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Now showing at Empire Birmingham Great Park Rubery, off Bristol Road South,Birmingham,West Midlands B45 9JL 0871 471 4714

  • Alice Through The Looking Glass
  • Alice Through The Looking Glass 3D
  • Alice Through The Looking Glass: An IMAX 3D Experience
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Money Monster
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows 3D
  • The Angry Birds Movie
  • The Jungle Book
  • Top Cat Begins
  • Warcraft: The Beginning
  • Warcraft: The Beginning 3D
  • Warcraft: The Beginning: An IMAX 3D Experience
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • X-Men: Apocalypse 3D
  • Youth

Alice Through The Looking Glass 3 stars

Alice takes a tumble through a mirror and plummets into Wonderland where she reunites with the White Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Absolem the Caterpillar, The Dormouse and the White Rabbit. They reveal that the Mad Hatter is in an emotional funk because he's convinced that his family did not perish in the Jabberwocky's inferno. To set the Hatter's mind at rest, Alice agrees to steal a device called the Chronosphere from its guardian, Time.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Family, Family, Fantasy
  • CastJohnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans.
  • DirectorJames Bobin.
  • WriterLinda Woolverton.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration113 mins
  • Official sitemovies.disney.co.uk/alice-through-the-looking-glass
  • Release27/05/2016

Released in 2010, Tim Burton's descent down the rabbit hole of Alice In Wonderland was a triumph of eye-popping style and weirdness over substance. Audiences didn't care about flimsy narrative and his quixotic journey of self-discovery became the second highest grossing film that year behind Toy Story 3, with box office takings in excess of one billion US dollars. Curiouser and curiouser... That's more than one billion compelling reasons for a sequel and, lo and behold, James Bobin replaces Burton at the helm for the madcap time-travelling adventure, Alice Through The Looking Glass. Screenwriter Linda Woolverton, who adapted the first film, largely abandons Lewis Carroll's 1871 novel, introducing an eccentric new character - Time - in order to facilitate some trippy excursions through the past and present and reveal how the decapitation-happy Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) came to be cursed with an oversized noggin. Like its predecessor, the sequel spares no expense with the visuals, inducing eye strain, motion sickness and perhaps even the odd headache in 3D and IMAX. The paucity of characterisation is even more pronounced in this second helping, tethering much of the nonsense to Johnny Depp's wide-eyed theatrics as the Mad Hatter. Alice (Mia Wasikowska) has successfully buckled her swash as captain of her father's ship, The Wonder, but when she returns to dry land, the plucky heroine learns that her mother (Lindsay Duncan) has sold the deed to her embittered former suitor, Hamish Ascot (Leo Bill). Defiant in the face of adversity, Alice takes a tumble through a mirror and plummets into Wonderland where she reunites with the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas), Absolem the Caterpillar (voiced by Alan Rickman), The Dormouse (Barbara Windsor) and the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen). They reveal that the Mad Hatter (Depp) is in an emotional funk because he's convinced that his family, including his milliner father Zanik (Rhys Ifans), did not perish in the Jabberwocky's inferno. To set the Hatter's mind at rest, Alice agrees to steal a device called the Chronosphere from its guardian, Time (Sacha Baron Cohen). "Do try not to break the past, present or future," advises The Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) as Alice slides back and forth through time to learn the startling truth. Alice Through The Looking Glass is a topsy-turvy jaunt too far for Lewis Carroll's iconic characters. Wasikowska reprises her role as the spirited adventurer who believes that "the only way to achieve the impossible, is to believe it is possible". Depp, Cohen and Bonham Carter compete to see who can scene-steal with the greatest abandon. Bobin's film feels considerably longer than 113 minutes. If only the Chronosphere was real and we could fast forward through the sentimental goo of the final section.

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Monday 30th May 2016
Tuesday 31st May 2016
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Alice Through The Looking Glass 3D 3 stars

Alice takes a tumble through a mirror and plummets into Wonderland where she reunites with the White Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Absolem the Caterpillar, The Dormouse and the White Rabbit. They reveal that the Mad Hatter is in an emotional funk because he's convinced that his family did not perish in the Jabberwocky's inferno. To set the Hatter's mind at rest, Alice agrees to steal a device called the Chronosphere from its guardian, Time.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Family, Family, Fantasy
  • CastHelena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans.
  • DirectorJames Bobin.
  • WriterLinda Woolverton.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration113 mins
  • Official sitemovies.disney.co.uk/alice-through-the-looking-glass
  • Release27/05/2016

