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Now showing at Odeon Dudley Merry Hill The Merry Hill Centre, Brierley Hill,Dudley,West Midlands DY5 1SY 0871 224 4007

  • Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip
  • Brooklyn
  • Capture The Flag
  • Creed
  • Dad's Army
  • Dad's Army (Subtitled)
  • Daddy's Home
  • Deadpool
  • Dirty Grandpa
  • Dirty Grandpa (Subtitled)
  • Goosebumps
  • Goosebumps 3D
  • Hotel Transylvania 2
  • Mystery Film
  • Pan
  • Point Break
  • Point Break 3D
  • Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
  • Ride Along 2
  • Snoopy And Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie
  • Spotlight
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Suffragette
  • The 5th Wave
  • The Big Short
  • The Danish Girl
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • The Intern
  • The Revenant
  • The Royal Opera Encore Screening: La Traviata
  • Zoolander No 2

Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip 3 stars

Dave has been dating Samantha for several months. Alvin, Simon and Theodore would be delighted except Samantha's teenage son Miles bullies them mercilessly. The chipmunks discover an engagement ring in Dave's bag and realise that their pal is poised to go down on bended knee. This would be a disaster because the trio would have to suffer Miles for the rest of their lives, so they hatch a cunning plan to sabotage the relationship before Dave can produce the ring.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastJosh Green, Jason Lee, Matthew Gray Gubler, Justin Long, Jesse McCartney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
  • DirectorWalt Becker.
  • WriterAdam Sztykiel, Randi Mayem Singer.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration92 mins
  • Official site
  • Release12/02/2016

Love is in the air in the fourth instalment of the Alvin And The Chipmunks film series... but not for long if the energetic furballs have their way. Dave (Jason Lee) has been dating Samantha (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) for several months. Alvin (voiced by Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) would be delighted except Samantha's teenage son Miles (Josh Green) bullies them mercilessly. The chipmunks discover an engagement ring in Dave's bag and realise that their pal is poised to go down on bended knee. This would be a disaster because the trio would have to suffer Miles for the rest of their lives, so they hatch a cunning plan to sabotage the relationship before Dave can produce the ring. They join forces with Miles, who doesn't want to be lumbered with the chipmunks, to carry out their plan and consequently embark on a series of disaster-prone misadventures including a tangle with air marshal (Tony Hale) and an altercation with a taxi driver (Mark Jeffrey Miller).

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Saturday 6th February 2016
Sunday 7th February 2016

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Brooklyn 4 stars

Eilis Lacey is a shrinking violet in Enniscorthy. Thanks to her older sister Rose, she secures a one-way ticket to a brighter future in New York. Eilis' homesickness gradually fades and she excels as a salesgirl at a department store under stylish floor manager Miss Fortini. She also sparks a tender romance with a handsome plumber called Tony. The lovebirds marry in secret, but when Eilis returns home to Enniscorthy, local boy Jim Farrell unexpectedly turns her head.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastSaoirse Ronan, Julie Walters, Michael Zegen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Emory Cohen.
  • DirectorJohn Crowley.
  • WriterNick Hornby.
  • CountryIre/UK/Can
  • Duration112 mins
  • Official sitewww.foxsearchlight.com/brooklyn/
  • Release06/11/2015

Young hearts run free on opposite sides of the Atlantic in John Crowley's handsome romance, adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby from Colm Toibin's novel of the same name. Set in the early 1950s, Brooklyn harks back to a bygone era of restrictive social mores and is anchored by a tour-de-force performance from Saoirse Ronan as an innocent abroad, whose journey from County Wexford to the towering skyscrapers of New York coincides with her awkward transition to womanhood. The 21-year-old Irish-American actress doesn't hit a false emotional note, contrasting the naivete of her heroine's early days away from home with the self-assurance of an immigrant, who finally realises that she belongs. Sweeping production and costume design evoke the era with aplomb, accentuated by Michael Brook's gorgeous orchestral score. Equally appealing are Emory Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson as rival suitors for the heroine's affections. Both actors kindle smouldering on-screen chemistry with Ronan, so we're undecided, like her, which of them she should choose as her sanctuary. Eilis Lacey (Ronan) is a shrinking violet in Enniscorthy. She lives with her mother (Jane Brennan) and older sister Rose (Fiona Glascott), and earns a meagre crust - and withering rebukes - at the local shop run by the imperious Miss Kelly (Brid Brennan). Thanks to Rose, Eilis secures a one-way ticket to a brighter future in New York. Holy man Father Flood (Jim Broadbent) places Eilis at a boarding house for single girls run by Mrs Kehoe (Julie Walters), who clucks over the lodgers including Patty (Emily Bett Rickards), Diana (Eve Macklin), Miss McAdam (Mary O'Driscoll) and Sheila (Nora-Jane Noone). Eilis' homesickness gradually fades and she excels as a salesgirl at a department store under stylish floor manager Miss Fortini (Jessica Pare). She also sparks a tender romance with a handsome plumber called Tony (Cohen). Painfully innocent to courtship rituals, Eilis turns to the other girls at the boarding house and they advise her to carefully choose her bathing costume for an impending trip to Coney Island beach. "It's the most Tony will have seen of you and you don't want to put him off!" they cackle. The lovebirds marry in secret, but when Eilis returns home to Enniscorthy, local boy Jim Farrell (Gleeson) unexpectedly turns her head and makes her hanker for small-town life. Brooklyn is a classic, old-fashioned love triangle, which combines elegant storytelling, strong performances and swoonsome visuals. Gentle comedy, courtesy of Walters in fine lip-pursing form, underpins the anguished vacillations of the heart and stokes dramatic tension as Eilis dithers between her two paramours. Toibin's lyrical dialogue trips off the tongue in Hornby's script, succinctly capturing the ebb and flow of life for young dreamers, who come to realise that home isn't necessarily where you were born.

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Monday 8th February 2016
Tuesday 9th February 2016
Wednesday 10th February 2016
Thursday 11th February 2016

Capture The Flag 3 stars

Twelve-year-old Mike Goldwing is a gifted kite surfer, whose NASA astronaut father has been training for months to travel to the moon until injury shatters that dream. When multi-billionaire Richard Carson announces his intention to fly to the moon to prove that the Apollo 11 mission was a hoax, Mike unexpectedly finds himself aboard a rocket heading for the moon in the company of his grandfather Frank, best friend Amy and long-suffering lizard sidekick Igor.

  • GenreAdventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction
  • CastLorraine Pilkington, Sam Fink, Philippa Alexander.
  • DirectorEnrique Gato.
  • WriterJordi Gasull, Patxi Amezcua.
  • CountrySp
  • Duration94 mins
  • Official site
  • Release29/01/2016

Ever since the landing module of Apollo 11 touched down on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969 and Neil Armstrong took one giant leap for mankind, conspiracy theorists have pointed to an elaborate cover-up. They maintain that the iconic footage was faked at a film studio closer to terra firma, and back up these bold claims with supposed proof of scientific inaccuracies in the grainy recording.

Capture The Flag is a family-friendly computer animation which teases the possibility of the hoax and ultimately debunks it by travelling back to the moon in the company of a NASA veteran and two children. Enrique Gato's Spanish adventure, which has been dubbed into English for UK audiences, has its sentimental heart in the right place and there are numerous heavy-handed verbal references to the importance of family over work or personal gain.

It's all terribly well-intentioned and predictable, shot largely from the perspective of a gung-ho boy, who just wants to make his parents proud. A night time journey over water festooned with ravenous alligators is played for laughs rather than Jaws-style scares, while a half-hearted romantic subplot between two children is addressed with the lightest touch. Kissing? Eurgh! Gross!

Twelve-year-old Mike Goldwing is a gifted kite surfer, who takes to the waves with best friends Amy Gonzalez and Marty Farr to compete in games of capture the flag. Mike and co always fall short but the youngster doesn't let failure get him down.

His father Scott is a NASA astronaut, who has been training for months to travel to the moon until injury shatters that dream. It's a repeat of the Goldwing curse: Scott's father Frank was also an astronaut, who failed to follow in the footsteps of Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

When multi-billionaire Richard Carson announces his intention to fly to the moon to prove that the Apollo 11 mission was a hoax, the President of the United States hurriedly authorises a joint mission between existing and old NASA staff to beat Carson to the Stars And Stripes planted in 1969.

A twist of fate results in Frank heading to the moon with grandson Mike, gal pal Amy and long-suffering lizard sidekick Igor. Meanwhile, back at Mission Control, Mike's mother Samantha frets about her boy's safety and pint-sized gadget wizard Marty overcomes glitches that jeopardise the success of the mission.

Capture The Flag boasts colourful visuals, slapstick humour and chases to entertain young audiences, who dream of their own adventures in the starry firmament. Vocal performances are solid but don't invest the characters with any quirks or additional colour. Carson is a particularly unthreatening chief villain.

Adults, who demand narrative sophistication from their animated fare, may want to abort lift-off before the end credits but Gato's film is a sprightly 94 minutes and doesn't outstay its welcome.

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Saturday 6th February 2016
Sunday 7th February 2016
Monday 8th February 2016
Tuesday 9th February 2016
Wednesday 10th February 2016
Thursday 11th February 2016

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Creed 4 stars

Adonis Johnson ricochets between juvenile detention centres and care homes, until Mary Anne Creed takes him in. She is the first wife of his father, boxing legend Apollo Creed, who died in the ring before he was born. Boxing is in Adonis' blood and he turns down a promotion to chase his sporting dreams. He heads to Philadelphia to seek out Rocky Balboa, in the hope the boxing legend will become his trainer.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Romance
  • CastMichael B Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad.
  • DirectorRyan Coogler.
  • WriterRyan Coogler, Aaron Covington.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration133 mins
  • Official sitewww.creedthemovie.com
  • Release15/01/2016

Almost 40 years since Sylvester Stallone first donned his boxing gloves as Rocky Balboa, the Oscar-nominated actor delivers an emotional wallop as the retired prizefighter in Ryan Coogler's brooding and testosterone-fuelled drama. It's a glorious return to form for the 69-year-old New Yorker, delivering one of his finest performances for decades as the iconic bruiser who faces a battle of attrition against an invisible adversary that can't be outmuscled in the ring.

With a revitalised Stallone in its corner, Creed taps into four decades of nostalgia, but as the title intimates, Balboa isn't the main attraction. Instead, writer-director Coogler focuses on the ascendance of a young brawler (Michael B Jordan), whose tragic past is inextricably linked with Rocky's fading glory.

It's an interesting juxtaposition and the script, co-written by Aaron Covington, focuses heavily on the surrogate father-son relationship that underpins the usual array of training sequences and bruising skirmishes.

Sadly, the meticulous attention to detail of the breathlessly staged fights, including one set piece shot in a single take, doesn't extend to the characterisation. Jordan overcomes his protagonist's woes with scant blood, sweat or tears and a romantic subplot between the title character and a feisty singer-songwriter (Tessa Thompson) pulls its punches. On these counts, Creed is a lightweight.

As an orphan growing up in 1990s Los Angeles, Adonis Johnson (Alex Henderson) ricochets between juvenile detention centres and care homes, until Mary Anne Creed (Phylicia Rashad) takes him in. She is the first wife of his father, boxing legend Apollo Creed, who died in the ring before he was born.

