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Friday 20 April 2018

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ALBERT NOBBS

(15A, general release)

HHIII

Ponderous and problematic drama based on a story by George Moore and starring Glenn Close as a late-19th century Dublin hotel waiter with a big secret. With Janet McTeer, Brendan Gleeson, Mia Wasikowska.

ALL IN GOOD TIME

(15A, general release)

HHIII

English comedy based on stage play by Ayub Khan-Din and set in Bolton, where a just-married young Indian couple find living with their in-laws an insuperable barrier to consummation. With Amara Karan, Meera Syal.

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.

BARBARIC GENIUS

(Club, IFI)

HHHII

Paul Duane's documentary assesses the extraordinary life of John Healy, a London man of Irish extraction who lived homeless on the city's streets before becoming an overnight literary sensation.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D

(G, general release)

HHHHH

The delightful 90s Disney fairytale classic has been rereleased in 3D format and definitely stands the test of time. With the voices of Paige O'Hara, Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, David Odgen Stiers.

CAFÉ DE FLORE

(15A, limited release)

HHHHI

Sweeping, boldly stylised Canadian drama from Jean- Marc Vallée starring Vanessa Paradis and Hélene Florent as two mothers who live in different eras, but whose lives seem to be mysteriously connected to each other.

CASA DI MI PADRE

(See reviews, p20-23)

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 unpleasant and unfunny farce. With Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris.

A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING

(See reviews, p20-23)

HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION

(16, general release)

HHHII

In this trashy but funny and very entertaining crime thriller, Mel Gibson is a career criminal who must live on his wits when he's arrested in Mexico and sent to a hellish prison. With Peter Stormare, Kevin Hernandez, Dean Norris.

JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME

(15A, general release)

HHIII

Jason Segel stars in this Duplass brothers drama as a 30-year-old underachieving slacker (who lives at home) and who sets out to discover the meaning of his life after being presented with an apparent sign. With Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer.

A KISS FOR JED

(15A, limited release)

HHIII

Mark O'Halloran and Jayne Wisener head the cast of this Irish comedy set in New York, where a two-man film crew follow an Irish girl as she attempts to engineer a meeting with a country music superstar.

THE LUCKY ONE

(12A, general release)

HHIII

Yet another sloppy melodrama inspired by a Nicholas Sparks novel, The Lucky One stars Zac Efron as a US marine who finds a photo of a beautiful woman in Baghdad and comes back to America to find her.

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, Josh Brolin, 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.

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 tragedy. With Sophie Nélisse.

NORDZEE TEXAS

(Club, Light House)

HHHHI

Beautifully made coming-of-age drama set in a small coastal town in south Belgium in the 1970s, and starring Jelle Florizoone as Pim, a teenage boy who realises he is gay. With Mathias Vergels.

THE PACT

(See reviews, p20-23)

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 a dodo.

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 riveting, ultra-violent martial arts thriller directed by Welshman Gareth Evans. With Joe Taslim, Iko Uwais.

RED TAILS

(See reviews, p20-23)

SAFE

(16, general release)

HHHII

Jason Statham stars in Boaz Yakin's explosive action thriller about a former cop who comes to the assistance of a 12-year-old girl who's on the run from Chinese and Russian mobsters. Catherine Chan co-stars.

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.

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.

THE SOURCE

(Club, IFI, 135 minutes)

HHHII

Enjoyable and perceptive comic drama set in a small village on the Arabian Peninsula, where a group of woman grow tired of lugging water from a distant well and go on a 'love strike'. With Leila Bekhti, Hafsia Herzi.

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 mayor.

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.

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

(See reviews, p20-23)

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