LISTINGS: Cinema Mar Mar 31 - Apr 7

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Bookings/Inquiries: Odeon, Arundel Gate 0871 2244007; Showroom, Paternoster Row 0114 2757727; Vue, Meadowhall 08712 240240; Cineworld, Valleycentertainment, Sheffield 0871 2002000; Cineworld, Derby Road, Chesterfield 0871 2002000; Paramount Penistone 01226 767532.

OPENING

Essential Killing, political thriller from veteran Polish writer and director Jerzy Skolimowski stars Vincent Gallo as soldier fighting in the desert who is captured by American troops and taken to an unspecified northern location where he manages to escape but must do whatever it takes to stay alive as he traverses harsh and alient wilderness (Cert 15, Showroom)

Hop, comedy mix of computer animation, live action and Russell Brand who voices EB, teenage son of the Easter Bunny, who drops out and heads for Hollywood with dreams of becoming drummer in a rock band and ends up moving in with slacker James Marsden (Cert U, Odeon, Cineworlds Sheffield and Chesterfield, Vue).

Killing Bono, music comedy scripted by Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement based on the memoir of rock critic Neil McCormick’s teenage years when he and his brother, played by Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan aimed for rock stardom to follow the example of four of their schoolmates in Dublin who became U2 (Cert 15, Cineworld Sheffield, Vue).

Oranges and Sunshine, the feature debut of director Jim Loach is based on the inspiring true story of Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson), a Nottingham social worker who uncovered the scandal of the forced migration of British children to Australia between the 1940s and 1960s (Cert 15, Showroom).

Source Code, sci fi action thriller by The Moon director Duncan Jones stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man on a train and discovers he has been sent on a mission to find who was behind a terrorist attack about to happen by using technology to relive the last moments of one of the victims (Cert 12A, Showroom, Odeon, Cineworlds Sheffield and Chesterfield, Vue).

Sucker Punch, fantasy adventure in which a young girl (Emily Browning) with an evil stepfather is locked up in a psychiatric institution and sets about building her own fantastic reality peppered with monsters and musical numbers (Cert 12A, Odeon, Cineworlds Sheffield and Chesterfield, Vue).

SPECIALS/ PREVIEWS

No Limits Student Film Festival, films showing across seven screens at Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam students’ unions. plus video art installations, Saturday, 11am-6pm

Kovert Kino...Cinema in the Park, open-air, bicycle powered screening includes films made by Sheffield schoolchildren, Endcliffe Park, Saturday, 8pm-10pm; Lock-In / After party, where the most extreme films in festival can be seen, plus music, Bank Street Arts, Saturday, 7pm - late; More films at both universities including special screenings of award nominated films, Sunday, 12-2.30pm; Award Ceremony, Sunday, 3pm-5pm (www.nolimitsfilmfestival.com).

Mars Needs Moms, filmed in motion-capture animation, as in The Polar Express, and Beowulf, the story of a young boy (voiced by comedian Seth Green) who stows away on a Martian spaceship to rescue his mother (Joan Cusack) who has been abducted by aliens (Cert PG, Odeon, Cineworlds Sheffield and Chesterfield, Vue, previews Saturday and Sunday).

Anita, a car bomb explodes in the Jewish neighborhood of Buenos Aires leaving a young woman with Downs Syndrome disoriented and as she wanders the city in search of her mother

(Cert 18, Showroom, UK Jewish Film Festival Tour 2011, Sunday).

Showroom Shorts, night of award-winning short films by talented filmmakers this month features Oscar Nominated Wish 143 from director Ian Barnes, and Rebound starring Ruth Jones

Showroom Bar, Monday, 7.30pm.

