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Mini Takeover

Oxford Mail: DESPICABLE ME 2: 'more warm-hearted thrills and slapstick spills'

4:30pm Thursday 27th June 2013

DESPICABLE ME 2 (U)

Dead Good

Oxford Mail: WORLD WAR Z: "a compelling survival thriller that is not the catastrophe the gossip-mongers predicted ..."

4:02pm Thursday 20th June 2013

WORLD WAR Z (15)

Soft Touch for Lovelorn Characters

Oxford Mail: STUCK IN LOVE: 'a smartly scripted, semi-autobiographical dramedy about the aftermath of divorce on a wealthy family'

4:00pm Thursday 13th June 2013

STUCK IN LOVE (15)

Krypton Factor

Oxford Mail: MAN OF STEEL: 'a bombastic and bruising reboot, punctuated by overblown set pieces'

4:00pm Thursday 13th June 2013

MAN OF STEEL (12A)

Camp Commandant

Oxford Mail: BEHIND THE CANDELABRA:'exposes the tormented showman behind the fur-lined and sequin-bedecked myth'

4:00pm Thursday 6th June 2013

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA (15)

Will To Survive

Oxford Mail: AFTER EARTH: 'There are some lovely, tender moments in Shyamalan’s script, co-written by Gary Whitta, that draw heavily on the natural chemistry between the leads

4:00pm Thursday 6th June 2013

AFTER EARTH (12A)

Marital Breakdown

Oxford Mail: THE BIG WEDDING: 'a frothy and harmless confection that squanders the on-screen talent'

4:00pm Thursday 30th May 2013

THE BIG WEDDING (15)

Slow Burn

Oxford Mail: Tension with a Sting In The Tail

4:00pm Thursday 30th May 2013

BYZANTIUM (15)

Tension with a Sting In The Tail

Oxford Mail: THE PURGE: 'It’s a neat premise and writer-director James DeMonaco cranks up tension with sadistic glee'

4:00pm Thursday 30th May 2013

THE PURGE (15)

Still No Hangover Cure

Oxford Mail: THE HANGOVER PART III: 'Expect profanity, gun play and a sticky demise for an unsuspecting giraffe...'

4:00pm Thursday 23rd May 2013

Also out this week but not yet screened to critics is The Hangover Part III (15).

New Leaf

Oxford Mail: EPIC: 'an enchanting journey of discovery that will inspire pangs of nostalgia for parents who fondly remember the 1989 Disney romp Honey, I Shrunk The Kids'

4:00pm Thursday 23rd May 2013

 

Great Action.... Less Satisfaction

Oxford Mail: FAST AND FURIOUS 6: 'upping the action ante with a runaway armoured tank and a climactic battle inside a gargantuan Russian airplane'

4:00pm Thursday 16th May 2013

FAST & FURIOUS 6 (12A)

Great Scott

Oxford Mail: THE GREAT GATSBY: 'Luhrmann is the first film-maker in almost 40 years to commit F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel to the big screen, bringing his distinctive style and youthful energy to a story of smouldering passions in swinging 1920s New York.'

4:00pm Thursday 16th May 2013

THE GREAT GATSBY 3D (12A)

Enterprise Culture

Oxford Mail: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS: 'Between the pyrotechnic-laden heroics, which are evenly distributed between Pine, Quinto and their co-stars, there is a semblance of plot'

4:00pm Thursday 9th May 2013

In the captain’s log from the 1960s TV series, James Tiberius Kirk brazenly split an infinitive as the crew of the Enterprise embarked on a five-year mission “to boldly go where no man has gone before”.

The Naked Truth

Oxford Mail: THE LOOK OF LOVE: 'caters magnificently to the eye but short-changes the brain'

4:00pm Thursday 25th April 2013

THE LOOK OF LOVE (18)

Hot Metal

Oxford Mail: IRON MAN 3: 'Fun for both fans and newbies to the comic book world, the movie may be a lengthy 129 minutes but it doesn’t feel like it'

4:00pm Thursday 25th April 2013

IRON MAN 3 (12A)

Jaw Dropping

Oxford Mail: JAWS aka RICHARD KIEL: “It’s good to see the films on the big screen again and it’s great you are doing it. I wish I could be there..."

