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Now showing at ABC Bournemouth 27-28,Westover Road,Bournemouth,Dorset BH1 2BZ 0871 224 4007

  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
  • Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
  • Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (Subtitled)
  • Ricki And The Flash
  • Strange Magic (Autism Friendly Screening)
  • The Transporter Refuelled

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials 3 stars

Thomas and the survivors of The Glade search for answers about W.C.K.D. and a mysterious contagion called The Flare from a researcher called Janson. The truth remains elusive, so Thomas and co escape from the research compound and venture into a sun-scorched desert. In this barren wilderness, the teenagers face threats from Mother Nature and hideous creatures fashioned by W.C.K.D.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Family, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastDylan O'Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Patricia Clarkson, Kaya Scodelario, Lili Taylor, Aidan Gillen.
  • DirectorWes Ball.
  • WriterT S Nowlin.
  • CountryUS
  • Official sitewww.themazerunnermovie.co.uk
  • Release10/09/2015

In the 2014 survival thriller The Maze Runner, based on the bestselling novel by James Dashner, a group of teenagers pitted their wits against a diabolical labyrinth laden with traps and hideous denizens called Grievers in the vain hope of finding an exit. Thomas (Dylan O'Brien), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) and Minho (Ki Hong Lee) managed to escape from The Glade and learnt that the maze was a grand experiment created by a corporation called W.C.K.D. under the control of Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson). In the sequel, directed again by Wes Ball, Thomas and the survivors search for answers about W.C.K.D. and a mysterious contagion called The Flare from a researcher called Janson (Aiden Gillen). The truth remains elusive, so Thomas and co escape from the research compound and venture into a sun-scorched desert. In this barren wilderness, the teenagers face threats from Mother Nature and hideous creatures fashioned by W.C.K.D. The third film in the series, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, is set for release in January 2017.

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Thursday 10th September 2015

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Me And Earl And The Dying Girl 4 stars

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At the behest of his parents, high school student Greg Gaines visits estranged childhood friend Rachel Kushner, who has been diagnosed with leukaemia. "I don't need your stupid pity so please go," she tells him coldly, but Greg persists to placate his meddlesome folks. A faltering friendship takes root, to the delight of Rachel's boozy mother, and Greg agrees to make a film for Rachel with his partner in creative crime, Earl.

  • GenreAdaptation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastRJ Cyler, Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, Molly Shannon, Jon Bernthal, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton.
  • DirectorAlfonso Gomez-Rejon.
  • WriterJesse Andrews.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration105 mins
  • Official sitewww.meandearl.co.uk
  • Release04/09/2015

The good die young and that seems to be the inevitable outcome of Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's beguiling and intensely moving screen adaptation of Jesse Andrews' debut novel. A teenage girl is diagnosed with cancer, classmates offer their heartfelt sympathy and one childhood friend sacrifices his studies to support her through chemotherapy. There are obvious similarities to The Fault In Our Stars, but while that film had audiences sniffling from the opening frame, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl mines a rich vein of offbeat humour to stem the deluge of salty tears. "This isn't a touching romantic story," confides Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann), the socially awkward high school student and narrator of Gomez-Rejon's remarkable film. To some extent he's right: there's no boy meets girl cuteness here, no stolen kisses or wish fulfilment about the healing power of nascent love. But his story is deeply affecting, recounted as a scrapbook of bittersweet vignettes and stop-motion animation, accompanied with self-explanatory onscreen captions like "Day 1 Of Doomed Friendship". At the behest of his parents (Connie Britton, Nick Offerman), Greg visits estranged childhood friend Rachel Kushner (Olivia Cooke), who has been diagnosed with leukaemia. "I don't need your stupid pity so please go," she tells him coldly, but Greg persists to placate his meddlesome folks. A faltering friendship takes root, to the delight of Rachel's boozy mother (Molly Shannon). In order to impress his high school crush, Madison (Katherine C Hughes), Greg agrees to make a film for Rachel with his partner in creative crime, Earl (RJ Cyler). They have been producing charming homages for years including A Sockwork Orange, Senior Citizen Kane and Anatomy Of A Burger. The pressure to deliver a masterpiece weighs heavily on Greg, creating friction with Rachel, who doesn't want to be surrounded by negativity. "You can go back to your life of being invisible, detached and self-hating," she sobs. Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is a beautifully judged rites of passage drama, that eschews mawkishness and emotional manipulation in favour of a richly detailed portrait of adolescent dreams in crisis. Gomez-Rejon's whimsical visual flourishes are a constant delight, perfectly reflecting Greg's love of classic cinema and his penchant for homemade props. The film is punctuated by numerous moments of unexpected humour, like when Greg says something thoughtless and insensitive to Rachel, and stares at a poster on her wall of a Hollywood hunk dressed as an iconic comic book superhero. "I'm damned if I'm letting a punk like you waltz in here and stupid the place up," growls the character disapprovingly. Mann doesn't strike a false note in the tricky lead role, gelling naturally with Cyler and Cooke. "This isn't a sappy love story," Greg emphasises, in case we had forgotten. No it's something far more precious, fragile, haunting and life-affirming than that.

