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  • 22 Jump Street
  • Blackwood
  • Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
  • Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes 3D
  • Earth To Echo
  • Grace Of Monaco
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy 3D
  • Hercules
  • Hercules 3D
  • How To Train Your Dragon 2
  • Kick
  • Maleficent
  • Mr Peabody & Sherman
  • Postman Pat: The Movie
  • Pudsey The Dog: The Movie
  • Rio 2
  • Rio 2 3D
  • Step Up 5: All In
  • Step Up 5: All In 3D
  • The House Of Magic
  • The Inbetweeners 2
  • The Nut Job
  • The Nut Job (Autism Friendly Screening)
  • The Nut Job 3D
  • The Purge: Anarchy
  • Transformers: Age Of Extinction
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22 Jump Street 4 stars

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Police officers Morton Schmidt and Greg Jenko continue to be a liability to the public and each other so Captain Dickson recruits them for another undercover operation. This time, they will pose as college students and expose the key players in drug dealing on campus. Morton and Greg quickly discover that higher education has changed significantly since they were studying and they have to work hard to blend in.

  • GenreAction, Comedy, Thriller
  • CastChanning Tatum, Ice Cube, Jonah Hill, Peter Stormare.
  • DirectorChristopher Miller, Phil Lord.
  • WriterOren Uziel, Michael Bacall, Rodney Rothman.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration112 mins
  • Official sitewww.22jumpstreetmovie.com
  • Release06/06/2014

With a knowing wink and a profusion of expletives, 22 Jump Street abides by the conventions of a sequel and condemns its dim-witted yet lovable protagonists to relive the plot of the original on a vastly inflated budget. That's no bad thing. Tongue-in-cheek, self-referential playfulness abounds in Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's uproarious action-packed comedy, which adheres unabashedly to a winning formula and gleefully colludes with us for various in-jokes and sight gags.

Thus when Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) tells officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) they must return to undercover duties, the latter cutely asks, "What if we went to the Secret Service and had to protect the White House?"

Wonderful on-screen chemistry between the leads powers the picture through the occasional lull and the scriptwriters have a ball increasingly the homoerotic undercurrents of the central bro-mance into an unstoppable flood.

"Maybe we should investigate different people," contemplates Tatum, flashing those big doe eyes at his partner.
"Are you saying you want an open investigation?" replies Hill heartbroken.

22 Jump Street opens with Schmidt and Jenko investigating criminal mastermind The Ghost (Peter Stormare) and continuing to be a liability to the public and each other. After a sting to capture The Ghost goes bad, Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) recruits the pair for another hare-brained undercover operation.

This time, they must pose as college students and unmask the suppliers of a drug called W.H.Y.P.H.Y. (Work Hard? Yes! Play Hard? Yes!). The narcotic has claimed the life of one girl on campus and Dickson wants to prevent W.H.Y.P.H.Y. spreading across the country.

So Schmidt and Jenko adopt their unlikely cover identities and infiltrate different student cliques. Buff and athletic Jenko becomes a star player on the football team and forges a fraternal bond with kindred spirit Zook (Wyatt Russell). "We're like Batman and Robin. But we're both Batman!" gushes Zook.

Meanwhile, Schmidt dabbles with slam poetry and becomes attracted to spunky student Maya (Amber Stevens), who lives across the hall from the dead girl with her creepy roommate Mercedes (Jillian Bell).

22 Jump Street is as preposterous and laugh-out-loud funny as its predecessor, engineering new perils for the dunderhead double-act as they solve the case with characteristic toe-curling awkwardness.

Plot twists aren't entirely unexpected but predictability doesn't spoil our enjoyment one bit as we marvel at Hill and Tatum's willingness to endure bruising physical pratfalls for our amusement. Of course, there is a smattering of raunchy gags involving sex toys and male appendages but the script's sweetness always trumps crudity.

Hilarious cameos are peppered throughout, even in an extended end credits sequence that suggests Schmidt and Jenko might have a couple more undercover cases in them yet.

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Blackwood 3 stars

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History professor Ben suffers a nervous breakdown and takes up a teaching position at a new school. He transplants his wife Rachel and young son Harry to a country house called Blackwood. Ben hopes the rural retreat will help him to control his stress, but he is soon disturbed by nightmarish visions that seem to be connected to the house's previous occupant, who is now in a retirement home.

  • GenreHorror, Indie, Romance, Thriller
  • CastRussell Tovey, Greg Wise, Sophia Myles, Ed Stoppard, Paul Kaye, Isaac Andrews.
  • DirectorAdam Wimpenny.
  • WriterJS Hill.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official sitewww.blackwoodfilm.com
  • Release01/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

Adam Wimpenny's debut feature centres on history professor Ben (Ed Stoppard), who suffers a nervous breakdown and elects for a slower pace of life by taking up a teaching position at a new school. He transplants his loved ones including his wife Rachel (Sophia Myles) and young son Harry (Isaac Andrews) to a country house called Blackwood. Ben hopes the rural retreat will help him to control his stress, but he is soon disturbed by nightmarish visions that seem to be connected to the house's previous occupant, who is now in a retirement home. As the emotionally fragile husband delves into the troubled history of Blackwood, he clashes with some of the locals including vicar Father Patrick (Paul Kaye) and gamekeeper Jack (Russell Tovey), whose wife and son vanished in mysterious circumstances.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes 4 stars

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Simian flu has ravaged the globe, killing almost the entire human race. In San Francisco, one-time military man Dreyfus, who lost his entire family to the virus, leads the human survivors. The truce between humans and apes is tested to breaking point when a diplomatic mission led by Malcolm, his wife Ellie and teenage son Alexander enters the forest to request access to the O'Shaughnessy Dam, which provides the city with its electricity.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Drama, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastKeri Russell, Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell.
  • DirectorMatt Reeves.
  • WriterMark Bomback, Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration130 mins
  • Official sitewww.dawnofapes.com
  • Release17/07/2014

Blending state-of-the-art special effects with an intelligent script, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes conjures two hours of animal magic that looks set to be crowned king of the blockbuster swingers. Tim Burton's abortive Planet Of The Apes is now a distant memory thanks to the 2011 revamp Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and this superior sequel, which pushes the art of motion-capture performance to new limits.

Andy Serkis' exemplary work as Caesar, the super-intelligent chimpanzee who leads the ape uprising, is the film's emotional heartbeat. His ability to convey the character's rage, despair and passion through movement and subtle gesture is breathtaking.

Toby Kebbell is also compelling as Caesar's war-mongering rival, who believes the key to his species' survival is the extermination of humans. Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver's script elegantly draws parallels between the feuding primates, juxtaposing tender scenes of parenting with bruising skirmishes that create divisions on both sides.

Ten winters have passed since simian flu ravaged the globe. In the absence of law and order, basic resources such as water, food and electricity are dangerously depleted. One-time military man Dreyfus (Gary Oldman), who lost his entire family to the virus, leads survivors of the ALZ-113 virus in San Francisco.

He dispatches a team led by family man Malcolm (Jason Clarke) to access the O'Shaughnessy Dam, which provides the city with electricity. In the forest that envelops the dam, the scouting party encounters apes led by Caesar, including his ambitious second-in-command Koba (Kebbell), impetuous son Blue Eyes (Nick Thurston) and Bornean orangutan Maurice (Karin Konoval).

Malcolm's trigger-happy compatriot Carver (Kirk Acevedo) shoots one of the apes and the humans are banished to their stronghold. Once Dreyfus learns about the neighbouring ape community, he asks Malcolm and co to refrain from telling the other survivors.

"They're talking apes with big-ass spears!" shrieks Carver. Malcolm realises that he must earn Caesar's trust to gain access to the dam so he prepares to return to the forest with wife Ellie (Keri Russell) and teenage son Alexander (Kodi Smith-McPhee).

"If you're not back in three days, we're going to go out there and kill every last one of them," warns Dreyfus.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a slick thrill ride with brains as well as brawn. The grim mood, which permeates the first half, leads to all-guns-blazing war and director Reeves orchestrates these brutal sequences with elan.

Digital effects are jaw-dropping, giving birth to a realistic army of blood-thirsty apes who cram every chaotic, blood-spattered frame. The film's strong anti-gun message comes through loud and clear, but the appetite for destruction overpowers diplomacy.

