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Pulp Fiction, Foxcatcher and other alternative films to see this week

This week you can book now for a Marvel triple bill at IMAX, or catch Tinkerbell, Steve Carell’s Foxcatcher and Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.

Films to see this week
Films to see this week

If you can't decide what to see at the cinema this week and don't fancy any of the blockbusters - there is still plenty to choose from. Here is our pick of what to see at the flicks.

Tinkerbell And The Legend of the Neverbeast – Movies for Juniors (U)

Cineworlds

If your children are not quite old enough for Cinderella this weekend, try them with this sixth film in the Tinkerbell series set in Pixie Hollow where the animal fairy Fawn (Ginnifer Goodwin) is still stepping out of line.

She has an inner desire to help other wounded creatures even if they could threaten everyone’s safety when fit.

One of them is a very large creature which she calls ‘Gruff’.

It has green eyes and can look very fierce, but when Pixie librarian Scribble (Thomas Lennon) reveals that its comet-fuelled reappearance every 900 years signals trouble for Pixie Hollow.

Gruff will put very young children on the edge of their seats without terrifying them, while the fluffy rabbits will delight viewers of all ages.

Showing as a bargain priced Movies for Juniors presentation at Cineworld Broad Street, 10.05am daily and Solihull Cineworld (10am daily).

+ Annie (PG) is showing daily at Vue Star City (10.30am)

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast

ROH – Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogany (12A, 180 minutes)

The first Royal Opera staging of the great Brecht/Weill opera satirises the pursuit of money and pleasure.

The productive partnership between playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill yielded this blistering political satire, which received its Leipzig premiere in 1930.

Weill’s eclectic, jazz-infused score was heavily influenced by ragtime music.

Kurt Streit plays the wild lumberjack Jimmy, with Christine Rice as his sweetheart Jenny.

Anne Sofie von Otter returns to The Royal Opera as the cunning Leokadja Begbick.

The conductor is Mark Wigglesworth, who was recently announced as Music Director of English National Opera.

Showing at various cinemas from 7.15pm on Wednesday, April 1 including Cineworld Broad Street, Vue Star City and Empire Great Park (also at Empire from 2pm on Sunday, April 5).

Foxcatcher (15)

Empire Cinemas

If you regret missing out on Steve Carell’s Oscar-nominated performance in this dark thriller, then the good news is that it’s back!

It’s an adaptation of a true psychological horror story in which the pressures of the American Dream underpin the weird relationship between long forgotten 1984 Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz and his new wealthy sponsor John du Pont.

Steve Carell is impressively unrecognisable as the hooked-nosed, mega-rich du Pont, an always mysterious benefactor-cum-wannabe trainer with a hard to please, horse-training mum (Vanessa Redgrave).

Not since the late Robin Williams in One Hour Photo (2002) has a comedy star journeyed this left of field with such success.

Showing at Empire Great Park and Sutton Coldfield from 11am on Wednesday, April 1.

Foxcatcher
Foxcatcher

Maxine Peake as Hamlet

Empire Cinemas

In this stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced version from the Royal Exchange Manchester (2014), BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake creates a new kind of Hamlet for now.

The play explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness.

Hamlet’s father is dead and Denmark has crowned a new king.

Consumed by grief, he struggles to exact revenge, with devastating consequences...

Showing at Empire Great Park and Sutton Coldfield from 1pm on Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Maxine Peake as Hamlet
Maxine Peake as Hamlet

Mommy (15)

Electric Cinema

Diane (Anne Dorval) is a fun-loving single parent whose son Steve (Antoine-Olivier Pilon) is an unruly troublemaker suffering from ADHD and attachment disorder.

When Steve is expelled from his latest juvenile facility, Diane has to take him back into her home full time, forcing the sparring pair to re-establish a relationship and work out how to co-exist once more.

As the duo make sense of each other, an introverted neighbour named Kyla (Suzanne Clément) enters their lives, with quietly profound consequences. French language with English subtitles and directed by Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan.

Showing at the Electric Cinema, Station Street from Friday, March 27 to Thursday, April 2.

Sex & Broadcasting (12) + Q&A

Electric Cinema

Named after a how-to guide to community radio that informed WFMU in its early years, Sex and Broadcasting jumps between the station’s genesis at Upsala College and its current home in Jersey City, where a regular stream of bizarre and brilliant bands drop in to play sessions.

Famous fans like Matt Groening and Ad-Rock pay homage, and at the centre of the film is Station Manager Ken Freedman, phlegmatically battling with the recession, the regulators and his leaky building.

Showing at the Electric Cinema, Station St as part of Flatpack 2015 – Screen 1 on Saturday, March 28 (5.30pm) and Screen 2 from 1pm on Sunday, March 29.

Also showing at the Electric Cinema, Station Street from Friday, March 27 to Thursday, April 2 is Dior And I (12A) – Frédéric Tcheng goes to the House of Christian Dior with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ highly anticipated first Haute Couture collection as the iconic brand’s new Artistic Director. Follow the process from conception to exhibition.

And, if you love cult movies on the silver screen, there’s the return of John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (18) from 10.45pm on Saturday, March 28.

Marvel Triple Bill

Cineworld IMAX

You’ll need stamina to avoid being blown away by this triple bill from Marvel.

But bookings are now being taken for fans to see Avengers Assemble followed by Captain America: Winter Soldier on the mighty IMAX screen at Cineworld Broad Street as a double-bill appetiser for the first screening of new movie Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The fun starts from 7pm on Wednesday, April 22, with Age of Ultron starting at midnight.

Avengers Assemble
Avengers Assemble

 

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