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 the Didcot Cineworld web page.

What’s On

  • 100% Wolf

    The heir to a proud werewolf lineage is in for a shocking surprise when his first moonlit transformation turns him into a poodle.

    7 Aug–13 Aug: Fri–Thu 12.45pm & 3.45pm

  • An American Pickle

    7 Aug–13 Aug: Fri–Thu 6.45pm

  • Batman Begins

    Deeply flawed but satisfyingly dark and realistic adaptation of both Bob Kane’s original strips and Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One. David Blade Goyer’s script is pretty awful but this is also a fairly substandard piece of work from Nolan as well. ‘Batman Begins’ does, however, need to be applauded for partly revitalising an ailing franchise.

    8 Aug: Sat 7.15pm

  • The Dark Knight

    Nolan’s revamp of the superhero franchise reaches its apotheosis with this sequel to Batman Begins, a supremely well-imagined, perfectly executed film that combines blockbuster spectacle with indie cinema cool and smarts. Psychotic, chaos-loving clown The Joker (Ledger) is introduced as the dark knight’s ultimate nemesis and a thrilling battle slowly terrorises the populace of Gotham.

    10 Aug: Mon 7.15pm

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    Eight years after The Dark Knight, Batman (Bale) is in exile, wanted for the death of an attorney. But when jewel thief Selina Kyle (Hathaway) draws him back to Gotham City he is held to ransom by masked terrorist Bane (Hardy). Emotional, epic and set to be the blockbuster of the year.

    11 Aug: Tue 7pm

  • Elvis: That's the Way It Is

    Backstage and performance footage of Elvis performing in Vegas during 1970.

    13 Aug: Thu 7.15pm

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

    The seventh installment of the wildly popular wizard franchise is an atmospheric but emotionally hollow and rather rushed take on Rowling’s original, with a strong performance from ever-dependable Grint but little else to recommend it other than as an appetiser for next summer’s grand finale.

    9 Aug: Sun 3pm & 7pm

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

    The end has arrived for Harry and happily the last installment really satisfies with its breakneck pacing, breathtaking set-pieces and a genuinely heart-warming ending.

    10 Aug: Mon 3.15pm & 7pm

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    While the sixth installment in the Harry Potter franchise does venture into darker, more adult areas than its predecessors it also injects more humour and character development than previous encounters, which doesn’t always make for a satisfying concoction. Yates picks up in the aftermath of a spectacular attack on London by Death Eaters and builds towards the death of a key character that will pre-empt the final confrontation between Harry and Lord Voldemort in two-part finale, The Deathly Hallows.

    8 Aug: Sat 3pm & 7pm

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    With Harry’s fifth return to Hogwarts comes the realisation that Voldemort’s return to power is not the only factor that will trouble him and he is forced to confront a different force that matches his growing pains. Rowling’s most complex and uneven book has proven to be the most difficult to adapt. Missing the talents of a big name director this still contains some enjoyable moments courtesy of newcomer Imelda Staunton, playing the latest Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. Sadly exposition over action is this film’s real undoing.

    7 Aug: Fri 3pm & 7pm

  • Inception

    DiCaprio stars as Don Cobb, a thief who is the master of the art of extraction, stealing secrets from the minds of the unconscious. The business is risky and has resulted the loss of everything he once held dear. Now he is being offered a chance of redemption, but at a cost, and up against a dangerous enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

    12 Aug–13 Aug: Wed 3pm & 7pm; Thu 2pm & 7pm

  • The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

    A remarkable end to a remarkable series of films, the journey of Frodo, Sam and Gollum is the pièce de résistance of the trilogy. The tension-filled journey forces both Gollum and Sam to show their true colours as Frodo suffers under the burden of the ring. All around is war as Aragorn fights to reclaim what is rightfully his. Jackson’s vision is awesome. The Return of the King is some kind of beautiful, some kind of masterpiece. Unmissable.