Released in 2010, Tim Burton's descent down the rabbit hole of Alice In Wonderland was a triumph of eye-popping style and weirdness over substance. Audiences didn't care about flimsy narrative and his quixotic journey of self-discovery became the second highest grossing film that year behind Toy Story 3, with box office takings in excess of one billion US dollars. Curiouser and curiouser... That's more than one billion compelling reasons for a sequel and, lo and behold, James Bobin replaces Burton at the helm for the madcap time-travelling adventure, Alice Through The Looking Glass. Screenwriter Linda Woolverton, who adapted the first film, largely abandons Lewis Carroll's 1871 novel, introducing an eccentric new character - Time - in order to facilitate some trippy excursions through the past and present and reveal how the decapitation-happy Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) came to be cursed with an oversized noggin. Like its predecessor, the sequel spares no expense with the visuals, inducing eye strain, motion sickness and perhaps even the odd headache in 3D and IMAX. The paucity of characterisation is even more pronounced in this second helping, tethering much of the nonsense to Johnny Depp's wide-eyed theatrics as the Mad Hatter. Alice (Mia Wasikowska) has successfully buckled her swash as captain of her father's ship, The Wonder, but when she returns to dry land, the plucky heroine learns that her mother (Lindsay Duncan) has sold the deed to her embittered former suitor, Hamish Ascot (Leo Bill). Defiant in the face of adversity, Alice takes a tumble through a mirror and plummets into Wonderland where she reunites with the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas), Absolem the Caterpillar (voiced by Alan Rickman), The Dormouse (Barbara Windsor) and the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen). They reveal that the Mad Hatter (Depp) is in an emotional funk because he's convinced that his family, including his milliner father Zanik (Rhys Ifans), did not perish in the Jabberwocky's inferno. To set the Hatter's mind at rest, Alice agrees to steal a device called the Chronosphere from its guardian, Time (Sacha Baron Cohen). "Do try not to break the past, present or future," advises The Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) as Alice slides back and forth through time to learn the startling truth. Alice Through The Looking Glass is a topsy-turvy jaunt too far for Lewis Carroll's iconic characters. Wasikowska reprises her role as the spirited adventurer who believes that "the only way to achieve the impossible, is to believe it is possible". Depp, Cohen and Bonham Carter compete to see who can scene-steal with the greatest abandon. Bobin's film feels considerably longer than 113 minutes. If only the Chronosphere was real and we could fast forward through the sentimental goo of the final section.

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Monday 30th May 2016
Tuesday 31st May 2016
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Alice Through The Looking Glass: An IMAX 3D Experience 3 stars

Alice takes a tumble through a mirror and plummets into Wonderland where she reunites with the White Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Absolem the Caterpillar, The Dormouse and the White Rabbit. They reveal that the Mad Hatter is in an emotional funk because he's convinced that his family did not perish in the Jabberwocky's inferno. To set the Hatter's mind at rest, Alice agrees to steal a device called the Chronosphere from its guardian, Time.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Family, Family, Fantasy
  • CastHelena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans.
  • DirectorJames Bobin.
  • WriterLinda Woolverton.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration113 mins
  • Official sitemovies.disney.co.uk/alice-through-the-looking-glass
  • Release27/05/2016

Released in 2010, Tim Burton's descent down the rabbit hole of Alice In Wonderland was a triumph of eye-popping style and weirdness over substance. Audiences didn't care about flimsy narrative and his quixotic journey of self-discovery became the second highest grossing film that year behind Toy Story 3, with box office takings in excess of one billion US dollars. Curiouser and curiouser... That's more than one billion compelling reasons for a sequel and, lo and behold, James Bobin replaces Burton at the helm for the madcap time-travelling adventure, Alice Through The Looking Glass. Screenwriter Linda Woolverton, who adapted the first film, largely abandons Lewis Carroll's 1871 novel, introducing an eccentric new character - Time - in order to facilitate some trippy excursions through the past and present and reveal how the decapitation-happy Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) came to be cursed with an oversized noggin. Like its predecessor, the sequel spares no expense with the visuals, inducing eye strain, motion sickness and perhaps even the odd headache in 3D and IMAX. The paucity of characterisation is even more pronounced in this second helping, tethering much of the nonsense to Johnny Depp's wide-eyed theatrics as the Mad Hatter. Alice (Mia Wasikowska) has successfully buckled her swash as captain of her father's ship, The Wonder, but when she returns to dry land, the plucky heroine learns that her mother (Lindsay Duncan) has sold the deed to her embittered former suitor, Hamish Ascot (Leo Bill). Defiant in the face of adversity, Alice takes a tumble through a mirror and plummets into Wonderland where she reunites with the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas), Absolem the Caterpillar (voiced by Alan Rickman), The Dormouse (Barbara Windsor) and the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen). They reveal that the Mad Hatter (Depp) is in an emotional funk because he's convinced that his family, including his milliner father Zanik (Rhys Ifans), did not perish in the Jabberwocky's inferno. To set the Hatter's mind at rest, Alice agrees to steal a device called the Chronosphere from its guardian, Time (Sacha Baron Cohen). "Do try not to break the past, present or future," advises The Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) as Alice slides back and forth through time to learn the startling truth. Alice Through The Looking Glass is a topsy-turvy jaunt too far for Lewis Carroll's iconic characters. Wasikowska reprises her role as the spirited adventurer who believes that "the only way to achieve the impossible, is to believe it is possible". Depp, Cohen and Bonham Carter compete to see who can scene-steal with the greatest abandon. Bobin's film feels considerably longer than 113 minutes. If only the Chronosphere was real and we could fast forward through the sentimental goo of the final section.

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Monday 30th May 2016
Tuesday 31st May 2016
Wednesday 1st June 2016
Thursday 2nd June 2016

Captain America: Civil War 4 stars

The US political establishment insists on the introduction of legislation to control the Avengers. Tony Stark aka Iron Man submits to these demands but Steve Rogers aka Captain America, who has always been a staunch patriot and followed orders, refuses to accede, especially when his good friend Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier is threatened. The gulf between Stark and Rogers forces the remaining Avengers to take sides. A battle royale unfolds just as a diabolical new enemy emerges and threatens mankind.