Mary Anne nurtures Adonis and he blossoms into a caring man (now played by Jordan) with a steady job. Boxing is in Adonis' blood and he turns down a promotion to chase his sporting dreams. "I didn't take you in for you to go backwards. You're better than this!" despairs Mary Anne.

Unperturbed, Adonis heads to Philadelphia to seek out Rocky (Stallone), in the hope the boxing legend will become his trainer. Despite initial misgivings, Rocky mentors Adonis and when the newcomer lands a lucrative televised bout with Liverpudlian hard man 'Pretty' Ricky Conlan (Anthony Bellew), the scene is set for a classic showdown between cocky champion and underdog.

"One step at a time, one punch at a time, one round at a time," advises Rocky, inspiring his hot-headed protege to step out from the shadow of the father he never knew.

Creed doesn't deviate too far from a winning formula, allowing Stallone to pass on the mantle to a new generation. Jordan is an instantly likable sparring partner and he certainly meets the physical demands of the role with aplomb.

On-screen chemistry between the two men simmers nicely, even when the script descends into cloying sentiment and cliches.

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Monday 8th February 2016
Tuesday 9th February 2016
Wednesday 10th February 2016
Thursday 11th February 2016

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Dad's Army 2 stars

England, 1944. The Second World War is on a knife edge and in the cosy community of Walmington-on-Sea, blustering bank manager George Mainwaring proudly leads the local Home Guard. Colonel Theakes reveals that he intends to sort the military wheat from the chaff and "Walmington feels chaffy." Soon after, Mainwaring learns that a German spy has infiltrated the town and is transmitting secrets back to Berlin.

  • GenreComedy, Historical/Period, War
  • CastCatherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy, Daniel Mays, Bill Paterson, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay, Blake Harrison.
  • DirectorOliver Parker.
  • WriterHamish McColl.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site
  • Release05/02/2016

How do you improve on the perfection of Jimmy Perry and David Croft's sitcom Dad's Army, which began active service in 1968 and remains a jewel in the crown of the BBC comedy archives? You don't.

If you're director Oliver Parker and screenwriter Hamish McColl, you pepper a flimsy plot that would barely stretch to one TV episode let alone 100 minutes with the show's catchphrases and pray our abiding affection for the characters will compensate for long passages without a discernible punchline.

Original cast members Ian Lavender and Frank Williams are conscripted to cameo roles to heighten the whiff of nostalgia. Limp innuendo-laden banter about sausages barely merits a smirk, pratfalls are predictable and a terrific ensemble cast of gifted comic actors go on patrol without an arsenal of decent one-liners.

From uninspired beginning to muddled end, it's a cultural smash'n'grab that goes through the motions and will ultimately be remembered as a badly missed opportunity.

England, 1944. The Second World War is on a knife edge and in the cosy community of Walmington-on-Sea, blustering bank manager George Mainwaring (Toby Jones) proudly leads the local Home Guard. His hapless rank and file includes Sergeant Wilson (Bill Nighy), Lance Corporal Jones (Tom Courtenay) and Privates Frazer (Bill Paterson), Pike (Blake Harrison), Walker (Daniel Mays) and Godfrey (Michael Gambon), a mild-mannered soul who frequently drifts off into his own world.

The fate of the Home Guard hangs in the balance when Colonel Theakes (Mark Gatiss) reveals that he intends to sort the military wheat from the chaff and "Walmington feels chaffy." Soon after, Mainwaring learns that a German spy has infiltrated the town and is transmitting secrets back to Berlin.

This search for a traitor coincides with the arrival of glamorous magazine writer Rose Winters (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who intends to pen a flattering article about the heroics of the Home Guard. George is smitten and finds Rose most charming and agreeable.

"They said that about the Ripper," coldly retorts Mrs Mainwaring (Felicity Montagu), hard-nosed leader of Walmington-on-Sea's women's auxiliary army, which includes Pike's mother (Sarah Lancashire) and Walker's sweetheart Daphne (Emily Atack).

Dad's Army opens with a limp set piece involving a stand-off between the Home Guard and runaway livestock. "We're supposed to be locking horns with the Hun not Bertie the bull!" despairs one of the men, echoing our mounting frustration.

Jones lightens the darkening mood with a few moments of physical humour, including choking on a slice of cake, while Nighy relies on his usual snorts and tics for merriment. Montagu, Lancashire and co bring a diluted degree of girl power to proceedings that might be dismissed as tokenism without their characters' pivotal involvement in the hare-brained and lacklustre denouement.

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Friday 5th February 2016
Saturday 6th February 2016
Sunday 7th February 2016
Monday 8th February 2016
Tuesday 9th February 2016
Wednesday 10th February 2016
Thursday 11th February 2016

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Dad's Army (Subtitled) 2 stars

England, 1944. The Second World War is on a knife edge and in the cosy community of Walmington-on-Sea, blustering bank manager George Mainwaring proudly leads the local Home Guard. Colonel Theakes reveals that he intends to sort the military wheat from the chaff and "Walmington feels chaffy." Soon after, Mainwaring learns that a German spy has infiltrated the town and is transmitting secrets back to Berlin.

  • GenreComedy, Historical/Period, War
  • CastCatherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy, Daniel Mays, Bill Paterson, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay, Blake Harrison.
  • DirectorOliver Parker.
  • WriterHamish McColl.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site
  • Release05/02/2016

How do you improve on the perfection of Jimmy Perry and David Croft's sitcom Dad's Army, which began active service in 1968 and remains a jewel in the crown of the BBC comedy archives? You don't.

If you're director Oliver Parker and screenwriter Hamish McColl, you pepper a flimsy plot that would barely stretch to one TV episode let alone 100 minutes with the show's catchphrases and pray our abiding affection for the characters will compensate for long passages without a discernible punchline.

Original cast members Ian Lavender and Frank Williams are conscripted to cameo roles to heighten the whiff of nostalgia. Limp innuendo-laden banter about sausages barely merits a smirk, pratfalls are predictable and a terrific ensemble cast of gifted comic actors go on patrol without an arsenal of decent one-liners.

From uninspired beginning to muddled end, it's a cultural smash'n'grab that goes through the motions and will ultimately be remembered as a badly missed opportunity.

England, 1944. The Second World War is on a knife edge and in the cosy community of Walmington-on-Sea, blustering bank manager George Mainwaring (Toby Jones) proudly leads the local Home Guard. His hapless rank and file includes Sergeant Wilson (Bill Nighy), Lance Corporal Jones (Tom Courtenay) and Privates Frazer (Bill Paterson), Pike (Blake Harrison), Walker (Daniel Mays) and Godfrey (Michael Gambon), a mild-mannered soul who frequently drifts off into his own world.

The fate of the Home Guard hangs in the balance when Colonel Theakes (Mark Gatiss) reveals that he intends to sort the military wheat from the chaff and "Walmington feels chaffy." Soon after, Mainwaring learns that a German spy has infiltrated the town and is transmitting secrets back to Berlin.

This search for a traitor coincides with the arrival of glamorous magazine writer Rose Winters (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who intends to pen a flattering article about the heroics of the Home Guard. George is smitten and finds Rose most charming and agreeable.

"They said that about the Ripper," coldly retorts Mrs Mainwaring (Felicity Montagu), hard-nosed leader of Walmington-on-Sea's women's auxiliary army, which includes Pike's mother (Sarah Lancashire) and Walker's sweetheart Daphne (Emily Atack).

Dad's Army opens with a limp set piece involving a stand-off between the Home Guard and runaway livestock. "We're supposed to be locking horns with the Hun not Bertie the bull!" despairs one of the men, echoing our mounting frustration.

Jones lightens the darkening mood with a few moments of physical humour, including choking on a slice of cake, while Nighy relies on his usual snorts and tics for merriment. Montagu, Lancashire and co bring a diluted degree of girl power to proceedings that might be dismissed as tokenism without their characters' pivotal involvement in the hare-brained and lacklustre denouement.

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Sunday 7th February 2016
Tuesday 9th February 2016

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Daddy's Home 3 stars

Mild-mannered nice guy Brad Taggart is married to sex bomb Sarah and has two beautiful step-children Dylan and Megan from her first marriage. Out of the blue, Sarah's first husband Dusty Mayron makes contact and persuades Brad to let him visit the children. She urges extreme caution, describing her ex as what might happen if "Jesse James and Mick Jagger had a baby". Brad's benevolence is tested to breaking point as Dusty swaggers into town, intent on reclaiming his position as alpha male.

  • GenreAction, Comedy, Romance
  • CastWill Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church.
  • DirectorSean Anders.
  • WriterSean Anders, John Morris, Brian Burns.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration96 mins
  • Official sitedaddyshomemovie.tumblr.com
  • Release26/12/2015 (selected cinemas)

Grown men degenerate into petty, vindictive and jealous children in Sean Anders' comedy of bad parenting and clashing egos. The perfect storm of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg's first on-screen pairing - the goofy 2010 cop caper The Other Guys - has blown over, leaving behind the overcast skies of a mean-spirited game of testosterone-fuelled one-upmanship that is surprisingly light on belly laughs and charm.

A misfiring script stacks the odds heavily in favour of one of the actors, lavishing misery on his rival to the point that any initial pangs of sympathy are supplanted by incredulity and ultimately disdain. By the time the three writers are ready to engineer the obligatory reversal of fortune, it's too little, too late.

A colourful supporting performance from American stand-up Hannibal Buress as a handyman, who inexplicably takes up residence on the family sofa and referees arguments between the two men, is a pleasing diversion.

Ferrell plays to type as mild-mannered nice guy Brad Taggart, who works at a smooth jazz radio station called The Panda under a politically incorrect boss (Thomas Haden Church). Life is great for Brad: he is married to sex bomb Sarah (Linda Cardellini) and has two beautiful step-children Dylan (Owen Vaccaro) and Megan (Scarlett Estevez) from her first marriage.

Out of the blue, Sarah's first husband Dusty Mayron (Wahlberg) makes contact and persuades Brad to let him visit the children. She urges extreme caution, describing her ex as what might happen if "Jesse James and Mick Jagger had a baby", but Brad is unperturbed, believing that it's important for Dylan and Megan to have their biological father in their life, even if he is a scoundrel.

"You can find the good in just about anything. I love that about you," coos Sarah. Brad's benevolence and patience are tested to breaking point as Dusty swaggers into town, intent on breaking up the happy home and reclaiming his position as alpha male.

Daddy's Home is a morass of half-baked ideas and sketches, which fail to gel as a satisfying battle of the hirsute sexes. Only when the rivalry between the central characters descends into a literal showdown of their respective manhoods - off-camera thankfully - does the film turn promise into genuine giggles.

Ferrell goofs ad nauseum while his deadpan co-star repeatedly removes his shirt to poke fun at his musclebound screen image. Cardellini transfers her mom's fickle affections as and when the script decrees, and is almost superfluous to scenes of fraternal bonding drizzled in sickly sentiment that masquerade unconvincingly as a resolution to the madness. Who's the daddy? Certainly not Anders' uneven picture.