Living in Emergency, documentary following four volunteers with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under extreme conditions in the war zones of Liberia and Congo (Cert 15, Showroom, Monday with introduction from panel from MSF) . See page 27

Silken Skin, introducing a François Truffaut season, the French director’s 1964 subtle and compassionate study of an extra-marital affair starring Jean Desailly as a married middle-aged publisher, Françoise Dorléac as the alluring air hostess he meets on a lecturing trip to Lisbon and Nelly Bénédetti as his volatile wife (Cert PG, Showroom, Monday).

Rubber, mindbendingly surreal horror-comedy about a destructive car tyre named Robert who rolls through the desert using his psychic powers to blow up anything (and anyone) in his path (Cert 15, Showroom, Celluloid Screams Cult Tuesday). Review, page 27

Nenette, documentary viewed through the eyes of a 40 year old orangutan, the star of a Parisian zoo, who has out-lived three mates, given birth to four offspring and only bonds with a select few keepers (Cert PG, Doc/Fest presenation, Showroom, Wednesday).

Simon Konianski, French comedy in which a 37-year-old moves back in with his father who makes life unbearable but when the old man dies he feels obliged to honour his last request to be buried in the Ukrainian town of his birth, embarking on a comic family road trip (Showroom, Jewish Film Festival, Thursday).

CONTINUING

Arthur and the Great Adventure, sequel to Luc Besson’s 2006 fantasy Arthur and the Invisibles with Freddie Highmore as the diminutive hero journeying back to the land of his computer-animated, pint-sized chums and discovering that he has been lured there as part of an elaborate trap (Cert PG, Showroom, Sasturday Club).

Anuvahood, Adam Deacon co-directs (with Daniel Toland) UK urban comedy in which he also stars as a hapless wannabe gangster who quits his job in a supermarket and begins his quest for urban glory to the dismay of mum Linda Robson (Cert 15. Odeon, Cineworld Sheffield, Vue).

Battle: Los Angeles, LA becomes the battleground for the final stand between aliens and humans in explosive sci-fi film, starring Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez and Bridget Moynahan, filmed by director Jonathan Liebesman so that events seem to be happening in real time (Cert 12A, Odeon, Cineworlds Sheffield and Chesterfield, Vue).

Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son, Martin Lawrence returns as FBI agent Malcolm Turner getting into drag again with stepson Trent (Brandon T. Jackson) to go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school to solve a murder the boy has witnessed (Cert PG, Cineworld Sheffield and Vue weekend).

Chalet Girl, Felicity Jones leads British romcom set on the Alpine slopes as a down-to-earth working class girl mixing with the snooty posh ski set and catching the eye of suave Ed Westwick, son of her suave boss Bill Nighy (Cert 12A, Odeon, Cineworlds Sheffield and Chesterfield, Vue).

The Eagle, from Touching the Void and Last King of Scotland director Kevin Macdonald, a sword and sandals epic adapted from Rosemary Sutcliff’s classic children’s novel which follows Roman Centurion Marcus (Channing Tatum) and his Celtic slave Esca (Jamie Bell) venturing north of Hadrian’s wall to retrieve the Eagle, the standard of the Ninth Legion who were slaughtered along with his father 20 years previously (Cert 12A, Cineworlds Sheffield and Vue)

Gnomeo and Juliet, computer-animated family comedy in which Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers (voiced by James McAvoy and Emily Blunt) take on the form of garden gnomes from feuding families the Montagues and Capulets on different sides of the fence with Maggie Smith, Julie Walters and Michael Caine among a roster of famous voices (Cert PG, Showroom, Young Cinema Saturday matinee, Odeon, Cineworld Sheffield and Vue, weekend).

Hall Pass, Farrelly Brothers comedy in which Alyssa Milano and Christina Applegate become sick of their husbands (Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis) leering after other women and decide to call their bluff by giving them a week’s licence to abandon their marital responsiblities (Cert 15, Cineworld Sheffield and Vue).

I Am Number Four, fantasy thriller in which Alex Pettyfer is a young man with supernatural powers on the run from a group of ruthless enemies who settles in a small Ohio town where finds love in Dianna Agron who reveals powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny (Cert 12A, Cineworld Sheffield).