"I always think ape better than humans," laments Caesar as his dream of lasting peace founders. "I see now how like them we are."

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes 3D 4 stars

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Simian flu has ravaged the globe, killing almost the entire human race. In San Francisco, one-time military man Dreyfus, who lost his entire family to the virus, leads the human survivors. The truce between humans and apes is tested to breaking point when a diplomatic mission led by Malcolm, his wife Ellie and teenage son Alexander enters the forest to request access to the O'Shaughnessy Dam, which provides the city with its electricity.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Drama, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastAndy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell.
  • DirectorMatt Reeves.
  • WriterRick Jaffa, Mark Bomback, Amanda Silver.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration130 mins
  • Official sitewww.dawnofapes.com
  • Release17/07/2014

Blending state-of-the-art special effects with an intelligent script, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes conjures two hours of animal magic that looks set to be crowned king of the blockbuster swingers. Tim Burton's abortive Planet Of The Apes is now a distant memory thanks to the 2011 revamp Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and this superior sequel, which pushes the art of motion-capture performance to new limits.

Andy Serkis' exemplary work as Caesar, the super-intelligent chimpanzee who leads the ape uprising, is the film's emotional heartbeat. His ability to convey the character's rage, despair and passion through movement and subtle gesture is breathtaking.

Toby Kebbell is also compelling as Caesar's war-mongering rival, who believes the key to his species' survival is the extermination of humans. Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver's script elegantly draws parallels between the feuding primates, juxtaposing tender scenes of parenting with bruising skirmishes that create divisions on both sides.

Ten winters have passed since simian flu ravaged the globe. In the absence of law and order, basic resources such as water, food and electricity are dangerously depleted. One-time military man Dreyfus (Gary Oldman), who lost his entire family to the virus, leads survivors of the ALZ-113 virus in San Francisco.

He dispatches a team led by family man Malcolm (Jason Clarke) to access the O'Shaughnessy Dam, which provides the city with electricity. In the forest that envelops the dam, the scouting party encounters apes led by Caesar, including his ambitious second-in-command Koba (Kebbell), impetuous son Blue Eyes (Nick Thurston) and Bornean orangutan Maurice (Karin Konoval).

Malcolm's trigger-happy compatriot Carver (Kirk Acevedo) shoots one of the apes and the humans are banished to their stronghold. Once Dreyfus learns about the neighbouring ape community, he asks Malcolm and co to refrain from telling the other survivors.

"They're talking apes with big-ass spears!" shrieks Carver. Malcolm realises that he must earn Caesar's trust to gain access to the dam so he prepares to return to the forest with wife Ellie (Keri Russell) and teenage son Alexander (Kodi Smith-McPhee).

"If you're not back in three days, we're going to go out there and kill every last one of them," warns Dreyfus.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a slick thrill ride with brains as well as brawn. The grim mood, which permeates the first half, leads to all-guns-blazing war and director Reeves orchestrates these brutal sequences with elan.

Digital effects are jaw-dropping, giving birth to a realistic army of blood-thirsty apes who cram every chaotic, blood-spattered frame. The film's strong anti-gun message comes through loud and clear, but the appetite for destruction overpowers diplomacy.

"I always think ape better than humans," laments Caesar as his dream of lasting peace founders. "I see now how like them we are."

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Earth To Echo 3 stars

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Best friends Alex, Munch and Tuck are devastated when a highway construction project tears apart their community of Clark County, Nevada, forcing the lads and their families to relocate to different parts of the country. On their last day together, they follow strange signals on their mobile phones into the desert and uncover a friendly alien robot, who has become stranded on Earth. The boys nickname the robot Echo and pledge to help their otherworldly friend return home.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Drama, Family, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction
  • CastReese Hartwig, Astro, Teo Halm, Ella Wahlestedt.
  • DirectorDave Green.
  • WriterHenry Gayden.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration91 mins
  • Official sitewww.callhimecho.com
  • Release25/07/2014

In 1982, ET phoned home and now another stranded extra-terrestrial requires assistance from pint-sized heroes to safely return to the stars in Dave Green's fantastical family-oriented adventure. Earth To Echo begs obvious similarities to Steven Spielberg's classic coming-of-age story and the 1987 fantasy *Batteries Not Included.

Green's special effects-laden picture lacks the emotional wallop of the former and the unabashed charm of the latter, but does tread a familiar path through fresh eyes by employing the found footage format a la Paranormal Activity.

Characters address an omnipresent video camera, verbalising their excitement and fear as a night-time bicycle ride into the desert becomes a rescue mission of galactic proportions. "I'm Reginald. I'm a bit of an acquired taste... that's what my mom says," confesses one of the boys in his endearingly nervous introduction.

Like all examples of the genre, the lens invariably points in the right direction, regardless of realism, to capture important conversations and push forward the storyline.

"What you're about to see is what happened to me and my friends one year ago," explains Tuck (Brian "Astro" Bradley). In fragmented footage, we meet Tuck's best friends Alex (Teo Halm) and Reginald aka Munch (Reese Hartwig) after they learn that a highway construction project is going to tear apart their community of Clark County, Nevada.

The lads will have to relocate to different parts of the country, signalling the end of their balmy childhood. On their last night together, the boys follow strange signals on their mobile phones into the desert. "I never understood why people like the outdoors," wheezes Munch.

They uncover a friendly robot, who has become stranded on Earth, and the boys pledge to help their otherworldly friend locate the missing parts of his spaceship so he can return home.

Plucky classmate Emma (Ella Wahlestedt) joins the trio as they evade shady government officials led by Dr Lawrence Masden (Jason Gray-Stanford), who are also hunting Echo. "He just wants to go home!" pleads one of the children. "That will not happen," sneers Masden, "that thing is far too valuable."

Earth To Echo is a state-of-the-art ode to ET and its imitators that ups the technical ante for a generation that prefers to swipe at tablets and smart phones rather than go outside and play. Green employs special effects at key junctures, but, for the most part, he's reliant on the young cast to carry his film.

Halm, Bradley and Hartwig are appealing without being too winsomely cute, and there are some genuinely touching scenes of the boys choking back emotion as the enormity of the situation, and the risks, become clear.

The titular robot's personality is encapsulated in a few beeps and trills that should, if nothing else, remind audiences to keep their mobile devices switched off for the duration.

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Grace Of Monaco 2 stars

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The year is 1962 and it has been six years since Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III and retired from acting. Rainier hopes to modernise an ailing Monaco but his plans are thwarted by French president Charles de Gaulle, who wants to reclaim the principality by force. Far from home, Grace must face an agonising decision between standing beside her husband or returning to her old life as a movie star.

  • GenreBiography, Drama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastNicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, Paz Vega.
  • DirectorOlivier Dahan.
  • WriterArash Amel.
  • CountryFr/US/Bel/
  • Duration103 mins
  • Official site
  • Release06/06/2014

Olivier Dahan's fictionalised account of a turbulent year in the life of Hollywood actress Grace Kelly begins with newsreel footage of the Oscar-winning star's lavish wedding to Prince Rainier III. Grainy black and white images are complemented by effusive voiceover, which glowingly predicts the blonde starlet is "destined to live happily ever after with her charming prince."

Alas, the fairytale doesn't deliver a happy ever after for Grace Of Monaco, which must have required several blood transfusions following the barrage of razor-sharp critical barbs that greeted the film's premiere in Cannes.

Undeniably, Dahan's picture lacks substance and some of his directorial choices are misjudged such as photographing the porcelain features of Nicole Kidman in soft-focus close-up for every pivotal scene of emotional turmoil. His camera drifts woozily between her bloodshot eyes and puckered lips as she delivers Arash Amel's melodramatic script.

The year is 1962 and it has been six years since Grace (Kidman) married Prince Rainier III (Roth) and retired from acting to assume her role as glamorous figurehead of the European principality of Monaco. Hitchcock, who directed Grace in Rear Window, Dial M For Murder and To Catch A Thief, arrives in Monaco to persuade her to play the kleptomaniac heroine in Marnie. "It's going to be the role of a lifetime, Gracie!" the filmmaker predicts.