  • GenreAction, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastChris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr, Paul Bettany, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle.
  • DirectorJoe Russo, Anthony Russo.
  • WriterStephen McFeely, Christopher Markus.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration147 mins
  • Official sitewww.marvel.com/captainamerica
  • Release29/04/2016

The fragile alliance between the Avengers is shattered in the third Captain America film, directed at a breathless pace by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo. Opening with a flashback to 1991 that sets one major character on their self-destructive path, Civil War underscores its bombastic title by pitting former allies against each other in a series of dizzying showdowns that cleave apart the Marvel Comics universe. Scriptwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely repeatedly inhabit the blurred lines between heroism and villainy, examining the moral conundrums faced by superpowered warriors who have pledged to protect the innocent from the righteous crossfire. Alas, no one emerges unscathed from the melee and the deep psychological wounds inflicted in these bombastic 147 minutes suggest that this muscular chapter signals a bittersweet end for some characters while blatantly teeing up standalone spin-offs for Spider-Man and Black Panther. "Victory at the expense of the innocent is no victory at all," solemnly intones King T'Chaka (John Kani) from the battle-scarred nation of Wakanda. If that is true then Captain America: Civil War is a crushing defeat for everyone except thrill-seeking cinema audiences. A year has passed since the events of Avengers: Age Of Ultron and the US Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) insists on the introduction of legislation - The Sokovia Accords - to control the superheroes. Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), reluctantly submits, telling his compatriots: "I'm doing what has to be done to stave off something worse." Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), who has always been a staunch patriot, refuses to sign, fearful of the consequences of the Avengers relinquishing their independence. The gulf between Stark and Rogers forces the remaining Avengers to take sides. Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), James Rhodes, aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany), Prince T'Challa, aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland) all stand shoulder to shoulder with Stark. Meanwhile, Bucky Barnes, aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson, aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), pledge their allegiance to Rogers. A battle royale between the two factions unfolds just as a diabolical new enemy, Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), threatens mankind. Captain America: Civil War could easily trim 20 minutes from its bloated running time without diminishing the impact of the special effects sequences or the pivotal plot twists. The Russo brothers choreograph destruction on a grand scale, including an adrenaline-pumping motorcycle chase on the rubble-strewn streets of Berlin. Evans and Downey Jr puff out their chests for supremacy in every lavish frame, while Johansson somersaults sexily between the feuding factions. A protracted sequence involving Stark, a nerdy Peter Parker and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) sows seeds of hope that next year's reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming, might revitalise the webslinging vigilante with whip-smart humour. Miracles might happen.

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Money Monster 3 stars

Lee Gates, gregarious host of a network television show which surveys the movers and shakers in the financial market, prepares to interview Diane Lester, chief communications officer of IBIS Global Capital, whose complex trading algorithm glitched overnight, losing investors 800 million dollars. No sooner has Lee delivered his opening monologue than a labourer, Kyle Budwell, who has just lost his entire life savings in the IBIS crash, storms the set brandishing a gun.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • CastJulia Roberts, George Clooney, Jack O'Connell, Dominic West.
  • DirectorJodie Foster.
  • WriterAlan DiFiore, Jamie Linden, Jim Kouf.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration99 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/MoneyMonster/
  • Release27/05/2016

Money talks - and it says exceedingly ugly things - in Jodie Foster's tense hostage thriller, which unfolds largely in real time during a live television broadcast. Anchored by strong performances from George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Derbyshire-born rising star Jack O'Connell, Money Monster overcomes some preposterous plot twists and a noticeable lull in the middle act to keep us on the edge of our seats. The opening 30 minutes are particularly lean and mean, capturing the frenetic whirl and chaos of a TV studio as staff behind and in front of the cameras prepare for show time. Scriptwriters Jamie Linden, Alan DiFiore and Jim Kouf pull off a jaw-dropping coup with the introduction of the hostage taker's pregnant girlfriend (Emily Meade), who we expect to tearfully plead for him to down his weapon for the sake of their unborn child. In these moments, Money Monster kicks like a mule and knocks the stuffing out of us. However, once the central plot of skullduggery reveals its intentions, Foster's iron-tight grasp on realism slackens and she is compelled to take risky gambles to engineer a slam-bang finale. Some of them don't pay off. Lee Gates (Clooney), gregarious host of a network television show which surveys the movers and shakers in the financial market, prepares to interview Diane Lester (Caitriona Balfe), chief communications officer of IBIS Global Capital, whose complex trading algorithm glitched overnight, losing investors 800 million dollars. With IBIS CEO Walt Camby (Dominic West) currently unavailable, Diane is concerned that she will be made a scapegoat. "We don't do 'gotcha journalism' here. We don't do journalism, period," quips Lee's long-suffering producer Patty Fenn (Roberts). No sooner has Lee delivered his opening monologue than a labourer, Kyle Budwell (O'Connell), who has just lost his entire life savings in the IBIS crash, storms the set brandishing a gun. Cameras continue to roll as Lee dons an explosives vest and Kyle threatens to detonate unless someone from IBIS can explain how their system was compromised. Patty tries to defuse the stand-off as viewing figures soar, aided by her producer-at-large, Ron Sprecher (Christopher Denham), and cameraman Lenny (Lenny Venito). "I came in here knowing this show is only going to end one way," Kyle informs his terrified hostage. Money Monster is a cautionary tale about the get-rich-quick mentality of a modern society that blindly trusts in technology to deliver rewards at the tap of an app. Clooney and Roberts generate molten screen chemistry, even though she is just a voice in his ear for the majority of the film, and O'Connell maintains his accent as events escalate out of his nervous captor's control. The script's barbs at voyeuristic reality TV draw blood, but sinewy subplots involving Icelandic hackers and social unrest in South Africa extend our suspension of disbelief beyond its credit limit.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows 3 stars

