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Liverpool cinema guide ~ What's on in Liverpool cinemas 20th - 26th December 2013.
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Liverpool Cinemas - Gravity
Gravity 3D12a certificate
Our Review:5 stars
DEFINITELY MUST-SEE: Sci-fi thriller in which a medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space with their oxygen running dangerously low [watch trailer]
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
"The film of the year! " ~ Empire
"A stunning space saga that takes off for new technical frontiers... Ground control to Major Oscar" ~ Total Film
"The trailers were right for once – Alfonso Cuarón's disaster movie set in space is one of the year's best" ~ Little White Lies
Liverpool Cinemas - It's A Wonderful Life
It's A Wonderful LifeU certificate
Our Review:5 stars
DEFINITELY MUST-SEE: An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed in this cinema re-screening of the classic 1946 black & white film, regarded by most as the best Christmas movie ever [watch trailer]
Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers
"It is the greatest Christmas film of all time" ~ Total Film
"Enjoy it in a cinema so you can sob among others" ~ Empire
Liverpool Cinemas - 12 Years A Slave
12 Years A Slave15 certificate
Our Review:4 stars
MUST-SEE: Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery, spending 12 years struggling not only to stay alive but to retain his dignity [watch trailer]
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti
~ Special pre-screening 7th January 2014 ~
Showing at Cineworld Edge Lane
~ General Release 10th January 2014 ~
Showing at Other cinemas in Liverpool
Liverpool Cinemas - Blue Is The Warmest Colour
Blue Is The Warmest Colour18 certificate
Our Review:4 stars
MUST-SEE: French romantic drama 'La vie d'Adèle' follows a young schoolgirl whose life is changed when she falls in love with a young woman with blue hair. For the first time ever the Palme d'Or at Cannes was also officially awarded to two of the actors. Shown in French with English subtitles [watch trailer]
Starring: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Catherine Salée, Mona Walravens
"two of the most natural, committed performances you’ll ever see... the most moving love story of the year" ~ Empire
"There is no nook or cranny that this passionate love story does not permeate" ~ Little White Lies
"Fearless, relatable and beautiful, this is one of the year’s best" ~ Total Film
Liverpool Cinemas - Philomena
Philomena12a certificate
Our Review:4 stars
MUST-SEE: British comedy drama from Stephen Frears based on the true story of Martin Sixsmith, a Warrington journalist who picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent [watch trailer]
Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sean Mahon, Michelle Fairley, Mare Winningham
" A terrific, sophisticated comedy that tackles serious issues with a lightness of touch and a spirit of steell" ~ Empire
Liverpool Cinemas - Nebraska
Nebraska15 certificate
Our Review: 4 stars
Black & White road movie drama in which an aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize [trailer]
Starring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk
"A charming road movie that develops into a full-blown study of life and roots" ~ Empire
Liverpool Cinemas - The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games ~ Catching Fire12a certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars

The middle chapter of the sci-fi trilogy. Katniss and Peeta become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games [trailer]

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson
"a gutsier, tougher, better round of Games" ~ Total Film
Liverpool Cinemas - The Hunger Games
The Hobbit ~ The Desolation of Smaug 3D
12a certificate Our Review: 3.5 stars

The middle chapter of Peter Jackson's 3D Tolkien adaptation in which the dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor from Smaug [trailer]

Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage
"Middle-earth's got its mojo back" ~ Empire
Liverpool Cinemas - Saving Mr Banks
Saving Mr. BanksPG certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars
Biopic of Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers who reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with Walt Disney during the making of the adaptation of her novel [trailer]
Starring: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti
"A delicate and brilliantly acted story of overcoming the past" ~ Empire
Liverpool Cinemas - Computer Chess
Computer Chess15 certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars
Black & white comedy set over the course of a tournament for chess software programmers in the early 1980s, a contest between technology and the human spirit [trailer]
Starring: Patrick Riester, Wiley Wiggins, Kriss Schludermann
"A film to study, pick apart, discuss and debate" ~ Little White Lies
Liverpool Cinemas - Arthur Christmas
Arthur Christmas 3D U certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars
A cinema re-run of the 2011 festive Aardman Animation in which Santa's youngest son looks to use his father's high-tech operation for an urgent mission on Christmas Eve [trailer]
Starring voices of: James McAvoy, Hugh Lawrie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy
"Just delight in the supremely clever Aardman comedy" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - Anchorman 2
Anchorman 2 ~ The Legend Continues15 certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars

