Kong: Skull Island 3D (12A)



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Action (2017)
118mins US/Viet

Starring: Tian Jing, Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Samuel L Jackson, John C Reilly
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Writer(s): Max Borenstein, Dan Gilroy, Derek Connolly
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A secretive government organisation called Monarch has stumbled upon a self-contained island ecosystem ruled by a giant ape. The company needs to send an expedition to the island so Monarch executive William Randa hires a crack team including helicopter squadron leader Preston Packard, tracker James Conrad, anti-war photojournalist Mason Weaver, geologist Houston Brooks and biologist San Lin.

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Kong: Skull Island (12A)

Mankind tumbles several links down the food chain in Kong: Skull Island, a rollicking 1970s-set action adventure directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, which revives one of cinema's iconic monsters. Unfolding predominately on a Pacific island where "God did not finish creation", the picture unleashes a menagerie of hulking beasts as well as the titular ape and contrives a series of digitally rendered showdowns between these leviathans of a lost world. Kong's briskly edited ding-dongs ping-pong between the spectacular and the dizzying, choreographed to the relentless beat of Henry Jackman's bombastic orchestral score...

Kong: Skull Island. Copyright: Warner Bros. Pictures. Caption: Thomas Mann, Jogn Goodman, John C Reilly, Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston star in Kong: Skull Island, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. All Rights Reserved.There are fleeting moments of humour to punctuate the carnage, like when a shadowy US official arrives by car in his nation's political capital, which is swarming with Vietnam protesters, and deadpans: "Mark my words, there will never be a more screwed-up time in Washington." Very droll. Director Vogt-Roberts and his three screenwriters are apparently fans of Jurassic Park and its sequels. Key sequences pay homage to Steven Spielberg's dino-blockbuster, and Samuel L Jackson, who played the park's chief engineer, recycles one of his iconic lines of dialogue - "Hold onto your butts!" - in the guise of a squadron leader here shortly before the gargantuan primate starts swatting helicopters.

Bill Randa (John Goodman) spearheads a secretive government organisation called Monarch, which specialises "in the hunt for massive unidentified terrestrial organisms". He leads an exploratory geological survey to a Pacific island, which is encircled by an electrical storm, and sequesters Preston Packard (Jackson) from Da Nang airbase to fly the mission. Packard corrals his best pilots and loads aircraft with sonic bombs to map the island's topography. Passengers include tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), anti-war photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), geologist Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) and biologist San Lin (Tian Jing). The sonic weapons rouse a giant ape and the best-laid plans of men of science are smashed to smithereens. Crash-landed on the island, the survivors encounter a crazed US airman called Hank Marlow (John C Reilly), who has been living wild for 28 years and 11 months since his aircraft was downed during the Second World War. "Kong is king around here," confirms Marlow and he joins the race against time to reach the extraction point.

Kong: Skull Island angrily flexes its muscles, but punches below its weight. In moments of calm, character development is given disappointingly short shrift and cast including Oscar winner Larson are squandered in bland roles. Hiddleston is unconvincing as a former British soldier, hired to lead the otherworldly expedition, and his swaggering hunk's centrepiece action sequence involving a samurai sword and gas mask is superfluous and almost laughable in its execution. A brief coda, nestled in the end credits, teases the head-on collision of monster franchises in next year's Godzilla: King Of The Monsters and the full-blown rumble Godzilla Vs Kong in summer 2020.

- Jo Planter

Kong: Skull Island. Copyright: Warner Bros. Pictures. Caption: Thomas Mann, Jogn Goodman, John C Reilly, Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston star in Kong: Skull Island, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. 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
- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashbourne, Showtime Cinemas Ashbourne
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bishop's Stortford, Empire Bishop's Stortford
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bradford, Picturehouse Bradford At The National Media Museum
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Carrick-on-Shannon, Carrick Cineplex
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Downpatrick, Eclipse Cinemas Downpatrick
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Glengormley, Movie House Glengormley
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- 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
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- 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
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- 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 Spytty Road
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Seaham, Cineworld Dalton Park
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- 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
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Thurso, Thurso Cinema
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Weston-super-Mare, Odeon Weston-Super-Mare
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Workington, Plaza Cinema
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York
From Friday 24th March
To Thursday 30th March

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Aberystwyth, Commodore
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Glengormley, Movie House Glengormley
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Milford Haven, Torch Theatre
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Empire Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- York, Vue York


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