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Director: Danny Boyle Starring: Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner, Anjela Nedyalkova Running Time: 117 minutes


For a good chunk of the people involved, Trainspotting was a launching pad for success, providing steady careers for the likes of Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlysle or Kelly MacDonald and Oscars, OBEs and stardom for lead Ewan McGregor and director Danny Boyle. Which is to say that revisiting Trainspotting isn’t necessarily a ‘Glory Days’ exercise because the film wasn’t necessarily as good as it got for the people involved. But what about the characters involved in the film itself? What if living as a despondant, criminal heroin addict was the best years of your life? T2 Trainspotting never comes close to reaching the chaotic energy of its predecessor regardless of the return of its original cast and director, but it always knows what an uphill battle that is and at least tries to remain wryly self-aware about the mid-life crisis it appears to represent.

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Christmas feels so long ago it may as well have never happened. Our New Year’s Resolutions are in tatters already and it’s only the 10th. Forget April, everybody knows that January is the cruellest month, but luckily the Sugar Club have a beacon of light to offer in these dark times. Popcorn have been screening classic films for fans to enjoy with a slice of pizza and perhaps a tall glass of water or two for a while now, and their streak is continuing in January with three films that may help chase your January Blues away.

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This morning saw the release of the latest trailer for T2, which is not a rerelease of the action-packed Terminator sequel but rather the follow up to Trainspotting, Danny Boyle’s breakout saunter through the lives of Scottish drug addicts. Once again Ewan McGregor’s Renton is recommending that we “choose life”. Life however, has changed in the last twenty years.

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