Cinema

Upton’s nearest cinema is the Didcot Cineworld.

For information on what’s showing and to book tickets, call 0871 220 8000 or go to theĀ Didcot Cineworld web page.

What’s On

A biopic about Freddie Mercury and Queen focussing on the lead-up to their performance at Live Aid.

24 Oct–25 Oct: Wed & Thu 11am, 2pm, 5pm & 8pm

Christopher Robin (McGregor) is a workaholic who neglects his family, until he re-encounters his childhood toys. Whimsical and unoriginal back-to-childhood tale, not saved by McGregor’s dexterity or Cummings’s lovely voice work as Pooh.

19 Oct–25 Oct: Mon & Tue 10.30am; Wed 10am; Thu 10.15am; Fri–Sun 10.30am

Biopic of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong (Gosling), with subtle and unshowy performances from Gosling and from Foy as his no-BS wife Jan. An intimate and moving character drama with raw and visceral space-peril thrills and a hero whose fame rests on modesty, curiosity and problem-solving purposefulness.

20 Oct–25 Oct: Mon & Tue 1.15pm, 4.30pm & 8.15pm; Wed 1.15pm & 7.30pm; Thu 1.15pm, 4.15pm & 7.30pm; Sat & Sun 1.15pm, 4.30pm & 8.15pm

Natasha J Barnes and Sheridan Smith star in this new adaptation of Funny Girl, which tells the story of the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and comedian Fanny Brice. The musical brought global fame to Barbra Streisand 50 years ago and was originally nominated for eight Tony Awards.

24 Oct: Wed 7pm

Kathy (McLendon-Covey) is an exasperated single mother trying to keep her unruly children on the straight and narrow, but then they discover evil ventriloquist’s dummy Slappy (Black). A tediously bland attempt at family horror, with join-the-dots storytelling and only a few perky performances and special effects to recommend it.

19 Oct–25 Oct: Fri–Thu 11.30am, 1.45pm, 4pm & 6.15pm

A direct sequel to the 1978 original: Michael Myers has been locked in a prison for most of his life, and it falls to long-suffering Laurie (Curtis) to stop him. After a slow beginning it gets going, and Laurie—now a mother and grandmother—has to battle with trauma. A straightforward stalk-n-slash in the best tradition of the franchise.

21 Oct–25 Oct: Mon 6pm & 8.45pm; Tue 2.45pm, 6pm & 8.45pm; Wed & Thu 6pm & 8.45pm; Sun 2.45pm & 6pm

21 Oct: (Subtitled) Mon 2.45pm; Sun 8.45pm

Lewis (Vaccaro) is an orphan sent to live with his mysterious uncle Jonathan (Black). Roth takes a break from gore to turn this children’s book into family fare, and it’s atmospheric, but lacks charm; still, Black is great casting and the themes of grief and bravery are handled well.

19 Oct–25 Oct: Mon & Tue 12.15pm; Wed & Thu 10.45am; Fri 12.15pm; Sat 12.45pm; Sun 12.15pm

Johnny English (Atkinson) is called back into action after a cyberattack reveals the identities of British secret agents. The cast are game, but the dialogue lacks snap and the direction and editing are atrocious. The lack of laughs are all the more infuriating because it’s easy to see how it could have been funnier.

19 Oct–25 Oct: Fri 11am, 1pm, 3.30pm, 5.45pm & 8pm; Sat 11am, 1pm, 3.30pm, 5.45pm & 8.30pm; Sun–Tue 11am, 1pm, 3.30pm, 5.45pm & 8pm; Wed 12.15pm, 2.30pm, 4.45pm & 8.30pm; Thu 12.45pm, 3.15pm, 5.30pm & 8.30pm

Puccini's follow up to Madame Butterfly is a Wild West opera set during the California Gold Rush. Marco Armiliato conducts.

27 Oct: Sat 5.55pm

Migo (Tatum) is a bigfoot who lives in an isolated community of his fellow creatures, who have heard rumours of the mythical ‘smallfoots’—humans. The songs are fun and drive the story forward, and child-pleasing slapstick is ably mixed with a thoughtful consideration of how a community can deal with challenges to its basic assumptions.

19 Oct–25 Oct: Fri–Tue 10.45am, 1.30pm & 3.45pm; Wed & Thu 10.30am, 1pm & 3.30pm

Jackson (Cooper) is a famous musician, his best years behind him, who discovers young singer Ally (Gaga) in a bar one night. What could have been yet another remake is a revelation: Gaga sings up a storm and is nuanced and convincing, but Cooper is extraordinary as co-writer, producer, director and star. Smart, funny and heartbreaking.

20 Oct–25 Oct: Mon & Tue 5.15pm & 7.45pm; Wed 4.30pm; Thu & Sat 7.45pm; Sun 5.15pm & 7.30pm

Disgruntled that so many big players in the DC Universe have their own movie but they themselves don’t, the Teen Titans pressure hotshot director Jade Wilson (Bell) to make one. Inventive and very funny animated superhero comedy which is a treat for kids and adults alike.

19 Oct–23 Oct: Mon, Tue & Fri 10am; Sat 10.15am; Sun 10am

Eddie (Hardy) is a reporter trying to expose the nefarious activities of dodgy billionaire Carlton Blake (Ahmed) when he’s grabbed by an alien symbiote that gives him powers. Flailing about between genres, this never finds its tone and Hardy turns in a bizarrely shifty performance. A muddle.

19 Oct–23 Oct: Mon, Tue & Fri 8.30pm; Sat 9.15pm; Sun 8.30pm