Closer to home, president Charles de Gaulle (Andre Penvern) intends to reclaim the principality and demands the citizens of Monaco pay their tax coffers into French pockets. "You agree to my terms or I will send Monaco back to the Dark Ages," de Gaulle threatens, stopping short of a throaty pantomime villain guffaw.

Thus Grace must choose between personal dreams and regal responsibilities, with guidance from ex-pat holy man, Father Francis (Frank Langella).

It's hard to muster sympathy for anyone in Grace Of Monaco - neither the self-serving bureaucrats nor the privileged social set, who savour the trappings of wealth, birth right and celebrity. Kidman attempts to capture Kelly's vocal patterns but she's poorly served by the script when it comes to layering her breathy delivery with emotion.

Roth is lacklustre and Langella lends gravitas to an endless supply of hoary sermons ("At some point, every fairytale must end!") For its myriad failings, including an infuriating inability to address Kelly's relationship with her children which is supposedly the catalyst for her inner conflict, the film has fleeting pleasures.

Gigi Lepage's costumes are gorgeous, allowing Kidman to change attire with dizzying frequency, and when juicy dialogue is scant, supporting cast merrily chew on scenery. It's a toss-up between Robert Lindsay's portrayal of Aristotle Onassis and Ashton-Griffiths's jowly take on Hitchcock who leaves the deepest teeth marks.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy 4 stars

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Abducted from his parents as a child and raised by thieves, gung-ho American pilot Peter Quill is content to gallivant around the far reaches of space. He steals an orb, which is sought by Ronan and his army of Sakaarans, and evades capture by aligning himself with a motley crew of rebels comprising green-skinned assassin Gamora, genetically engineered raccoon Rocket, his tree-like sidekick Groot and vengeance-seeking warrior Drax The Destroyer, whose entire family was slaughtered by Ronan.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction
  • CastBradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin.
  • DirectorJames Gunn.
  • WriterJames Gunn, Nicole Perlman.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration128 mins
  • Official sitewww.marvel.com/guardians
  • Release31/07/2014

From its visually stunning opening set to the funky strains of Come And Get Your Love by Native American rock band Redbone, Guardians Of The Galaxy lends the Marvel Comics big screen universe a delightful retro twang. The sardonic anti-hero is seldom parted from his Walkman and he inspires his cohorts to greatness with repeated references to Kevin Bacon and Footloose. As the slick special effects attest, the budget for this intergalactic romp is big - so too are the laughs courtesy of director James Gunn and co-writer Nicole Perlman. The opening sequence affectionately nods to Raiders Of The Lost Ark and when the mystery surrounding the film's fabled treasure is revealed, the space cowboy casually notes the trinket has "a shiny suitcase, Ark of the Covenant, Maltese Falcon vibe". Gunn doesn't skimp on the spectacle - if anything, a couple of the outlandish set pieces are too long - but he adds a comic twist to each deafening blast of pyrotechnics. Thus a centrepiece prison break is underscored by Rupert Holmes' 1979 hit Escape (The Pina Colada Song) and when the anti-hero barely escapes death in his spaceship and an extra-terrestrial girlfriend stumbles up from the hold, he looks at her with embarrassment and confesses, "I'm going to be honest with you. I forgot you were here". Abducted from his parents as a child and raised by thieves led by blue-skinned tyrant Yondu (Michael Rooker), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a thief for hire, who steals a mystical orb sought by sadistic warlord Ronan (Lee Pace) and his army of Sakaarans. Peter evades Ronan's clutches and eventually aligns himself with a motley crew of mercenaries comprising green-skinned assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), genetically engineered raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), his tree-like sidekick Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and vengeance-seeking warrior Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), whose entire family was slaughtered by Ronan. When Peter learns the orb is an ancient artefact with the power to destroy the universe, he must put selfish desires to one side to repel Ronan and his underlings including fearsome intergalactic hunter Korath (Djimon Hounsou). Guardians Of The Galaxy is a blast. Pratt brings swagger and dry wit to his emotionally wounded hero, while Saldana adds sass and sex appeal to her otherworldly assassin. Bautista is marvellous as the hulk who takes everything literally - "Nothing goes over my head, my reflexes are too fast" - but almost every scene is stolen by the computer-generated double-act of Rocket and Groot. Cooper voices his feisty gun-toting fur ball with a wonderful blend of defiance and sarcasm, and breaks our hearts when it seems that he might be separated from his beloved sidekick forever. Cameos from Benicio Del Toro and Glenn Close hint at a wider canvas of political intrigue that director Gunn will be keen to explore in a sequel star-dated for release in 2017.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy 3D 4 stars

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Abducted from his parents as a child and raised by thieves, gung-ho American pilot Peter Quill is content to gallivant around the far reaches of space. He steals an orb, which is sought by Ronan and his army of Sakaarans, and evades capture by aligning himself with a motley crew of rebels comprising green-skinned assassin Gamora, genetically engineered raccoon Rocket, his tree-like sidekick Groot and vengeance-seeking warrior Drax The Destroyer, whose entire family was slaughtered by Ronan.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction
  • CastZoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Josh Brolin.
  • DirectorJames Gunn.
  • WriterNicole Perlman, James Gunn.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration128 mins
  • Official sitewww.marvel.com/guardians
  • Release31/07/2014

From its visually stunning opening set to the funky strains of Come And Get Your Love by Native American rock band Redbone, Guardians Of The Galaxy lends the Marvel Comics big screen universe a delightful retro twang. The sardonic anti-hero is seldom parted from his Walkman and he inspires his cohorts to greatness with repeated references to Kevin Bacon and Footloose. As the slick special effects attest, the budget for this intergalactic romp is big - so too are the laughs courtesy of director James Gunn and co-writer Nicole Perlman. The opening sequence affectionately nods to Raiders Of The Lost Ark and when the mystery surrounding the film's fabled treasure is revealed, the space cowboy casually notes the trinket has "a shiny suitcase, Ark of the Covenant, Maltese Falcon vibe". Gunn doesn't skimp on the spectacle - if anything, a couple of the outlandish set pieces are too long - but he adds a comic twist to each deafening blast of pyrotechnics. Thus a centrepiece prison break is underscored by Rupert Holmes' 1979 hit Escape (The Pina Colada Song) and when the anti-hero barely escapes death in his spaceship and an extra-terrestrial girlfriend stumbles up from the hold, he looks at her with embarrassment and confesses, "I'm going to be honest with you. I forgot you were here". Abducted from his parents as a child and raised by thieves led by blue-skinned tyrant Yondu (Michael Rooker), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a thief for hire, who steals a mystical orb sought by sadistic warlord Ronan (Lee Pace) and his army of Sakaarans. Peter evades Ronan's clutches and eventually aligns himself with a motley crew of mercenaries comprising green-skinned assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), genetically engineered raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), his tree-like sidekick Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and vengeance-seeking warrior Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), whose entire family was slaughtered by Ronan. When Peter learns the orb is an ancient artefact with the power to destroy the universe, he must put selfish desires to one side to repel Ronan and his underlings including fearsome intergalactic hunter Korath (Djimon Hounsou). Guardians Of The Galaxy is a blast. Pratt brings swagger and dry wit to his emotionally wounded hero, while Saldana adds sass and sex appeal to her otherworldly assassin. Bautista is marvellous as the hulk who takes everything literally - "Nothing goes over my head, my reflexes are too fast" - but almost every scene is stolen by the computer-generated double-act of Rocket and Groot. Cooper voices his feisty gun-toting fur ball with a wonderful blend of defiance and sarcasm, and breaks our hearts when it seems that he might be separated from his beloved sidekick forever. Cameos from Benicio Del Toro and Glenn Close hint at a wider canvas of political intrigue that director Gunn will be keen to explore in a sequel star-dated for release in 2017.