Turtle brothers Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello attempt to save New York City from an alien invasion masterminded by Krang from Dimension X. The turtles' rat mentor Splinter stands by their side, as well as plucky Channel 6 news reporter April O'Neil. Meanwhile, Splinter has joined forces with evil scientist Dr Baxter Stockman to create genetic mutants of his own. The results are a rhinoceros called Rocksteady and a warthog called Bebop.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastWill Arnett, Megan Fox, Stephen Amell.
  • DirectorDave Green.
  • WriterAndre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration112 mins
  • Official sitewww.teenagemutantninjaturtlesmovie.com
  • Release30/05/2016

Hulking terrorist Shredder (Brian Tee) returns to wreak revenge on the heroes in a half shell in the action-packed sequel to the 2014 live action adventure. Dave Green supplants Jonathan Liebesman in the director's chair for this instalment, which follows turtle brothers Leonardo (Pete Ploszek, voiced by Johnny Knoxville), Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher) and Donatello (Jeremy Howard) as they attempt to save New York City from an alien invasion masterminded by Krang (Brad Garrett) from Dimension X. The turtles' rat mentor Splinter (Danny Woodburn, voiced by Tony Shalhoub) stands by their side, as well as plucky Channel 6 news reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox), her wisecracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) and a mysterious vigilante called Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). Meanwhile, Splinter has joined forces with evil scientist Dr Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) to create genetic mutants of his own. The results are a rhinoceros called Rocksteady (Stephen "Sheamus" Farrelly) and a warthog called Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams), who aren't the sharpest tools in the henchmen box but do have a limitless capacity for mindless destruction. Cowabunga!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows 3D 3 stars

Turtle brothers Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello attempt to save New York City from an alien invasion masterminded by Krang from Dimension X. The turtles' rat mentor Splinter stands by their side, as well as plucky Channel 6 news reporter April O'Neil. Meanwhile, Splinter has joined forces with evil scientist Dr Baxter Stockman to create genetic mutants of his own. The results are a rhinoceros called Rocksteady and a warthog called Bebop.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastWill Arnett, Megan Fox, Stephen Amell.
  • DirectorDave Green.
  • WriterAndre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration112 mins
  • Official sitewww.teenagemutantninjaturtlesmovie.com
  • Release30/05/2016

Hulking terrorist Shredder (Brian Tee) returns to wreak revenge on the heroes in a half shell in the action-packed sequel to the 2014 live action adventure. Dave Green supplants Jonathan Liebesman in the director's chair for this instalment, which follows turtle brothers Leonardo (Pete Ploszek, voiced by Johnny Knoxville), Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher) and Donatello (Jeremy Howard) as they attempt to save New York City from an alien invasion masterminded by Krang (Brad Garrett) from Dimension X. The turtles' rat mentor Splinter (Danny Woodburn, voiced by Tony Shalhoub) stands by their side, as well as plucky Channel 6 news reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox), her wisecracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) and a mysterious vigilante called Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). Meanwhile, Splinter has joined forces with evil scientist Dr Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) to create genetic mutants of his own. The results are a rhinoceros called Rocksteady (Stephen "Sheamus" Farrelly) and a warthog called Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams), who aren't the sharpest tools in the henchmen box but do have a limitless capacity for mindless destruction. Cowabunga!

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The Angry Birds Movie 3 stars

Red is an outcast on Bird Island, where the rest of his flightless flock tweet peace and harmony. An unfortunate incident with an unhatched egg lands Red in court where Judge Peckinpah sentences him to a course in anger management led by perky clucker Matilda. When a ship full of pigs led by smooth talker Leonard arrives on Bird Island, supposedly in peace, Red is the only inhabitant to sense impending disaster.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastPeter Dinklage, Kate McKinnon, Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Sean Penn, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Danny McBride.
  • DirectorClay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly.
  • WriterJon Vitti.
  • CountryFin/US
  • Duration97 mins
  • Official sitewww.angrybirds-movie.com/en/
  • Release13/05/2016