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Friday 5th February 2016
Saturday 6th February 2016
Sunday 7th February 2016
Monday 8th February 2016
Tuesday 9th February 2016

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Deadpool 3 stars

Former Special Forces operative Wade Wilson discovers he has cancer. He is offered a second chance by The Recruiter, who works for an experimental program known as Weapon X, which promises to induce a regenerative mutation to the cancerous cells. Wade undergoes treatment and is transformed into a mentally unstable hero called Deadpool, who is blessed and cursed with accelerated healing powers, disfigured skin and a politically incorrect sense of humour.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction
  • CastMorena Baccarin, Gina Carano, Ryan Reynolds, TJ Miller, Ed Skrein.
  • DirectorTim Miller.
  • WriterRhett Reese, Paul Wernick.
  • CountryUS/Can
  • Duration108 mins
  • Official sitewww.fox.co.uk/deadpool
  • Release10/02/2016

Infused with the same anarchic, irreverent sense of humour that made Kick-Ass a smash hit with audiences, Deadpool is the latest visit to the X-Men universe, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Former Special Forces operative Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) discovers he has cancer that will rob him of his dream life with his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). He is offered a second chance by The Recruiter (Jed Rees), who works for an experimental program known as Weapon X, which promises to induce a regenerative mutation to the cancerous cells. Wade undergoes treatment and is transformed into a mentally unstable hero called Deadpool, who is blessed and cursed with accelerated healing powers, disfigured skin and a politically incorrect sense of humour. Aided by best friend Weasel (TJ Miller), Deadpool vows revenge against Ajax (Ed Skrein), lynchpin of the Weapon X program, and his superhuman henchwoman Angel Dust (Gina Carano).

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Wednesday 10th February 2016
Thursday 11th February 2016

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Dirty Grandpa 2 stars

Seventy-something man of mystery Dick Kelly buries his wife and emotionally blackmails his grandson Jason into driving him to their summer home in Florida. "It's what she would have wanted," Dick assures Jason, who is a corporate lawyer in the same firm as his father. The two men hit the road and are soon diverted to Daytona Beach, where Jason has a chance to reignite romance with old flame Shadia while perpetually libidinous Dick pursues Shadia's obliging friend, Lenore.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastZoey Deutch, Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Aubrey Plaza.
  • DirectorDan Mazer.
  • WriterJohn Phillips.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration102 mins
  • Official sitewww.dirtygrandpa.movie
  • Release29/01/2016

In the prank TV show Jackass and a subsequent feature film, Johnny Knoxville donned latex to give octogenarians a bad name as politically incorrect grandpa Irving Zisman. Director Dan Mazer and screenwriter John Phillips channel a similar vibe of old men behaving crudely in this raunchy cross-generational road trip that pairs raging bull Robert De Niro and wholesome High School Musical alumnus Zac Efron.

It's a tantalising juxtaposition - wizened, worldly experience and youthful exuberance - and Phillips' expletive-laden script should mine a rich vein of humour by upending expectations about how these characters behave in polite society.

Alas, the drunken fraternity humour that runs rampant is wearisome and occasionally distasteful, including double standards in its treatment of homophobia. De Niro visibly savours his feisty old coot's potty-mouthed outbursts.

For his part, Efron gamely loses his shirt and his trousers, flashing his washboard stomach in a series of humiliations that include a mistaken case of exposure to a minor on a beach.

Seventy-something man of mystery Dick Kelly (De Niro) buries his wife and emotionally blackmails his grandson Jason (Efron) into driving him to their summer home in Florida. "It's what she would have wanted," Dick assures Jason, who is a corporate lawyer in the same firm as his father (Dermot Mulroney) and is poised to walk down the aisle with his controlling fiancee (Julianne Hough).

Jason arrives at his grandfather's home and walks in on the old timer in a state of gleeful undress, enjoying a pornographic film. "You caught me taking a number three," cackles Dick, without a flush of shame.

The two men hit the road and are soon diverted to Daytona Beach, where Jason has a chance to reignite romance with old flame Shadia (Zoey Deutch) while perpetually libidinous Dick pursues Shadia's obliging friend, Lenore (Aubrey Plaza).

"The greatest gift a grandson can give his grandfather is a hot college girl who wants to have unprotected sex with him before he dies," declares Dick but standing in his way are loutish college dudes Cody (Jake Pickering) and Brah (Michael Hudson).

Dirty Grandpa drinks from the same filthy glassware as The Hangover and its bromantic brethren. The two leads throw themselves into the fray with abandon, weathering numerous indignities including a topless dance off in search of cheap laughs.

Amidst the filth, scriptwriter Phillips dispenses pat life lessons about taking charge of your destiny and respecting elders. A running gag involving a drug dealer (Jason Mantzoukas) and two inept police officers (Mo Collins, Henry Zebrowski) runs out of puff while the sight of De Niro repeatedly shoving his thumb up his co-star's bottom as a laddish prank gets a thumbs down on its first airing let alone the fourth or fifth.

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Friday 5th February 2016
Saturday 6th February 2016
Sunday 7th February 2016
Monday 8th February 2016
Tuesday 9th February 2016
Wednesday 10th February 2016
Thursday 11th February 2016

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Dirty Grandpa (Subtitled) 2 stars

Seventy-something man of mystery Dick Kelly buries his wife and emotionally blackmails his grandson Jason into driving him to their summer home in Florida. "It's what she would have wanted," Dick assures Jason, who is a corporate lawyer in the same firm as his father. The two men hit the road and are soon diverted to Daytona Beach, where Jason has a chance to reignite romance with old flame Shadia while perpetually libidinous Dick pursues Shadia's obliging friend, Lenore.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastZoey Deutch, Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Aubrey Plaza.
  • DirectorDan Mazer.
  • WriterJohn Phillips.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration102 mins
  • Official sitewww.dirtygrandpa.movie
  • Release29/01/2016

In the prank TV show Jackass and a subsequent feature film, Johnny Knoxville donned latex to give octogenarians a bad name as politically incorrect grandpa Irving Zisman. Director Dan Mazer and screenwriter John Phillips channel a similar vibe of old men behaving crudely in this raunchy cross-generational road trip that pairs raging bull Robert De Niro and wholesome High School Musical alumnus Zac Efron.

It's a tantalising juxtaposition - wizened, worldly experience and youthful exuberance - and Phillips' expletive-laden script should mine a rich vein of humour by upending expectations about how these characters behave in polite society.

Alas, the drunken fraternity humour that runs rampant is wearisome and occasionally distasteful, including double standards in its treatment of homophobia. De Niro visibly savours his feisty old coot's potty-mouthed outbursts.

For his part, Efron gamely loses his shirt and his trousers, flashing his washboard stomach in a series of humiliations that include a mistaken case of exposure to a minor on a beach.

Seventy-something man of mystery Dick Kelly (De Niro) buries his wife and emotionally blackmails his grandson Jason (Efron) into driving him to their summer home in Florida. "It's what she would have wanted," Dick assures Jason, who is a corporate lawyer in the same firm as his father (Dermot Mulroney) and is poised to walk down the aisle with his controlling fiancee (Julianne Hough).

Jason arrives at his grandfather's home and walks in on the old timer in a state of gleeful undress, enjoying a pornographic film. "You caught me taking a number three," cackles Dick, without a flush of shame.

The two men hit the road and are soon diverted to Daytona Beach, where Jason has a chance to reignite romance with old flame Shadia (Zoey Deutch) while perpetually libidinous Dick pursues Shadia's obliging friend, Lenore (Aubrey Plaza).

"The greatest gift a grandson can give his grandfather is a hot college girl who wants to have unprotected sex with him before he dies," declares Dick but standing in his way are loutish college dudes Cody (Jake Pickering) and Brah (Michael Hudson).

Dirty Grandpa drinks from the same filthy glassware as The Hangover and its bromantic brethren. The two leads throw themselves into the fray with abandon, weathering numerous indignities including a topless dance off in search of cheap laughs.

Amidst the filth, scriptwriter Phillips dispenses pat life lessons about taking charge of your destiny and respecting elders. A running gag involving a drug dealer (Jason Mantzoukas) and two inept police officers (Mo Collins, Henry Zebrowski) runs out of puff while the sight of De Niro repeatedly shoving his thumb up his co-star's bottom as a laddish prank gets a thumbs down on its first airing let alone the fourth or fifth.

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Goosebumps 4 stars

Gale Cooper moves from New York to Delaware with her teenage son Zach. Their new next door neighbour is the mysterious Mr Shivers, whose daughter Hannah is also an enigma. Zach and his new friend, socially awkward student Champ, break into Mr Shivers' home and discover he is actually renowned author RL Stine. In the process of uncovering the truth, Zach accidentally unleashes Slappy from Night Of The Living Dummy. The demented mannequin releases monsters from the rest of Stine's books.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Family, Family
  • CastDylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Jack Black, Ryan Lee.
  • DirectorRob Letterman.
  • WriterDarren Lemke.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration103 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/GoosebumpsUK
  • Release05/02/2016

Comic whirlwind Jack Black ramps up his manic energy to gale force 10 in this fast-paced fantasy adventure based on the series of children's books by RL Stine. Directed with brio by Rob Letterman, Goosebumps is a wicked delight, packed full of spooks and scares that should have adults jumping out of their seats almost as often as little ones.

Explosions of comic book violence, including a slip-sliding tussle between the Abominable Snowman and high school students on an ice rink, are orchestrated with black humour and vim. Darren Lemke's lean script barely pauses for breath between the eye-popping set pieces, but still finds time to flesh out a compelling teenage love story that remains the right side of sickly sweet.

Digital effects are impressive, seamlessly integrated with live action to conjure scenes of large-scale destruction including a runaway ferris wheel and a town under attack from a giant praying mantis.

It's huge fun, especially in 3D when some of the ghoulish things that go bump in the night appear to leap out of the screen. Letterman opens with the calm before the computer-generated storm as Gale Cooper (Amy Ryan) arrives in Delaware with her teenage son Zach (Dylan Minnette) to take up the position of vice-principal at Madison High School.

Their new next-door neighbour is the mysterious Mr Shivers (Black), whose daughter Hannah (Odeya Rush) is also an enigma. Zach and his socially awkward student Champ (Ryan Lee) break into Mr Shivers' home and discover that the truculent father is actually renowned author RL Stine.

In the process of uncovering this startling truth, Zach unlocks one of Stine's books and accidentally unleashes Slappy (voiced by Black) from Night Of The Living Dummy. The demented mannequin subsequently releases monsters from the rest of Stine's back catalogue and the grotesque creations run amok in Madison.

"Why couldn't you have written about unicorns and rainbows?" shrieks Champ.
"Because that doesn't sell 400 million copies," snaps Stine, who realises the only way to defeat Slappy is to pen another bestseller on his typewriter.

Meanwhile, Champ's high school crush Taylor (Halston Sage) and Gale's sister Lorraine (Gillian Bell) are caught up in the mayhem as zombies, a werewolf and assorted monstrosities besiege the high school.

Goosebumps careens wildly between action, comedy and touching drama, with a generous smattering of pithy verbal gags that will go above the heads of children and strike a bullseye with parents. Black leads from the front, plying the wide-eyed lunacy that has served him well, with Minnette as his straight man and foil, whose prime concern is rescuing the people he loves.

