Entertainment Movies

Wednesday 18 January 2017

In cinemas now

Paul Whitington

Published 24/06/2011 | 05:00

A quick guide to what's on in the cinemas

  • Go To

A BOUT PORTANT * * *

Stylish breakneck thriller from Fred Cavaye starring Gilles Lellouche as a Parisian intensive-care nurse who is drawn into a nightmarish world of violence and corruption after his pregnant wife is kidnapped.

BAD TEACHER * * *

(16, general release)

Knowingly trashy comedy starring Cameron Diaz as a gold-digging bad girl who takes a job as a substitute high-school teacher in order to pay for an impending boob job. With Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake.

THE BEAVER * * *

(15A, general release)

In this uneven but interesting comic drama from Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson delivers a strong performance as a businessman who begins to communicate with the world via a glove puppet after a nervous breakdown.

BLITZ * * *

(18, general release)

Brutal but surprisingly enjoyable crime caper starring Jason Statham as a hard-drinking south London copper who goes on the warpath when an unhinged villain started murdering police officers. With Paddy Considine.

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2: RODERICK RULES * * *

(G, general release)

Lively comic sequel about a geeky kid with a fertile imagination who does battle with his older brother while trying to win the heart of a new girl at school. With Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick.

THE GREEN LANTERN * * *

(12A, general release)

Glossy and reasonably entertaining 3D yarn starring Ryan Reynolds as a cocky air force test pilot who develops super powers after being chosen by aliens to become part of an elite extraterrestrial corps of guardians.

THE HANGOVER: PART 2 * *

(16, general release)

The band of idiots decamp to Thailand to wreck Stu's wedding to the girl of his dreams in this lazy, charmless and deeply unpleasant sequel. With Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis.

HANNA * * * *

(15A, general release)

In Joe Wright's stylish and impressive thriller, a young girl who has been raised in the Arctic wilderness and trained as an assassin is pursued by a rogue CIA agent across north Africa and Europe. With Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett.

HONEY 2 * *

(PG, general release)

Katerina Graham is the girl from the wrong side of the tracks who enters a high-stakes dance competition with a new 'crew' in this hackneyed and shamelessly derivative sequel. With Lonette McKee.

HOP * * *

(12A, general release)

Sentimental but rather winning kids' film that mixes live action and animation and stars James Marsden as a Los Angeles slacker who runs into a talking rabbit that turns out to be the Easter Bunny. With the voices of Russell Brand, Hugh Laurie.

JULIA'S EYES * * *

(16, limited release)

Atmospheric Spanish horror starring Belén Rueda as a woman whose eyesight begins to fail her as she investigates her twin sister's suspicious death. Guillem Morales directs.

KABOOM * *

(Club, IFI)

Pastiche thriller from Greg Araki starring Thomas Dekker as a gay Californian college student who begins to suspect that someone is out to get him. With Haley Bennett.

KUNG FU PANDA 2 * * *

(PG, general release)

Po the Panda and the Furious Five set out to confront a megalomaniac peacock who wishes to destroy China in this enjoyable animated sequel. With the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Gary Oldman.

LAST NIGHT * * *

(12A, general release)

Fraught, stylish romantic drama from Massy Tadjedin starring Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington as a New York couple whose marriage is threatened over 24 chaotic hours. With Eva Mendes, Guillaume Canet.

MAMMUTH * *

(Club, IFI)

Uneven French drama starring Gérard Depardieu as a recently retired slaughterhouse worker who embarks on a journey of discovery across rural France. With Yolande Moreau, Isabelle Adjani.

THE MESSENGER * * * *

(15A, general release)

Oren Moverman's impressive debut feature stars Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster as US soldiers given the grim job of informing relatives about combat fatalities. With Steve Buscemi, Samantha Morton.

MOTHER'S DAY *

(18, limited release)

Rebecca de Mornay heads the cast of this sadistic and deeply unpleasant remake of a schlocky 80s home invasion thriller. With Jaime King, Frank Grillo, Patrick Flueger, Deborah Ann Woll.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES * * *

(12A, general release)

Captain Jack joins forces with an old flame to search for the fountain of youth in this overlong but modestly entertaining sequel. With Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane.

POTICHE * * *

(15A, limited release)

Breezy farce set in 70s France and starring Catherine Deneuve as the bored trophy wife of an unscrupulous umbrella magnate who comes into her own after he has a heart attack. With Fabrice Luchini, Gerard Depardieu.

RIO * * *

(G, general release)

A domesticated Blue Macaw experiences a severe culture shock when he returns to his native Brazil to save his species in this colourful and entertaining computer animation. With the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway.

THE RUNWAY * * *

(PG, limited release)

A Colombian pilot who crash-lands in Co Cork becomes the toast of a small country town in this likeable comic drama from Ian Power. With Jamie Kierans, Kerry Condon, Demian Bichir.

SENNA * * * *

(12A, general release)

Asif Kapadia's excellent documentary tells the story of Ayrton Senna, the charismatic Brazilian who dominated Formula 1's golden age until his premature death in 1994 at the age of just 34.

SWINGING WITH THE FINKELS *

(16, general release)

Dire sex farce starring Martin Freeman and Mandy Moore as a couple who decide to spice up their snooze of a marriage by joining a group of 'swingers'. With Angus Deayton, Melissa George, Jonathan Silverman.

THOR * * *

(12A, general release)

In Kenneth Branagh's slow-moving but entertaining superhero yarn, Chris Hemsworth plays the impetuous Thor, who's banished to Earth after disobeying his father one too many times. With Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman.

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS * *

(12A, general release)

Handsome but deadly dull romantic drama starring Robert Pattinson as a restless young man in 30s America who finds adventure and troubled love when he joins a passing circus. With Reese Witherspoon.

THE WAY * *

(12A, general release)

Emilio Estevez directs his father Martin Sheen in this emotional drama about an elderly Californian who comes to Europe to follow his dead son's footsteps along the Camino de Santiago.

WIN WIN * * * *

(15A, limited release)

Tom McCarthy's low-key indie comedy stars Paul Giamatti as a smalltown lawyer whose life changes when he takes in a client's runaway grandson. With Amy Ryan, Alex Shaffer.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS * * *

(12A, general release)

The Cuban missile crisis forms the backdrop to this surprisingly enjoyable superhero prequel about the origins of Charles Xavier's X-Men. With James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones.

Day & Night

Read More

Promoted articles

Editors Choice

Also in Entertainment