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Now showing at The Felixstowe Palace Crescent Road,Felixstowe,Suffolk IP11 7NL 01394 282787

  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Money Monster
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows
  • The Angry Birds Movie
  • The Angry Birds Movie 3D
  • X-Men: Apocalypse

Kung Fu Panda 3 3 stars

After 500 years of incarceration in the Spirit Realm, megalomaniacal yak Kai steals the chi of every kung fu master including his one-time friend, Oogway. Only the Dragon Warrior - overweight dumpling-obsessed panda Po - can bring Kai's reign of terror to an end. So the power-crazed yak returns to the mortal plane and gallops towards the Jade Palace to lock horns with Master Shifu and his plucky disciples.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family
  • CastJack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, JK Simmons, Bryan Cranston, David Cross.
  • DirectorJennifer Yuh, Alessandro Carloni.
  • WriterGlenn Berger, Jonathan Aibel.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration95 mins
  • Official sitewww.kungfupandainternational.com/intl/uk/
  • Release11/03/2016

Prepare for the return of awesomeness in Jennifer Yuh Nelson's energetic martial arts comedy which kicks computer-animated butt and comes close to matching the rumbustious fun of the 2008 original. Screenwriters Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger flashback to overweight panda Po's tortured past as the inspiration for this tale of identity and retribution, taking the story into far darker territory.

However, Jack Black's whirlwind vocal performance provides a generous smattering of belly laughs and the visuals are gorgeous and colourful, notably in the frenetic set pieces which punctuate the narrative.

The introduction of the 3D format almost warrants the additional ticket price, adding depth to the gorgeous rolling landscapes of ancient China replete with bamboo forests and ornate palaces. Younger audiences will get just as much fun though from the traditional 2D version without the discomfort or distraction of the plastic spectacles.

Overweight panda Po (voiced by Black) is living his dream as an all-action bear, honing his skills under the watchful eye of mentor Shifu (Dustin Hoffman). However, he is haunted by fragmented memories, which eventually reveal how his father came to be a goose called Mr Ping (James Wong). It transpires that an evil peacock Lord Shen (Gary Oldman) is the cause of Po's deep emotional wounds.

Spurred on by a dire warning about pandas from an elderly soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh), Shen and his army of snarling wolves are on a collision course with Po, armed with a deadly weapon that could bring China to its knees. Thankfully, Po can always rely on The Furious Five - Crane (David Cross), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Tigress (Angelina Jolie) and Viper (Lucy Liu) - to avert disaster.

Kung Fu Panda 2 doesn't quite soar to the dizzy heights of DreamWorks' last animated feature, How To Train Your Dragon, but Yuh Nelson's film plays to its strengths. The sequel relies heavily on Black to unleash his verbal fireworks and to continue sparking potential romance with Jolie's kung fu kitty. Hoffman's comic timing is impeccable and Oldman delivers his lines in suitably Machiavellian tones.

The action sequences are bigger and more complex but still fall short of the intricacy of Pixar's most recent pictures. Hopefully DreamWorks Animation will have learnt lessons about animated sequels from Shrek, which dazzled us in its original incarnation but became a creatively empty husk by yesteryear's Shrek Forever After.

Alas, the feel good revelations at the end of Kung Fu Panda 2 suggest that as long as box office tills ring, there will be more chapters in Po's journey of self-discovery. Having achieved inner peace in this instalment, expect Kung Fu Panda 3 to tackle global child obesity by having its rotund hero achieve outer peace through a crash diet.

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

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

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

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

The Angry Birds Movie 3D 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, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon, 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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Monday 30th May 2016
Tuesday 31st May 2016
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.

Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)

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