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Friday 4th September 2015
Saturday 5th September 2015
Sunday 6th September 2015
Monday 7th September 2015
Tuesday 8th September 2015
Wednesday 9th September 2015
Thursday 10th September 2015

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Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (Subtitled) 4 stars

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At the behest of his parents, high school student Greg Gaines visits estranged childhood friend Rachel Kushner, who has been diagnosed with leukaemia. "I don't need your stupid pity so please go," she tells him coldly, but Greg persists to placate his meddlesome folks. A faltering friendship takes root, to the delight of Rachel's boozy mother, and Greg agrees to make a film for Rachel with his partner in creative crime, Earl.

  • GenreAdaptation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastRJ Cyler, Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, Molly Shannon, Jon Bernthal, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton.
  • DirectorAlfonso Gomez-Rejon.
  • WriterJesse Andrews.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration105 mins
  • Official sitewww.meandearl.co.uk
  • Release04/09/2015

The good die young and that seems to be the inevitable outcome of Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's beguiling and intensely moving screen adaptation of Jesse Andrews' debut novel. A teenage girl is diagnosed with cancer, classmates offer their heartfelt sympathy and one childhood friend sacrifices his studies to support her through chemotherapy. There are obvious similarities to The Fault In Our Stars, but while that film had audiences sniffling from the opening frame, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl mines a rich vein of offbeat humour to stem the deluge of salty tears. "This isn't a touching romantic story," confides Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann), the socially awkward high school student and narrator of Gomez-Rejon's remarkable film. To some extent he's right: there's no boy meets girl cuteness here, no stolen kisses or wish fulfilment about the healing power of nascent love. But his story is deeply affecting, recounted as a scrapbook of bittersweet vignettes and stop-motion animation, accompanied with self-explanatory onscreen captions like "Day 1 Of Doomed Friendship". At the behest of his parents (Connie Britton, Nick Offerman), Greg visits estranged childhood friend Rachel Kushner (Olivia Cooke), who has been diagnosed with leukaemia. "I don't need your stupid pity so please go," she tells him coldly, but Greg persists to placate his meddlesome folks. A faltering friendship takes root, to the delight of Rachel's boozy mother (Molly Shannon). In order to impress his high school crush, Madison (Katherine C Hughes), Greg agrees to make a film for Rachel with his partner in creative crime, Earl (RJ Cyler). They have been producing charming homages for years including A Sockwork Orange, Senior Citizen Kane and Anatomy Of A Burger. The pressure to deliver a masterpiece weighs heavily on Greg, creating friction with Rachel, who doesn't want to be surrounded by negativity. "You can go back to your life of being invisible, detached and self-hating," she sobs. Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is a beautifully judged rites of passage drama, that eschews mawkishness and emotional manipulation in favour of a richly detailed portrait of adolescent dreams in crisis. Gomez-Rejon's whimsical visual flourishes are a constant delight, perfectly reflecting Greg's love of classic cinema and his penchant for homemade props. The film is punctuated by numerous moments of unexpected humour, like when Greg says something thoughtless and insensitive to Rachel, and stares at a poster on her wall of a Hollywood hunk dressed as an iconic comic book superhero. "I'm damned if I'm letting a punk like you waltz in here and stupid the place up," growls the character disapprovingly. Mann doesn't strike a false note in the tricky lead role, gelling naturally with Cyler and Cooke. "This isn't a sappy love story," Greg emphasises, in case we had forgotten. No it's something far more precious, fragile, haunting and life-affirming than that.

