The films to see in York right now – February 2015

31 Jan 2015 @ 8.04 pm
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York movie blogger Isis Dunthorne looks forward to a month of movies featuring Seth, Scott and a certain sheep…

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Shaun makes the leap from CBBC to silver screen
For movie geeks like me, 2015 has long been anticipated as the year for films. With stunners like Whiplash, The Theory of Everything and Birdman already beginning to fulfil this prophecy, let’s take a look at what other exciting flicks are coming out this February…

Family films

Big Hero 6

Cert PG, 102 mins

Vue York, Reel

From Jan 30

Movie website

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the creators behind smash-hit Frozen, comes new movie Big Hero 6, based on the Marvel comic of the same name.

This comedy-adventure tells the story of robotics nerd Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) after he discovers the plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax (voiced by Scott Adset), created in the past by his brother.

When a disaster befalls the futuristic city of San Fransokyo, Hiro recruits the help of Baymax and his four close friends, becoming a band of high-tech heroes, dubbed the “Big Hero 6”.

Shaun The Sheep: The Movie

Cert U, 85 mins

Vue York, Reel

From Feb 6

Movie website

Based on the much-loved CBBC series, Aardman’s Shaun The Sheep finally takes to the big screen early this February.

When Shaun decides to take a day off, the repercussions are more than he bargained for. His mischief unintentionally leads to The Farmer being taken away into the Big City and so we join Shaun, Bitzer and The Flock make plans for his rescue.

This funny, action-packed adventure is a story about how we sometimes forget to appreciate what we have in life, and the people who love us.

Action and sci-fi

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Cert 15, 129 mins

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From Jan 30

Movie website

Based upon the acclaimed comic book of the same name and coming from the creators of Kick Ass and X-Men: First Class (expect extreme violence), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a covert spy organisation.

Eggsy (Taron Egerton), a teen from the wrong side of the tracks, is recruited by Harry Hart (Colin Firth), a top spy, to be part of their ultra-competitive training programme.

Meanwhile, an eccentric billionaire threatens to wipe out most of the world’s population.

Jupiter Ascending

Cert 12A, 127 mins

City Screen

From Feb 4

Movie website

Russian immigrant women Jupiter Jones works in a dead-end job, dreaming of the stars but living in the reality of cleaning toilets day-in, day-out.

Everything changes when she discovers she shares the same perfect DNA as a powerful alien queen, who has sent a bounty hunter to kill her genetic rival.

However, when love blossoms between the mercenary and his target, things take a different turn.

Comedy

The Interview

Cert 15, 112 mins

Vue York, Reel

From Feb 6

Movie website

The movie that’s been making the headlines since December, Evan Goldberg’s controversial The Interview is finally released into cinemas.

Talk-show host Dave Skylark (James Franco) and producer Aaron Rapaport (Seth Rogen) run the celebrity tabloid show Skylark Tonight. When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to assassinate him.

And so, perhaps the two least-qualified men for the job imaginable begin their trip to Pyongyang. Is it a movie worth an international incident? Now we get to find out.

Inherent Vice

Cert 15, 148 mins

City Screen

From Jan 30

Movie website

Paul Thomas Anderson’s seventh feature, romantic-comedy-action Inherent Vice is an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name.

As the trailer states: “If it’s a quiet night out at the beach and your ex-old-lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire boyfriend, and his wife, and her boyfriend, and a plot to kidnap the billionaire and throw him in a loony bin, maybe you should just look the other way.”

But drug fuelled LA detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) can’t quite do that.

Historical drama

Selma

Cert 12A, 128 mins

Vue York, Reel, City Screen

From Feb 6

Movie website

Director Ava DuVernay brings us the unforgettable true story of the riotous three-month period in 1965, when Dr Martin Luther King Jr led a campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.

The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

We watch how the revered leader and visionary Dr Martin Luther King Jr, along with the rest of his movement, prompted the change that would forever alter history.