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Friday 22 September 2017

Movie listings

Paul Whitington

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 devious southern vampires.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

(12A, general release)

HHHII

The superhero franchise gets a reboot in this modestly entertaining adventure starring Andrew Garfield as a young Peter Parker, who develops alarming powers after being bitten by a genetically modified spider.

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.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

(See reviews, p20-23)

DETACHMENT

(15A, limited release)

HHIII

Nicely-made but thoroughly dislikable drama from Tony Kaye starring Adrien Brody as a teacher at a grim New York high school. With James Caan, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu.

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 by family, circumstance and themselves. With Rhys Ifans.

FRIENDS WITH KIDS

(16, general release)

Kristen Wiig, John Hamm, Chris O'Dowd and Maya Rudolph star in this ensemble comedy about a group of New York couples whose lives are seriously discommoded by the arrival of children.

THE HUNTER

(15A, limited release)

HHHII

Daniel Nettheim's moody Australian thriller stars Willem Dafoe as a mercenary hunter who goes in search of the supposedly extinct Tasmanian Tiger. With Sam Neill, Frances O'Connor, Morgana Davies.

ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT

(G, general release)

HHHII

In this daft but reasonably enjoyable animated sequel, Manny, Diego and Sid get separated from their herd and do battle with a verbose monkey pirate. With the voices of Denis Leary, Ray Romano.

IN YOUR HANDS

(See reviews, p20-23)

JOYFUL NOISE

(PG, general release)

HIIII

Hacked together musical starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton as two warring members of an embattled Georgia church choir. With Keke Palmer, Jeremy Jordan.

KATY PERRY: PART OF ME

(PG, general release)

HHHII

Entertaining musical documentary that follows pop star Katy Perry through her gruelling and traumatic 2011 world tour. With contributions from Rihanna, Jessie J.

KILLER JOE

(18, general release)

HHHHI

A trailer park father and son hire a local sheriff to kill an ex-wife for money and soon regret it in this sharp black comedy from William Friedkin and Tracy Letts. With Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple, Emile Hirsch.

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.

LES FEMMES DU 6EME ÉTAGE

(Club, IFI)

HHHII

Slight but charming French comedy set in 1960s Paris, where a bourgeois husband has his love of life restored by a group of Spanish maids. With Fabrice Luchini, Carmen Maura, Natalie Verbeke.

LES GÉANTS

(Club, Light House)

HHHII

In Bouli Lanners' lyrical coming-of-age drama, two teenage boys learn hard lessons during a long summer alone in their late grandfather's house. Martin Nissen and Zacharie Chasseriaud star.

THE LORAX

(See reviews, p20-23)

MAGIC MIKE

(16, general release)

HHHII

Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey play a motley crew of strippers in Steven Soderbergh's stylish drama set in a seedy Florida club. With Cody Horn, Joe Manganiello.

MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST

(Club, Light House)

HHHHI

Fascinating look at the life and work of Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic as she prepares for her groundbreaking 2010 retrospective at MOMA. With Ulay, Klaus Biesenbach.

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 teens fall in love and run away. With Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand.

NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT

(Club, IFI)

HHHHI

The mysteries of astronomy, the insights of archaeology and the scars left behind by the murderous reign of Augusto Pinochet are skilfully intertwined in this beautiful documentary from Patricio Guzman.

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.

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.

SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD

(15A, general release)

HHHII

In this witty comic drama from Lorene Scafaria, Steve Carell plays an unhappy insurance salesman who is unfortunate enough to encounter the woman of his dreams just as the world is about to end with an asteroid strike. With Keira Knightley.

7 DAYS IN HAVANA

(15A, limited release)

HHHII

Told in segments by seven different directors, 7 Days in Havana follows the adventures of a young American actor in Cuba. With Daniel Bruhl, Emir Kusturica, Elia Suleiman, Josh Hutcherson.

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.

SING YOUR SONG

(See reviews, p20-23)

SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP

(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 heroine Snow White, who escapes her dungeon to raise an army a gainst the wicked queen who has usurped her kingdom. With Charlize Theron.

STORAGE 24

(16, general release)

HHIII

When something escapes from a plane crash over south London, a group of 20-something friends are terrorised by a creature from another planet in this creaky low-budget thriller. With Laura Haddock.

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.

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 the challenges of impending motherhood. With Chris Rock, Dennis Quaid.

WHERE DO WE GO NOW?

(Club, Light House)

HHIII

Nadine Labaki's frantic comic drama is set in a small town in rural Lebanon, where the women conspire to diffuse sectarian tensions between the Christian and Muslim men. With Leyla Fouad.

YOUR SISTER'S SISTER

(Club, Light House)

HHHHI

In Lynn Shelton's delightful comic drama, a young man gets torn between two sisters during an eventful weekend at a country holiday home. With Mark Duplass, Rosemarie DeWitt, Emily Blunt.

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