Doctor Strange (12A)



Action (2016)
115mins US

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton
Director: Scott Derrickson
Writer(s): C Robert Cargill, Scott Derrickson
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Stephen Strange is a brilliant and somewhat arrogant neurosurgeon. Years of meticulous study are thrown into disarray when Strange is involved in a terrible car accident that robs him of the use of his hands. Cast adrift from the world of medicine, Strange searches for answers to his plight in the world of spirituality and encounters a Celtic shaman called The Ancient One, leader of a covert group, which harnesses the Mystic Arts to shape reality.

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Doctor Strange (12A)

Doctor Strange, the latest tumble town the rabbit hole of the Marvel Comics universe, is a trip - a hallucinogenic, kaleidoscopic trip of mind-bending special effects that left me with a pounding headache. City streets and landmarks fold in on themselves, rotate and collapse on multiple axes, rather like Christopher Nolan's Inception or one of MC Escher's disorienting illustrations, only with eye-popping fury in 3D and IMAX 3D...

Doctor Strange. Copyright: 2016 Marvel. Caption: Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in Doctor Strange. Photo: Jay Maidment. All Rights Reserved.As a masterclass in dizzying digital wizardry, director Scott Derrickson's film delivers all of the spectacle we have come to expect from a big-budget blockbuster infused with the creative DNA of the Avengers, Captain America and Guardians Of The Galaxy. The snarkiness and self-deprecation that distinguished those pictures is in evidence in Derrickson's fleet-footed script, co-written by C Robert Cargill, including one scene where the titular medic meets a po-faced librarian called Wong and quips, "Just Wong? Like... Adele?" to uncomfortable silence. Doctor Strange might be able to train his mind to override the rigid laws of physics, but no amount of study can refine or polish his blunt force humour.

Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a brilliant and arrogant neurosurgeon, with a minimalist Manhattan apartment and an off-limits romance with fellow medic, Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams). Years of meticulous study are jeopardised when Strange foolishly takes a telephone call in his speeding silver Lamborghini. Medical colleagues save his life, but not his career, surgically refashioning his trembling hands with 11 metal pins. Cast adrift from the world of science, Strange heads to Kathmandu in search of spiritual enlightenment in the company of an enigmatic Celtic shaman called The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), who harnesses energy to shape reality. Two of her Masters, Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Wong (Benedict Wong), take Strange under their wing and spearhead his training so he can travel long distances with a swish of his hand. "Forget everything you think you know," Mordo counsels Strange. As his confidence grows, Strange learns about a former Master, Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), who strayed from the path of righteousness and uses his powers for evil. When Kaecilius threatens Strange's old life, including the beautiful Christine, the medic puts his training into practice to save everything he holds dear.

Aside from the trippy effects, which left me wishing I could turn back time like the title character and pre-medicate, Doctor Strange is a satisfying opening salvo. Cumberbatch digs deep beneath the bruised skin of his character's overinflated ego, verbalising the inner turmoil of a self-anointed god, who learns that he is flawed and not entirely the master of his own destiny. McAdams is squandered in an undernourished role as the token love interest, but Swinton imposes herself on scenes so there is at least one strong female presence to undercut the raging testosterone. Two additional vignettes, woven into the end credits, hint at future plot strands and tease one Marvel Comics spin-off in the pipeline. "Doctor Strange will return" promises a final caption - a repeat prescription to raise the spirits.

- Jo Planter

Doctor Strange. Copyright: 2016 Marvel. Caption: Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in Doctor Strange. Photo: Jay Maidment. All Rights Reserved.