The King’s Speech, Oscar-tipped performance by Colin Firth as the stuttering future George VI who called on the services of eccentric speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) when he suddenly found himself thrust into the limelight on the abdication of his brother, Edward VII, played by Guy Pearce and also starring Helen Bonham Carter as the future Queen Mum (Cert 12A, Odeon, Cineworld Sheffield).

Limitless, fast-moving thriller cum uncompromising (im)morality tale starring Bradley Cooper as a struggling New York writer who is introduced to a mind-expanding drug which enables him to write his novel, learn new languages at lightspeed, and master the complexities of Wall Street, attracting the attention of tyrannical businessman Robert De Niro who wants to use him for his own purposes (Cert 15, Odeon, Cineworlds Sheffield and Chesterfield, Vue).

The Lincoln Lawyer, Matthew McConaughey as a hotshot lawyer operating out of the back of a chauffeured Lincoln limousine who thinks he has hit pay dirt when he is assigned to defend playboy Ryan Phillippe on an assault charge but soon realises his client may be involved in darker deeds (Cert 15, Cineworld Sheffield and Vue).

Morning Glory, sharp comedy in which perky young TV producer takes the poisoned chalice of boosting the ratings of an ailing breakfast TV show while contending with the clashing egos of the anchors - fluffy sofa queen Diane Keaton and grizzled veteran newsman Harrison Ford (Cert 12A, Odeon, Senior Screen, Tuesday).

Paul, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Brit comedy geeks travelling to a sci fi convention in the States where they bump into a lost alien, voiced by Seth Rogan (Cert 15, Cineworld Sheffield and Vue).

Rango, Johnny Depp provides the voice of the unlikely chameleon hero of this computer animated western adventure, a character who must be all things to all creatures as circumstances force him to protect a town against the marauding bandits that threaten it (Cert PG, Odeon, Cineworlds Sheffield and Chesterfield, Vue).

Submarine, comic actor and writer Richard Ayoade’s assured feature film debut produced by Sheffield’s Warp Films is an inventive offbeat coming-of-age comedy about an oddball Swansea 15-year-old (Craig Roberts) with an unerring self-belief and two all-consuming objectives, to lose his virginity with the help of alluring classmate Yasmin Paige and to prevent his mother (Sally Hawkins) leaving his depressed father (Noah Taylor) for seductive mystic Paddy Considine (Cert 15, Shhowroom).

A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures 3D, Belgian-made CGI animation directed by Ben Stassen (Fly Me To The Moon) follows the epic journey of a sea turtle (voiced by Dominic Cooper) spanning 50 years, from his birth on a California beach in 1959 to the modern day. with Gemma Arterton, Misfits’ Robert Sheehan, Kayvan Novak and John Hurt among the British voice cast (Cert PG, Odeon, Cineworlds Sheffield and Chesterfield, also showing in 2D)

Unknown, four days after being involved in a traffic accident in Berlin, doctor Liam Neeson awakens from a coma and finds he is alone without ID and when his wife (January Jones) doesn’t recognise him and presents another man (Aidan Quinn) as her husband sets off to reclaim his identity (Cert 12A, Odeon, Cineworlds Sheffield and Chesterfield, Vue).

West Is West, sequel to East Is East focuses on the youngest of the Khan clan, teenager Sajid (Aqib Khan) whose wayward behaviour persuades strict dad George (Om Puri) to take him back to his home village in Pakistan to teach him about his Asian heritage but it is the old man who is given a lesson (Cert 15, Cineworld Sheffield).

Yogi Bear, return of the famous cartoon character (voiced by Dan Aykroyd) and chum Boo Boo (Justin Timberlake) who join with Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) to save Jellystone Park from closure (Cert U, Cineworld Sheffield and Vue weekend, playing in 3D and 2D).