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

When dollmaker Samuel (LaPaglia) and his wife Esther (Otto) open their creaking home to a group of orphans, little do they know that their late daughter’s bedroom contains a demonic doll. Routine horror with a flimsy narrative driven by Samuel and Esther’s increasingly poor decisions; this fourth film in the franchise is one too many.

18 Aug–24 Aug: Fri–Thu 3pm, 5.45pm & 8.30pm

Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is an MI6 agent tasked with finding a list of double-crossing agents, aided by dodgy fellow spy David (McAvoy) as she kicks the arses of an army of foes in 1989 Berlin. Basically a showcase for Theron’s sparring ability and withering looks, it features authentically exhausting fights and is a shamelessly derivative but fun actioner.

18 Aug–24 Aug: Fri–Thu 5.15pm & 8pm

Orphaned Félicie (Fanning) strives to reach her dream of performing ballet at the Grand Opera House, with the help of mentor Odette (Jepsen). A ballet version of The Karate Kid, it looks nice but the soundtrack is a mish-mash and the story is formulaic and lacks comic zing.

18 Aug–24 Aug: Fri–Thu 10am

Animated superhero comedy based on the bestselling book series by Dav Pilkey. This is a film that sides with the kids, right down to its sly jabs at uncaring, cash-starved school systems and loose message about the value of laughing at yourself; and, of course, at the mere existence of a planet called Uranus.

18 Aug–24 Aug: Fri–Thu 10.15am & 12.30pm

Gunslinger Roland (Elba) engages the help of New York teenager Jake (Taylor) in a battle to save the titular tower from the menacing Man in Black (McConaughey). Writer-director Arcel turns King’s dark book into a disappointing YA adventure with little tension or gravitas, and Elba’s charm is offset by McConaughey’s unintentionally comical impersonation of Viggo Mortensen.

18 Aug–24 Aug: Fri–Thu 4.20pm, 6.40pm & 9pm

Gru (Carell) and new wife and fellow agent Lucy (Wiig) are ensconced with their adorable adopted daughters when supervillain Balthazar Bratt (Parker) decides to take revenge on Hollywood for neglecting him. It’s all a bit familiar but it skilfully balances kid and adult appeal with its madcap approach and embarrassment of mischievous energy.

18 Aug–24 Aug: Fri–Thu 11.40am & 2pm

Survival story set during the battle of Dunkirk in WWII. The younger cast members acquit themselves admirably, including pop star Harry Styles; and, in its uncomfortable depiction of frightened men looking to save their own skin, this is far from straightforwardly patriotic fare. As he delivers non-stop visual audacity, once again Nolan shows himself to be a master of pure cinema.

18 Aug–24 Aug: Fri–Thu 2.20pm, 5pm & 7.40pm

Gene (Miller) is a ‘meh’ emoji living in Textopolis who can’t help displaying mixed emotions. Targeted for deletion, he goes on the run with perky Hi-5 (Corden) and hacker Jailbreak (Faris). A combination of product placement, ingratiating voice work and barrel-scraping studio desperation, it’s a witless and blandly generic journey of self-discovery.

18 Aug–24 Aug: Fri 10.30am, 12.45pm & 3pm; Sat 10.30am, 12.45pm & 3.05pm; Sun–Thu 10.30am, 12.45pm & 3pm

Michael Bryce (Reynolds) is an elite bodyguard tasked with transporting imprisoned assassin Darius Kincaid (Jackson) to the Hague, to testify against a Russian warlord. Hilarious mismatched buddy hi-jinks disappointingly fail to ensue. Hayek has a nice role as Kincaid’s very sweary wife, though.

18 Aug–24 Aug: Fri 12.20pm, 3.10pm, 6pm & 8.50pm; Sat 12.20pm, 3.15pm, 6pm & 8.50pm; Sun 3.15pm, 6pm & 8.50pm; Mon 12.20pm, 3.10pm & 8.50pm; Tue–Thu 12.20pm, 3.10pm, 6pm & 8.50pm

20 Aug–21 Aug: (Subtitled) Mon 6pm; Sun 12.20pm

In this inexplicable sequel to the underwhelming 2014 original, Surly Squirrel (Arnett) teams up with idealistic Andie (Heigl) and Precious (Rudolph) to save their park from the Mayor (Moynihan). The characters are unappealing and the script relies on uninspired action and flat non-jokes. At least there’s no ‘Gangnam Style’ this time.

18 Aug–24 Aug: Fri–Thu noon