4:00pm Thursday 18th April 2013

As we gear up for our Bond-themed film festival, TIM HUGHES catches up with one of 007’s most fearsome adversaries – Jaws aka Richard Kiel

Six Appeal

Oxford Mail: Preview of The Best of Bond at the Phoenix Picture House

4:00pm Thursday 18th April 2013

Half a century and six different Bonds, all with one thing in common – their licence to kill.

The Big Score

Oxford Mail: PLACE BEYOND THE PINES: Gosling scorches every frame with his daredevil’s simmering rage

4:00pm Thursday 11th April 2013

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES (15)

Earth Doesn't Move

Oxford Mail: OBLIVION: Director Kosinski, who previously made TRON: Legacy, orchestrates the pivotal action sequences with breathless aplomb

4:00pm Thursday 11th April 2013

OBLIVION (12A)

Best of Bonds

Oxford Mail: BEST OF BONDS: never have three numbers meant more than these... 007

4:00pm Thursday 11th April 2013

More than 50 years and six different Bonds, yet all with one thing in common – their licence to kill.

Teen Dreams Turn Into Off-Kilter Nightmare

Oxford Mail: SPRING BREAKERS: 'the climactic shootout, conducted in skimpy bikinis and lurid pink ski masks, is a swig of insanity too far...'

4:00pm Thursday 4th April 2013

SPRING BREAKERS (18)

Not Alone

Oxford Mail: DARK SKIES: 'sustains tension by grounding most of the family’s torment in reality...'

4:00pm Thursday 4th April 2013

DARK SKIES (15)

Here's Danny...

Oxford Mail: TRANCE: 'takes us for a ride as much as the characters...'

4:00pm Thursday 28th March 2013

TRANCE (15)

If At First You Don't Succeed - Churn Out A Sequel

Oxford Mail: G.I.JOE: RETALIATION: 'slicker and more entertaining than its predecessor'

4:00pm Thursday 28th March 2013

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION 3D (12A)

Dated and Dreary

Oxford Mail: RED DAWN: 'cannot disguise gaping plot holes or the script’s ham-fisted attempt to splice global politics with propulsive action sequences and hoary teen angst'

4:00pm Thursday 14th March 2013

RED DAWN (15)

No Wonder

Oxford Mail: THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE: 'The only thing that is truly incredible here is that his film dodged the straight-to-DVD bullet'

4:00pm Thursday 14th March 2013

THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE (15)

Side Effects Keep Nerves Jangling

Oxford Mail: SIDE EFFECTS: "nods and winks with ghoulish glee to the sleights of hand of Hitchcock, engineering a series of surprises to keep us on the edge of our seats"

4:00pm Thursday 7th March 2013

SIDE EFFECTS (15)

Wizard of Odd

Oxford Mail: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL: "is a visual treat, especially in eye-popping 3D, and it’s evident that most of the $200m budget has been lavished on digital effects"

4:00pm Thursday 7th March 2013

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (PG)

Out Of Gas

Oxford Mail: THE GUILT TRIP: 'There are no detours to originality and the film’s ultimate destination in an oft-visited town called Tearful Reconciliation is signposted well in advance'

4:00pm Thursday 7th March 2013

THE GUILT TRIP (12A)

Thriller That Delves Into Grubby World of Politics

Oxford Mail: BROKEN CITY: 'marshals an impressive cast and Brian Tucker’s script sustains dramatic tension for the opening hour'

4:00pm Thursday 28th February 2013

BROKEN CITY (15)

Grimm Tale

Oxford Mail: HANSEL AND GRETEL: 'another set-piece reduces a swarm of the villainesses to chunks of airborne flesh and entrails...'

4:00pm Thursday 28th February 2013

HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS 3D (15)

Series Needs To Die Hard!

Oxford Mail: A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD: 'is a soulless money-machine exercise...'