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Hercules 3 stars

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Greek demigod Hercules completes his 12 mythical labours, which include slaying a hydra, capturing the Cretan Bull and defeating hellhound Cerberus, which guards the entrance to the underworld. The deposed King of Thrace hires Hercules and his band of mercenaries to train his army and bring to an end a bitter civil war. Unimaginable villains test Hercules's mythical power and he rages against his fate to be blessed with the strength of a God but endure the suffering of a mortal.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Romance
  • CastDwayne Johnson, Joseph Fiennes, Aksel Hennie, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, John Hurt, Peter Mullan.
  • DirectorBrett Ratner.
  • WriterEvan Spiliotopoulos, Ryan Condal.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration98 mins
  • Official sitewww.herculesmovie.co.uk
  • Release25/07/2014

Classical Greek mythology gets a campy, testosterone-pumped rewrite in Brett Ratner's swaggering swords 'n' sandals romp. Based on the comic book series Hercules: The Thracian Wars by Steve Moore, this laboured re-imaging of the demi-God son of Zeus boasts slow-motion action sequences reminiscent of 300, albeit with reduced on-screen bloodshed to secure a 12A certificate.

Parents should exercise caution. These ancient civilisations are predisposed to outbursts of bad language that escape the wrath of Olympus, and when the film's lone female warrior is verbally dissed by a compatriot, she lowers the tone by sniping, "If only your manhood was as long as your tongue."

The minds of screenwriters Ryan J Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos remain in the gutter when it comes to the two-dimensional women that festoon the screen. These wenches swoon helplessly in Hercules' presence or encourage his valour with the promise of personal services.

Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend, Russian model Irina Shayk, makes fleeting appearances in flashbacks as Hercules' wife, who casually drops her robes for a gratuitous flash of her pert derriere. "You think you know the truth about [Hercules]? You know nothing..." growls the narrator as he transports us back to a time when power was seized with swords rather than diplomacy.

Hercules (Johnson) has completed his 12 labours, which included slaying a hydra and defeating the mighty Nemean Lion, and now this muscle-bound man of myth roams the land as a mercenary for hire.

His band of travelling companions includes soothsayer Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), warrior Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), mute orphan Tydeus (Aksel Hennie), Amazonian archer Atalanta (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and silver-tongued storyteller Iolaus (Reece Ritchie), who is also Hercules' cousin.

Lord Cotys (John Hurt), the ailing King of Thrace, promises Hercules and his company their weight in gold if they can train his farm hands to become an army and bring to an end a bitter civil war with rebel leader Rhesus (Tobias Santelmann).

The king's daughter Eugenia (Rebecca Ferguson) is wary of Hercules, so too is Cotys' loyal general Sitacles (Peter Mullan), but he cannot fail to be impressed as the king's weakling subjects are transformed into a well-drilled fighting machine.

Directed with destruction-oriented bombast by Ratner (Rush Hour), Hercules is undecided whether to take itself seriously or descend into tongue-wedged pantomime. Certainly, Sewell and McShane seem to be having a ball and Johnson trots out a couple of droll one-liners.

The set pieces are orchestrated at full pelt with a generous three-figure body count but once the screaming ends, deficiencies in the script are exposed. When the truth about Hercules' tragic past is revealed, Johnson's wail of anguish in close-up epitomises the film's heavy-handed approach to matters of the heart: more volume, less palpable emotion.

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Hercules 3D 3 stars

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Greek demigod Hercules completes his 12 mythical labours, which include slaying a hydra, capturing the Cretan Bull and defeating hellhound Cerberus, which guards the entrance to the underworld. The deposed King of Thrace hires Hercules and his band of mercenaries to train his army and bring to an end a bitter civil war. Unimaginable villains test Hercules's mythical power and he rages against his fate to be blessed with the strength of a God but endure the suffering of a mortal.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Romance
  • CastDwayne Johnson, Joseph Fiennes, Aksel Hennie, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, John Hurt, Peter Mullan.
  • DirectorBrett Ratner.
  • WriterEvan Spiliotopoulos, Ryan Condal.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration98 mins
  • Official sitewww.herculesmovie.co.uk
  • Release25/07/2014

Classical Greek mythology gets a campy, testosterone-pumped rewrite in Brett Ratner's swaggering swords 'n' sandals romp. Based on the comic book series Hercules: The Thracian Wars by Steve Moore, this laboured re-imaging of the demi-God son of Zeus boasts slow-motion action sequences reminiscent of 300, albeit with reduced on-screen bloodshed to secure a 12A certificate.

Parents should exercise caution. These ancient civilisations are predisposed to outbursts of bad language that escape the wrath of Olympus, and when the film's lone female warrior is verbally dissed by a compatriot, she lowers the tone by sniping, "If only your manhood was as long as your tongue."

The minds of screenwriters Ryan J Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos remain in the gutter when it comes to the two-dimensional women that festoon the screen. These wenches swoon helplessly in Hercules' presence or encourage his valour with the promise of personal services.

Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend, Russian model Irina Shayk, makes fleeting appearances in flashbacks as Hercules' wife, who casually drops her robes for a gratuitous flash of her pert derriere. "You think you know the truth about [Hercules]? You know nothing..." growls the narrator as he transports us back to a time when power was seized with swords rather than diplomacy.

Hercules (Johnson) has completed his 12 labours, which included slaying a hydra and defeating the mighty Nemean Lion, and now this muscle-bound man of myth roams the land as a mercenary for hire.

His band of travelling companions includes soothsayer Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), warrior Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), mute orphan Tydeus (Aksel Hennie), Amazonian archer Atalanta (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and silver-tongued storyteller Iolaus (Reece Ritchie), who is also Hercules' cousin.

Lord Cotys (John Hurt), the ailing King of Thrace, promises Hercules and his company their weight in gold if they can train his farm hands to become an army and bring to an end a bitter civil war with rebel leader Rhesus (Tobias Santelmann).

The king's daughter Eugenia (Rebecca Ferguson) is wary of Hercules, so too is Cotys' loyal general Sitacles (Peter Mullan), but he cannot fail to be impressed as the king's weakling subjects are transformed into a well-drilled fighting machine.

Directed with destruction-oriented bombast by Ratner (Rush Hour), Hercules is undecided whether to take itself seriously or descend into tongue-wedged pantomime. Certainly, Sewell and McShane seem to be having a ball and Johnson trots out a couple of droll one-liners.

The set pieces are orchestrated at full pelt with a generous three-figure body count but once the screaming ends, deficiencies in the script are exposed. When the truth about Hercules' tragic past is revealed, Johnson's wail of anguish in close-up epitomises the film's heavy-handed approach to matters of the heart: more volume, less palpable emotion.

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 4 stars

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During one of his regular sorties with Toothless, Hiccup stumbles upon a lost world full of rescued dragons and a valiant dragon rider named Valka, who turns out to be Hiccup's long lost mother. A tearful family reunion with Hiccup's father Stoick is cut short when diabolical dragon hunter Drago Bludvist storms the lost world and takes control of all of the majestic creatures using a gargantuan Alpha dragon called a Bewilderbeast.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Family, Family
  • CastKristen Wiig, America Ferrera, Jay Baruchel, Djimon Hounsou, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler.
  • DirectorDean DeBlois.
  • WriterDean DeBlois.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration102 mins
  • Official sitewww.howtotrainyourdragon.co.uk
  • Release27/06/2014 (Scotland); 11/07/2014 (nationwide)

Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the 2010 computer-animated adventure How To Train Your Dragon soared tantalisingly close to perfection. Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois' brilliantly executed story of one boy's remarkable friendship with a supposedly fearsome dragon was deeply touching, distinguished by richly detailed visuals and an intelligent script.

The sequel, directed solely by DeBlois, expands the narrative arcs of the characters, testing their mettle in the aftermath of tragedy and conflict. Boys cross the rubicon to manhood, parents make selfless sacrifices to protect their brood and evil poisons an innocent heart.

As a wise woman in the film proclaims, "Good dragons under the control of bad people do bad things". Five years have passed since Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) befriended Toothless and the inhabitants of the village of Berk now live in harmony with the dragons.

Hiccup's father Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler) continues to preside over the people. He hopes Hiccup will accept his destiny as the next tribal chief but the boy prefers to soar through the clouds astride his trusty Night Fury.

During a regular sortie with Toothless, Hiccup stumbles upon a lost world of rescued dragons and a valiant rider named Valka (Cate Blanchett), who turns out to be a long-lost face from the past. "It's not everyday you find out your mother is some kind of crazy, feral, vigilante dragon lady!" whoops Hiccup.

