The Grinch (U)



Comedy (2018)
90mins Chi/US

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Angela Lansbury, Rashida Jones
Director: Scott Mosier, Yarrow Cheney
Writer(s): Michael LeSieur, Tommy Swerdlow
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

The whole of Whoville excitedly looks forward to the Christmas season under the aegis of the Mayor, who has decreed that this year's celebrations should be three times grander than usual. Everyone except for The Grinch, who lives in a cave overlooking the town with trusty pooch Max. The Grinch despises the festive season as a result of trauma in his childhood and he despairs that townsfolk are full of Yuletide cheer. Consequently, The Grinch resolves to destroy Christmas for Whoville.

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The Grinch (U)

A good heart - even one that is two sizes too small - isn't hard to find in the charming computer-animated retelling of Dr Seuss's seasonal fable from the makers of Despicable Me and The Secret Life Of Pets. Co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier, The Grinch is an early Christmas present crammed to bursting with cute critters, slapstick and bountiful community spirit. The film screens with a delightful Minions animated short entitled Yellow Is The New Black, which follows two goggle-eyed hench-creatures as they become bystanders to a hare-brained jailbreak. If the gobbledegook-spouting duo don't steal the hearts of young audiences with their antics, the excitable reindeer and eager-to-please dog which bound through the snow-laden frames of The Grinch will...

The Grinch. Copyright: Universal Pictures/Illumination/Dr Seuss Enterprises. Caption: The Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) in The Grinch, directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier. All Rights Reserved.A trim running time and crisp visuals decked in retina-searing colours of the season should jingle the bells of families looking to sweeten the bitter taste left by The Nutcracker And The Four Realms. Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow's script retains some of Dr Seuss's rhyming couplets word for word in the dramatic set-up and sentimentality-drizzled resolution but deviates noticeably in a slickly executed yet saccharine mid-section, which now boasts a screaming goat and an excitable reindeer with a penchant for aerosol whipped cream.

The mayor of the faraway town of Whoville (voiced by Angela Lansbury) decrees that this year's Christmas celebrations should be three times grander than usual. Everyone rejoices except for The Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch), who lives in a cave overlooking the town with his trusty pooch Max. The Grinch despises the festive season as a result of childhood trauma. The green-furred curmudgeon resolves to poison Whoville's holiday cheer by dressing as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and stealing the town's decorations, trees and presents. Max will be a wagging accomplice and an overweight reindeer called Fred will pull the sleigh. "Santa had eight - he looks like he ate the other seven," quips the verdant antihero. Meanwhile, little Cindy Lou Who (Cameron Seely) hatches a plan to capture Santa Claus so she can ask the man in red to grant her Christmas wish: to lighten the load of her overworked single mother, Donna (Rashida Jones).

Narrated by Pharrell Williams, The Grinch is engineered to the same winning formula as other animations in the Illumination stable. Visual gags are largely restricted to pungent puns on brand names: the eponymous anti-hero douses himself in Mold Spice. Casting Cumberbatch in the title role, then asking him to adopt an American accent, is nonsensical but the London-born actor teases the dual aspects of his character's gnarled personality. Danny Elfman's jaunty score plucks strings of nostalgia for The Nightmare Before Christmas, which has considerably more lip-smacking, mean-spirited fun with Yuletide and its trimmings.

- Jo Planter

The Grinch. Copyright: Universal Pictures/Illumination/Dr Seuss Enterprises. Caption: The Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) in The Grinch, directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier. 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 January
To Thursday 17th January

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Addlestone, The Light Cinema, Addlestone
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Armagh, Armagh Omniplex
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Ballina, IMC Ballina
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Banbridge, IMC Banbridge
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Kennedy Centre Belfast Omniplex
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Borehamwood, Reel Cinema Borehamwood
- Boston, Savoy Cinema
- Bradford, The Light Cinema, Bradford
- Bridgnorth, Reel Cinema Bridgnorth
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carlow, Carlow Omniplex
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus Omniplex
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Clonmel, IMC Clonmel
- Cookstown, Ritz Multiplex
- Corby, Savoy Cinema
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Cork, The Gate Cork
- Cork, The Gate Mallow
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Didcot, Cineworld Didcot
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Douglas, Cinemaworld Douglas
- Downpatrick, Downpatrick Omniplex
- Drogheda, The Arc Cinema, Drogheda
- Dublin, Balbriggan Omniplex
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dundalk, IMC Dundalk
- Dungannon, Dungannon Omniplex
- Dungarvan, SGC
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Galway, IMC Oranmore
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Kidderminster, Reel Cinema Kidderminster
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny
- Killyconigan, Monaghan Omniplex
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leicester, Piccadilly Cinema (Green Lane Road)
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Longford, Longford Omniplex
- Lowestoft, East Coast Cinema
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Midleton, The Gate Midleton
- Morecambe, Reel Cinema Morecambe
- Mullingar, IMC Mullingar
- Navan, The Arc Cinema, Navan
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Newtownards, IMC Newtownards
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Omagh, IMC Omagh
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Reel Cinema Plymouth
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Quinton Halesowen, Reel Cinema Quinton Halesowen
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Roscommon, C & L Plex
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southport, Vue Southport
- St Austell, White River Cinema
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Arc
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Thetford, The Light Cinema, Thetford
- Thurles, IMC Thurles
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Waterford, Waterford Omniplex
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wexford, The Arc Cinema, Wexford
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Worksop, Savoy Cinema
- Wotton-under-Edge, Electric Picture House
From Friday 18th January
To Thursday 24th January

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Aberfeldy, Birks Cinema
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Ballina, IMC Ballina
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Banbridge, IMC Banbridge
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bradford, The Light Cinema, Bradford
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Builth Wells, Wyeside Arts Centre
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carlow, Carlow Omniplex
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus Omniplex
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Clonmel, IMC Clonmel
- Cookstown, Ritz Multiplex
- Corby, Savoy Cinema
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Cork, The Gate Cork
- Cork, The Gate Mallow
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Odeon Darlington
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Douglas, Cinemaworld Douglas
- Drogheda, The Arc Cinema, Drogheda
- 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, Vue Dublin
- Dundalk, IMC Dundalk
- Dungarvan, SGC
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Evesham, Regal Cinema
- Exeter, Odeon Exeter
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Galway, IMC Oranmore
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hastings, Odeon Hastings
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny
- Killyconigan, Monaghan Omniplex
- Kirkwall, New Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy Centre
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Piccadilly Cinema (Green Lane Road)
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Midleton, The Gate Midleton
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Mullingar, IMC Mullingar
- Navan, The Arc Cinema, Navan
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Newtownards, IMC Newtownards
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Omagh, IMC Omagh
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Thurles, IMC Thurles
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Waterford, Waterford Omniplex
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- York, Vue York


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