    9 Aug–13 Aug: Thu 1pm & 6pm; Sun 6pm

    9 Aug–13 Aug: (Premium screening) Thu 1pm & 6pm; Sun 6pm

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    At long last, a sword and sorcery adventure that really delivers the goods. JRR Tolkien’s great achievement was to create an English mythology, located in a fantastical yet believable world. Jackson’s great achievement is to bring the author’s 1000 page tome to life, not merely realising the fantastic elements with special effects spectacle (though they are ‘very’ spectacular), but through storytelling flare and marvellous performances from his cast. Visceral and breathtakingly dramatic, The Fellowship of the Ring is an inspired labour of love and a monumental achievement.

    7 Aug–11 Aug: Tue & Fri 1pm & 6pm; Sat 1pm

    7 Aug–11 Aug: (Premium screening) Tue & Fri 1pm & 6pm; Sat 1pm

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The second part of Jackson’s ambitious three-part adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s epic fantasy adventure might lack the storytelling verve of the first film, but in terms of spectacle it takes blockbuster filmmaking to the next level. Continuing where ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ left off, without any recap of the story so far, ‘The Two Towers’ follows three separate plotlines: Frodo’s trek to Modor to destroy the ring, his fellow Hobbits’ meeting with the Ents (walking, talking trees) and the human/elf/dwarf combo Aragon, Legolas and Gimili’s part in the siege of the human stronghold Helm’s Deep by the evil wizard Sauraman’s 10,000-strong army. The latter provides the hour-long climax to the film, and it’s an awesome thing to behold. But Frodo’s meeting with the ring’s previous owner, Gollum, also impresses – here’s a fully computer animated character that generates as much emotion as any of the living performers. The film suffers from being the second act of Tolkien’s tale, but for Jackson’s three hour film vision, there’s no way around that.

    8 Aug–12 Aug: Wed 1pm & 6pm; Sat 6pm; Sun 1pm

    8 Aug–12 Aug: (Premium screening) Wed 1pm & 6pm; Sat 6pm; Sun 1pm

  • Notting Hill

    In a now prohibitively expensive part of London, Grant’s lowly bookseller literally bumps into Roberts’ film star. Thereafter, they engage in romantic pursuits and eventually put class and culture clashes aside to live happily ever after. The leads don’t strain themselves, but Richard Curtis’ script is filled with witty jokes, particularly about national stereotypes.

    7 Aug–12 Aug: Mon 3pm; Tue 3.30pm; Wed, Fri & Sun 7.15pm

  • Onward

    Adventure set in a fantasy world which has lost its magic due to a reliance on technology.

    7 Aug–13 Aug: Fri & Sat 1.15pm & 4.15pm; Sun 1.15pm; Mon–Thu 1.15pm & 4.15pm

    9 Aug: (Subtitled) Sun 4.15pm

  • Proxima

    Sarah (Green) is a French astronaut preparing to go to Mars, whose schedule is punctuated by visits from her daughter (Boulant). A heartrending astronaut drama that eschews spectacle and focuses on the mother-daughter relationship, with superb performances from all. Beautiful and insightful.

    7 Aug–13 Aug: Fri–Thu 4.30pm

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    Banged up for a crime he didn’t commit (ain’t they all?) quiet man Robbins plans a slow but effective revenge on the unnecessarily harsh prison regime. Freeman excels as the fellow con with an uncanny knack for procuring desired items. The film is certainly overlong, but the apocryphal feel to the storytelling and the period detail are well handled in what is, ultimately, a very fine movie indeed.

    10 Aug: Mon 6.30pm

  • Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic (Schwartz) finds himself alone on Earth, on the run from the authorities, with villain Dr Robotnik (Carrey) also in pursuit. A derivative script and a rather tired performance from Carrey aside, it’s got disarming charm and cheek and Sonic is a cutely cartoonish hero.

    7 Aug–13 Aug: Fri–Sun & Tue–Thu 1.30pm

    10 Aug: (Subtitled) Mon 1.30pm

  • Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

    Arguably the best Star Wars film, the middle part of the original trilogy is packed with drama, tension, humour and a belter of a cliffhanger. Much of its impact has been lost to familiarity (that twist) but it’s a masterpiece, impeccably directed by George Lucas’ old UCLA tutor Kershner.

    11 Aug: Tue 7.15pm