A tearful family reunion with Stoick is cut short by diabolical dragon hunter Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou), who storms this lost world and takes control of the majestic fire-breathing creatures using a gargantuan Alpha dragon. World domination beckons and all that stands in Drago's way are Hiccup, Toothless and the boy's plucky friends Astrid (America Ferrara), Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Snotlout (Jonah Hill) and the twins Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig) and Tuffnut (TJ Miller).

In almost every aspect, How To Train Your Dragon 2 matches its polished predecessor... except one. The addition of Oscar winner Blanchett to the vocal fold is a calamitous misjudgement. From the outset, the Australian actress is engaged in a futile tug-of-war with her Scottish accent that initially roams the British Isles and eventually strays across the entire Commonwealth.

Her verbal strangulations are horribly distracting and undermine some of the film's most emotionally charged moments of reconciliation and remembrance.

For his part, writer-director DeBlois charts a breathless course between drama, action and comedy, the latter delivered with scenery-chewing gusto by Craig Ferguson as Stoick's best friend Gobber the Belch. "[Valka's] meatballs could kill more beasts than a battle axe. I still got a few knocking around in here!" he grimaces, pointing to his belly.

Flying sequences deliver a vertiginous thrill, especially in 3D, including a couple of death-defying battles that slalom and swoop at dizzying speed. Blanchett aside, lightning nearly strikes twice.

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Kick 3 stars

Brilliant psychiatrist Shaina is compelled to marry an Indian police officer called Himanshu. She is opposed to the marriage but on a train journey to Warsaw, she meets Himanshu and discovers that he is a kind and intelligent man. They quickly bond and during the train journey, Shaina discloses a previous relationship with an adrenaline junkie called Devi. In turn, Himanshu discloses the details of his most famous case, pitting his wits against a clever thief, who always seemed to be one step ahead.

  • GenreAction, Bollywood, Comedy, Romance
  • CastSalman Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Jacqueline Fernandez.
  • DirectorSajid Nadiadwala.
  • WriterRajat Arora, Sajid Nadiadwala, Chetan Bhagat, Keith Gomes.
  • CountryIndia
  • Duration146 mins
  • Official site
  • Release25/07/2014 (selected cinemas)

Salman Khan headlines Sajid Nadiadwala's Bollywood remake of the 2009 Telugu film of the same name, which was partly shot on location in Glasgow. Brilliant psychiatrist Shaina (Jacqueline Fernandez) is compelled to marry an Indian police officer called Himanshu (Randeep Hooda). She is opposed to the marriage but on a train journey to Warsaw, she meets Himanshu and discovers that he is a kind and intelligent man. They quickly bond and during the train journey, Shaina discloses a previous relationship with an adrenaline junkie called Devi (Salman Khan), who was never satisfied and was always looking got the next thrill. In turn, Himanshu discloses the details of his most famous case, pitting his wits against a clever thief, who always seemed to be one step ahead. Little does Himanshu realise that his nemesis was Devi, who intends to wreak havoc with the impending nuptials.

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Maleficent 4 stars

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Stefan tricks his friend, the powerful fairy Maleficent, and steals her wings in order to secure the throne. Maleficent waits patiently with shape-shifter sidekick Diaval to wreak revenge. That time comes when the queen gives birth to a beautiful daughter, Aurora, and Maleficent journeys to the castle to place a curse on the infant: on her 16th birthday, Aurora will prick her finger on the needle of a spinning wheel and fall into an eternal slumber. Only true love's kiss will break the spell.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Family, Family, Fantasy, Romance
  • CastAngelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Brenton Thwaites, Sam Riley, Lesley Manville, Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, Kenneth Cranham.
  • DirectorRobert Stromberg.
  • WriterJohn Lee Hancock, Linda Woolverton.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration97 mins
  • Official sitemovies.disney.com/maleficent
  • Release28/05/2014

Disney's empowerment of female protagonists, which snowballed in the delightful Frozen, continues apace in Robert Stromberg's fantastical live-action fairytale. Inspired by the studio's 1959 animation Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent is a visually stunning fantasy, which re-imagines the Brothers Grimm through the mascara-ed eyes of the eponymous villainess, who curses a fair princess to 100 years of slumber.

Screenwriter Linda Woolverton casts a heady spell by embellishing the familiar yarn with neat flourishes. "Let us tell an old story anew and see how well you know it..." teasingly purrs the narrator in the film's opening frames.

Lines between good and evil become blurred in Angelina Jolie's delicious portrayal of the vengeful fairy queen, whose belief in the power of "true love's kiss" is corrupted by the betrayal of the man she loves.

Sporting a hefty pair of horns, Jolie slinks through every frame, rolling menacing lines of dialogue around her mouth like candy and accentuating thinly veiled threats with an arched eyebrow. Naughty has seldom looked and sounded so nice.

Her nemesis is King Henry (Kenneth Cranham), a greedy monarch, who yearns to expand his kingdom by conquering the forest realm where Maleficent holds sway. In the ensuing battle, the king is badly wounded and pledges his crown to any man who can defeat the "winged elf".

Lowly underling Stefan (Sharlto Copley), who befriended Maleficent in childhood, tricks the fairy and steals her wings, thereby securing the throne. Following his coronation, King Stefan is poisoned by power and greed. In the forest, Maleficent bides her time with her shape-shifter henchman Diaval (Sam Riley).

When the queen gives birth to a daughter, Maleficent journeys to the castle to curse the infant Aurora: on her 16th birthday, the princess will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall into eternal slumber. Only true love's kiss can break the enchantment.

King Stefan entrusts the babe to bickering fairies Knotgrass (Imelda Staunton), Flittle (Lesley Manville) and Thistletwit (Juno Temple), who raise Aurora in a secluded woodland cottage. The princess blossoms into a caring young woman (now played by Elle Fanning) and Maleficent wonders if this innocent could unite the feuding kingdoms and earn her happy ever after in the arms of dashing prince Phillip (Brenton Thwaites).

Maleficent is anchored by Jolie's tour-de-force theatrics. She casts a stylish shadow over every frame and her twisted maternal bond with infant Aurora ("It's so ugly, you could almost feel sorry for it!") mellows into something genuinely moving and heartfelt.

Fanning is sweetness and youthful exuberance personified while Staunton, Manville and Temple provide the broad comic relief. Digital effects are impressively harnessed by director Stromberg to realise the forest and its magical denizens and allow the title character to take flight over her domain. Like the film, she soars.

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Mr Peabody & Sherman 3 stars

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Sherman is an orphaned boy, who is adopted by Mr Peabody - a talking dog and award-winning businessman. Mr Peabody lives next door to Paul Peterson, his wife Patty and their spunky daughter Penny, who is Sherman's classmate. When the little boy lets slip that Mr Peabody has a time travel machine hidden below ground, Penny insists they take a look and the children accidentally create ripples through time that alter the course of human history.

  • GenreAdaptation, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastTy Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Allison Janney, Mel Brooks, Ariel Winter, Stanley Tucci.
  • DirectorRob Minkoff.
  • WriterCraig Wright.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration92 mins
  • Official sitewww.mrpeabodyandsherman.co.uk
  • Release07/02/2014

Man is a dog's best friend in Rob Minkoff's computer-animated time-travelling yarn based on characters created for segments in the 1960s TV series, The Rocky And Bullwinkle Show.

Mr Peabody & Sherman harnesses the latest digital trickery to propel the hyper-intelligent canine protagonist and his adopted son on a rip-roaring adventure, including pit-stops in besieged Troy, 18th century France and the Italian Renaissance.

As a potted history lesson, the film shoehorns facts and figures including the mummification rituals of King Tutankhamun (voiced by Zach Callison) between breathlessly orchestrated action set-pieces and slapstick humour.

Craig Wright's smart script refuses to roll over for sugary sentiment, charting a less obvious route to our heartstrings as the four-legged lead character learns that when his son says, "I love you", it's unacceptable to respond, "I have a deep regard for you as well".

Mr Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell) is a talking dog, whose myriad achievements include a Nobel Prize, two Olympic medals and the invention of zumba. He has captains of industry and political statesmen on speed-dial.