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Sunday 6th September 2015

Ricki And The Flash 3 stars

Ricki Rendazzo works as a cashier when she isn't playing with her rock band, pursuing giddy dreams of stardom. She is estranged from her loved ones, including her three children. Unexpectedly, Ricki's ex-husband Pete asks her to atone for the sins of the past by visiting her daughter Julie in Indianapolis. It transpires that Julie recently attempted suicide following her divorce from her cheating husband. Ricki faces staunch resistance from Julie and her two sons.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Film, Musical
  • CastMamie Gummer, Kevin Kline, Meryl Streep, Sebastian Stan.
  • DirectorJonathan Demme.
  • WriterDiablo Cody.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration101 mins
  • Official sitewww.rickiandtheflashmovie.com
  • Release04/09/2015 (selected cinemas)

Meryl Streep learnt how to play the guitar and exercises her vocal chords for this musical comedy drama, about a rock star who must face the painful consequences of her decision to put fame before her family. Ricki Rendazzo (Streep) works as a cashier when she isn't playing with her rock band, pursuing giddy dreams of stardom. She is estranged from her loved ones, including her three children. Unexpectedly, Ricki's ex-husband Pete (Kevin Kline) asks her to atone for the sins of the past by visiting her daughter Julie (Mamie Gummer) in Indianapolis. It transpires that Julie recently attempted suicide following her divorce from her cheating husband. Ricki faces staunch resistance from Julie and her two sons, and she faces bitter home truths from her children about her neglect and their affection for Pete's second wife, Maureen (Audra McDonald), who was always there for them.

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Friday 4th September 2015
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Sunday 6th September 2015
Monday 7th September 2015
Tuesday 8th September 2015
Wednesday 9th September 2015
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Strange Magic (Autism Friendly Screening) 2 stars

On the eve of her wedding, Princess Marianne discovers her fiance Roland in a clinch with another fairy and correctly surmises he only wants to marry her to ascend the throne. Roland is determined to rule so he ruthlessly exploits a gentle elf called Sunny, who is secretly in love with Marianne's sister Dawn. The jilted groom persuades Sunny to enter the Dark Forest in order to procure a love potion from the Sugar Plum Fairy, who is being held captive by the dastardly Bog King.

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Family, Family, Fantasy, Inclusive, Musical
  • CastKristin Chenoweth, Elijah Kelley, Evan Rachel Wood, Sam Palladio, Alan Cumming.
  • DirectorGary Rydstrom.
  • WriterGary Rydstrom, Irene Mecchi, David Berenbaum.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration99 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/StrangeMagicMovie
  • Release21/08/2015 (selected cinemas)

If musicals be the food of love, then Hollywood has feasted many times at Shakespeare's table. The feuding Montagues and Capulets of Romeo And Juliet kicked up their heels as the Jets and Sharks of West Side Story, The Taming Of The Shrew smooched as Kiss Me, Kate and The Comedy Of Errors was note perfect as The Boys From Syracuse.

In Strange Magic, A Midsummer Night's Dream provides the loose inspiration for a computer-animated standoff between fairies, who can't help falling in love to Elvis Presley, and self-loathing bog creatures, who have been mistreated to Deep Purple.

Gary Rydstrom's heavy-handed romance might take its initial cue from Shakespeare's forest fantasy but it plunders Disney's 1991 version of Beauty And The Beast for the achingly predictable second act. Even preschoolers will roll their eyes when the king of the fairies pointedly remarks, "Never judge something, or someone, by how it, or he, or she looks."

Spookily, that's also true of Rydstrom's picture. The detailed, photorealistic backgrounds conjured by the animators cast a heady spell. Alas, the same cannot be said of a script - based on an idea by George Lucas - that refuses to delve beneath the shiny surface of the two-dimensional characters.

Princess Marianne (voiced by Evan Rachel Wood) lives in Fairy Kingdom with her flighty younger sister, Dawn (Meredith Anne Bull). The older fairy - and heir to the throne - is poised to marry hunky soldier Roland (Sam Palladio).

Her reverie is shattered when she discovers Roland in a clinch with another fairy and correctly surmises he only wants to marry her to ascend the throne. "He loves the crown and his hair. Not in that order," Marianne coldly informs her father (Alfred Molina).

Roland is determined to rule so he ruthlessly exploits a gentle elf called Sunny (Elijah Kelley), who is secretly in love with Dawn. The jilted groom persuades Sunny to enter the Dark Forest in order to procure a love potion from the Sugar Plum Fairy (Kristin Chenoweth), who is being held captive by the dastardly Bog King (Alan Cumming).