Slappy's army of grotesque henchcreatures won't induce nightmares, but might just send a pleasing shiver down young spines. A tricksy treat.

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Goosebumps 3D 4 stars

Gale Cooper moves from New York to Delaware with her teenage son Zach. Their new next door neighbour is the mysterious Mr Shivers, whose daughter Hannah is also an enigma. Zach and his new friend, socially awkward student Champ, break into Mr Shivers' home and discover he is actually renowned author RL Stine. In the process of uncovering the truth, Zach accidentally unleashes Slappy from Night Of The Living Dummy. The demented mannequin releases monsters from the rest of Stine's books.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Family, Family
  • CastDylan Minnette, Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee.
  • DirectorRob Letterman.
  • WriterDarren Lemke.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration103 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/GoosebumpsUK
  • Release05/02/2016

Comic whirlwind Jack Black ramps up his manic energy to gale force 10 in this fast-paced fantasy adventure based on the series of children's books by RL Stine. Directed with brio by Rob Letterman, Goosebumps is a wicked delight, packed full of spooks and scares that should have adults jumping out of their seats almost as often as little ones.

Explosions of comic book violence, including a slip-sliding tussle between the Abominable Snowman and high school students on an ice rink, are orchestrated with black humour and vim. Darren Lemke's lean script barely pauses for breath between the eye-popping set pieces, but still finds time to flesh out a compelling teenage love story that remains the right side of sickly sweet.

Digital effects are impressive, seamlessly integrated with live action to conjure scenes of large-scale destruction including a runaway ferris wheel and a town under attack from a giant praying mantis.

It's huge fun, especially in 3D when some of the ghoulish things that go bump in the night appear to leap out of the screen. Letterman opens with the calm before the computer-generated storm as Gale Cooper (Amy Ryan) arrives in Delaware with her teenage son Zach (Dylan Minnette) to take up the position of vice-principal at Madison High School.

Their new next-door neighbour is the mysterious Mr Shivers (Black), whose daughter Hannah (Odeya Rush) is also an enigma. Zach and his socially awkward student Champ (Ryan Lee) break into Mr Shivers' home and discover that the truculent father is actually renowned author RL Stine.

In the process of uncovering this startling truth, Zach unlocks one of Stine's books and accidentally unleashes Slappy (voiced by Black) from Night Of The Living Dummy. The demented mannequin subsequently releases monsters from the rest of Stine's back catalogue and the grotesque creations run amok in Madison.

"Why couldn't you have written about unicorns and rainbows?" shrieks Champ.
"Because that doesn't sell 400 million copies," snaps Stine, who realises the only way to defeat Slappy is to pen another bestseller on his typewriter.

Meanwhile, Champ's high school crush Taylor (Halston Sage) and Gale's sister Lorraine (Gillian Bell) are caught up in the mayhem as zombies, a werewolf and assorted monstrosities besiege the high school.

Goosebumps careens wildly between action, comedy and touching drama, with a generous smattering of pithy verbal gags that will go above the heads of children and strike a bullseye with parents. Black leads from the front, plying the wide-eyed lunacy that has served him well, with Minnette as his straight man and foil, whose prime concern is rescuing the people he loves.

Slappy's army of grotesque henchcreatures won't induce nightmares, but might just send a pleasing shiver down young spines. A tricksy treat.

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Hotel Transylvania 2 3 stars

The great and the good of the monster world gather at Hotel Transylvania for the wedding of vampire Mavis and her human beau Jonathan. They raise an adorable son called Dennis and consider moving to California to raise the child among other humans. Dracula is devastated - he believes that any heir to the bloodline should be raised in Transylvania, surrounded by other monsters.

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastAndy Samberg, Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, David Spade.
  • DirectorGenndy Tartakovsky.
  • WriterRobert Smigel, Adam Sandler.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration89 mins
  • Official sitewww.hoteltransylvania2.com
  • Release16/10/2015

If the Twilight film series taught us anything, apart from how long werewolves spend in the gym to maintain their hirsute washboard stomachs, it's that forbidden desire across the vampire-human divide always ends in copious blood-letting and tears.

And if a love child of this unholy union comes mewling into the world, a sequel surely beckons. Once bitten, twice the box office takings. Genndy Tartakovsky's computer-animated family comedy obliges by considering the thorny parenting issues for a slacker dude and his fanged bride, who can't decide if they should raise their first child among monsters or mortals.

You could argue that war-mongering, power-hungry mankind is far more deadly than the ghosts and ghouls that haunt the frames of this lively and colourful romp. However, harsh reality has no place in Tartakovsky's fantastical adventure, with a screenplay penned by Robert Smigel and Adam Sandler that sidesteps the carnivorous natures of some of the cutesy characters.

As one vampire rejoices, "We don't need to kill any more. We have pop tarts," which begs questions about the ingredients of the jam that oozes from the toasted breakfast treats.

The great and the good of the monster world gather at Hotel Transylvania for the wedding of vampire Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez) and her mortal beau Jonathan (Andy Samberg). Mavis' proud father Dracula (Adam Sandler) welcomes Jonathan's nervous parents, Mike (Nick Offerman) and Linda (Megan Mullally), to his humble home for the nuptials, which pass without a hitch.

Mavis falls pregnant and gives birth to an adorable son called Dennis (Asher Blinkoff) and the couple consider moving to California to raise their child among other humans. Dracula is devastated - he believes that any heir to the bloodline should be raised in Transylvania, surrounded by other monsters.

So he takes little Dennis on a journey to all of his favourite ghoulish haunts, aided by good friends Frankenstein's monster (Kevin James), Griffin The Invisible Man (David Spade), Murray The Mummy (Keegan-Michael Key), Wayne Werewolf (Steve Buscemi) and Blobby the Blob (Jonny Solomon).

As Dennis' fifth birthday approaches, Dracula waits nervously for the boy's first milk fang to sprout, which will be proof that he has vampire blood coursing through his veins. "He a late fanger," insists Dracula. "All he needs is time with his vamp-pa!"

Hotel Transylvania 2 strikes the same jaunty tone as its predecessor, treading a linear narrative path so young audiences remain engaged by little Dennis' rites of passage. Visuals burst with primary colours, even in 3D, and the script exhumes mouldering, corny gags with relish.

Vocal performances are solid if unremarkable, including a fleeting vocal turn from Mel Brooks as Vlad, Dracula's estranged father, who hasn't always been the best role model for his boy. The family that hunts together - safely off screen - stays together.

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Mystery Film stars

TBC.

  • GenreFilm, Special
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Pan 3 stars

movie title

A mother tearfully abandons her infant on the steps of The Sisters Of Eternal Prudence, Lambeth Home For Boys. Twelve years later as bombs rain down on 1940s London, the child - Peter - is kidnapped by pirates, who spirit him away to Neverland, where he becomes the property of an ageing seadog called Blackbeard. The abducted tyke is put to work in the mines where Peter befriends a rapscallion called Hook and learns he might be the chosen one of ancient prophecy.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Family, Family, Fantasy
  • CastLevi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Jimmy Vee, Adeel Akhtar, Kathy Burke, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, Nonso Anozie, Garrett Hedlund.
  • DirectorJoe Wright.
  • WriterJason Fuchs.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration111 mins
  • Official sitewww.panmovie.co.uk
  • Release16/10/2015

Like generations of children before me, including transfixed youngsters at the 1904 premiere of JM Barrie's stage play Peter Pan; or, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, I wholeheartedly believe in fairies. Alas, I don't believe in Pan.

Production designer Aline Bonetto, costume designer Jacqueline Durran and their teams have sprinkled bulging handfuls of fairy dust over Joe Wright's gargantuan production to lovingly recreate wartime London and colour-saturated Neverland.

While this fantasy adventure invites our senses on an awfully big adventure, it lands with a dull thud where it matters most: our hearts. The childlike wonder of Barrie's text has been waylaid en route to the second star to the right, careening between bombastic set pieces without truly understanding the characters and the turmoil that drives them.

In a straight sword fight with Steven Spielberg's flawed 1991 romp Hook, Pan unexpectedly comes off second best. Wright's film opens with a mother (Amanda Seyfried) tearfully abandoning her infant on the steps of The Sisters Of Eternal Prudence, Lambeth Home For Boys with a handwritten note and a pan flute pendant. That's a choking hazard, but no matter.

Twelve years later as bombs rain down on 1940s London, the child - Peter (Levi Miller) - and best friend Nibs (Lewis MacDougall) declare a war of attrition against head nun, Mother Barnabas (Kathy Burke), who is stockpiling rations and forcing the boys to eat gruel.

One fateful night, pirates abseil through the home's skylights, kidnap the slumbering children and spirit them away to Neverland, where they become the property of an ageing seadog called Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman).

The abducted tykes are put to work in the mines where Peter befriends a rapscallion called Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and learns he might be the chosen one of ancient prophecy.

"I don't believe in bedtime stories," boldly declares Peter, who escapes enslavement and gallivants through Neverland in the company of Hook, snivelling sidekick Smiegel (Adeel Akhtar) and feisty tribal princess Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara).

Pan is a visually stunning grand folly, which has been starved of naked human emotion. Australian actor Miller's cor-blimey-guvnor London accent eludes him on a couple of occasions, but he illuminates the screen and sparks a pleasing partnership with Jackman's campy villain.

Their one-on-one scenes, pontificating on destiny and what maketh a man, are the closest screenwriter Jason Fuchs comes to tugging a heartstring. Hedlund seems to be auditioning for the rumoured Indiana Jones reboot with his pratfall-laden heroics that reimagine Hook as a gung-ho good guy.

The haphazard script shoehorns verbal and visual references to Barrie's text, sometimes with groan-worthy results. Thus when Peter wriggles out of Blackbeard's clutches, the pirate barks, "So is the boy lost?" and a minion replies, "Yes sir, he is a lost boy." Wright's film is lost with him.

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Point Break 2 stars

Seven years after an unexpected tragedy, extreme sports thrill-seeker Johnny Utah reemerges as a rookie FBI agent, desperate to prove his worth. Instructor Hall dispatches Johnny to France in the company of British agent Pappas to identify robbery suspects among the big wave surfers. By chance, Johnny rides a monstrous tube of water with gang leader Bodhi and is welcomed into the fold by accomplices Roach, Chowder and Grommet.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Romance, Thriller
  • CastRay Winstone, Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Delroy Lindo, Teresa Palmer.
  • DirectorEricson Core.
  • WriterKurt Wimmer.
  • CountryUS/Ger/Chi
  • Duration114 mins
  • Official sitewww.pointbreakmovie.co.uk
  • Release05/02/2016

Released in 1991, the original Point Break starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves was a testosterone-fuelled, homoerotic classic of the era about an emotionally scarred FBI agent, who goes undercover to bring down a gang of bank-robbing surfer dudes. Buff male characters shot lingering glances at each other dressed in tight-fitting wet suits, performed daredevil feats of one-upmanship and famously described Reeves' pretty boy thrill-seeker as young, dumb and full of one particular bodily fluid.

Director Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Academy Award for The Hurt Locker almost 20 years later, embraced the preposterousness of the set-up and charted an undeniably entertaining path through the water-drenched madness.

