VIDEO: Reviews and trailers of the latest film releases this week

Chorley Citizen:

2:53pm Monday 11th August 2014

Damon Smith reviews the latest releases - Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Antonio Banderas flex their muscles in The Expendables 3, and a talented table footballer learns to play the beautiful game for real in the computer-animated fantasy The Unbeatables.

Watchdog raps Chorley care home

Chorley Citizen: Care Quality Commission

12:00pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

A CARE home has been rapped by a watchdog after failing to meet more than half the essential standards that were examined during a recent inspection.

Film review: The Quiet Ones

Chorley Citizen: Olivia Cooke has a room with a view in the British horror film The Quiet Ones. Left, Jared Harris as Professor Coupland

11:10am Tuesday 29th April 2014

STRAP in for a shockingly good horror filled with twists and turns and enough jumpy sequences to ensure the audience will be satisfied throughout.

Blackburn director's life-changing film that earned him an Emmy

Chorley Citizen: David Barnes

11:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

WINNING an international Emmy award for making a documentary wasn’t on the ‘to do’ list for one East Lancashire producer and director.

Cumbrian film outfit receives Esmée Fairbairn Foundation grant

9:10am Sunday 20th April 2014

Signal Film and Media has landed a three-year grant from an eminent arts funder.

Tough days for the millworkers

Chorley Citizen: Matthew McNulty and Holly Lucas in The Mill

5:42pm Monday 29th July 2013

There was once a time when period dramas were glossy, often joyous affairs.

Review: The Human League, Hoghton Tower

Chorley Citizen: The Human League on stage

3:07pm Monday 8th July 2013

IT was fitting that in the grounds of historic Hoghton Tower we were transported back in time for some fun in the sunshine on Friday evening.

Chorley Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society announces new bill

2:15pm Tuesday 25th June 2013

CHORLEY Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society has announced its new season’s bill.

Dinner with Pacino felt like being "in a scene from Heat", says Cheam businessman

Chorley Citizen: Deepak Kuntawala, Al Pacino and Bollywood star Abhishek Bachan

12:28pm Monday 3rd June 2013

A CHEAM businessman felt like he was “in a scene from Heat” when he had an intimate dinner with movie megastar Al Pacino.

Review: Eurovision Song Contest

4:38pm Friday 24th May 2013

AND so one of the great annual highlights on the TV calendar has been and gone.

Shane’s film coming up Roses at premiere

10:22am Thursday 23rd May 2013

LAST summer, a resurrection no one thought possible took place in Heaton Park.

Review: The Apprentice, BBC1

5:39pm Friday 17th May 2013

I’D thought I was doing well, but three weeks in my resolve failed and I fell into the trap of watching The Apprentice.

Review: The Voice, BBC1

11:52am Friday 10th May 2013

THE coolest furniture on TV has revolved for the final time, the teams have been sorted, the battle lines are drawn and — let’s face it — The Voice goes downhill from now on.

Review: Olympus Has Fallen (15)

Chorley Citizen: Review: Olympus Has Fallen (15)

3:32pm Friday 19th April 2013

Antoine Fuqua’s testosterone-fuelled thriller contrives a Die Hard In The White House scenario from an assault on Capitol Hill by heavily armed Korean terrorists who are fed up with America meddling in their affairs.

Review: Broadchurch, ITV1

2:13pm Friday 19th April 2013

COME on, admit it... Who’s counting down the minutes and seconds until 9pm on Monday when the severely frayed ends of ITV’s fantastic murder mystery drama Broadchurch will – hopefully – be drawn together?

Review: Wheeler Dealer

11:00am Friday 12th April 2013

TIME to delve into the world of ‘guilty pleasures’ again — most of my viewing seems to fall into this category these days.

Review: Great British Sewing Bee, BBC2

Chorley Citizen: TAKING THE LEAD: Claudia Winkleman, the host of The Great British Sewing Bee

12:06pm Friday 5th April 2013

FIRST we had soggy bottoms, now we’ve got saggy pockets!