However, Mr Peabody's greatest triumph is his adopted son, Sherman (Max Charles), who has nurtured a fascination with history by accompanying his father on time-travelling expeditions using the top-secret Wayback Machine.

On his first day at school, Sherman antagonises class swot Penny Peterson (Ariel Winter) and the youngsters get in a fight, which culminates in the lad biting his nemesis. Dastardly child protective services officer Mrs Grunion (Allison Janney) threatens to take Sherman away from his father and insists on a home visit to gauge Mr Peabody's suitability as a carer.

The plucky pooch invites Penny and her parents Paul (Stephen Colbert) and Patty (Leslie Mann) to his plush New York home in the hope of patching up the children's differences in front of Mrs Grunion.

Instead, Sherman lets slip about the Wayback Machine to Penny and the classmates accidentally create ripples through time. So the enterprising pooch and troublesome tykes leap back into the device to repair the temporal damage.

With limitless possibilities for sequels, Mr Peabody & Sherman maintains a pace brisk to ensure younger audiences are constantly engaged. A prelude detailing Mr Peabody's difficult puppy years is hysterical - he refuses to chase a stick thrown by one boy because, "You'll just throw it again. It's an exercise in futility".

Mr Peabody's groansome puns, the stock in trade of any parent, elicit a bewildered response from Sherman - "I don't get it" - that provides the film with one of its running jokes. Famous figures including Leonardo da Vinci (Stanley Tucci), Mona Lisa (Lake Bell) and Agamemnon (Patrick Warburton) litter the haphazard narrative.

However, it's the touching central relationship that anchors the picture and ensures Minkoff's colour-saturated romp is a well-groomed pick of the animated litter.

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Postman Pat: The Movie 2 stars

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Postman Pat is at the heart of village life in the cosy community of Greendale, where he lives with his wife Sara and football-mad son Julian. Sara has always dreamt of going to Italy so when Pat discovers a trip for two to Europe is the top prize in the TV reality show You're The One hosted by Simon Cowbell, he reluctantly enters. Against the odds, Pat's ballad charms the usually stony-faced Cowbell. Within days, Pat has become a nationwide celebrity.

  • GenreAction, Animation/Cartoon, Children, Children's, Family, Musical, Romance
  • CastDavid Tennant, Jim Broadbent, Rupert Grint, Stephen Mangan, Ronan Keating.
  • DirectorMike Disa.
  • WriterAnnika Bluhm, Kim Fuller.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration87 mins
  • Official site
  • Release23/05/2014

The residents of the fictional village of Greendale are sitting on the secret to eternal youth. Trusty postman Pat Clifton has been doing the rounds with his black and white cat Jess since September 1991 and during those 23 years, he doesn't appear to have aged a day.

Alas, screenwriters Kim Fuller, Annika Bluhm and Nicole Dubuc don't appear to have taken a refreshing swig from Greendale's rejuvenating water supply before they penned the lifeless and shambolic script to Pat's computer-animated big screen debut. Postman Pat: The Movie is a shadow of the beloved stop-motion TV series, exploring the poisonous effects of celebrity on the mild-mannered postie when he becomes involved in a televised singing contest.

If the premature closure of West End show I Can't Sing - The X Factor Musical proved anything, it's that these talent searches are already garish pantomimes that defy parody. Fuller, Bluhm and Dubuc disagree and clumsily satirise the format, casually throwing in romance and a hare-brained sci-fi invasion plot to the unappetising mix.

Postman Pat (voiced by Stephen Mangan) is at the heart of village life in the cosy community of Greendale, where he lives in Forge Cottage with his wife Sara (Susan Duerden) and football-mad son Julian (Sandra Teles).

Sara has always dreamt of going to Italy, so when Pat discovers a trip for two is the top prize in the TV reality show You're The One hosted by Simon Cowbell (Robin Atkin Downes), he prepares to belt out a ballad.

"Think of it as singing in the shower," Julian tells his father soothingly, "but in front of lots of people... and with your clothes on." Against the odds, Pat's audition charms the usually stony-faced Cowbell. Within days, Pat has become a nationwide celebrity and he gets caught up in the media hoopla, which takes him far away from his loved ones and his job at the Special Delivery Service (SDS).

In Pat's absence, SDS efficiency expert Edwin Carbunkle (Peter Woodward) plots to replace all of the human staff with robot doppelgangers. Meanwhile, the grand final of You're The One beckons and Pat prepares to compete against teenage singer Josh (Rupert Grint) and his pushy father (David Tennant).

Postman Pat: The Movie is a second-class delivery of a hackneyed plot. Oddly, the film opens with Cowbell auditioning a blond Irish singer called Ronan, who is voiced by Keating, sings one of his hits and cheekily claims to have some experience "in the business".

Cowbell dismisses this wannabe and within 20 minutes, we discover Pat also has the same distinctive Dublin-twanged singing voice. Bizarre. Animation throughout is competent and the handful of gags pitched at snoozing adults, like the screen display of a robotic Jess which reads Faster Pussybot Kill Kill, barely warrant a weary smile. Pat by name, pat by nature.

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Pudsey The Dog: The Movie 1 stars

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Stray dog Pudsey crosses paths with siblings Molly, George and Tommy, who are poised to move from London "to some stupid cottage without WiFi" with their mother Gail. The eponymous mutt stows away in the family's removal trailer and is discovered when they arrive at their new home in the sleepy village of Chuffington. While Gail placates scheming landlord Mr Thorne, who hates dogs, Pudsey befriends horses Nelly and Edward and a pig called Ken, who thinks he's a chicken.

  • GenreAdventure, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastJohn Sessions, Olivia Colman, David Walliams, Jessica Hynes, Izzy Meikle-Small.
  • DirectorNick Moore.
  • WriterPaul Rose.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration87 mins
  • Official sitewww.vertigofilms.com/film/pudsey.php
  • Release14/07/2014 (Scotland); 18/07/2014 (UK)

The sound of a pig repeatedly evacuating its bowels reverberates throughout Nick Moore's ham-fisted attempt to transform Britain's Got Talent's performing pooch into a modern-day Lassie. The porker's muck is an apt critique for Paul Rose's shambolic script that trades in toilet humour and misjudged innuendo. Some of the performances also beggar belief including John Sessions as the pantomime villain in tweeds.

He suffers the humiliation of a toe-curling flashback in which he plays a mother, father and infant in the same scene. Hopefully, Sessions was paid well for this half-hearted attempt at career suicide.

Elsewhere, David Walliams delivers a lifeless vocal performance as the four-legged hero, who hopes to travel the world and visit the Empire Sausage Building and Sausage Henge. The film handily omits to mention that if Pudsey realises his dream of scampering along The Great Sausage Wall, he could potentially end up on a local menu.

Closer to home, stray dog Pudsey (voiced by Walliams) crosses paths with siblings Molly (Izzy Meikle-Small), George (Spike White) and Tommy (Malachy Knights), who are poised to move from London "to some stupid cottage without WiFi" with their mother Gail (Jessica Hynes).

The eponymous mutt stows away in the family's removal trailer and is discovered when they arrive at their new home in the sleepy village of Chuffington. While Gail placates scheming landlord Mr Thorne (Sessions), who hates dogs, Pudsey befriends horses Nelly (Olivia Colman) and Edward (Peter Serafinowicz) and a pig called Ken (Dan Farrell), who thinks he's a chicken.

Pudsey The Dog: The Movie is a poor showcase of the eponymous cross breed. Viewers of Simon Cowell's talent search will be well versed in Pudsey's ability to perform acrobatic feats with guidance from trainer Ashleigh Butler.

On the big screen, he dances and twirls on hind legs, casts the occasional mournful glance at the camera and appears to converse with farmyard co-stars courtesy of digital trickery a la Babe.

Hynes and the younger cast are poorly served and parallel romantic subplots for Gail and Molly involving a handsome farmer (Luke Neal) and a teenage farmhand (Luke Tittensor) are sickly and unconvincing.

"Things are getting better," promises the chorus of one of the bubblegum pop songs that punctuate the soundtrack. Only when the end credits roll and we can leave. The ramshackle plot is interrupted by pointless diversions including the central character's incarceration in a secret dog prison that inspires a ludicrous Great Escape.

