Vice (15)



Comedy (2018)
132mins US

Starring: Alison Pill, Steve Carell, Amy Adams, Sam Rockwell, Christian Bale
Director: Adam McKay
Writer(s): Adam McKay
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

In 1963 Wyoming, Dick Cheney works on the power lines and drinks to excess. He is a crushing disappointment to 21-year-old sweetheart Lynne. In response, Dick secures an internment at the White House where he assiduously aligns himself with Republican Congressman Donald Rumsfeld. By playing the waiting game on Capitol Hill, Dick manoeuvres himself into the position of running mate to George W. Bush during the 2000 US presidential election.

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Vice (15)

Written and directed by Adam McKay, whose previous film The Big Short brilliantly dramatised the 2008 global financial crisis, Vice nervously prowls the corridors of power in Washington D.C. to satirise another true story of malicious meddling and unabashed self-interest. "Or as true as it can be given that Dick Cheney is one of the most secretive leaders in history," quips an opening title card, which establishes the irreverent tone of a breakneck tour through chapters of recent history including the Gulf War and the September 11 attacks...

Vice. Copyright: 2018 Annapurna Pictures. Caption: Christian Bale as Dick Cheney and Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney in Vice, directed by Adam McKay. Photo: Greig Fraser. All Rights Reserved.For the opening hour, Vice is a briskly paced and engrossing portrait of ambition, electrified by an Oscar-worthy performance from Christian Bale, who gained 40 pounds to portray Cheney. The Haverfordwest-born actor completes his startling transformation with more than 100 pieces of prosthetic make-up to replicate the jowls, jawline and distinctive nose of his subject, who served as vice president to George W. Bush between 2001 and 2009. Once Cheney achieves his goals, McKay's film leaches dramatic tension.

Narrated by an everyman called Kurt (Jesse Plemons), whose importance becomes clear in the film's final act, Vice opens in 1963 Wyoming where the young Dick Cheney (Bale) works on the power lines and drinks to excess. "Back then, they would have called a guy like him a ne'er-do-well. In today's parlance, they would just call him a dirt bag," explains Kurt. Dick is a crushing disappointment to 21-year-old sweetheart Lynne (Amy Adams), whose father also lives by the bottle, and she refuses to let history repeat. "I love you, Lynne," implores Dick. "Then prove it!" she barks. In response, Dick secures an internment at the White House where he assiduously aligns himself with Republican Congressman Donald Rumsfeld (Steve Carell). By playing the waiting game on Capitol Hill, Dick manoeuvres himself into the position of running mate to George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell) during the 2000 US presidential election. Haunted by his wife's words - "When you have power, people will try to take it from you. Always" - Dick positions allies such as Rumsfeld, Scooter Libby (Justin Kirk) and legal counsel David Addington (Don McManus) in key positions.

Vice takes aim at a dizzying array of easy targets and hits the majority. Like Gary Oldman's tour-de-force theatrics in Darkest Hour, Bale slips beneath the skin of his political puppetmaster with elan, staring defiantly at the camera as he persuades Bush to expand the remit of a vice president so he can "handle the more mundane jobs... military, energy and foreign policy". Cut to images of an angler reeling in a prize catch. Adams is equally compelling as a steely spouse, who expects her man to step up, seize his destiny by the throat and squeeze, hard. We all carried those bruises.

- Jo Planter

Vice. Copyright: 2018 Annapurna Pictures. Caption: Christian Bale as Dick Cheney and Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney in Vice, directed by Adam McKay. Photo: Greig Fraser. 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 15th February
To Thursday 21st February

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bradford, Picturehouse Bradford At The National Media Museum
- Brighton, Duke Of York's Picturehouse
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus Omniplex
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, Irish Film Institute
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Everyman Glasgow
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Square Chapel Arts Centre
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Phoenix
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newbury, Corn Exchange
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Penistone, Paramount Cinema
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portree, Aros
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Winchester, Everyman Winchester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, Vue York
From Friday 22nd February
To Thursday 28th February

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Altrincham, Everyman Altrincham
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Picturehouse Bradford At The National Media Museum
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Chichester, Chichester Cinema At New Park
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Irish Film Institute
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Dublin, UCD Cinema
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gerrards Cross, Everyman Gerrards Cross
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Everyman Glasgow
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portree, Aros
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, MacRobert Arts Centre
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Winchester, Everyman Winchester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, Everyman York
- York, Vue York


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