Sequel to the 2004 comedy and, with the 70s behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm [trailer]

Starring: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner
"Bigger and broader than before" ~ Total Film
Liverpool Cinemas - Thor
Thor ~ The Dark World 3D
12a certificate Our Review: 3.5 stars

3D Marvel sci-fi adventure in which Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, reuniting him with Jane Foster and sacrifice everything to save us all [trailer]

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
"Marvel’s great run continues" ~ Empire
Liverpool Cinemas - Frozen
Frozen 3D PG certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars

Festive 3D Disney animation from the same team behind Wreck-It Ralph, in which a fearless optimist encounters Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find her sister [watch trailer]

Starring voices of: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel
"A very decent seasonal Disney feature" ~ Little White Lies
Liverpool Cinemas - Rise Of The Guardians
Rise Of The Guardians 3D
PG certificate Our Review: 3.5 stars

2012 Dreamworks Animation which sees Santa Claus, Jack Frost, The Easter Bunny, The Sandman and The Tooth Fairy team up to protect the innocence of children [trailer]

Starring voices of: Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher, Jude Law
"Gorgeously designed and frequently laugh-out-loud funny" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - Elf
Elf PG certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars

Re-run of Jon Favreau's 2003 Christmas comedy in which a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity after wreaking havoc due to his large size [trailer]

Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Edward Asner
"A gleeful, cracked fairytale" ~ Total Film
Liverpool Cinemas - The Butler
Lee Daniels' The Butler12a certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars

Cinema biopic inspired by the true story of a black butler who served eight presidents at the White House during the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other events [trailer]

Starring: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda
"Tough, ambitious and very moving" ~ Little White Lies
Manchester Cinemas - Mandela Long Walk To Freedom
Mandela ~ Long Walk To Freedom12a certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars

Biopic of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa [trailer]

Starring: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Jamie Bartlett
~ Pre-screening 17th December ~
Showing at Vue Birkenhead
~ General Release 3rd Jan 2014 ~
Showing at Other cinemas in Liverpool

Liverpool Cinemas - A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol 3DPG certificate
Our Review:

Re-run of Disney's 2009 3D animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption by several Christmas ghosts [trailer]

Starring voices of: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth
"It's always a good story, this time told more creepily than usual" ~ Empire
Turbo 3D
Our Review: 3 stars
Dreamworks 3D animation in which a freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500 [watch trailer]
Starring: Ryon Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Pena
Carrie15 certificate
Our Review: 3 stars

A reimagining of the classic Stephen King horror about a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes terror on her small town [watch trailer]

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde
Tamla Rose12a certificate
Our Review: 3 stars
Musical packed with soul hits, set in Liverpool in which three teenage girls chase their dream to become a famous Tamla Motown band [watch trailer]
Starring: Adi Alfa, Alexandra Johnston, Tisha Merry
The Secret Life Of Walter MittyPG certificate
Our Review:
Remake of the 1947 comedy drama in which a day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. [trailer]
Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Sean Penn
~ Pre-screening 16th December ~
Showing at Showcase Norris Green
~ General Release 26th December ~
Showing at Other cinemas in Liverpool
Homefront
Our Review:
Sylvester Stallone written thriller in which a former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord [watch trailer]
Starring: Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder
Free Birds 3D
Our Review:
3D animation in which two turkeys must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change history and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good [trailer]
Starring voices of: Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler
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