Ericson Core's muscle-flexing remake seeks the same extreme sports nirvana, but falls desperately short. The philosophical mumbo jumbo of the original film has been elevated to ludicrous new heights by screenwriter Kurt Wimmer, while action sequences rely too heavily on digital trickery to dazzle.

Crucially, the central relationship between the reckless cop and the sensei-like leader of the robbers lacks tantalising moral ambiguities or shifts in the balance of power. Sad to say, the 2016 incarnation should be retitled Pointless Break.

The film opens with Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) and best friend Jeff (Max Thieriot) filming a motorcycle ride along a hilltop for their online fan base. A leap across a chasm onto a needle of rock culminates in tragedy and Johnny retires from the scene.

Seven years later, he reemerges as a rookie FBI agent, desperate to prove his worth to Instructor Hall (Delroy Lindo). Johnny gets his chance when he realises that a four-strong team of extreme sports fanatics are committing crimes in order to complete the fabled eight ordeals of Ono Ozaki, an environmentalist and athlete, who believed in harnessing the planet's natural forces to find the path to enlightenment.

Hall dispatches Johnny to France in the company of British agent Pappas (Ray Winstone) to identify suspects among the big wave surfers. By chance, Johnny rides a monstrous tube of water with gang leader Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez) and is welcomed into the fold by accomplices Roach (Clemens Schick), Chowder (Tobias Santelmann) and Grommet (Matias Varela).

They invite Johnny to shrug off past mistakes and seek pure adrenaline rushes around the world. "We can only have responsibility for our own path," counsels Bodhi. "Let others have theirs."

Point Break is a shadow of its former self, lacking all of the swaggering charm that allowed us to overlook the gaping plot holes and leaps in logic. Ramirez smoulders alone, Bracey is a bland hero and his romantic subplot an Australian daredevil (Teresa Palmer) is a fruitless diversion.

Director Core enlists some of the best athletes and stuntmen to enliven his action set pieces. Alas, even their impressive feats of strength and nerve-racking endurance can't save the film from a spectacular wipeout.

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Point Break 3D 2 stars

Seven years after an unexpected tragedy, extreme sports thrill-seeker Johnny Utah reemerges as a rookie FBI agent, desperate to prove his worth. Instructor Hall dispatches Johnny to France in the company of British agent Pappas to identify robbery suspects among the big wave surfers. By chance, Johnny rides a monstrous tube of water with gang leader Bodhi and is welcomed into the fold by accomplices Roach, Chowder and Grommet.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Romance, Thriller
  • CastRay Winstone, Delroy Lindo, Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Teresa Palmer.
  • DirectorEricson Core.
  • WriterKurt Wimmer.
  • CountryUS/Ger/Chi
  • Duration114 mins
  • Official sitewww.pointbreakmovie.co.uk
  • Release05/02/2016

Released in 1991, the original Point Break starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves was a testosterone-fuelled, homoerotic classic of the era about an emotionally scarred FBI agent, who goes undercover to bring down a gang of bank-robbing surfer dudes. Buff male characters shot lingering glances at each other dressed in tight-fitting wet suits, performed daredevil feats of one-upmanship and famously described Reeves' pretty boy thrill-seeker as young, dumb and full of one particular bodily fluid.

Director Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Academy Award for The Hurt Locker almost 20 years later, embraced the preposterousness of the set-up and charted an undeniably entertaining path through the water-drenched madness.

Ericson Core's muscle-flexing remake seeks the same extreme sports nirvana, but falls desperately short. The philosophical mumbo jumbo of the original film has been elevated to ludicrous new heights by screenwriter Kurt Wimmer, while action sequences rely too heavily on digital trickery to dazzle.

Crucially, the central relationship between the reckless cop and the sensei-like leader of the robbers lacks tantalising moral ambiguities or shifts in the balance of power. Sad to say, the 2016 incarnation should be retitled Pointless Break.

The film opens with Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) and best friend Jeff (Max Thieriot) filming a motorcycle ride along a hilltop for their online fan base. A leap across a chasm onto a needle of rock culminates in tragedy and Johnny retires from the scene.

Seven years later, he reemerges as a rookie FBI agent, desperate to prove his worth to Instructor Hall (Delroy Lindo). Johnny gets his chance when he realises that a four-strong team of extreme sports fanatics are committing crimes in order to complete the fabled eight ordeals of Ono Ozaki, an environmentalist and athlete, who believed in harnessing the planet's natural forces to find the path to enlightenment.

Hall dispatches Johnny to France in the company of British agent Pappas (Ray Winstone) to identify suspects among the big wave surfers. By chance, Johnny rides a monstrous tube of water with gang leader Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez) and is welcomed into the fold by accomplices Roach (Clemens Schick), Chowder (Tobias Santelmann) and Grommet (Matias Varela).

They invite Johnny to shrug off past mistakes and seek pure adrenaline rushes around the world. "We can only have responsibility for our own path," counsels Bodhi. "Let others have theirs."

Point Break is a shadow of its former self, lacking all of the swaggering charm that allowed us to overlook the gaping plot holes and leaps in logic. Ramirez smoulders alone, Bracey is a bland hero and his romantic subplot an Australian daredevil (Teresa Palmer) is a fruitless diversion.

Director Core enlists some of the best athletes and stuntmen to enliven his action set pieces. Alas, even their impressive feats of strength and nerve-racking endurance can't save the film from a spectacular wipeout.

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Pride And Prejudice And Zombies 3 stars

Mr Bennet teaches his four daughters Elizabeth, Jane, Lydia and Mary martial arts so they can take care of themselves in an era of marauding zombies. The girls' mother Mrs Bennet is more concerned with finding them wealthy husbands. The arrival of Mr Bingley in town sends Mrs Bennet into a frenzy of excitement and she dispatches the girls to a ball with instructions to catch his eye. Bingley is smitten with Jane, while Elizabeth meets her match in Bingley's haughty friend, Mr Darcy.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Comedy, Horror, Romance
  • CastLily James, Lena Headey, Douglas Booth, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Matt Smith.
  • DirectorBurr Steers.
  • WriterBurr Steers.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration108 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/PPZMovie/
  • Release11/02/2016

Jane Austen's period romance is given a gruesome twist in this film version of Seth Grahame-Smith's parody novel, which transplants the heaving bosoms and unspoken desire to a 19th-century Britain overrun with the ravenous undead. Mr Bennet (Charles Dance) teaches his four daughters Elizabeth (Lily James), Jane (Bella Heathcote), Lydia (Ellie Bamber) and Mary (Millie Brady) martial arts so they can take care of themselves in an era of marauding zombies. The girls' mother Mrs Bennet (Sally Phillips) is more concerned with finding them wealthy husbands. The arrival of Mr Bingley (Douglas Booth) in town sends Mrs Bennet into a frenzy of excitement and she dispatches the girls to a ball with instructions to catch his eye. Bingley is smitten with Jane, while Elizabeth meets her match in Bingley's haughty friend, Mr Darcy (Sam Riley). The girls repel a zombie attack at the ball but are crestfallen when they learn that Bingley and his friends have abandoned the countryside for the safety of London, which is now a walled fortress. Soon after, roguish soldier Mr Wickham (Jack Huston) arrives in the countryside and poisons Elizabeth against Darcy.

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Ride Along 2 3 stars

Ben Barber is fresh out of the Police Academy and keen to prove himself on the mean streets of Atlanta. His impetuosity has dire consequences for Detective James Payton and his partner Mayfield during a meeting with a drug dealer. As a result, Lieutenant Brooks dispatches Payton to Miami to follow a lead and Ben begs to come along to make amends. During the subsequent investigation, the two men work closely with Detective Maya Cruz to bring down sadistic crime lord Antonio Pope.

  • GenreAction, Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastTika Sumpter, Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Benjamin Bratt.
  • DirectorTim Story.
  • WriterMatt Manfredi, Phil Hay.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration102 mins
  • Official sitewww.uk-ridealong2.tumblr.com
  • Release22/01/2016

During a lull in Tim Story's sequel, a two-dimensional character with a modicum of common sense asks Ice Cube's deadpan detective why he suffers a fool like Kevin Hart's accident-prone rookie. The veteran Atlanta cop explains that Hart might be a buffoon and a major liability to the police department but every now and then, he achieves a moment of staggering, jaw-dropping brilliance.

Ride Along 2 is not one of those moments. This dim-witted cops and robbers caper lazily recycles the set-up of the original film and transplants the chaotic gun fights and male posturing to Miami. The sun may be sizzling over the south eastern coast, which is festooned with beach babes in skimpy bikinis and strutting studs in linen shirts, but there are dark clouds over every aspect of the sequel.

Story directs at a lacklustre pace, which suggests he signed on with the returning cast purely for a pay cheque, while parallel romantic subplots beggar belief. The second film opens with videogame addict Ben Barber (Hart) fresh out of the Police Academy and keen to prove himself on the mean streets of Atlanta.

His impetuosity has dire consequences for his soon to be brother-in-law, Detective James Payton (Ice Cube), during an undercover sting. Consequently, Lieutenant Brooks (Bruce McGill) dispatches Payton to Miami to trace a suspect and Ben begs to tag along to make amends for his costly blunder.

However, the rookie is in the midst of planning his wedding to Payton's sister Angela (Tika Sumpter), and there are sharp differences of opinion between the groom and feisty wedding planner (Sherri Shepherd). In order to eliminate the friction, Angela implores her brother to take her fiance to Miami for a few days.

During the subsequent investigation, the two men work closely with ballsy local detective Maya Cruz (Olivia Munn), whose no-nonsense approach to policing piques Payton's romantic interests. "The girl is devil spawn with lady parts!" hyperventilates Ben in protest. Meanwhile, the Atlanta cops pool their resources to apprehend a computer hacker (Ken Jeong) and bring down powerful crime lord Antonio Pope (Benjamin Bratt).

Ride Along 2 splutters and wheezes from the Fast & Furious-style opening sequence replete with a throwaway cameo for Tyrese Gibson. Action set pieces lack pizazz including a centrepiece car chase, which is visualised as a videogame a la Grand Theft Auto in Ben's head and consequently lacks pulse-quickening thrills.

The mismatched double act of Ice Cube and Hart fail to convince us that they could suffer an hour together without drawing weapons let alone work effectively to bring down a major crime cartel. "Give the dwarf a sedative!" barks the rapper, referring to his hyperactive co-star's diminutive stature. We'll take two, please, to dull the pain left by Story's film.

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Snoopy And Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie 3 stars

Charlie Brown develops a crush on a Little Red Haired Girl, who moves in across the street. Unable to talk to her, even with the encouragement of Snoopy, Charlie resolves to catch the girl's eye by winning his school's talent competition. His plan goes horribly awry and he becomes the laughing stock of his school. Meanwhile, Snoopy daydreams about becoming a First World War fighter plane pilot and protecting his pooch sweetheart Fifi from the notorious Red Baron.

