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Saturday 23 September 2017

Movie listings

Paul Whitington

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

(See reviews, p20-23)

AMERICAN PIE: REUNION

(16, general release)

HHIII

In the first American Pie film in nine years, Jim, Oz, Steve and co are older but not much wiser, and cause chaos at a college reunion. With Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari.

THE ANGELS' SHARE

(15A, general release)

HHHHI

A young Glasgow criminal sets out to change his life after discovering an unlikely talent for whisky-tasting in this delightful comic drama from Ken Loach. With Paul Brannigan, Roger Allam, John Henshaw.

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE

(12A, general release)

HHIII

In this amusing but bloated action sequel, a group of superheroes come together to save the world from yet another alien attack. Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo star.

CASA DI MI PADRE

(16, general release)

HHIII

Extended joke of a movie based on the Mexican telenovelas and staring Will Ferrell as the son of a rancher who gets mixed up in a feud with the local drug dealer. With Gael Garcia Bernal.

CHERNOBYL DIARIES

(See reviews, p20-23)

COSMOPOLIS

(15A, general release)

HHIII

David Cronenberg's verbose and portentous drama is based on a Don DeLillo novel and stars Robert Pattinson as a billionaire fund manager who has lost the will to live. So will you.

DARK SHADOWS

(12A, general release)

HHHII

Comic drama from Tim Burton based on a cult 1960s TV show. Johnny Depp is a 17th-century vampire who sets out to restore his family's ailing fortunes after he's woken up in 1972. With Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green.

THE DICTATOR

(16, general release)

HHIII

Sacha Baron Cohen plays the capricious dictator of an oil-rich desert state who gets stranded in New York after an attempted coup in this unfunny farce. With Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris.

A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING

(15A, general release)

HHIII

Strange and uneven gothic comedy written and directed by Crispian Mills and starring Simon Pegg as an obsessive crime writer whose paranoia gets the better of him. With Clare Higgins, Amara Karan.

FAST GIRLS

(12A, limited release)

HHHII

Old-fashioned but enjoyable British sports drama, with Lenora Crichlow playing a talented runner from the wrong side of the tracks who is selected for the British team. With Lily James.

THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT

(See reviews, p20-23)

ILL MANORS

(18, general release)

Riz Ahmed and Nathalie Press star in this Plan B drama set on the mean streets of London's Forest Gate, where a group of youngsters fight for survival.

JOHN FORD: DREAMING THE QUIET MAN

(PG, limited release)

HHHII

Se Merry Doyle's enjoyable documentary examines the continuing cultural significance of The Quiet Man, and talks to Maureen O'Hara and others about the making of the film.

HIMIZU

(See reviews, p20-23)

LAY THE FAVOURITE

(See reviews, p20-23)

MEN IN BLACK 3

(PG, general release)

HHHII

In this tolerable sci-fi sequel, Agent J travels back in time to 1969 to save his partner and prevent a global catastrophe. With Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Emma Thompson.

MOONRISE KINGDOM

(12A, general release)

HHHHI

Delightful and typically whimsical film from Wes Anderson, set on a New England island in the mid-1960s, where two misunderstood teenagers fall in love and run away. With Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton.

MONSIEUR LAZHAR

(Club, IFI)

HHHHH

Philippe Falardeau's outstanding drama stars Mohamed Fellag as a fastidious Algerian who takes a temporary teaching post in a Montreal school still reeling from a recent tragedy. With Sophie Nélisse.

THE PACT

(16, general release)

HHIII

A young woman begins to suspect that the evil spirit of her late mother is haunting the family home in this atmospheric but ultimately disappointing thriller. With Caity Lotz, Agnes Bruckner, Casper Van Dien.

POLISSE

(16, limited release)

HHHII

Gritty French crime drama from Maiwenn, who also stars as a photographer who follows the harried members of a Parisian child protection unit as they go about their grim work. With Karin Viard.

PROMETHEUS

(15A, general release)

HHHII

An expedition to a distant planet in search of an alien race that may be our ancestors turns nasty in this interesting but muddled prequel from Ridley Scott. With Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace.

THE RAID

(18, general release)

HHHHI

A small group of special forces cops fight for their lives in a Jakarta tower block in this rivetting, ultra-violent martial arts thriller directed by Welshman Gareth Evans. With Joe Taslim.

RED LIGHTS

(15A, general release)

HHHII

Atmospheric horror film from Spanish director Rodrigo Cortés starring Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver as sceptical researchers who lock horns with a psychic. With Robert De Niro.

RED TAILS

(12A, general release)

HHIII

Produced by George Lucas and directed by Anthony Hemingway, this stirring but stiff and badly- written war film is based on the true story of a squadron of all-black fighter pilots. With Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr.

ROCK OF AGES

(12A, general release)

HHHII

Surprisingly enjoyable musical based on a Broadway show and inspired by the ghastly glam rock anthems of the 1980s. With Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones.

A ROYAL AFFAIR

(15A, limited release)

HHHHI

Stylish period drama set in the royal court of Denmark in the 1770s, when a talented physician called Struensee gained the confidence of the king and began a torrid affair with the queen. With Mads Mikkelsen.

SILENT SOULS

(See reviews, p20-23)

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

(12A, general release)

HHHII

This dark, effects-laden take on the Grimm brothers' fairytale stars Kristen Stewart as the unfortunate Snow White, who escapes her dungeon to raise an army against the wicked queen who has usurped her kingdom. With Charlize Theron.

TOP CAT

(G, general release)

HIIII

Fans of the 1960s Hanna Barbera cartoon would be best advised to avoid this garish and charmless Mexican revival, in which Top Cat battles with New York's totalitarian new major.

THE TURIN HORSE

(Club, IFI)

HHHII

Stunningly photographed and funereally paced, Bela Tarr's 146-minute black-and-white drama follows the slow and mysterious disillusion of a 19th- century peasant's life. With Janos Derzsi, Erika Bok.

2 DAYS IN NEW YORK

(15A, limited release)

HHHII

In Julie Delpy's sparkling comedy, she and Chris Rock play a New York couple whose peaceful existence is shattered by a visit from her rowdy French family. With Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau.

UNDER AFRICAN SKIES

(See reviews, p20-23)

VICTIM

(See reviews, p20-23)

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING

(12A, general release)

HHHII

Harmless and watchable ensemble comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lopez and Anna Kendrick as women coping with impending motherhood. With Chris Rock, Dennis Quaid.

WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY

(15A, limited release)

HHHHI

Robert B Weide explores the life and work of the incredibly prolific humourist and filmmaker in this entertaining and informative documentary. With Diane Keaton, Dianne Wiest, Martin Scorsese.

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