Strip back the pristine visuals, which were once meticulously hand-drawn, and most animated films are hard-wired with an important life lesson to cherish once the end credits roll. The Lion King: you can't run away from your responsibilities; Beauty And The Beast: don't judge someone by their appearance; Frozen: don't let naysayers hold you back from chasing your dreams; Inside Out: feeling sad is a natural part of growing up; Monsters, Inc.: mummy fibbed when she said the scary creature under your bed isn't real. The Angry Birds Movie, a feature-length animated spin-off from the fiendishly addictive smartphone games, tears out a new page from the self-help manual: it's OK to get mad as long as you can channel that aggression in a positive direction. The central character of Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly's film certainly spits feathers in the pursuit of a greater good. Screenwriter Jon Vitti peppers this haphazard, but energetic flight of self-discovery with a barrage of dreadful puns and dad jokes that will inspire as many groans as giggles. Thus, one anger-management therapist bird proudly advertises herself as a free-rage chicken, pigs aspire to wear Calvin Swine underwear, and a poster advertises Kevin Bacon's return to the stage in... Hamlet. Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) is an outcast on Bird Island, where the rest of his flightless flock tweet peace and harmony. An unfortunate incident with an unhatched egg lands Red in court where Judge Peckinpah (Keegan-Michael Key) sentences him to a course in anger management led by perky clucker Matilda (Maya Rudolph). Fellow attendees include wide-cracking live wire Chuck (Josh Gad), who can move at superbird speed, the aptly named Bomb (Danny McBride), who self-combusts when surprised or stressed, and hulking Terence (Sean Penn), who communicates in booming growls. Red resists Matilda's techniques because, as he reminds his brethren, "We're descended from dinosaurs. We're not supposed to be nice." When a ship full of pigs led by smooth talker Leonard (Bill Hader) arrives on Bird Island, supposedly in peace, Red is the only inhabitant to sense impending disaster. Other birds fail to heed his warnings and when his doom-laden prophecy comes to pass, Red joins forces with Chuck and Bomb to locate the island's mysterious protector, Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage). The Angry Birds Movie is a glossy promo for the games and associated merchandise, showcasing the different birds and their associated powers, but it's also a lot of fun so long as you ignore the flimsy and predictable plot. Animation quality doesn't soar to the dizzy heights of Pixar, but co-directors Kaytis and Reilly maintain a brisk pace and the screen shimmers with bright colours. Vocal performances are solid and Demi Lovato's cover version of the Gloria Gaynor discoball classic I Will Survive flaps up the feel-good factor.

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The Jungle Book 3 stars

A young boy called Mowgli is raised by wolves Akela and Raksha. The boy's presence in the jungle is an affront to Shere Khan, the Bengal tiger, who resolves to kill Mowgli. Thus the man cub must leave his wolf parents and embark on a perilous journey of self-discovery in the company of Bagheera the black panther and Baloo the bear. En route, Mowgli has a crushing encounter with Kaa the python and is sweet-talked by the deceptively dangerous King Louie.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Family
  • CastIdris Elba, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong'o, Giancarlo Esposito, Sir Ben Kingsley, Neel Sethi.
  • DirectorJon Favreau.
  • WriterJustin Marks.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration106 mins
  • Official sitewww.disney.co.uk
  • Release15/04/2016

The bare necessities of a contented life will come to you by going on safari with Jon Favreau's technically dazzling romp through the stories of Rudyard Kipling. Not since James Cameron's Avatar has a 3D digital world been conjured with such depth and precision. Shot in downtown Los Angeles and beautifully rendered as untamed wilderness on computer hard drives, this immersive Jungle Book retains the wide-eyed charm of the 1967 Disney animation including three songs and comic relief from a rascally bear named Baloo, voiced to droll perfection by Bill Murray. "You have never been a more endangered species than you are now," the hirsute honey thief informs an Indian porcupine (Garry Shandling) during one amusing altercation. Vibrant colour radiates off the screen and gooey sentimentality oozes like sap during the rousing final act, but scriptwriter Justin Marks isn't afraid to hack into darker territory. Shere Khan the Bengal tiger evokes a heartbreaking scene from The Lion King in his relentless, blood-crazed pursuit of Mowgli, and the animated version's jazziest interlude - I Wan'na Be Like You with jungle VIP King Louie and his swingin' band of monkeysicians - is repurposed as a terrifying chase. Man cub Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is raised by wolves Akela (Giancarlo Esposito) and Raksha (Lupita Nyong'o) as a brother to other pups. A terrible drought necessitates an uneasy truce between predators and prey around the watering hole, and other denizens of the jungle finally get to see Mowgli close-up. The boy is an affront to Shere Khan (Idris Elba), who lost an eye to a fiery torch wielded by Mowgli's father. "A man cub becomes man, and man is forbidden!" snarls the big cat, who demands the child be handed over to him for slaughter. Akela and Raksha refuse but Mowgli acknowledges his presence jeopardises the lupine clan. So he embarks on a perilous journey back to civilisation in the company of his protector, Bagheera the black panther (Sir Ben Kingsley). En route, Mowgli gathers honey for greedy Baloo (Murray) and is pressurised into sharing the secret of "the red flower" - fire - with menacing Gigantopithecus, King Louie (Christopher Walken). The Jungle Book flexes its digital muscles in every impeccably crafted frame, festooning the screen with a menagerie of anthropomorphised critters that are just as realistic as the shipwrecked tiger in Life Of Pi. Sethi is a tad wooden in comparison but it must be difficult for a 12-year-old newcomer to find an emotional core when the rest of the cast and lush backgrounds only spring to life in post-production. Vocal performances are strong, replete with disorienting use of Scarlett Johansson's seductive whisper in surround sound during Mowgli's crushing encounter with python Kaa. Trust in me: Favreau's film is a majestic walk on the wild side.

