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

Alice (Wasikowska) has to travel back in time to help the Mad Hatter (Depp), to the annoyance of Time (Baron Cohen). Nimble blockbuster with a good blend of mirth and melancholy, and director Bobin never lets the CGI swamp the story in the way Burton did in the first film.

25 Feb–26 Feb: Sat & Sun 10.20am

When 12 granite pod-like spaceships land on Earth, linguistic expert Dr Louise Banks (Adams) is recruited to try to communicate with their owners. Powerful, intelligent and profound sci-fi, with assured direction, impressive but restrained effects and anchored by a mesmerising performance from Adams as the brave, vulnerable and fallible central character.

25 Feb–28 Feb: Tue 2.20pm; Sat 11.30am

Troy ( Washington) is a proud, tight-fisted, ageing working stiff in 50s Pittsburgh, full of bitterness that God, poverty and segregation ruined his youthful dreams of sporting success. Beautifully shot family drama, superbly acted (especially by Washington and Davis), but it suffers a bit from heavy self-importance and a long running time.

24 Feb–2 Mar: Mon & Tue 7.30pm; Wed & Thu 2pm & 4.30pm; Fri–Sun 7.30pm

No surprises here: Anastasia (Johnson) gets sweet-talked back into the red room by Christian (Dornan). Foley seems to be under orders to skip the actual sex, as the real money shots are of Christian’s wardrobe. Johnson manages to be likeable and human, but otherwise it’s high on production values and short on story.

22 Feb–23 Feb: Wed & Thu 12.30pm, 3.15pm, 6pm & 8.45pm

27 Feb: (Subtitled) Mon 8.30pm

Two tough, rascally fighting men (Damon and Pascal, who was Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones) travel to China, get captured, are beguiled by a warrior princess (Jing) and besieged by beasties. Director Zhang is going for full-on blockbuster: plot and character are less important than spectacular action, Damon is likeable, and it's all spiffing hooey.

24 Feb–2 Mar: Fri 11.40am & 5.20pm; Sat 6.10pm; Sun 5.20pm; Mon 11.40am & 5.20pm; Tue 11.45am & 4.20pm; Wed 1pm & 6.15pm; Thu 1.15pm & 3.45pm

22 Feb–23 Feb: (3D) Wed & Thu 6.45pm

Desmond Doss (Garfield) is a Seventh Day Adventist who enrols in the US Army in WWII and then refuses even to pick up a rifle, let alone shoot one. Doss’s real-life bravery and Garfield’s awkward-everyman persona make this rise above Gibson’s rather clichéd reverence, and the battle sequences are superbly realised.

25 Feb: Sat 2.10pm

The true story of the African-American women who provided NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch its first successful space missions, despite institutionalised segregation in the workplace. The leads are wonderful and it’s an inspiring story about collective triumph.

24 Feb–2 Mar: Fri 2.20pm & 8pm; Sat & Sun 8pm; Mon 2.20pm & 8pm; Tue 1.20pm & 8.50pm; Wed & Thu 1.40pm & 7.40pm

26 Feb: (Subtitled) Sun 2.20pm

Newly widowed Newcastle joiner Daniel (Johns) has worked all his life, but when his doctor tells him that his heart condition means he can't work, the welfare system disagrees. Familiar territory for Loach and screenwriter Laverty but despite unapologetic heartstring-tugging, the subject – the system's intrinsic cruelty and unfairness – is sadly more relevant than ever.

26 Feb: Sun 2.45pm

Impressionistic, non-linear portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy, with an agonising, in-depth performance by Portman, who is gripping either while giving a shy television tour of the White House, or going to pieces in a bathroom. A mesmerising, technically virtuosic and remarkable reflection on celebrity, memory and the determined individual crafting history.

25 Feb: Sat 12.30pm

John Wick (Reeves) is back, dealing with the global assassins’ network and handing out ass-kickings to all that stand in his way. The original was lean and focused but this stretches over two hours, and the guy was tired of this life prior to part one; maybe it’s time to give him a break.

24 Feb–2 Mar: Fri 6pm & 8.50pm; Sat 3pm & 8.50pm; Sun 6pm & 8.50pm; Mon 11.30am, 6pm & 8.50pm; Tue 12.15pm & 6pm; Wed 3.30pm & 8.45pm; Thu 9pm

23 Feb: (Subtitled) Thu 9pm

In Los Angeles, aspiring actress Mia (Stone) falls for jazz musician Sebastian (Gosling). Audaciously inventive homage to classic movie musicals, technically wonderful and joyously emotional, with Gosling as a goofy idealistic charmer and Stone showing the versatility, vulnerability and talent of a young Shirley MacLaine. Irresistible.

24 Feb–27 Feb: Mon 2.15pm; Fri 8pm

Batman (Arnett) is such a self-absorbed loner that even the Joker (Galifianakis) is peeved that Bats won’t recognise him as his greatest enemy, so the villain constructs a dastardly plot that incorporates every villain he can find, including the Daleks. Packed with gags and inventiveness, it’s tremendous fun.

24 Feb–2 Mar: Fri noon, 2.30pm & 5pm; Sat 10am, noon, 1pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm & 5pm; Sun noon, 1pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm & 5pm; Mon & Tue noon, 2.30pm & 5pm; Wed & Thu 5pm

The true story of Saroo Brierley, who aged five is separated from his mother and family in India, declared lost and adopted by an Australian couple, only to track his family down years later using Google Earth. Hugely emotional, remarkably assured debut from Davis, with fine performances.

26 Feb–28 Feb: Tue 7.40pm; Sun 11.50am

A third film in the solo series for the adamantium-clawed hero, Wolverine.

28 Feb–2 Mar: Tue 10.23pm; Wed & Thu 2.10pm, 5.20pm, 7.30pm & 8.30pm

Lee (Affleck) is a carefree small-town guy who, when his brother dies, is given the job of raising his nephew (Hedges). A masterful blend of high drama, quirky characterisations and incidental detail, with a soulful, heartbreaking turn by Affleck at its core.

24 Feb–26 Feb: Fri 2pm; Sun 8pm

Dvorák’s soulful fairy-tale opera featuring Kristine Opolais and Brandon Jovanovich.

25 Feb: Sat 5.55pm

The Royal Ballet performs its signature work, the classic fairytale of Aurora and her prince, in a version revitalised by Monica Mason and Christopher Newton in 2006 for the company's 75th anniversary, and since reworked further by top choreographers.

28 Feb: Tue 7pm

Koala impresario Buster Moon (McConaughey) decides to save his ailing theatre with a singing competition. Most of the humour comes from cute critters singing occasionally inappropriate songs; the plot is spread far too thin and there no real surprises, but it ticks the usual boxes.

24 Feb–2 Mar: Fri & Sat 12.30pm, 3.10pm & 5.50pm; Sun 11.40am, 12.30pm, 3.10pm & 5.50pm; Mon & Tue 12.30pm, 3.10pm & 5.50pm; Wed & Thu 5.10pm

When Winfried (Simonischek) visits his adult daughter Ines (Hüller) in Romania, he thinks that she takes life too seriously, and decides to play pranks on her. Superlative third feature from German writer-director Ade, ranging from flamboyantly lunatic comedy to a wonderfully natural, textured portrait of the parent-child relationship. Inimitable and unforgettable.

27 Feb: Mon 8pm

Trolls are cute creatures who love EDM and warm hugs, but they're preyed on by Bergens, toothy monsters who think eating Trolls will bring happiness. Hyperactive buddy movie with dazzling visuals and lots of ditzy fun, but not as fresh or original as some of the competition.

25 Feb–26 Feb: Sat & Sun 10.10am