  • GenreAdaptation, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastNoah Schnapp, Madisyn Shipman, Francesca Capaldi, Hadley Belle Miller.
  • DirectorSteve Martino.
  • WriterBryan Schulz, Craig Schulz, Cornelius Uliano.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration93 mins
  • Official sitewww.peanutsmovie.com
  • Release21/12/2015

If unabashed sweetness is your weakness then you will be completely helpless in the company of Snoopy And Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie. Written by Craig and Bryan Schulz, the son and grandson of Charles M Schulz, Steve Martino's film marries the old-fashioned, wholesome sensibilities of the syndicated comic strips with state-of-the-art computer animation.

The episodic nature of the script suggests that several bite-size adventures for the titular pooch and his self-doubting master have been sandwiched together and passed off as a fluid narrative. It's candy floss filmmaking: colourful, sugary and easily digested, expertly spun out of hot air by a vast team of talented animators, who have managed to replicate familiar character designs in shiny 3D.

The Peanuts Movie is a big, heady whiff of nostalgia. It's hard to resist the innate charm and vulnerability of Charlie as he laments his inability to talk to the new girl at school ("I just came down with a serious case of inadequacy!") and searches for inspiration in a self-help book entitled 10 Ways To Be A Winner. Everyone loves a trier.

Charlie Brown (voiced by Noah Schnapp) faces his nemesis - the Kite-Eating Tree - and once again comes off second best to Mother Nature. "You'll never get that to fly. Why? Because you're Charlie Brown!" snorts Lucy (Hadley Belle Miller). The luckless lad refuses to be downhearted. "Charlie Brown is not a quitter," he tells himself.

Soon after, a Little Red Haired Girl (Francesca Capaldi) moves in across the street with her family and Charlie develops the most terrible crush. "She's not that pretty," grumbles Lucy dismissively. Unable to talk to his new neighbour, even with the encouragement of Snoopy (Bill Melendez) or his chums Peppermint Patty (Venus Schultheis), Linus (Alexander Garfin) and Pig-Pen (AJ Tecce), Charlie resolves to catch the girl's eye by winning his school's talent competition.

His plan goes awry and he becomes the laughing stock of the school. Subsequent attempts to win the affection of the Little Red Haired Girl by learning to dance, and writing a school report on "Leo's Toy Story by Warren Peace" also end in humiliation.

Meanwhile, Snoopy daydreams about becoming a First World War fighter plane pilot and protecting his pooch sweetheart Fifi (Kristin Chenoweth) from the notorious Red Baron. As dogs of war go, he's irrepressibly cute.

Snoopy And Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie is a delightful, gossamer thin diversion. In an age of increasingly sophisticated, multi-faceted animations, Steve Martino's film harks back to simpler and unabashedly sentimental times of linear storytelling and wholesome messaging.

Laidback vocal performances include archive recordings of Melendez as Snoopy and Woodstock. The main feature screens with an animated short, Cosmic Scrat-astrophe, which follows the acorn-fixated sabretoothed squirrel from the Ice Age series into outer space.

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Spotlight 4 stars

Deputy Managing Editor Ben Bradlee Jr presides over the Boston Globe newsroom and has direct responsibility for the Spotlight team led by Walter "Robby" Robinson. Down in the basement, Robby and his colleagues Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer and Matt Carroll are hard at work on a potentially explosive story. Attorney Mitchell Garabedian claims to have documents which prove Cardinal Bernard Law knew about sexual abuse within the diocese and did nothing.

  • GenreBiography, Drama, Historical/Period, Thriller
  • CastRachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Michael Keaton, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci.
  • DirectorTom McCarthy.
  • WriterTom McCarthy, Josh Singer.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration129 mins
  • Official sitewww.spotlightthefilm.com
  • Release29/01/2016

At its best, investigative journalism is a scalpel that slices through fatty rhetoric and cuts readers to the bones of institutions that should be defending our interests. In early 2002, the Spotlight Investigations team of the Boston Globe ran a series of meticulously researched articles, exposing the sexual abuse of minors in the Boston archdiocese.

Coverage of the scandal rippled far beyond the city boundaries and compelled other victims to come forward and share their horrific testimonies, which sent shockwaves through the Roman Catholic Church.

The newspaper was subsequently awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in Journalism for its courageous and comprehensive coverage, which lifted a heavy veil of secrecy stretching back several decades.

Thomas McCarthy's impeccably crafted drama pays tribute to the close-knit team of tenacious editors and reporters, who tirelessly pursued the truth and wrung their blood, sweat and tears into the exposes.

Deputy Managing Editor Ben Bradlee Jr (John Slattery) presides over the Boston Globe newsroom and has direct responsibility for the Spotlight team led by Walter "Robby" Robinson (Michael Keaton).

Down in the basement, Robby and his colleagues Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Matt Carroll (Brian d'Arcy) invest thousands of hours following leads and gathering evidence. Their work is valuable but costly and incoming Boston Globe editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) makes clear he is willing to make difficult cuts.

"I'm focused on finding a way to make this paper essential to its readers," he tells Robby. The team is hard at work on a potentially explosive story. Attorney Mitchell Garabedian (Stanley Tucci) claims to have documents which prove Cardinal Bernard Law (Len Cariou) knew about sexual abuse within the diocese and did nothing.

Marty authorises Robby to quietly pursue the story before he is personally summoned to a meeting with the Cardinal.
"I find that this city flourishes when its great institutions work together," purrs the holy man.
"I'm of the opinion that for the paper to best perform its function, it needs to stand alone," boldly retorts Marty.

Battle lines are drawn and Robby pleads with his writers so keep their emotions in check as they are confronted with horrific stories of shattered innocence. "I don't want the Chancery getting wind of this before we know what we have," he implores.

Spotlight is a clinical, precise and riveting dramatisation of a protracted search for the ugly truth in a city in the thrall of the church. The ensemble cast are exemplary with Ruffalo gifted the film's stand-out scene of unfettered indignation that undoubtedly secured him his Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor.

Some of the characters don't feel fully formed, sacrificed perhaps in favour of a forensic pursuit of the facts. Josh Singer and director McCarthy's script crackles with tension and as the printing presses of the Globe begin to roll, we finally relax.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens 4 stars

Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and his sister Leia bear the deep emotional scars of their encounters with the Dark Side of the Force, led by Supreme Leader Snoke and his protege Kylo Ren. A valiant scavenger called Rey, First Order stormtrooper Finn and Resistance X-wing pilot Poe Dameron become embroiled in the battle between good and evil.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction
  • CastCarrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong'o, Max von Sydow, Oscar Isaac, Peter Mayhew, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Daisy Ridley.
  • DirectorJJ Abrams.
  • WriterJJ Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration135 mins
  • Official sitewww.starwars.com/films/star-wars-episode-vii-the-force-awakens
  • Release17/12/2015

Give the people what they want, but little else. Director JJ Abrams, who defied the Do Not Resuscitate order on Star Trek and reanimated that wheezing intergalactic saga, atones for George Lucas' cardinal sin of Episode I: The Phantom Menace with a rollicking and unabashedly old-fashioned battle beyond the stars that should shatter box office records rather than fans' sky high dreams.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the sincerest form of flattery of Lucas and his galaxy far, far away that has inspired religious fervour since the heady summer of 1977. Episode VII busily reconstitutes elements from the original trilogy as a giddy 135-minute showdown between the light and dark sides of the Force approximately 30 years after tumultuous events of Return Of The Jedi.

Verbal references and visual nods to earlier chapters abound: the thrum of duelling lightsabres, the beeps of deadpanning droids, the slow and steady countdown to interplanetary doom by hulking superweapon. It's the greatest hits of Star Wars, lovingly and slickly repackaged with an impressive cast of fresh-faced newcomers and wizened old hands, swish digital effects and John Williams' grandiose orchestral score.

The gossamer thin storyline is hand-me-down and some of the plot holes large enough for a four-legged AT-AT combat walker but rejoice, padawan hopefuls, rejoice: the Force is palpable in Episode VII and can only get stronger in subsequent films.

The Rebel Alliance's hard fought victory at the Battle of Endor is a fading memory. The First Order has risen from the ashes of the Galactic Empire, under the yoke of snarling Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and his unpredictable protege, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) spearheads the rebellion, which includes fearless X-wing starfighter pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). Outrageous misfortune brings together self-doubting heroes and villains including self-sufficient scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) from the desert planet Jakku, First Order stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) and a cute rolling BB-8 droid hardwired with killer comic timing.

Their fates conveniently entwine with wisecracking smuggler and scoundrel Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Wookiee sidekick Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), prophetic canteen owner Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong'o), ruthless First Order base leader General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and the mechanised Morecambe and Wiser: C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker). "The galaxy is counting on us," growls Han.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens panders shamelessly to the intergalactic faithful, striking a delightfully pleasing balance between adrenaline-pumping thrills, laconic humour and soap opera histrionics. Ridley and Boyega make a sizable impact amidst the cacophonous sound and merchandising fury, capturing the vulnerability and anguish of conflicted characters haunted by murky pasts.

Ford has lost none of his bounder's roughly hewn, twinkly eyed charm, delivering droll one-liners with consummate ease. Director Abrams shepherds his handsomely crafted behemoth through every comfortingly predictable turn with aplomb. "Chewie... we're home," grins Han as he is reunited with the ramshackle Millennium Falcon early in the film. And so are we.

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Suffragette 4 stars

In 1912 London, Maud Watts works long, gruelling hours in a laundry with her husband Sonny, under the glare of manager Norman Taylor. Women earn less than men and are denied the vote, which rankles some of the workforce including outspoken mother Violet Miller. She encourages Maud to join the suffragette movement and speak up against this injustice. Maud becomes heavily involved in the uprising and risks her relationship with Sonny and her young son George.

  • GenreDrama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastCarey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, Helena Bonham Carter.
  • DirectorSarah Gavron.
  • WriterAbi Morgan.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration106 mins
  • Official site
  • Release12/10/2015

More than 100 years after activist Emily Wilding Davison drew global attention to women's suffrage by dying beneath the hooves of King George V's horse at the Epsom Derby, Sarah Gavron's awards-tipped drama pays tribute to some of the trailblazers who laid their lives on the line in the name of equality.

Davison is a peripheral character in Suffragette and her shocking act of self-sacrifice is relegated to the denouement of Abi Morgan's script, which chooses to view the rebellion through the tear-stained eyes of a fictional heroine. Historical fact and impassioned dramatic licence are awkward bedfellows.

The latter delivers the most emotional wallops as female protagonists suffer physical and mental abuse for daring to stand up for their beliefs. Prison scenes are grim, but it's one simple domestic scene of a family torn apart behind closed doors which really cuts to the bone.

Carey Mulligan is destined for a Best Actress nomination at next year's Academy Awards for her gut-wrenching portrayal of a mother who loses everything she holds dear because she refuses to walk in a man's shadow.

The London-born actress bares her soul for the emotionally demanding role, flanked by impressive supporting turns from Anne-Marie Duff and Helena Bonham Carter.

In 1912 London, Maud Watts (Mulligan) works long hours in a laundry with her husband Sonny (Ben Whishaw), under the glare of manager Norman Taylor (Geoff Bell). Women earn less than men and are denied the vote, which rankles some of the workforce including outspoken mother Violet Miller (Duff).