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Top Cat Begins 2 stars

Top Cat and Benny discover they can make a good living by conning and pickpocketing unsuspecting passersby. Officer Dibble is determined to bring them to justice, but Top Cat and his associate repeatedly slip through the cop's fingers. When the cats steal diamonds from New York's influential Mr Big, they meet their match. Thankfully Top Cat and Benny can rely on their new friends Choo Choo, Fancy-Fancy, Spook and Brain for help.

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Comedy, Drama, Family, Family
  • CastDarin De Paul, Jason Harris, Chris Edgerly.
  • DirectorAndres Couturier.
  • WriterDouglas Langdale.
  • CountryMex
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official site
  • Release27/05/2016

There is a throwaway visual gag during a chase in Top Cat Begins, which perfectly sums up the fate of Andres Couturier's defiantly retro computer-animated prequel. The eponymous feline emerges from a dustbin surrounded by dozens of DVD copies of the 2012 film Top Cat: The Movie, also made by Mexico-based Anima Estudios, which presumably failed to sell and have been tossed out with the rest of the rubbish. TC glances at the cover and nonchalantly casts the film aside. Audiences should have a similar reaction to Top Cat Begins, which steps back in time to trace the formative years of New York's charismatic con cat and his gang of light-fingered strays. Scriptwriter Douglas Langdale taps into our nostalgia for the 1960s Hanna-Barbera TV series, contriving a ramshackle plot that brings together familiar characters for a ham-fisted heist laden with pratfalls. Pop culture references, including the opening music cue to the Little Green Bag strut from Reservoir Dogs, are completely random and won't register with the film's target audience of very young children. Top Cat (voiced by Jason Harris) is a street cat in New York, who hones his skills as a small-time swindler. A chance encounter with sweetly innocent Benny (Chris Edgerly) sows the seeds of a lifelong partnership and the enterprising pals discover they can make a good living by fleecing unsuspecting passersby. Benny is delighted to have found a best mate and invites Top Cat home to have dinner with his granny, but TC has other priorities. "The only friend I seek is money," he purrs. The cats plot to pilfer diamonds worth millions from New York's glamorous Starlight Club, which is run by alligator crime boss, Mr Big (Darin De Paul). A chase ensues and Top Cat and Benny unexpectedly find an ally in New York police officer Charlie Dibble (Bill Lobley), who agrees to put the cats into protective custody with his gun-toting elderly relative, Granny Dibble (David Hoffman), who lives out of town. Far from home, Top Cat adds Choo-Choo (Harris again), Fancy-Fancy (Matthew Piazzi), Spook (Ben Diskin) and Brain (Harris again) to his gang. Unfortunately, the cats cannot hide forever and they must return to the city to face the punishment doled out by Mr Big's snarling hench creatures, Bad Dog and Pantera (Marieve Herington). Top Cat Begins is a 30-minute TV episode that has been padded to feature length. The quality of the animation is merely adequate and gags are groansome. "Stealing stuff that's already stolen - that's recycling!" grins Top Cat, justifying one of his crimes. If the title character had any of his nine lives left after the first film, they are surely lost here, along with our patience.

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Warcraft: The Beginning 3 stars

Peace in the magical realm of Azeroth is shattered when a portal opens to the dying world of Draenor. Orc chieftain Durotan leads his endangered clan, including his wife Draka and son Thrall, through the portal in search for a new place to call home. This army of hulking warriors hopes to avoid extinction at the hands of the diabolical Shadow Council, led by Gul'dan. Unfortunately, the presence of orcs in Azeroth poses a threat to the human population led by Sir Anduin Lothar. Battle lines are drawn.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Fantasy
  • CastPaula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Travis Fimmel, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper.
  • DirectorDuncan Jones.
  • WriterDuncan Jones, Charles Leavitt.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration123 mins
  • Official sitewww.warcraft-movie.co.uk
  • Release30/05/2016

Based on the hugely successful series of video games and books, Warcraft: The Beginning is an action-packed fantasy adventure directed by Duncan Jones, which introduces cinema audiences to the magical realm of Azeroth. Peace in the kingdom is shattered when a portal opens to the dying world of Draenor. Orc chieftain Durotan (Toby Kebbell) leads his endangered clan, including his wife Draka (Anna Galvin) and son Thrall, through the portal in search for a new place to call home. This army of hulking warriors hopes to avoid extinction at the hands of the diabolical Shadow Council, led by Gul'dan (Daniel Wu). Unfortunately, the presence of orcs in Azeroth poses a threat to the human population led by Sir Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel). Battle lines are drawn between the two factions and half-human half-orc fighter Garona Halforcen (Paula Patton) is caught in the crossfire, unsure where her loyalty lies.

