Events, offers and releases 3/2/14

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Mr Peabody, Sherman and Penny in Egyptian dress

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This week will show a number of big film releases in the UK, ranging from an all out action remake to a charmingly hilarious animated family flick.

On the 7th, Robocop, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, The Invisible Woman and Dallas Buyers Club all hit cinemas around the country. Joel Kinnaman, playing the titular robot policeman, will reinvigorate the ageing classic and give pre-valentine’s cinema-goers something to kickstart the month.

For something a little more dramatic, check out The Invisible Woman starring Ralph Fiennes. Taking on the tale of Charles Dickens’ secret lover, this film could give something a little more couple friendly.

Heading to a Showcase cinema this week? Insider members can enjoy a mouth-watering 10″ pizza for just £5, and grab a large Tango Ice Blast to go along with it for the price of a medium drink!

Events, offers and releases 20/1/14

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There are two big film releases this week, and both on the 24th. August: Osage County, starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor is a black comedy in which the alcoholic patriarch of a Southern family surprises everyone by killing himself.

For a more action packed evening, head to your local cinema on the same night to catch Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. A reboot of the series, this movie sees Jack Ryan going undercover as a broker to search for terrorist activity.

ODEON are giving away cinema tickets to lucky winners! Head to their website and have your say on who you think deserves to win in all 8 categories. Get it right and you’ll win yourself 10 free tickets! Even better, a lucky draw of all submitted entries will see 5 pairs of ODEON cinema tickets given away too!

This week in history: 6th – 12th January

Will Hunting and Dr Sean Maguire
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On the 9th of January, 1997 two friends from Cambridge, Massachusetts, became stars overnight with Good Will Hunting. This was Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s breakthrough in acting and screenwriting and the movie that lifted them from character actor parts in films like Mystic Pizza and Glory Days to A-list roles. Not to mention winning both of them a Best Screenplay Academy Award.

Originally written as a thriller, Good Will Hunting developed into a character piece about a mathematical genius who works as a janitor at MIT and his relationship with his therapist (played by the fantastic Robin Williams). The modestly budgeted film that started on only $10 million went on to gross over $200 million worldwide. The student and mentor relationship story at the heart of the film had certainly been seen before, but Director Gus Van Sant brought a freshness to the storytelling, and locals Affleck and Damon felt like they had lived in the roles their whole lives.

On a less-than-light note, on the 9th of the same month back in 1943 a film named Hitler’s Children was released. This black and white film is known for its portrayal of the brutalities carried out by the Hitler Youth, in particular focusing on two young participants. A huge hit in America at the time, Hitler’s Children turned a $205, 000 budget into a $1.21 million profit.

Events, offers and releases 16/12/13

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News Team standing in a line

The biggest film release this week has to be on the 18th, with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. In this comedy epic, everyone’s favourite news team take on marriage, parenting and just as many hilarious situations as the last instalment.

For something a little more silly, check out The Harry Hill Movie. Releasing on 20th December, it revolves around a make-believe version of Harry Hill’s adventures with his “diesel drinking nan and misdiagnosed hamster”.

Also, two Showcase Insider members can treat themselves to Thor: The Dark World in glorious 3D for just £8! Get on over to your local Showcase cinema before the 19th of this month to catch your last chance!