4:00pm Thursday 21st February 2013

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (12A)

Time Travellers

Oxford Mail: CLOUD ATLAS: 'Production design is jaw-dropping and the cast give their all'

4:00pm Thursday 21st February 2013

CLOUD ATLAS (12A)

Poignant But Uplifting Tale

Oxford Mail: SONG FOR MARION: 'is joyful and unlifting'

4:00pm Thursday 21st February 2013

SONG FOR MARION (PG)

Boring 40s

Oxford Mail: THIS IS 40: 'Where one snappy scene would suffice, the writer-director opts for protracted navel-gazing'

4:00pm Thursday 14th February 2013

THIS IS 40 (15)

Body of Work

Oxford Mail: HITCHCOCK: 'is a handsomely crafted portrait of tortured genius, distinguished by scintillating performances'

4:00pm Thursday 7th February 2013

HITCHCOCK (12A)

Smashing Treat

Oxford Mail: WRECK-IT RALPH: 'Blessed with a smart script and energetic vocal performances, Wreck-It Ralph is 108 minutes of pure, unadulterated joy...'

4:00pm Thursday 7th February 2013

WRECK-IT RALPH (PG)

Romance Is Undead

Oxford Mail: WARM BODIES: 'a refreshing twist on Romeo And Juliet, enhanced with solid digital effects to unleash an army of ravenous skeletons...'

4:00pm Thursday 7th February 2013

WARM BODIES (12A)

Tour-de-force Portrayal of Wounded Heart

Oxford Mail: THE SESSIONS: 'Once in a while, an actor delivers a performance of such raw emotional power that it’s impossible to tear your eyes from the screen...'

4:00pm Thursday 17th January 2013

THE SESSIONS (15)

Singing Contest Proves Music To Young Cinema-Goers' Ears

Oxford Mail: PITCH PERFECT: 'Glee meets Bring It On with the sassy swagger of Clueless in Jason Moore’s unabashedly feel-great musical comedy'

4:00pm Thursday 20th December 2012

PITCH PERFECT (12A)

Life Lessons in Life of Pi

Oxford Mail: LIFE OF PI: 'a tour-de-force of technical wizardry'

4:00pm Thursday 20th December 2012

LIFE OF PI (PG)

Goblin Up The Screen It's The Hobbit

Oxford Mail: Follow our live The Hobbit blog

4:00pm Thursday 13th December 2012

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY - 12A

Winter Warmers for Oxford Mail's Senior Citizens Film Festival At Phoenix Cinema

Oxford Mail: TA-DAH!: “We hope this little touch of movie magic proves just the ticket for the city’s over-60s!"

4:00pm Thursday 6th December 2012

Grab your coat and head out for this year’s choice of Merry Christmas Matinees

Rise of The Guardians Looks Set To Appeal

Oxford Mail: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS: 'boasts a pleasing mix of action, adventure and comedy – the latter courtesy of Santa’s army of expressive elves – that should stoke younger audiences’ sense of wonder as they stuff their faces with popcorn...'

4:00pm Thursday 29th November 2012

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (PG)

Only Right To Expect More

Oxford Mail: GREAT EXPECTATIONS: 'Alas, as the characters in Nicholls’s screenplay learn to their cost, life is full of disappointments and Newell’s film has a fair few...'

4:00pm Thursday 29th November 2012

GREAT EXPECTATIONS (12A)

Fine Pitch From Clint

Oxford Mail: TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE: 'is predictable and at times pat but there’s an undeniable pleasure watching the stellar cast tease out the best in each other.'

4:00pm Thursday 29th November 2012

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE (12A)

Coen Brothers Serve Up Shambles Despite Stars

Oxford Mail: GAMBIT: "With so much talent in front of and behind the camera, what could possibly go wrong?"

4:00pm Thursday 22nd November 2012

GAMBIT (12A)

Pain's A Gain For Bradley Cooper's Latest Release

Oxford Mail: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK: 'Molten screen chemistry between the leads and zinging one-liners ensure the film never drags its heels'

4:00pm Thursday 22nd November 2012

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (15)

Last Bite of Twilight Is A Tad Sad

Oxford Mail: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2: 'Treading Water would be more apt...'

4:00pm Thursday 15th November 2012

The Twilight Saga: Treading Water would be more apt, considering how scriptwriter Melissa Rosenberg manages to expand 30 minutes of plot into two hours of anticipation and dread.






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