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Monday 30th May 2016
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Warcraft: The Beginning 3D 3 stars

Peace in the magical realm of Azeroth is shattered when a portal opens to the dying world of Draenor. Orc chieftain Durotan leads his endangered clan, including his wife Draka and son Thrall, through the portal in search for a new place to call home. This army of hulking warriors hopes to avoid extinction at the hands of the diabolical Shadow Council, led by Gul'dan. Unfortunately, the presence of orcs in Azeroth poses a threat to the human population led by Sir Anduin Lothar. Battle lines are drawn.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Fantasy
  • CastPaula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Travis Fimmel, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper.
  • DirectorDuncan Jones.
  • WriterDuncan Jones, Charles Leavitt.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration123 mins
  • Official sitewww.warcraft-movie.co.uk
  • Release30/05/2016

Based on the hugely successful series of video games and books, Warcraft: The Beginning is an action-packed fantasy adventure directed by Duncan Jones, which introduces cinema audiences to the magical realm of Azeroth. Peace in the kingdom is shattered when a portal opens to the dying world of Draenor. Orc chieftain Durotan (Toby Kebbell) leads his endangered clan, including his wife Draka (Anna Galvin) and son Thrall, through the portal in search for a new place to call home. This army of hulking warriors hopes to avoid extinction at the hands of the diabolical Shadow Council, led by Gul'dan (Daniel Wu). Unfortunately, the presence of orcs in Azeroth poses a threat to the human population led by Sir Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel). Battle lines are drawn between the two factions and half-human half-orc fighter Garona Halforcen (Paula Patton) is caught in the crossfire, unsure where her loyalty lies.

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Monday 30th May 2016
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Warcraft: The Beginning: An IMAX 3D Experience 3 stars

Peace in the magical realm of Azeroth is shattered when a portal opens to the dying world of Draenor. Orc chieftain Durotan leads his endangered clan, including his wife Draka and son Thrall, through the portal in search for a new place to call home. This army of hulking warriors hopes to avoid extinction at the hands of the diabolical Shadow Council, led by Gul'dan. Unfortunately, the presence of orcs in Azeroth poses a threat to the human population led by Sir Anduin Lothar. Battle lines are drawn.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Fantasy
  • CastPaula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Travis Fimmel, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper.
  • DirectorDuncan Jones.
  • WriterDuncan Jones, Charles Leavitt.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration123 mins
  • Official sitewww.warcraft-movie.co.uk
  • Release30/05/2016

Based on the hugely successful series of video games and books, Warcraft: The Beginning is an action-packed fantasy adventure directed by Duncan Jones, which introduces cinema audiences to the magical realm of Azeroth. Peace in the kingdom is shattered when a portal opens to the dying world of Draenor. Orc chieftain Durotan (Toby Kebbell) leads his endangered clan, including his wife Draka (Anna Galvin) and son Thrall, through the portal in search for a new place to call home. This army of hulking warriors hopes to avoid extinction at the hands of the diabolical Shadow Council, led by Gul'dan (Daniel Wu). Unfortunately, the presence of orcs in Azeroth poses a threat to the human population led by Sir Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel). Battle lines are drawn between the two factions and half-human half-orc fighter Garona Halforcen (Paula Patton) is caught in the crossfire, unsure where her loyalty lies.

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Monday 30th May 2016
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Thursday 2nd June 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse 3 stars

The very first mutant, En Sabah Nur, aka Apocalypse, reawakens after thousands of years. He is disgusted by the pitiful state of mankind and resolves to clean the evolutionary slate by creating a new world order with the help of his four horsemen of the apocalypse: Angel, Psylocke, Storm and Magneto. Professor X and Raven are determined to protect mankind at all costs and they assemble a team of young X-Men to avert armageddon.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction
  • CastOlivia Munn, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Evan Peters, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Oscar Isaac.
  • DirectorBryan Singer.
  • WriterSimon Kinberg.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration144 mins
  • Official sitewww.xmenmovies.com
  • Release18/05/2016

Too many kooks spoil the broth of director Bryan Singer's fourth tour of duty with the Marvel Comics mutants, which began in 2000 with X-Men. Simon Kinberg's messy script bursts at the seams with tortured characters and subplots vying for our attention, bloating the running time to close to two and a half hours. It's a physical ordeal for us, but too little time for X-Men: Apocalypse to do justice to a menagerie of gifted misfits on both sides of a conflict that reduces several capital cities to rubble. There is dramatic fat that could be trimmed: a blood-spattered interlude involving a face from the past - codenamed Weapon X - is superfluous and the final showdown is played out simultaneously in the real world and inside the connected minds of telepaths. The arch-villain is omnipotent - he slaughters an entire factory of workmen with a casual swipe of his hand - and could conceivably destroy mankind without breaking computer-generated sweat. Instead, this otherworldly tyrant chooses to waste precious time recruiting less powerful mutants to do his bidding and consequently undermines his nefarious plan to wipe clean the evolutionary slate. Ten years have passed since the cataclysmic events of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which saw Logan (Hugh Jackman) travel back in time to 1973 to make contact with the young Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and neutralise the Sentinel program of killer robots. It's now the early 1980s and the very first mutant, En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac), reawakens after thousands of years of inactivity. He is disgusted by the pitiful state of mankind and resolves to create a new world order with the help of his four devoted horsemen of the apocalypse: Angel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Magneto. Professor X and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) vow to protect mankind and they assemble a team of young X-Men to avert armageddon including Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Havok (Lucas Till) and his younger brother Cyclops (Tye Sheridan). X-Men: Apocalypse doesn't settle long enough on one narrative thread to generate dramatic momentum or suspense. Turner and Sheridan make the biggest impact, capturing the inner turmoil of teenagers unable to control their unique and potentially devastating powers. Apart from one rallying cry, Lawrence is surplus to requirements, while McAvoy stares teary-eyed into the camera as his romantic subplot with CIA agent Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) is resuscitated. Special effects have improved in superhuman leaps since Singer's first foray into this universe. He blitzkriegs the screen with eye-popping digital trickery, guaranteeing a relentless assault on the eyes - especially in 3D - which is just as likely to induce a headache as awe and wonder.

