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Thursday 19 October 2017

Movie listings

Paul Whitington

the amazing spider-man

(See reviews, p20-23)

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

(15A, general release)

HHIII

In this messy action film based on a bestselling mash-up novel, Benjamin Walker plays America's 16th president, who moonlights as a slayer of vampires. With Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

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

(16, general release)

HHIII

A group of American tourists quickly regret their decision to take an 'extreme tour' of an abandoned city in the shadow of Chernobyl in this low-budget horror. With Jesse McCartney.

CLOCLO

(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 HORSE

(See reviews, p20-23)

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 in this unpleasant farce. With Ben Kingsley.

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.

FAST GIRLS

(12A, limited release)

HHHII

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

THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT

(15A, general release)

HHHII

Likeable but overlong romantic comedy starring Emily Blunt and Jason Segel as a couple whose plans to marry are constantly thwarted. With Rhys Ifans.

ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT

(See reviews, p20-23)

ILL MANORS

(18, general release)

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

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.

JOYFUL NOISE

(See reviews, p20-23)

KILLER JOE

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LAY THE FAVOURITE

(15A, general release)

HHIII

A fine cast and the directing talents of Stephen Frears are not enough to save this uneven comic drama. Rebecca Hall plays an impetuous woman who gets embroiled in the world of high stakes professional gambling.

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.

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.

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.

THE RAID

(18, general release)

HHHHI

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

RED LIGHTS

(15A, general release)

HHHII

Atmospheric horror film from Spanish director Rodrigo Cortés starring Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver as sceptical paranormal researchers who lock horns with a world famous 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, David Oyelowo.

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, Julianne Hough, 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, Alicia Vikander.

SILENT SOULS

(Club, Light House)

HHHHI

The beliefs and customs of the ancient Merjan tribes underlay this soulful and poetic Russian drama from Aleksey Fedorchenko. With Yuri Tsurilo, Yuliya Aug, Igor Sergeyev.

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.

STORAGE 24

(See reviews, p20-23)

UNDER AFRICAN SKIES

(Club, Light House)

HHHHI

Joe Berlinger's fine documentary examines the making of Paul Simon's groundbreaking 1986 album Graceland, and the controversy that subsequently embroiled it.

VICTIM

(15A, limited release)

HHIII

Trashy British crime drama starring Ashley Chin as an East London criminal who dreams of turning over a new leaf when he meets a beautiful woman. With Jason Maza, Ashley Madekwe, David Harewood,

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 humorist and filmmaker in this entertaining and informative documentary. With Diane Keaton, Dianne Wiest, Martin Scorsese.

YOUR SISTER'S SISTER

(See reviews, p20-23)

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