Amidst the pratfalls and a lame running gag about a giant pie, there are faint glimmers of heart-warming emotion including a timely mention of the Women's Land Army. However, good intentions are undermined by slapdash character development. If Pudsey The Dog: The Movie were an animal, we'd put it down humanely after 10 minutes.

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Rio 2 3 stars

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Neurotic blue macaw Blu and Jewel are settled with their owners Linda and Tulio in Rio. The birds raise three children but Jewel worries the brood is too domesticated. So she insists that the entire family answers the call of the wild and heads to the Amazon. In this lush paradise, the city birds discover a flock of thriving blue macaws led by Jewel's father Eduardo and her charming old flame, Robert.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family, Romance
  • CastLeslie Mann, Jamie Foxx, Rodrigo Santoro, Anne Hathaway, Will.i.am, Jemaine Clement, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez, Jane Lynch, Kristin Chenoweth, Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars.
  • DirectorCarlos Saldanha.
  • WriterDon Rhymer, Carlos Saldanha.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration101 mins
  • Official sitewww.riomovies.com
  • Release04/04/2014

Intoxicating samba rhythms and the exuberance of Brazilian carnival get toes tapping in Carlos Saldanha's assured and undemanding sequel, which transports the feathered protagonists away from Rio de Janeiro for a rollicking rumble in the Amazonian jungle. As with the original film, Rio 2 promotes a serious ecological message: the wanton destruction of the rainforest and its impact on native wildlife.

This cri de coeur is woven by Saldanha and co-writer Don Rhymer into a familiar yarn about love overcoming adversity, a story that sees one neurotic city bird stripped of his home comforts and fluttering back to nature in order to please his family.

"Happy wife, happy life," counsels a Toucan called Rafael (George Lopez). He is one of the wacky computer-animated critters, who festoon the colour-saturated screen and guarantee hordes of happy children.

Little ones will gurgle with glee at the slapstick including a hungry anteater called Charlie, whose lasso-like tongue is always on the prowl for tasty snacks. Adults meanwhile can savour the dry humour of musical interludes including a ballad between a toxic tree frog and a cockatoo entitled Poisonous Love which includes the delightful boast, "If you play ping pong, I'll play ping ponger".

Neurotic blue macaw Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) are at the centre of the action once again. The birds have settled with owners Linda (Leslie Mann) and Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) in Rio and have three children, Carla (Rachel Crow), Bia (Amandla Stenberg) and Tiago (Pierce Gagnon).

Jewel fears the brood is too domesticated so when Tulio and Linda uncover evidence of thriving blue macaws in the Amazon, the mother insists her entire family answers the call of the wild.

In the lush paradise, the city birds are reunited with Jewel's long-lost father Eduardo (Andy Garcia) and her tuneful childhood pal, Roberto (Bruno Mars). Jewel is thrilled - "We found our family. This changes everything!" - but Blu struggles to acclimatize to his new surroundings.

Meanwhile, deranged cockatoo Nigel (Jemaine Clement) and love-sick amphibian sidekick Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth) hatch a diabolical scheme to exact revenge on the unsuspecting macaws. I'll be pooping on your party promptly," cackles the flightless villain to himself.

Rio 2 is a predictable fish-out-of-water adventure that forces Blu to ditch his sat nav and lead the flock in a battle against illegal loggers, who are tearing down the jungle. The enduring love between the hero and his passionate wife invariably trumps mankind's voracious greed.

Comic relief from Clement, Chenoweth and the supporting cast is gentle and inoffensive and the soundtrack shimmies to upbeat numbers from Hathaway, Mars and an infectious opening refrain from Janelle Monae entitled "What Is Love?". Even if some gags induce groans rather than giggles, the rhythm is gonna get you.

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Rio 2 3D 3 stars

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Neurotic blue macaw Blu and Jewel are settled with their owners Linda and Tulio in Rio. The birds raise three children but Jewel worries the brood is too domesticated. So she insists that the entire family answers the call of the wild and heads to the Amazon. In this lush paradise, the city birds discover a flock of thriving blue macaws led by Jewel's father Eduardo and her charming old flame, Robert.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family, Romance
  • CastLeslie Mann, Kristin Chenoweth, Jamie Foxx, Rodrigo Santoro, Anne Hathaway, Will.i.am, Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars, Jemaine Clement, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez, Jane Lynch.
  • DirectorCarlos Saldanha.
  • WriterDon Rhymer, Carlos Saldanha.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration101 mins
  • Official sitewww.riomovies.com
  • Release04/04/2014

Intoxicating samba rhythms and the exuberance of Brazilian carnival get toes tapping in Carlos Saldanha's assured and undemanding sequel, which transports the feathered protagonists away from Rio de Janeiro for a rollicking rumble in the Amazonian jungle. As with the original film, Rio 2 promotes a serious ecological message: the wanton destruction of the rainforest and its impact on native wildlife.

This cri de coeur is woven by Saldanha and co-writer Don Rhymer into a familiar yarn about love overcoming adversity, a story that sees one neurotic city bird stripped of his home comforts and fluttering back to nature in order to please his family.

"Happy wife, happy life," counsels a Toucan called Rafael (George Lopez). He is one of the wacky computer-animated critters, who festoon the colour-saturated screen and guarantee hordes of happy children.

Little ones will gurgle with glee at the slapstick including a hungry anteater called Charlie, whose lasso-like tongue is always on the prowl for tasty snacks. Adults meanwhile can savour the dry humour of musical interludes including a ballad between a toxic tree frog and a cockatoo entitled Poisonous Love which includes the delightful boast, "If you play ping pong, I'll play ping ponger".

Neurotic blue macaw Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) are at the centre of the action once again. The birds have settled with owners Linda (Leslie Mann) and Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) in Rio and have three children, Carla (Rachel Crow), Bia (Amandla Stenberg) and Tiago (Pierce Gagnon).

Jewel fears the brood is too domesticated so when Tulio and Linda uncover evidence of thriving blue macaws in the Amazon, the mother insists her entire family answers the call of the wild.

In the lush paradise, the city birds are reunited with Jewel's long-lost father Eduardo (Andy Garcia) and her tuneful childhood pal, Roberto (Bruno Mars). Jewel is thrilled - "We found our family. This changes everything!" - but Blu struggles to acclimatize to his new surroundings.

Meanwhile, deranged cockatoo Nigel (Jemaine Clement) and love-sick amphibian sidekick Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth) hatch a diabolical scheme to exact revenge on the unsuspecting macaws. I'll be pooping on your party promptly," cackles the flightless villain to himself.

Rio 2 is a predictable fish-out-of-water adventure that forces Blu to ditch his sat nav and lead the flock in a battle against illegal loggers, who are tearing down the jungle. The enduring love between the hero and his passionate wife invariably trumps mankind's voracious greed.

Comic relief from Clement, Chenoweth and the supporting cast is gentle and inoffensive and the soundtrack shimmies to upbeat numbers from Hathaway, Mars and an infectious opening refrain from Janelle Monae entitled "What Is Love?". Even if some gags induce groans rather than giggles, the rhythm is gonna get you.

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Step Up 5: All In 2 stars

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Hunky dancer Sean and his crew The Mob have moved to Los Angeles to pursue their dreams. A fight about the rent ends with The Mob and Sean going their separate ways. Sean sets his sights on a televised dance contest called The Vortex hosted by pop starlet Alexxa Brava. First prize is a lucrative three-year contract to perform at Caesar's Palace hotel in Las Vegas. Sean is convinced he can win the top prize so he reaches out to old friend Moose to recruit a new dance crew.