She encourages Maud to join the suffragette movement and speak up against this injustice at a parliamentary panel hosted by David Lloyd George (Adrian Schiller). Alas, MPs refuse to honour a voting-rights bill amendment, so Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep) stirs her troops into direct action.

"I would rather be a rebel than a slave," she bellows to loyal lieutenants including pharmacist Edith Ellyn (Bonham Carter) and Emily Wilding Davison (Natalie Press). Maud becomes heavily involved in the uprising and risks her relationship with Sonny and young son George (Adam Michael Dodd).

She falls victim to glowering Inspector Steed (Brendan Gleeson), who has been charged with breaking the women's resolve and extinguishing the spark of rebellion before it can set London ablaze.

Suffragette forgoes the usual chocolate box period design, preferring a gloomier palette and nervous handheld camerawork. Streep's involvement is limited to a couple of scenes, allowing the predominantly British cast to shine.

Morgan's screenplay is undernourished in key areas, lightly sketching the multitude of characters, and there's a noticeable reserve when it comes to the violence and intimidation suffered by Violet and her daughter. For all its narrative restraint, Gavron's picture still moves and energises, reminding us that the fight for basic human rights continues to rage in progressive societies around the world.

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The 5th Wave 3 stars

Cassie Sullivan is a regular high school student, who lives with her parents and younger brother Sammy. The teenager's world changes forever when extra-terrestrial invaders orchestrate a series of disasters on Earth, which wipe out vast swathes of mankind. In the chaos, Cassie is separated from Sammy and she vows to track down her little brother. This mission of mercy unfolds during the aliens' fifth wave of attacks: the colonisation of Earth in the guise of humans.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastChloe Grace Moretz, Liev Schreiber, Zackary Arthur, Alex Roe, Ron Livingston.
  • DirectorJ Blakeson.
  • WriterAkiva Goldsman, Susannah Grant, Jeff Pinkner.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration112 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/5thWaveMovie/
  • Release22/01/2016

The fate of mankind rests uneasily in the trembling hands of child soldiers in J Blakeson's rollicking sci-fi adventure. Adapted from Rick Yancey's young adult novel - the opening salvo of a trilogy - The 5th Wave employs an alien invasion as the catalyst for one plucky teenage girl's blood-spattered rites-of-passage.

The stakes are perilously high - London is decimated by a raging tsunami in one early sequence - but like Divergent, The Scorch Trials and other pretenders to The Hunger Games' glittering crown, this slick yet formulaic yarn plays out familiar growing pains and hormone-addled desire in the midst of global catastrophe.

Fans of the genre will stay one step ahead of a script which forces the heroine to pull the trigger on her childhood innocence and introduces her hunky love interest with a gratuitous scene of skinny dipping. Even merciless extraterrestrials are no match, it would seem, for handsome young men with washboard stomachs, smooth talk and a twinkle in their eye.

Cassie Sullivan (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a "normal high school student", who lives with her parents (Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff) and cherubic younger brother, Sammy (Zackary Arthur). She has a sassy best friend, Lizbeth (Gabriela Lopez), and an embarrassing crush on star football player Ben Parish (Nick Robinson).

Overnight, the teenager's world shifts on its axis when an extra-terrestrial mothership enters Earth's atmosphere and wipes out vast swathes of mankind with a series of power cuts, earthquakes, tsunamis and modified avian flu.

In the ensuing chaos, Cassie is separated from Sammy and she vows to track him down. Her trek unfolds during the aliens' fifth wave: the eradication of survivors using human hosts under the control of parasites. Cassie works alone, unable to trust anyone, but serious injury jeopardises her plans until hunky farm boy Evan Walker (Alex Roe) comes to her rescue.

Meanwhile, little Sammy is conscripted into a children's army under the control of US Army Colonel Vosch (Liev Schreiber). Sammy joins Squad 53, led by Cassie's crush Ben, who must overcome his own fears to inspire his ragtag platoon including ballsy outcast Ringer (Maika Monroe), wisecracking Dumbo (Tony Revolori) and weakling Teacup (Talitha Bateman).

The 5th Wave is an entertaining, if emotionally malnourished, opening chapter that whets our appetites for the remainder of the trilogy, but hardly leaves us feeling ravenous. Casting Moretz, best known as Hit-Girl in the Kick Ass films, as the beleaguered heroine is a savvy move.

Cassie is no Katniss Everdeen, but the 18-year-old actress brings grit and vulnerability to a role that would be more compelling if director Blakeson didn't have to continually cut away from her emotionally wrought odyssey to events involving family and classmates. Uneven pacing and a rushed final act stoke our disappointment.

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The Big Short 5 stars

In 2008, quixotic hedge fund manager Michael Burry spots the credit and housing bubble is about to burst and he bets millions against the American economy. Other financial wizards get wind of the deal including deeply cynical hedge fund manager Mark Baum and his team. Inexperienced investors Charlie Geller and Jamie Shipley use personal ties to retired banker Ben Rickert to orchestrate their own high risk bets as financial authorities ignore warning signs and Lehman Brothers prepares to fall.

  • GenreAdaptation, Biography, Comedy, Drama, Historical/Period
  • CastSteve Carell, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt.
  • DirectorAdam McKay.
  • WriterAdam McKay, Charles Randolph.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration130 mins
  • Official sitewww.thebigshortmovie.com
  • Release22/01/2016

A fool and his hard-earned money are soon parted and in 2008, many of us turned out to be unwitting fools when the mortgage crisis in America catalysed the collapse of financial institutions, resulting in an ice age of global austerity that has yet to thaw. Bankers were demonised, political establishment passed bucks as if they were handling red-hot potatoes and hard-working families paid an eye-watering price.

The Wall Street meltdown don't sound like ripe fruit for a cocktail of potty-mouthed hilarity and heartbreaking drama but Adam McKay, director of the Anchorman films, begs to differ. Stepping away from the dim-witted Will Ferrell comedies that have made his name, McKay draws inspiration from Michael Lewis's non-fiction account of the housing and credit bubble to dramatise the incredible true story of the men, who made a killing by wagering against the US economy.

"While the whole world was having a big ol' party, a few outsiders and weirdos saw what no one else could," explains sharp-suited narrator, Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), a bond salesman at Deutsche Bank with a keen nose for profits.

He is our wise-cracking guide to this high pressure world of bulls, bears and multi-million dollar trades. However, Jared is not the first person to spot impending doom. That honour goes to quixotic hedge fund manager Michael Burry (Christian Bale).

"It's a time bomb... and I want to short it," Burry informs his incredulous boss (Tracy Letts) and bets against the housing market. Jared gets wind of the deal and follows suit, drawing in deeply cynical hedge fund manager Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and his team: Danny Moses (Rafe Spall), Porter Collins (Hamish Linklater) and Vinnie Daniel (Jeremy Strong).

Inexperienced investors Charlie Geller (John Magaro) and Jamie Shipley (Finn Wittrock) use personal ties to retired banker Ben Rickert (Brad Pitt) to orchestrate their own high risk bets as financial authorities ignore warning signs and Lehman Brothers prepares to fall.

The Big Short is a blisteringly funny and provocative portrait of irresponsibility, fraud and gaudy excess, brought vividly to life by a superb ensemble cast. Carell and Bale shine brightest in the glittering firmament, imbuing their socially awkward oddballs with vulnerability and regret.

McKay's film is acutely aware that most of us don't speak the Wall Street lingo so the writer-director cutely interrupts the wheeler dealing with glossy edutainment spots. Wolf On Wall Street star Margot Robbie sexes up subprime mortgages while sipping champagne in a bubble bath, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain explains a collateralized debt obligation (CDO) using leftover seafood, and actress and singer Selena Gomez makes sense of synthetic CDOs over a game of blackjack.

We might not always keep up with McKay's dazzling film and its rapid-fire, whipsmart dialogue but by the end credits, we're not far behind.

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The Danish Girl 4 stars

Einar Wegener is a well respected artist in 1920s Copenhagen. His bohemian wife Gerda, who is also a painter, asks Einar to stand in for an absent female model so she can complete a canvas. The touch of soft fabric on Einar's skin awakens long dormant feelings. Adopting the guise of flame-haired Lili Elbe, Einar confronts the deep-rooted belief that he has been born into the wrong body.

  • GenreAdaptation, Biography, Drama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastAlicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Eddie Redmayne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch.
  • DirectorTom Hooper.
  • WriterLucinda Coxon.
  • CountryUK/Ger/US
  • Duration120 mins
  • Official sitewww.thedanishgirl.co.uk
  • Release01/01/2016

During a momentous 2015, the transgender community has advanced the fight for acceptance, equality and understanding into popular culture and the mainstream media. Barack Obama became the first President to mention transgender people in his State Of The Union address, America confirmed a timetable for transgender soldiers to serve openly in the military, reality star Caitlyn Jenner graced the cover of Vanity Fair and award-winning TV shows Transparent and Orange Is The New Black blazed a trail for modern trans activism.

The Danish Girl is a fictionalised account of Lili Elbe, a pioneer of the movement, who was one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery in the 1920s. Director Tom Hooper, who collected an Academy Award for The King's Speech, adopts a restrained and painfully polite approach to the subject matter, artfully navigating a maelstrom of conflicting emotions.

Thankfully, his British reserve doesn't get in the way of us connecting to the characters, aided by tour-de-force performances from Eddie Redmayne as Lili and the luminous Alicia Vikander as his conflicted wife. Their commitment to demanding roles, including a deeply moving scene of full-frontal nudity for Redmayne, elevates Lucinda Coxon's script and guarantees a deluge of saltwater tears from audiences, who believe that love transcends all boundaries.

Einar Wegener (Redmayne) is a respected artist in 1920s Copenhagen, who falls in love at first sight with his bohemian wife Gerda (Vikander). She is also a painter and asks Einar to stand in for an absent female model so she can complete a portrait of their flamboyant ballerina friend, Ulla (Amber Heard).

The touch of soft fabric on Einar's skin awakens long-dormant feelings. Adopting the guise of flame-haired ingenue Lili Elbe, Einar confronts the deep-rooted belief that he has been born into the wrong body. "It doesn't matter what I wear. When I dream, they're Lili's dreams," Einar tearfully confides to his shell-shocked spouse.

Supported by Gerda and childhood friend Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts), Lili approaches controversial surgeon Warnekros (Sebastian Koch) to correct nature's mistake. However, the medical procedure is both experimental and highly dangerous, and Gerda might not only lose her husband on the operating table, but also Lili.

The Danish Girl treads an exceedingly safe path, but it's hard to resist the aching emotion that courses beneath each exquisite, painterly frame. Redmayne and Vikander are mesmerising, conveying their protagonists' inner torment with each trembling touch or tear-stained glance. Both deserve Oscar recognition.

Resplendent cinematography and costumes capture the tightly-buttoned restraint of an era when a man who openly questioned his gender was labelled a schizophrenic or pervert by the medical establishment.

Thankfully, times have changed - too slowly, perhaps - but well-crafted stories of triumph against adversity like this are timeless.