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X-Men: Apocalypse 3D 3 stars

The very first mutant, En Sabah Nur, aka Apocalypse, reawakens after thousands of years. He is disgusted by the pitiful state of mankind and resolves to clean the evolutionary slate by creating a new world order with the help of his four horsemen of the apocalypse: Angel, Psylocke, Storm and Magneto. Professor X and Raven are determined to protect mankind at all costs and they assemble a team of young X-Men to avert armageddon.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction
  • CastJennifer Lawrence, Olivia Munn, Sophie Turner, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Oscar Isaac, Evan Peters.
  • DirectorBryan Singer.
  • WriterSimon Kinberg.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration144 mins
  • Official sitewww.xmenmovies.com
  • Release18/05/2016

Too many kooks spoil the broth of director Bryan Singer's fourth tour of duty with the Marvel Comics mutants, which began in 2000 with X-Men. Simon Kinberg's messy script bursts at the seams with tortured characters and subplots vying for our attention, bloating the running time to close to two and a half hours. It's a physical ordeal for us, but too little time for X-Men: Apocalypse to do justice to a menagerie of gifted misfits on both sides of a conflict that reduces several capital cities to rubble. There is dramatic fat that could be trimmed: a blood-spattered interlude involving a face from the past - codenamed Weapon X - is superfluous and the final showdown is played out simultaneously in the real world and inside the connected minds of telepaths. The arch-villain is omnipotent - he slaughters an entire factory of workmen with a casual swipe of his hand - and could conceivably destroy mankind without breaking computer-generated sweat. Instead, this otherworldly tyrant chooses to waste precious time recruiting less powerful mutants to do his bidding and consequently undermines his nefarious plan to wipe clean the evolutionary slate. Ten years have passed since the cataclysmic events of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which saw Logan (Hugh Jackman) travel back in time to 1973 to make contact with the young Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and neutralise the Sentinel program of killer robots. It's now the early 1980s and the very first mutant, En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac), reawakens after thousands of years of inactivity. He is disgusted by the pitiful state of mankind and resolves to create a new world order with the help of his four devoted horsemen of the apocalypse: Angel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Magneto. Professor X and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) vow to protect mankind and they assemble a team of young X-Men to avert armageddon including Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Havok (Lucas Till) and his younger brother Cyclops (Tye Sheridan). X-Men: Apocalypse doesn't settle long enough on one narrative thread to generate dramatic momentum or suspense. Turner and Sheridan make the biggest impact, capturing the inner turmoil of teenagers unable to control their unique and potentially devastating powers. Apart from one rallying cry, Lawrence is surplus to requirements, while McAvoy stares teary-eyed into the camera as his romantic subplot with CIA agent Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) is resuscitated. Special effects have improved in superhuman leaps since Singer's first foray into this universe. He blitzkriegs the screen with eye-popping digital trickery, guaranteeing a relentless assault on the eyes - especially in 3D - which is just as likely to induce a headache as awe and wonder.

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Youth 4 stars

Retired composer Fred Ballinger and film director Mick Boyle have been good friends for more than 60 years and they enjoy a sun-kissed retreat at a hotel in the Alps. Out of the blue, Fred receives a visit from Her Majesty, The Queen's emissary, who asks the conductor to perform his most famous work at a concert in honour of the monarch. Fred steadfastly refuses and returns to his relaxation, with occasional visits from his emotionally brittle daughter Lena.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastRachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Sir Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel.
  • DirectorPaolo Sorrentino.
  • WriterPaolo Sorrentino.
  • CountryIta/Fr/Swi
  • Duration124 mins
  • Official site
  • Release29/01/2016 (selected cinemas)

Italian writer-director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, This Must Be The Place) elicits a towering performance from Michael Caine, which deserved Oscar consideration, in this beguiling portrait of old age and fading memories. Retired composer Fred Ballinger (Caine) and film director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) have been good friends for more than 60 years and they enjoy a sun-kissed retreat at a hotel in the Alps. Film star Jimmy Tree (Paul Dano) and the reigning Miss Universe (Madalina Ghenea), who insists on bathing in the nude, are among the establishment's other venerated guests. Out of the blue, Fred receives a visit from Her Majesty, The Queen's emissary (Alex Macqueen), who asks the conductor to perform his most famous work at a concert in honour of the monarch. Fred steadfastly refuses and returns to his relaxation, with occasional visits from his emotionally brittle daughter Lena (Rachel Weisz), who is in the midst of a painful separation.

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Wednesday 1st June 2016