Ad Astra (12A)



SciFi (2019)
123mins Bra/US/Chi

Starring: Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, Brad Pitt
Director: James Gray
Writer(s): Ethan Gross, James Gray
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Thirty years ago, Clifford McBride ventured into the unknown with Project Lima to prove the existence of alien life. He never returned. Now his son, Major Roy McBride, hopes to further mankind's knowledge as part of the team working on the International Space Antenna. When a series of devastating electrical storms threatens Earth, Roy's superiors suspect Clifford may be involved. They entreat Roy to travel to Neptune to learn if his father is still alive.

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Ad Astra (12A)

Brad Pitt blasts into space and delivers an out-of-this-world lead performance as an astronaut with deep-rooted daddy issues in director James Gray's sci-fi thriller. Ad Astra hard-wires the visceral thrills of Gravity and the existential angst of 2001: A Space Odyssey in a near-future setting that slingshots from Earth to Neptune via the dark side of the Moon. It's a curious juxtaposition and the script, co-written by Gray and Ethan Gross, struggles to find a smooth trajectory between edge-of-seat excitement and soul-searching, which is writ large in a superfluous voiceover that often verbalises what is achingly evident on Pitt's face. Those classical handsome features ripple with emotion in close-up and Pitt excels at conveying turmoil beneath his gung-ho trailblazer's placid surface with an expertly timed twitch or downwards glance...

Ad Astra. Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Caption: Brad Pitt as Major Roy McBride in Ad Astra, directed by James Gray. Photo: Francois Duhamel. All Rights Reserved.It's a meaty, complex role and the Oklahoma-born actor is mesmerising in every scene before his internal monologue interrupts the chilling silence in space, where no-one is supposed to be able to hear you primal scream. Female characters are perfunctory. Liv Tyler barely registers as Pitt's estranged earthbound wife and Ruth Negga has limited screen time as a director of operations on a Martian outpost, who flouts authority to propel the film towards its next set piece.

Celebrated astronaut Major Roy McBride (Pitt) hopes to further mankind's knowledge of the universe as part of the team on the International Space Antenna. He prides himself on remaining cool and detached under pressure - famously, Roy's closely monitored pulse never exceeds 80 bpm. A series of devastating electrical storms, christened The Surge, results in more than 43,000 deaths. General Rivas (John Ortiz) summons Roy to an urgent confidential meeting. Scientists at SpaceCom have traced the source of The Surge to Neptune, close to the last known location of Roy's father Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones), who disappeared almost 30 years ago. Roy is instructed to travel undercover to Neptune via Mars to learn if Clifford is alive and releasing anti-matter aboard his missing ship to create the electrical storms. One of Clifford's old comrades, Colonel Pruitt (Donald Sutherland), accompanies Roy on the perilous top-secret mission. "We have to hold out the possibility that your father may be hiding from us," Pruitt confides to Roy as they venture into the inky void.

Ad Astra, which translates as "to the stars", quickens pulses with bravura action sequences including a lunar buggy chase and a memorable encounter with carnivorous gravity-defying baboons. Pitt shines brighter than the slick special effects and his dazzling turn holds our interest when the script threatens to slip into a black hole of ponderous navel-gazing in the final third. The clarity that Roy (and director Gray) seek remain tantalising out of everyone's grasp.

- Jo Planter

Ad Astra. Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Caption: Brad Pitt as Major Roy McBride in Ad Astra, directed by James Gray. Photo: Francois Duhamel. 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 11th October
To Thursday 17th October

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Addlestone, The Light Cinema, Addlestone
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Ashford, Ashford Picturehouse
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leeds
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Kennedy Centre Belfast Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- 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
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Cineworld Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Premiere Cinema
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carlow, Carlow Omniplex
- Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus Omniplex
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colwyn Bay, Theatr Colwyn And Cinema
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Coventry, Showcase Cinema De Lux Coventry
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Derby, Showcase Cinema De Lux Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Didcot, Cineworld Didcot
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Balbriggan Omniplex
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- 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
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dungannon, Dungannon Omniplex
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galway, Galway - Salthill Omniplex
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grantham, Savoy Cinema
- Greenhithe, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow - Queensgate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny Barrack Street
- Killyconigan, Monaghan Omniplex
- Lancaster, The Dukes
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leicester
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Cineworld Speke
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Liverpool, Showcase Cinema De Lux Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Longford, Longford Omniplex
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Cinema De Lux Nottingham
- Omagh, Omagh Omniplex
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Cinema De Lux Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Cinema De Lux Reading
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Roscommon, Roscommon Omniplex
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Rushden, Cineworld Rushden Lakes
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Seaham, Cineworld Dalton Park
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Cinema De Lux Southampton
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Cinema De Lux Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Waterford, Waterford Omniplex
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Weston-super-Mare, Cineworld Weston-Super-Mare
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wirksworth, The Northern Light Cinema
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York
From Friday 18th October
To Thursday 24th October

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leeds
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Bideford, Kingsley School
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bristol, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Buxton, Pavilion Arts Centre
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chichester, Chichester Cinema At New Park
- Coventry, Showcase Cinema De Lux Coventry
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Edinburgh, Filmhouse
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Greenhithe, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bluewater
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Eden Court
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny Barrack Street
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Mold, Theatr Clwyd
- Newbury, Corn Exchange
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Cinema De Lux Nottingham
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Peterborough, Showcase Cinema De Lux Peterborough
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Cinema De Lux Reading
- Rushden, Cineworld Rushden Lakes
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southampton, Showcase Cinema De Lux Southampton
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stockton-on-Tees, Arc
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Cinema De Lux Teesside
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Tywyn, Magic Lantern Cinema
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, Vue York


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