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8 Cinema/Theatre

Big screen welcomes a classic

CHILD 44 (15) WAR-HARDENED soldier Leo Demidov (Tom Har- dy) is the man wielding the standard, cheered on by best friend Alexei An- dreyev (Fares Fares), while cowardly comrade Vasili Nikitin (Joel Kinnaman) watches enviously from the sidelines.

Fast-forward eight years LEAD: George Irving

THIS year’s season of Shake- speare’s Globe On Screen continues with Dominic Dromgoole’s sell-out envi- sioning of Roman classic, Julius Caesar, which will be screened in cinemas across the UK in a special event re- lease on Thursday. Tickets to experience capti- vating theatre from the Lon- don home of Shakespeare are nowon sale at globeonscreen. com

This sell-out production employed authentic Renais- sance costumes and staging from Jonathan Fensom, and Dominic Dromgoole’s im- passioned interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s classic plays showcased ‘a rapport between the performers and the audience that feels genu- inely magical’ (Daily Tel- egraph). Shakespeare’s Globe On Screen offers audiences the chance to experience the magic of the world-famous Globe Theatre, all captured in high definition and full surround sound. For more information and

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and these three men are working side by side as Mos- cow’s secret police under the aegis of Major Kuzmin (Vin- cent Cassel). Alexei’s young son dies on the train tracks in suspicious circumstances and the grieving father be- comes convinced a murder- er is on the loose. When Leo investigates,

Kuzmin shoots him down: “Stalin tells us murder is strictly a capitalist disease.” Soon after, Leo’s wife Raisa (Noomi Rapace) is branded a traitor but the policeman re- fuses to disown her and they are banished to the bleak industrial town of Voualsk. Leo is determined to un- mask the boy’s murderer and joins forces with local lawmaker General Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to disprove Stalin’s assertion that there can be no murder in para- dise.

Meanwhile, the unlikely culprit, a factory worker called Vladimir (Paddy Con- sidine), hunts more unsus- pecting victims with impu- nity. Based on the real life case of Andrei Chikatilo, the so-called Butcher of Ros- tov, who was sentenced to death for 52 murders, Child 44 is a slow burn that gets bogged down in exposition. Rating: Three stars

A LITTLE CHAOS (12A) THE director makes his mark in front of the camera

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MACHINE 2 (15) SINCE the first film, child- hood pals Lou (Rob Corddry), Adam (John Cusack) and Nick (Craig Robinson) have exploited the mystical whirl- pool for personal gain. Lou has amassed a fortune

of 2.3 billion US dollars as frontman of rock band Mot- ley Lou and inventor of the search engine Lougle. Adam courted celebri-

ty with his novel Jacuzzi Timelord then retreated from the limelight (Cusack doesn’t appear), while Nick has be- come a chart-topping singer- songwriter by plagiarising songs that haven’t been com- posed yet. The flimsy plot kicks into pedestrian first gear at Lou’s annual party where the boor- ish host torments his son Jacob (Clark Duke) and as- sorted guests. A crash of thunder causes

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as King Louis XIV, who has hired renowned landscape gardener Andre Le Notre (Schoenaerts) to transform the grounds of Versailles into a fantasia “of exquisite and matchless beauty”. It is a Herculean task, so Le Notre hires fellow landscap- ers to oversee different sec- tions of the garden. Sabine De Barra (Winslet) catches his eye. She flouts rigid form and prefers a more haphazard approach to her planting. The arrival of Sabine in the

court sets tongues wagging and incurs the wrath of An- dre’s jealous wife,MadameLe Notre (Helen McCrory). Fellow labourers including Moulin (Danny Webb) rush to support Sabine in her epic undertaking and the garden- er wins the approval of the king’s mistress Madame De

Montespan (Jennifer Ehle) by challenging the monarch’s description of women in his court as faded and overblown roses.