Review: Bread, BBC2

4:58pm Friday 22nd March 2013

THE collective hearts of WI members around the country must be all a-flutter with the latest foodie fantasy on the Beeb.

Review: Jack The Giant Slayer (12A)

Chorley Citizen: Jack the Giant Slayer (12A)

2:41pm Friday 22nd March 2013

The English folktale of Jack And The Beanstalk is given a smart CGI-heavy makeover in Bryan Singer’s fast-paced fantasy.

Review: Shetland, BBC 1

1:30pm Friday 15th March 2013

JUST because a drama looks spectacular, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will be enthralling viewing.

Review: Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

1:58pm Friday 8th March 2013

IF you’re a fan of the nation’s favourite two Geordie lads then you’ll be pleased to see that their 10th series of Saturday night telly is back.

Kes : Chorley Little Theatre

Chorley Citizen: Joanne Cunliffe (Mrs Casper) and Lewis Wren (Billy Casper)

3:49pm Monday 4th March 2013

Bringing Kes, the tale of working class strife and failing education to the stage is no easy challenge, especially as Ken Loach’s 1969 film adaptation of Barry Hines’ novel is widely regarded as a British cultural classic.

Review: My TV is shouting at me

5:16pm Friday 1st March 2013

WE have all heard tales of people shouting at the TV set in protest about something they have seen — I must say I’ve been tempted a few times.

Review: Let’s Dance For Comic Relief

Chorley Citizen: Review: Let’s Dance For Comic Relief

1:38pm Friday 22nd February 2013

COMIC Relief has done a great job in helping thousands of youngsters around the world.

Review: This is 40 (15)

Chorley Citizen: FILM REVIEW: This is 40 (15)

1:45pm Friday 15th February 2013

In This Is 40, Judd Apatow revisits characters from Knocked Up to explore the reality of married life for a middle-aged couple who have lost that loving feeling.

Review: Sammy's Great Escape (PG)

Chorley Citizen: Finding Nemo, Sammy's Great Escape

1:43pm Friday 15th February 2013

Sammy’s Great Escape begins straight after the events of A Turtle’s Tale with Sammy

Review: Supersize vs Superskinny

10:35am Friday 15th February 2013

I HAVE never believed in the saying ‘you are what you eat’.

Review: Beautiful Creatures (12A)

Chorley Citizen: FILM REVIEW: Beautiful Creatures (12A)

1:47pm Friday 15th February 2013

Based on the first book in the Caster Chronicles series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Beautiful Creatures is a supernatural love story about a teenager with strange powers torn between the forces of darkness and light.

Camp queen of the desert delights

3:26pm Wednesday 13th February 2013


Review: Call The Midwife

5:15pm Friday 8th February 2013

IT’S all the fault of the Christmas Day special. The better half has developed a liking for Call The Midwife.

Argo is named the UK regional film critics' movie of the year

Chorley Citizen: Ben Affleck is fantastic both behind and in front of the cameras in Argo

4:45pm Monday 4th February 2013

The thriller Argo, directed by and starring Ben Affleck, has been voted Film of the Year by the UK’s regional critics.

Review: Bullet To The Head (15)

Chorley Citizen: Review: Bullet To The Head (15)

11:23am Friday 1st February 2013

This was what happened to Christian Slater on the set of Stallone’s latest action showpiece, Bullet To The Head.

Review: Flight (15)

Chorley Citizen: Review: Flight (15)

11:10am Friday 1st February 2013

DENZEL Washington soars to career highs in Robert Zemeckis’s emotionally wrought character study of a pilot wrestling with alcohol dependency.

Review: Hyde Park on Hudson (12A)

Chorley Citizen: Review: Hyde Park on Hudson (12A)

11:29am Friday 1st February 2013

President Franklin Roosevelt prepares to welcome King George VI and his wife Elizabeth to America.