The elf gamely agrees in the misguided belief that the potion will allow him to win Dawn's heart. Roland has other ideas.

Strange Magic fails to deliver either part of its beguiling title. The film's otherworldly designs recall the 1982 Jim Henson fantasy The Dark Crystal and recent computer animation Epic, and someone forgot to sprinkle pixie dust over the clunky dialogue.

Cast belt out musical mash-ups from the past six decades a la Glee, including the title track by ELO, to verbalise trite emotions. There's no subtlety to the songbook: the heroine immunises herself against future heartbreak by warbling I'll Never Fall In Love Again. We know she will because even Shakespeare couldn't resist an occasional happy ending.

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Sunday 6th September 2015

The Transporter Refuelled 2 stars

Special Ops mercenary Frank Martin lives in the south of France, where he is paid handsomely to transport classified packages for his customers. Out of the blue, Frank's father visits him on the coast for some long overdue bonding. The mood of reconciliation sours when a femme fatale called Anna sinks her claws into Frank and compels him to take part in a daredevil bank heist with her three beautiful yet deadly sidekicks, Gina, Maria and Qiao. The robbery doesn't unfold as planned.

  • GenreAction, Thriller
  • CastLoan Chabanol, Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Gabriella Wright.
  • DirectorCamille Delamarre.
  • WriterBill Collage, Adam Cooper, Luc Besson.
  • CountryFr/Chi
  • Duration96 mins
  • Official sitewww.thetransporterrefueled.com
  • Release04/09/2015

Clothes might not make the man but Derbyshire-born model-turned-actor Jason Statham has been happily wearing the designer togs of a brooding tough guy since he bossed our attention in Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels. The Transporter franchise, launched in 2002, confirmed him as a muscular if monosyllabic leading man and snagged recurring roles in The Expendables and Fast & Furious series. Evidently, three increasingly preposterous films as Special Ops mercenary Frank Martin was enough for Statham, because his trademark scowl is nowhere to be seen in this fourth instalment, directed by Camille Delamarre. Instead, London-born Ed Skrein slips into the lead character's tailored suits on the sun-kissed Cote d'Azur. In an unwelcome nod to his predecessor, Skrein brings no charisma or emotional depth to the testosterone-fuelled party. He flexes his muscles in high-tempo fight sequences and casually tosses out clunky one-liners cobbled together by scriptwriters Adam Cooper, Bill Collage and Luc Besson. Unintentional sniggers abound, not least when a prostitute launches into her grim history of human trafficking with the words: "I come from an impoverished village..." Delamarre's picture runs empty on gas fumes from the kinetic opening frames. Russian kingpin Karasov (Rasha Bukvic) and his goons Yuri (Yuri Kolokolnikov) and Imasov (Lenn Kudrjawizki) sweep into the French Riviera in 1995 and seize control of the local working girls. Fifteen years later, one member of the harem, Anna (Loan Chabanol), decides to wreak revenge by bringing down Karasov's empire. She joins forces with fellow prostitutes Gina (Gabrielle Wright), Maria (Tatiana Pajkovic) and Qiao (Wenxia Yu) and hires Frank Martin (Skrein) as the getaway driver for her suicidal scheme. Anna ensures Frank's co-operation by kidnapping his old man (Ray Stevenson), who has been poisoned with a toxin that will kill in 12 hours, unless she administers the antidote. The clock is ticking. Anna's plan - to rob the bank where Karasov has squirrelled away his ill-gotten gains - doesn't unfold entirely as planned. "When I find out who they are, they are going to wish they were someone else," snarls Karasov to his business associate Maissa (Noemie Lenoir). The Transporter Refuelled delivers souped-up action sequences including a spectacular car chase along the Monaco waterfront. Stunt coordinator Alain Figlarz looks to Jackie Chan for inspiration, choreographing bone-crunching fisticuffs that rely on background props as makeshift weapons. Skrein looks suitably moody but lacks the imposing physical presence of his predecessor, while Stevenson has a ball in an underwritten supporting role. Female cast slink seductively in front of Delamarre's leering lens. Their characters are sketched in laughably broad strokes and are treated as disposable sex objects throughout. The man behind the wheel of The Transporter might have changed, but everything else about this glossy reboot is depressingly familiar.

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Friday 4th September 2015
Saturday 5th September 2015
Sunday 6th September 2015
Monday 7th September 2015
Tuesday 8th September 2015
Wednesday 9th September 2015
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