Rating: Three stars

THE SALVATION(15) JON (Mads Mikkelsen) set- tles on the outskirts of the godforsaken town of Black Creek, where he establishes a homestead. His wife Marie (Nanna Oland Fabricius) and young son Kresten (Toke Lars Bjarke) follow some years lat- er, but the tearful family re- union culminates in the rape and slaughter of mother and child. Consumed by grief, Jon hunts down and slays those responsible but one of the assailants turns out to be the brother of sadistic local land

baron, Delarue (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Black Creek’s mayor (Jona-

than Pryce) and weak-willed sheriff (Douglas Henshall) cower when Delarue swag- gers into town with his right- hand man Corsican (Eric Cantona) to demand retribu- tion for his brother’s death. Delarue makes good on his promise in order to impress his brother’s mute widow (Eva Green) and the towns- folk respond by betraying Jon.

Thankfully, the Dane has a

sharp-shooting brother, Peter (Mikael Persbrandt), to stage a daring rescue from the jaws of death. Embellished with a strident orchestral score composed by Kasper Wind- ing, The Salvation dazzles many of our senses. Rating: Three stars

a brief power outage and someone uses the cover of darkness to shoot off Lou’s manhood. Nick and Jacob drag the wounded billionaire to the hot tub, add a vial of nitrotrinadium to power the device and prepare to travel back to before the ill-fated shindig. Their prime suspects for

the shooting include Lou’s enraged wife Kelly (Collette Wolfe), disgruntled childhood friend Gary Winkle (Jason Jones) and Lougle employee Brad (Kumail Nanjiani). Unexpectedly, the trio sling-

shot forwards in time to March 26, 2025, where they join forces with Adam’s goofy son (Adam Scott) to unravel the mystery. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is a lumbering lit- any of toilet humour includ- ing a generous spray of bod- ily fluids. Rating: Nought stars

Hitting the road again The journey of discovery Theatre

BRED in Heaven – The road to Twickers is the latest com- edy offering from Llanelli based company, Frapetsus Productions. Written by Jack Llewellyn, and starring for- mer Real radio and Capital Gold radio presenter Tony Wright, the play follows the trials and tribulations of a rugby mad group of friends who, as the title suggests, head to Twickenham to support Wales in the Rugby World Cup. Jack Llewellyn’s previous

play Bred in Heaven saw the star of the iconic seventies film Grand Slam, Maldwyn Novello Pughe, heading off to New Zealand with his friends in tow in an attempt to help Wales win the Rugby World Cup 2011. Having got us as far as the quarter finals, Mald- wyn, played by well known ra- dio personality Tony Wright is

THE film, Wild, tells the true life story of Cheryl Strayed (played by Reese Wither- spoon), a woman who loses her mother and ends up on a path of destruction. In 1995, Cheryl, a 26 year old sleep- around heroin dabbler begins a 1,100 mile trek from the Mojave Dessert to the Oregon/Washington border after a grim decade of loss and personal meltdown. Cheryl finds herself ill-prepared for the

back to cheer on his boys once again. This time however the chal- lenge lays a little closer to home, the boys are off on a road trip over the Severn Bridge in Maldwyn’s mini-es- tate. Tony Wright said: “I can’t wait to deliver those great one liners. “I love Grand Slam, and he has always been one of my favourite characters.” Frapetsus is at the Congress Theatre, Cwmbran April 24-25 (01633 878239) and New Thea- tre, Cardiff May 20-23 (02920 878889)

journey ahead of her as she encounters a blend of loneliness, gritty emotions and physical challenges. Adapted from the best-selling memoir,

Wild: A journey from Lost to Found, writ- ten by Cheryl Strayed herself, the movie is a visual aid to the life lessons Cheryl learnt while backpacking. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, the man behind the Os- car Award-winning Dallas Buyers Club, Wild captures one woman’s brutally hon- est tales of terrors and pleasures. Wild will be showing at The Riverfront Theatre from Monday to Wednesday, at 7.45pm. Tuesday evening’s screening will be subtitled and tickets for all screenings are £5.50 or £5 with reductions.

Cinema 1hrs 55 mins

Wild (15)

Monday 27,Tuesday 28, Wednesday29 April7.45pm

The Second Best Marigold Hotel (PG)

2hrs 02 mins

Tuesday5,Wednesday 6, Thursday7May,3pm &7.45pm

£5.50, reductions £5.00

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