Fifty Shades Darker (18)



Drama (2017)
118mins US

Starring: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Kim Basinger, Eric Johnson, Bella Heathcote
Director: James Foley
Writer(s): Niall Leonard
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Anastasia has tried to turn her back on Christian and she throws herself into her work as a personal assistant to magazine editor Jack Hyde. He makes clear his desire for Ana but she continually rebuffs his advances. At a gallery launch, Ana crosses paths with Christian and he insists he wants her back. He also reveals he has business ties to the publishing company Ana works for, creating an uncomfortable conflict of interest.

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Fifty Shades Darker (18)

After the polite slap of Fifty Shades Of Grey comes the unintentionally hilarious tickle of a softcore sequel, dredged from the frothy melodrama of E.L. James' literary threesome. Pantomime villainy bumps and grinds against clunky plotting and a miasma of softly lit sex scenes devoid of any erotic charge despite the wanton lip-biting of actress Dakota Johnson. While the first film flaunted its fake feminist credentials with director Sam Taylor-Johnson wielding the riding crop and screenwriter Kelly Marcel tightening the Red Room's leather straps, Fifty Shades Darker is dominated by men. James Foley slips back in the director's harness after a 10-year hiatus, alongside author James' husband, Niall Leonard, who assumes the screenwriter's position and tightly handcuffs himself to the source material...

Fifty Shades Darker. Copyright: Universal Pictures. Caption: Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Darker. All Rights Reserved.Tellingly, the sequel's best moment is secondhand - a cute word-for-word tribute to Johnson's mother, Melanie Griffith, and her Oscar-nominated role in Working Girl. Pounding music underscores the orgy of luxury product placements - seductive stemware, sheen designer dresses - and every breathless coupling. Ana forgoes another knee-trembling ride on Christian's chopper and boards his yacht instead to the high-pitched whimpers of Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik professing, "Baby, baby, I feel crazy!" It's a wild exaggeration. The sequel isn't a single shade darker, grimier or indeed sexier, let alone 50.

Anastasia (Johnson) has turned her back on Seattle's youngest billionaire, Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), to clamber the career ladder under leering fiction editor, Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson). It's not long before crestfallen Christian pleads his case. "I want to renegotiate terms," he growls. With the minimum resistance, Ana agrees. "No rules, no punishments... and no more secrets," she purrs naively. Soon after, at a masquerade ball hosted by Christian's parents (Andrew Airlie, Marcia Gay Harden), Ana has her first run-in with Elena Lincoln (Kim Basinger), the woman who seduced Christian aged 15. Meanwhile, Ana's boss Jack turns out to be a glowering poster boy for sexual harassment and one of Christian's former submissives (Bella Heathcote) stalks her former master.

Fifty Shades Darker begs tantalising questions. How many cans of furniture polish does Christian's housekeeper Mr Jones (Fay Masterson) get through each day to maintain that dust and streak-free shine on every surface in his cavernous apartment? How does the brooding hero emerge from a high-speed brush with death without a scratch or bruise on that perfectly stubbled face? The interplay between dominant and submissive is still muddled and Ana's contradictory nature tests our patience. In one breath, she scolds Christian for his possessiveness ("This isn't a relationship, it's ownership") and in the next, she's pleading with him to dust off his toys. Only one sequence involving jiggle balls delivers pleasure to us and her. A 10-second fake orgasm of scenes from the giddy climax, Fifty Shades Freed, during the end credits is like everything else: a big tease.

- Kim Hu

Fifty Shades Darker. Copyright: Universal Pictures. Caption: Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Darker. All Rights Reserved.


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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 17th March
To Thursday 23rd March

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Kennedy Centre Belfast Omniplex
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Builth Wells, Wyeside Arts Centre
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Carrick-on-Shannon, Carrick Cineplex
- Castlebar, Mayo Movie World Castlebar
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dungannon, Dungannon Omniplex
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Killarney, Cinema Killarney
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Melton Mowbray, Regal Cinema
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Empire Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Penistone, Paramount Cinema
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Pwllheli, Neuadd Dwyfor
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, Cineworld Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- York, Reel Cinema York
- York, Vue York
From Friday 24th March
To Thursday 30th March

- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llanelli, Cross Hands Public Hall
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Empire Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Rickmansworth, Watersmeet Theatre
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southport, Vue Southport
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- York, Vue York


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