a young English boy befriends a Marmalade=eating talking bear which he finds at a London train station. [trailer]

Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters
"Marmaladen with gloriously silly jokes, pitch-perfect performances and incidental detail" ~ Empire
"An unadulterated delight from start to finish" ~ Little White Lies
"This caper is kid-captivating and perfectly parent-friendly too" ~ Total Film
"This is a thrillingly, lovingly, deeply British film, as comforting as Christmas pantomimes, double-decker buses and hot milky tea" ~ Radio Times
Manchester Cinemas - It Follows
It Follows15 certificate
Our Review: 4 .5 stars

MUST SEE: Petrifying Detroit horror in which a 19-year-old, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone or something is following her. Faced with this burden, she must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind. [watch trailer]

Starring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi
"A horror film that will haunt your waking hours for weeks. Every frame is stamped with nameless dread" ~ Total Film
"Waiting is scary in this mature, character-based horror" ~ Little White Lies
"A film that's more about goosebumps than gore, with an unsettling, slow-moving, shape-changing monster that sticks like glue to its victims" ~ Radio Times
"A first-rate horror movie... a refreshing, unpretentious sense that a meaningful subtext doesn’t undercut spookiness" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - Shaun The Sheep Movie
Shaun The Sheep MoviePG certificate
Our Review:4 stars

MUST SEE: Family fun from Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run creators Ardman Animations in which everybody's favourite sheep, Shaun, decides to take the day off and have some fun, getting into a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home. [watch trailer]

Starring voices of: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili
"Baa-rilliant! Flocking marvellous!" ~ Little White Lies
"This is the studio at its most delightful, ingenious and hilarious" ~ Radio Times
"A Lower key than Wallace and Gromit or Pirates, but tightly packed with charm" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game12a certificate
Our Review:4 stars

LOCAL INTEREST: Cinema biopic portraying the true story of University of Manchester professor Alan Turing, the British mathematician, logician and cryptologist who cracked the German Enigma Code, a turning point in World War II. He later went on to become influential in the development of computers before later being arrested for acts of homosexual nature, illegal in 1954. [watch trailer

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode
"A superb thriller and a worthy biopic of a real hero" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - Still Alice
Still Alice12a certificate
Our Review: 4 stars

Heartbreaking drama which won Julianne Moore the Best Actress Oscar for her role as a linguistics professor who finds her family bond tested when she is diagnosed with Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease. [trailer]

Starring: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart
"Julianne Moore gives the performance of her career" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - Appropriate Behaviour
Appropriate Behaviour15 certificate
Our Review: 4 stars

Offbeat New York comedy in which a girl is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter whilst at the same time being a politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite, failing miserably in her attempt at all identities. [trailer]

Starring: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer
"Desiree Akhavan's debut is as funny as it is painfully true" ~ Little White Lies
Manchester Cinemas - Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6 3D PG certificate
Our Review: 4 stars

Disney's Oscar-nominated 3D animation in which a plus-sized inflatable robot and his prodigy team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech nerdy heroes [trailer]

Starring voices of: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung
"After Frozen, Disney delivers a heart-melter"~ Total Film
Manchester Cinemas - White God
White God 15 certificate
Our Review: 4 stars

Beautiful Hungarian drama "Fehér isten" in which a 13-year-old girl is devastated when her father sets her dog free on the streets. Still innocently believing love can conquer any difficulty, she sets out to find him. Hungarian with English subtitles [trailer]

Starring: Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér, Lili Horváth
"A beautiful and bizarre film that veers between gritty realism and haunting fantasy" ~ Radio Times
Also Showing in Manchester Cinemas This Week...
American Sniper 3.5 stars
NEW: Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter 3.5 stars    Showing at Cornerhouse
Kingsman - The Secret Service 3.5 stars
NEW: Catch Me Daddy 3.5 stars    Showing at Cornerhouse
The Theory Of Everything 3.5 stars
NEW: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 3.5 stars
Into The Woods 3 stars
NEW: Kill The Messenger 3 stars
NEW: Focus 2.5 stars
NEW: Chappie 2.5 stars
Jupiter Ascending 3D 2.5 stars
NEW: Cake 2.5 stars
Fifty Shades Of Grey 2.5 stars
Project Almanac 2 stars
The Wedding Ringer 2 stars
NEW: Unfinished Business 2 stars
NEW: The Boy Next Door 1.5 stars
Taken 3 1.5 stars

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