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ALBERT NOBBS

(See reviews, p20-23)

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE

(See reviews, p20-23)

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

(12A, general release)

HHHII

This sentimental comic drama about a group of British pensioners who decide to spend their twilight years in a ramshackle Indian hotel is made more than tolerable by its brilliant cast. With Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith.

BATTLESHIP

(12A, general release)

HHIII

A naval exercise off the Hawaiian Islands is interrupted by the arrival of a colonising force of extraterrestrials in Peter Berg's action blockbuster. With Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker.

BEING ELMO (See reviews, p 20-23)

BLACKTHORN

(15A, general release)

HHHII

Entertaining western starring Sam Shepard as Butch Cassidy, who survived his supposed killing in 1908 and is living in Bolivia when a chance meeting embroils him in a hectic manhunt. With Stephen Rea.

BREATHING

(Club, IFI)

HHHHI

Karl Markovics' powerful directorial debut charts the spiritual awakening of a Viennese juvenile offender who goes to work for the city's mortuary service. With Thomas Schubert, Georg Friedrich.

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

(16, general release)

HHHII

Cerebral, funny, deconstructed horror film from Drew Goddard and Joss Wheedon, in which a group of students holidaying in a remote cabin don't realise that they are part of an ancient metaphysical experiment. With Richard Jenkins.

CONTRABAND

(15A, general release)

HHIII

Run-of-the-mill thriller starring Mark Wahlberg as a former smuggler who's forced to come out of retirement to pay off a debt to a mobster. With Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi, JK Simmons.

DAMSELS IN DISTRESS

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ELFIE HOPKINS

(16, general release)

HIIII

Dire British horror film starring Jaime Winstone as a teenage sleuth called Elfie, who soon suspects the worst when a suspiciously perfect family called the Gammons move in next door. With Ray Winstone.

ELLES

(18, limited release)

HHIII

Juliette Binoche is on top form playing a bourgeois journalist who becomes obsessed with the lives of two young prostitutes she interviews for an article in this otherwise dubious film. With Joanna Kulig.

HEADHUNTERS

(16, limited release)

HHHII

Clever, violent Norwegian thriller based on the stories of Jo Nesbo and starring Aksel Hennie as an Oslo art thief who thinks he has found the job that will set him up for life. With Synnove Macody Lund.

THE HUNGER GAMES

(12A, general release)

HHHII

First instalment of a film franchise based on the novels of Suzanne Collins and starring Jennifer Lawrence as a girl from a poor rural district who's inducted into a deadly televised gladiatorial game. With Woody Harrelson.

THE KID WITH A BIKE

(12A, limited release)

HHHHI

Glum but typically compelling drama from the Dardenne brothers starring Cécile de France as a suburban hairdresser who befriends a troubled, abandoned boy. With Jeremie Renier, Thomas Doret.

LA DÉLICATESSE

(12A, general release)

HHHHI

Audrey Tautou is a bereaved woman who shocks her friends by falling in love with an ugly man in Stéphane Foenkinos' clever and touching romantic comedy. With Francois Damiens, Pio Marmai.

LE HAVRE

(PG, limited release)

HHHHI

Aki Kaurismaki's magical, nostalgic drama is set in the salty French port, where an ageing shoeshine man takes pity on an African immigrant boy on the run. With André Wilms, Kati Outinen.

LOCKOUT

(15A, general release)

HHIII

Trashy sci-fi thriller starring Guy Pearce as a disgraced government agent who's sent to an off-world prison to rescue the US president's daughter after she gets caught up in a riot. With Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare.

MARLEY

(15A, general release)

HHHHI

Kevin Macdonald's exhaustive and entertaining documentary tells the story of Bob Marley's rise from rural poverty to global superstardom. With contributions from Bob's widow Rita Marley and ex bandmate, Bunny Livingston.

MIRROR MIRROR

(12A, general release)

HHIII

Frothy retelling of the Snow White story, with Julia Roberts hamming it up as the evil queen who underestimates the tenacity of her adopted daughter. With Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane.

THE MONK

(See reviews, p20-23)

A MONSTER IN PARIS

(G, general release)

HHHII

Charming French animation set in a belle époque Paris besieged by a mysterious monster that turns out to be not that scary after all. With the voices of Danny Huston, Vanessa Paradis.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA

(15A, limited release)

HHHHH

Slow-moving, but mesmerising, drama from Nuri Bilge Ceylan set on the rolling plains of central Turkey, where a group of policemen and a murder suspect search desultorily for a victim's body.

THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS!

(G, general release)

HHHHI

In Aardman's hugely enjoyable comic animation, Hugh Grant provides the voice of the Pirate Captain, a very polite brigand who goes to war with Queen Victoria over the ownership of a dodo.

SAFE HOUSE

(15A, general release)

HHHII

Daniel Espinosa's bog-standard conspiracy thriller is made more than watchable by Denzel Washington, who plays a former CIA agent who leads Ryan Reynolds and a small army of spies on a wild goose chase in Cape Town.

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

(12A, general release)

HHHII

In this slight but enjoyable comedy based on Paul Torday's bestselling novel, Ewan McGregor plays a government fisheries expert who gets mixed up in a mad plan to introduce salmon to the Yemen. With Emily Blunt.

STELLA DAYS

(15A, limited release)

HHHHI

Thaddeus O'Sullivan's evocative drama stars Martin Sheen as a 1950s country priest who falls foul of a local Fianna Fail zealot when he decides to open a cinema. With Stephen Rea, Marcella Plunkett.

STREET DANCE 2

(PG, general release)

HHIII

A street dance underdog assembles an international troupe of dancers to take on a champion crew in this plotless but watchable British film. With Tom Conti, Falk Hentschel, Sofia Boutella, George Sampson.

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE

(15A, general release)

HHIII

In Paolo Sorrentino's grandiose but vapid comic drama, Sean Penn plays a retired pop star called Cheyenne who embarks on a trans-American hunt for a Nazi camp guard who tormented his father. With Frances McDormand.

TITANIC 3D

(12A, general release)

HHHII

Big, bold and undeniably impressive, James Cameron's disaster epic returns to your screens in a new 3D version that definitely enhances the film's impact. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates.

21 JUMP STREET

(15A, general release)

HHIII

Heavy-handed comedy based on the 90s TV show and starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as cops sent undercover to a high school where a deadly drug is being peddled. With Ice Cube.

WE BOUGHT A ZOO

(PG, general release)

HHIII

Family drama inspired by a true story and starring Matt Damon as a widowed father who decides to risk all by buying a rundown zoo. With Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church.

WRATH OF THE TITANS

(12A, general release)

HHHII

Surprisingly entertaining effects-based action fantasy starring Sam Worthington as Perseus, who must journey to the Underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, and save the world. With Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike.

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