Review: Categorizing Top Gear and Hairy Bikers

9:58am Friday 1st February 2013

MIDDLE aged men behaving badly or entertaining TV?

Review: The Last Stand

Chorley Citizen: THE LAST STAND: "Schwarzenegger is acutely aware of his physical limitations as a 65-year-old action man and happily pokes fun at his pensioner status"

5:06pm Friday 25th January 2013

Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is sheriff of the sleepy town of Sommerton Junction, on the US-Mexico border.

Review: Zero Dark Thirty

Chorley Citizen: ZERO DARK THIRTY: Director Bigelow orchestrates action sequences with brio, letting loose the dogs of modern warfare

5:05pm Friday 25th January 2013

Ballsy CIA officer Maya (Jessica Chastain) accepts a posting to Islamabad amid Dan (Jason Clarke) worries she might not be up to the task at hand.

Review: Lincoln

Chorley Citizen: Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln

5:04pm Friday 25th January 2013

Steven Spielberg artfully tears a page from history to immortalise the efforts of the 16th president of the United States to abolish slavery during a turbulent period of deep division within the House of Representatives.

Review: The Great British Bake Off

4:50pm Friday 25th January 2013

JO Brand you are almost forgiven for ever agreeing to be a judge on Splash.

Review: Polar Bear Family and Me

5:02pm Friday 18th January 2013

THE true stars of TV have been out in force this week — and not one of them has said a word.

A review of what's been on the box this week

Chorley Citizen: Highcliffe Castle: the very British home of Mr Selfridge

4:42pm Wednesday 16th January 2013

This week's TV reviews

Review: Les Miserables

Chorley Citizen: Review: Les Miserables

4:14pm Friday 11th January 2013

Tom Hooper, Oscar-winning director of The King’s Speech, dreamed a dream of immortalising Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s powerhouse musical without the conventional safety net of lip-synching.

Review: Texas Chainsaw 3D

Chorley Citizen: Review: Texas Chainsaw 3D

4:15pm Friday 11th January 2013

Sheriff Hooper (Thom Barry) races to the Sawyer farmhouse, where hulking Jed Sawyer has run amok with his beloved chainsaw.

Review: Splash, ITV1

3:44pm Friday 11th January 2013

WHERE do you start with the unmitigated TV disaster that was Splash on Saturday night?

Review: Quartet (12A)

Chorley Citizen: GREAT SCOT Billy Connolly stars in Quartet

4:47pm Friday 4th January 2013

If you want a waspish one-liner delivered with impeccable timing and venom, gift it to Dame Maggie Smith.

Review: Parental Guidance (U)

Chorley Citizen: Parental Guidance (PG)

3:00pm Wednesday 2nd January 2013

Grandmother knows best in Parental Guidance, an intergenerational comedy of bad manners and frayed tempers, which welcomes Bette Midler back to the big screen after a four-year hiatus.

Review: Jack Reacher (12A)

Chorley Citizen: Tom Cruise in action in Jack Reacher

2:58pm Wednesday 2nd January 2013

The US premiere of Jack Reacher, an explosive action thriller based on the book One Shot by Lee Child, was postponed in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Review: Strictly speaking, it still looks all up for grabs

3:43pm Friday 21st December 2012

THINGS are getting serious on Strictly as we approach the grand final tomorrow.

Review: Pointless, BBC2

4:48pm Friday 14th December 2012

IT sounds as though someone is passing comment on that most modern phenomenon but in actual fact Pointless Celebrities is one of the unexpected highlights of the week.

Review: Tinkerbell and the secret of the wings 3D (U)

Chorley Citizen: Review: Tinkerbell and the secret of the wings 3D (U)

4:36pm Friday 14th December 2012

IN the magical realm of Pixie Hollow ruled by Queen Clarion (voiced by Anjelica Huston), Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman) and her friends busy themselves gathering berries and coaxing flowers to bloom.

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