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- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ambleside, Zeffirellis
- Andover, Odeon Andover
- Annan, Annan Lonsdale Cinema
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Armagh, Armagh Omniplex
- Ashbourne, Showtime Cinemas Ashbourne
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ayr, Odeon Ayr
- Ballina, IMC Ballina
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Banbridge, IMC Banbridge
- Banbury, Odeon Banbury
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Barnsley, Parkway Cinema
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Empire Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Cineworld Bedford
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Kennedy Centre Belfast Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Everyman Birmingham
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, The Electric Cinema
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bishop's Stortford, Empire Bishop's Stortford
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Borehamwood, Reel Cinema Borehamwood
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bridgnorth, Reel Cinema Bridgnorth
- Bridgwater, Scott Cinemas
- Brighton, Cineworld Brighton
- Brighton, Komedia
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Cineworld Yate
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Odeon Bristol
- Bristol, Orpheus Henleaze
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burgess Hill, The Orion Cinema
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Canterbury, Odeon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Premiere Cinema
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carlow, Carlow Omniplex
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus Omniplex
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Cavan Town, Odeon Cavan
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham The Screening Rooms
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clonmel, IMC Clonmel
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coleford, Studio Cinema
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Cookstown, Ritz Multiplex
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Cork, The Gate Cork
- Cork, The Gate Mallow
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Cromer, Movieplex
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Odeon Darlington
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Dereham, Hollywood Cinema
- Didcot, Cineworld Didcot
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dorchester, Odeon Dorchester
- Douglas, Cinemaworld Douglas
- Downpatrick, Eclipse Cinemas Downpatrick
- Dublin, Balbriggan Omniplex
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dumfries, Odeon Dumfries
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dundalk, IMC Dundalk
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dungannon, Dungannon Omniplex
- Dungarvan, SGC
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Eastbourne, Cineworld Eastbourne
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Grinstead, Scott Cinemas
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Lothian Road
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Odeon Exeter
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Exmouth, Savoy
- Fakenham, Hollywood Cinema
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Felixstowe, The Felixstowe Palace
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Galway, IMC Oranmore
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Gerrards Cross, Everyman Gerrards Cross
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Glengormley, Movie House Glengormley
- Glenrothes, The Kino Glenrothes
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grantham, Reel Cinema Grantham
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Great Yarmouth, Hollywood Cinema
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hastings, Odeon Hastings
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Haverhill, Cineworld Haverhill
- Helston, Flora
- Hemel Hempstead, Empire Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- Herne Bay, Kavanagh Cinema
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Hinckley, Cineworld Hinckley
- Holyhead, Empire
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ilfracombe, Embassy Cinema
- Ilkeston, Reel Cinema Ilkeston
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kidderminster, Reel Cinema Kidderminster
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Kingsbridge, Kings Cinema
- King's Lynn, Majestic Cinema
- Knutsford, Curzon Knutsford
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Piccadilly Cinema (Green Lane Road)
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Leigh, Cineworld Leigh
- Leven, The Kino Leven
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Limerick, Showtime Cinemas Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, FACT
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Longford, Longford Omniplex
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Louth, Playhouse
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Macclesfield, Cinemac
- Maghera, Movie House Maghera
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Malton, Ryedale Palace
- Manchester, AMC Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Midleton, The Gate Midleton
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Morecambe, Reel Cinema Morecambe
- Mullingar, IMC Mullingar
- Naas, Odeon Naas
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Empire Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Newton Abbot, Alexandra Cinema
- Newtown, Regent Cinema
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Hollywood Cinema
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Okehampton, Carlton Cinema
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Omagh, IMC Omagh
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Penrith, Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema
- Penzance, Savoy
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Reel Cinema Plymouth
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Empire Poole Tower Park
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Prestatyn, Scala Cinema
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Quinton Halesowen, Reel Cinema Quinton Halesowen
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Seaham, Cineworld Dalton Park
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Curzon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Sidmouth, Radway Cinema
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Cineworld Southampton
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stafford, Stafford Cinema
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- St Ives, The Royal
- St. Neots, Cineworld St Neots
- Stockport, Cineworld Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford Picturehouse
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Sutton Coldfield, Empire Sutton Coldfield
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Regent Circus
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Thurles, IMC Thurles
- Thurso, Thurso Cinema
- Torquay, Central Cinema
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Uttoxeter, Cinebowl, Uttoxeter
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Waterford, Waterford Omniplex
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- West Bromwich, Odeon West Bromwich
- Weston-super-Mare, Odeon Weston-Super-Mare
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Winchester, Everyman Winchester
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Reel Cinema York
- York, Vue York
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