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The Good Dinosaur 4 stars

Prehistoric beasts thrive including a family of Apatosaurus comprising patriarch Henry, his wife Ida and three children Buck, Libby and Arlo. A tragic accident robs the siblings of their father and soon after, Arlo falls into a river and is swept far away from his loved ones. Lost in the wilderness, Arlo meets a feral cave boy called Spot, who becomes the dinosaur's protector. Beast and human child embark on a magical adventure to return Arlo to his home in the shadow of the Clawed-Tooth Mountains.

  • GenreAdventure, Animation/Cartoon, Children, Children's, Comedy
  • CastFrances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright.
  • DirectorPeter Sohn.
  • WriterMeg LeFauve.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration101 mins
  • Official site
  • Release27/11/2015

Four instalments of monster mashing in Jurassic Park have taught us to be thankful that an asteroid supposedly impacted Earth around 66 million years ago and wiped out the various prehistoric predators. Pixar Animation Studios begs to differ. Director Peter Sohn and his animation wizards conjure an alternate version of events: the ill-fated asteroid bypassed our third rock from the sun, allowing Tyrannosaurus Rex and other hulking beasts to thrive. Consequently, the evolutionary food chain is reversed: dinosaurs learn to talk, build homes, raise dysfunctional families and expand their horizons while humans are an untamed species that roams the wilderness on all fours and communicates in crude howls and growls. It's a cute concept that provides a solid foundation for Sohn's life-affirming tale of friendship and loyalty, inverting the touching central relationship of How To Train Your Dragon with similarly teary-eyed results. At the heart of the film is a family of Apatosaurus comprising patriarch Henry (voiced by Jeffrey Wright), his wife Ida (Frances McDormand) and three children Buck (Marcus Scribner), Libby (Maleah Padilla) and Arlo (Raymond Ochoa). They own a farm and work hard to harvest crops for the bitter winter months. "You got to earn your mark by doing something big for something bigger than yourself," Henry teaches his offspring. A tragic accident robs the siblings of their father and soon after, Arlo tumbles into a raging river and is swept far away from his loved ones. Lost in the wilderness, Arlo meets a feral cave boy called Spot (Jack Bright), who becomes the dinosaur's protector. Beast and human embark on a magical adventure of self-discovery, bound for Arlo's home in the shadow of the Clawed-Tooth Mountains. En route, they fall foul of villainous Velociprators and a scavenging Pterodactyl called Thunderclap (Steve Zahn), and befriend a Tyrannosaurus herder called Butch (Sam Elliott) and his rootin' tootin' children Ramsey (Anna Paquin) and Nash (AJ Buckley). After the heartbreak, hilarity and narrative sophistication of Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur is a step backwards for Pixar. The plot is formulaic and predictable, and the finale is drizzled in emotional syrup. While the script lacks daring and invention, the visuals are truly jaw-dropping and push the boundaries of photo-realistic animation on the big screen. Gentle humour is concentrated in the opening hour, before the obligatory harsh life lessons including one pivotal scene in which Arlo and Spot communicate their loss and loneliness through actions rather than words. The pay-off is an emotional gut punch that has become the studio's trademark. The Good Dinosaur screens with the charming short Sanjay's Super Team directed by Sanjay Patel in which a young Indian boy daydreams about three Hindu gods becoming superheroes.

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The Intern 3 stars

Seventy-year-old widower Ben Whittaker applies for a senior citizen internship at a flourishing Brooklyn-based company founded by workaholic, Jules Ostin. The dress code is casual but Ben insists on wearing a shirt and tie. As Ben settles into his new role, he befriends Jules' overworked personal assistant Becky, her husband Matt and their precocious daughter Paige. He also makes a big impression on in-house masseuse Fiona, sowing the seeds of a tender romance.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastRobert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Anders Holm, Rene Russo.
  • DirectorNancy Meyers.
  • WriterNancy Meyers.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration121 mins
  • Official sitewww.theinternmovie.com
  • Release02/10/2015

In an increasingly impersonal age, which gauges success by page impressions and numbers of followers on social media platforms, boardrooms are being led by young, ambitious tech-savvy entrepreneurs, who made their first millions when they were still at university.

One world-changing app or website, and these high-fliers look forward to a financially comfortable retirement well before the first buds of a mid-life crisis blossom.

The wisdom and experience of an older generation, who toiled for decades before the first modem crackled noisily to life, are often overlooked in this global marketplace. Filmmaker Nancy Meyers reminds us that there is life after 60 in The Intern, a frothy exploration of romantic travails set in the offices of a thriving dot-com fashion business.

As she bridges the divide between the old-fashioned ideals of a bygone era and the relentless 24-hour bombardment of information of the present day, the writer-director sketches a touching friendship between a 70-year-old widower and a high-flying young executive.

Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) is struggling to get to grips with the gentle ebb and flow of life following the death of his wife. "Retirement is an ongoing, relentless effort in creativity," he narrates, ricocheting between menial tasks such as fending off the amorous advances of old friend Patty (Linda Lavin).

To keep his mind active, Ben applies for a senior citizen internship at a flourishing Brooklyn-based company founded by workaholic, Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). The dress code is casual but Ben insists on wearing a shirt and tie.
"At least I'll stand out," he smiles.
"I don't think you need to wear a suit to do that," replies Jules.

As Ben settles into his new role, he befriends Jules' overworked personal assistant Becky (Christina Scherer), her husband Matt (Anders Holm) and their precocious daughter Paige (JoJo Kushner). He also makes a big impression on in-house masseuse Fiona (Rene Russo), sowing the seeds of a tender romance.

When Jules' position as CEO comes under threat, Ben provides emotional support in a time of crisis and teaches his boss that success shouldn't always come at the expense of personal relationships.

The Intern bears the thumbprints of Meyers' earlier pictures, including What Women Want, Something's Gotta Give and It's Complicated. Tearful self-discovery is accessorised with broad humour, and De Niro and Hathaway catalyse a winning screen partnership.

Unfortunately, Jules and Matt's marriage isn't scripted with the same amount of care or emotional depth, despite the best efforts of Holm to verbalise the frustrations of his house husband. A hysterical centrepiece sequence, laden with Ocean's Eleven references, belongs to a different film entirely but suggests that you're never too old to break the law for a good reason.

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Tuesday 9th February 2016
Thursday 11th February 2016

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The Revenant 4 stars

Hugh Glass guides a team of 19th-century fur trappers and hunters under the command of Captain Andrew Henry. The men come under attack from Native Americans and Glass is mauled by a grizzly bear, which is protecting its cubs. Captain Henry leaves behind two men, Fitzgerald and Bridger, to tend to Glass and his son, Hawk. Fitzgerald decides to expedite matters by killing Hawk and dragging Glass' near lifeless body into a freshly dug grave. The explorer regains consciousness and vows revenge.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Western
  • CastLeonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck.
  • DirectorAlejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
  • WriterAlejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Mark L Smith.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration156 mins
  • Official sitewww.foxmovies.com/movies/the-revenant
  • Release15/01/2016

If film awards were bestowed for dogged determination and perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, The Revenant would sweep the 2016 Oscars. Mexican auteur Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu chose to shoot his sprawling historical epic in chronological order using natural light.

These bold aesthetic choices limited filming to just a couple of hours each day and when Mother Nature decided to withhold snow from the unforgiving Canadian wilderness, the entire production moved to Argentina at considerable expense.

Actor Tom Hardy was forced to drop out of the comic book adventure Suicide Squad to accommodate the extended filming schedule, the budget ballooned and one crew member famously described the mood on set as "a living hell".

Trials and tribulations behind the scenes haven't tarnished Inarritu's audacious vision because The Revenant is a tour-de-force of technical brio and emotionally cold storytelling. It's not a journey into the heart of darkness for the sentimental or faint of heart. Explosions of violence are graphic and a horrifying bear attack early in the film unfolds in a single, unbroken take that shreds our nerves beyond repair.

Leading man Leonardo DiCaprio puts himself through the wringer for his art. In one stomach-churning scene, the fervent vegetarian eats a wild bison's liver on camera because the role demands it. Such unswerving dedication makes him a deserved frontrunner for the Academy Award.

He plays 19th-century explorer Hugh Glass, who guides a team of fur trappers and hunters under the command of Captain Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson). The men come under attack from Native Americans led by tribal chief Elk Dog (Duane Howard), whose daughter Powaqa (Melaw Nakehk'o) has been kidnapped.

The interlopers flee for their lives and Glass is subsequently injured in a mauling from a grizzly bear, which is protecting its cubs. Henry leaves behind two men, Fitzgerald (Hardy) and Bridger (Will Poulter), to tend to Glass and his son, Hawk (Forrest Goodluck), while the rest of the trappers head for safety.

"Glass is to be cared for... as long as necessary," orders the Captain, "and a proper burial when it's time. He's earned that." Fitzgerald decides to expedite matters by killing Hawk and dragging Glass' near lifeless body into a freshly dug grave.

The explorer regains consciousness some time later and vows to hunt down the men who killed his boy. "I ain't afraid to die," growls Glass. "I done it already."

The Revenant is a gruelling two and a half hours in the company of a filmmaker who refused to compromise. Aided by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity, Birdman), Inarritu conjures a nightmarish and unflinching vision of a grieving father's revenge mission.

DiCaprio is mesmerising, dragging his wounded body across frozen landscapes before locking horns with Hardy's scowling rival in an adrenaline-pumped climax that leaves us gasping for air.

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Friday 5th February 2016
Monday 8th February 2016
Tuesday 9th February 2016
Wednesday 10th February 2016
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The Royal Opera Encore Screening: La Traviata 3 stars

Live opera screening.

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Sunday 7th February 2016

Zoolander No 2 3 stars

Some of the world's most beautiful musical celebrities are assassinated and their bodies are found with the unmistakable "Blue Steel" look on their face. Sexy Interpol agent Melanie Valentina uses her considerable womanly wiles to recruit Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald into the ranks to track down the killers. The male models must infiltrate a very different fashion world where experts like Alexanya Atoz defy the ravages of age with her patented Youth Milk serum.

  • GenreAction, Comedy, Romance
  • CastKristen Wiig, Olivia Munn, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell.
  • DirectorBen Stiller.
  • WriterBen Stiller, Justin Theroux, Nicholas Stoller, John Hamburg.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration102 mins
  • Official sitewww.zoolander.com
  • Release12/02/2016

The pout is out in the eagerly awaited sequel to the 2001 comedy directed by and starring Ben Stiller. He reprises dual roles for this outlandish second trot down the catwalk co-written by John Hamburg, Nick Stoller and Justin Theroux. Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell) is released from prison and swears revenge on Derek Zoolander (Stiller) and his good friend Hansel McDonald (Owen Wilson). Alas, these former titans of the male modelling world are almost obsolete and even Derek's iconic "Blue Steel" pose doesn't have the same impact. Shockingly, some of the world's most beautiful musical celebrities are assassinated and their bodies are found with the unmistakable "Blue Steel" look on their face. Sexy Interpol agent Melanie Valentina (Penelope Cruz) uses her considerable womanly wiles to recruit Derek and Hansel into the ranks to track down the killers. In order to apprehend the culprits, Derek and Hansel must infiltrate a very different fashion world where experts like Alexanya Atoz (Kristen Wiig) defy the ravages of age with her patented Youth Milk serum.

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Saturday 6th February 2016
Sunday 7th February 2016

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