  • GenreDrama, Musical, Romance, Teenage
  • CastIzabella Miko, Adam G Sevani, Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Alyson Stoner.
  • DirectorTrish Sie.
  • WriterJohn Swetnam.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration112 mins
  • Official sitewww.stepupmovie.com
  • Release01/08/2014

Towards the conclusion of this plot-light fifth instalment of the body-popping franchise, the buff hero stands before his crew and laments the soul-destroying existence of a dancer. It's a hard knock life: attending auditions where female dancers slink by like cats on heat, shooting him lustful glances; ricocheting from one dance-off with an amazing top prize to the next, flanked by amazing performers who can quit their day jobs at the twitch of a pec; getting the girl he wants with a shake of his hips. Our hearts bleed. Or they would if the leading man possessed charisma to complement his jaw-dropping physique. Sadly, Ryan Guzman plays his dreamer as an almost expressionless block of marble, whose hunger for success drives away many of the people who, inexplicably, love him. It's written in the stars of Trish Sie's film that his leading lady will fall under his spell but there's scant evidence on screen to convince us he is worthy of her affections. Sean (Guzman) and his crew The Mob, which includes best friend Eddy (Misha Gabriel), have moved to Los Angeles but the work has dried up after the lucrative TV commercial they won at the end of Step Up 4. A fight about overdue rent ends with The Mob and Sean going their separate ways. "This crew's not ready for L.A.," Eddy tells him. Sean reaches out to old friend Moose (Adam G Sevani), who lands Sean a job as a handyman at the ballroom dance studio run by his grandparents Boris (Frank Crudele) and Ana (Karin Konoval). It's only a temporary because Sean immediately his sights on a televised dance contest called The Vortex hosted by pop starlet Alexxa Brava (Izabella Miko). First prize is a lucrative three-year contract in Las Vegas. Moose uses his connections to recruit a new crew including Andie (Briana Evigan) from Step Up 2 The Streets, robotic dancer Vladd (Chadd Smith) and The Santiago Twins (Facundo and Martin Lombard). LMNTRIX, as they are christened, prepare for battle but arch-rival Jasper Tarik (Stephen Stevo Jones) and his well-drilled crew The Grim Knights stand in their way. Step Up 5: All In resembles a series of glossy music videos, stitched together with gossamer thin plot threads. Parallel love stories are sickly sweet and the big twist is revealed in a laughably heavy-handed fashion. Guzman and Evigan are an attractive yet dull pairing while Miko appears to have raided the dress-up box of Effie from The Hunger Games. Thankfully, the film's choreographers are in rude form, contriving a mad professor's laboratory set piece as well as a thrilling final dance-off that incorporates swinging chandeliers, a sand pit and twirling fire batons. On the dance floor at least, Sie's film works its magic.

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Step Up 5: All In 3D 2 stars

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Hunky dancer Sean and his crew The Mob have moved to Los Angeles to pursue their dreams. A fight about the rent ends with The Mob and Sean going their separate ways. Sean sets his sights on a televised dance contest called The Vortex hosted by pop starlet Alexxa Brava. First prize is a lucrative three-year contract to perform at Caesar's Palace hotel in Las Vegas. Sean is convinced he can win the top prize so he reaches out to old friend Moose to recruit a new dance crew.

  • GenreDrama, Musical, Romance, Teenage
  • CastAdam G Sevani, Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Alyson Stoner, Izabella Miko.
  • DirectorTrish Sie.
  • WriterJohn Swetnam.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration112 mins
  • Official sitewww.stepupmovie.com
  • Release01/08/2014

Towards the conclusion of this plot-light fifth instalment of the body-popping franchise, the buff hero stands before his crew and laments the soul-destroying existence of a dancer. It's a hard knock life: attending auditions where female dancers slink by like cats on heat, shooting him lustful glances; ricocheting from one dance-off with an amazing top prize to the next, flanked by amazing performers who can quit their day jobs at the twitch of a pec; getting the girl he wants with a shake of his hips. Our hearts bleed. Or they would if the leading man possessed charisma to complement his jaw-dropping physique. Sadly, Ryan Guzman plays his dreamer as an almost expressionless block of marble, whose hunger for success drives away many of the people who, inexplicably, love him. It's written in the stars of Trish Sie's film that his leading lady will fall under his spell but there's scant evidence on screen to convince us he is worthy of her affections. Sean (Guzman) and his crew The Mob, which includes best friend Eddy (Misha Gabriel), have moved to Los Angeles but the work has dried up after the lucrative TV commercial they won at the end of Step Up 4. A fight about overdue rent ends with The Mob and Sean going their separate ways. "This crew's not ready for L.A.," Eddy tells him. Sean reaches out to old friend Moose (Adam G Sevani), who lands Sean a job as a handyman at the ballroom dance studio run by his grandparents Boris (Frank Crudele) and Ana (Karin Konoval). It's only a temporary because Sean immediately his sights on a televised dance contest called The Vortex hosted by pop starlet Alexxa Brava (Izabella Miko). First prize is a lucrative three-year contract in Las Vegas. Moose uses his connections to recruit a new crew including Andie (Briana Evigan) from Step Up 2 The Streets, robotic dancer Vladd (Chadd Smith) and The Santiago Twins (Facundo and Martin Lombard). LMNTRIX, as they are christened, prepare for battle but arch-rival Jasper Tarik (Stephen Stevo Jones) and his well-drilled crew The Grim Knights stand in their way. Step Up 5: All In resembles a series of glossy music videos, stitched together with gossamer thin plot threads. Parallel love stories are sickly sweet and the big twist is revealed in a laughably heavy-handed fashion. Guzman and Evigan are an attractive yet dull pairing while Miko appears to have raided the dress-up box of Effie from The Hunger Games. Thankfully, the film's choreographers are in rude form, contriving a mad professor's laboratory set piece as well as a thrilling final dance-off that incorporates swinging chandeliers, a sand pit and twirling fire batons. On the dance floor at least, Sie's film works its magic.

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The House Of Magic 3 stars

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Ginger tabby cat Thunder is abandoned by his owners at the roadside. He seeks refuge in a ramshackle mansion owned by a retired magician called Lawrence, who performed under the moniker The Illustrious Lorenzo. The old man is subsequently involved in a traffic accident and recuperates in hospital. Lawrence's scheming nephew Daniel hatches a scheme to dispatch his uncle to a retirement home and sell the house for vast profit.

Curiosity almost kills the cat in The House Of Magic. Set largely within the confines of an ageing conjurer's home, Jeremy Degruson and Ben Stassen's undemanding computer-animated fantasy centres on a discarded feline, whose pluck and determination overcome adversity. The film doesn't overstay its welcome at a brisk 85 minutes and boasts flashes of visual brio.

That inventiveness is shoe-horned into lively opening sequences, which cut back and forth between a traditional third-person perspective and the four-legged hero's point of view as he clambers up a tree or cowers beneath oncoming traffic.

There's a quickening of the pulse, especially in 3D, as the camera replicates the tentative scamper of the cat along a branch as the animal prepares to leap the divide to an open window. Sadly, Degruson and Stassen lose the will to push visual boundaries as the story unfolds and the grand finale, involving a snivelling villain and a wrecking ball, is an anti-climax.

Ginger tabby cat Thunder (voiced by Murray Blue) is abandoned by his owners at the roadside. "You must have done something wrong because they chucked you like a cheap burrito," growls a passing dog (Joey Carmen).

The heavens open and Thunder seeks refuge from the downpour in a ramshackle mansion owned by a retired magician called Lawrence, who performed under the moniker The Illustrious Lorenzo.

The magician's two performing animals, Jack the rabbit (George Babbit) and Maggie the mouse (Shanelle Gray), view Thunder as a threat and they attempt to shoo the pussy back into the storm. Once their moggie-loving master catches sight of Thunder, he welcomes the homeless kitty to his new home.

Lawrence is subsequently involved in a traffic accident and recuperates in hospital. The old man's scheming nephew Daniel (Grant George) hatches a scheme to dispatch his uncle to Rhode Island Senior Retirement Home and sell the house for vast profit.

Luckily, Daniel is allergic to cats, and the magician's other animals and fantastical mechanised creations, including doves Carlo (Babbit again) and Carla (Kathleen Browers), sabotage viewings of the house and attack potential buyers. "As long as I'm here, you're all safe," naively purrs Thunder.

With its bright colours and linear narrative, The House Of Magic should engage younger audiences. Parents should be prepared for tears and screams before bedtime though when a snarling Doberman, which is chasing Thunder through undergrowth, appears to burst out of the screen and snaps its hungry jaws.

Older children will have to amuse themselves because the animation lacks the sophistication of Pixar, while the script operates on a single unchallenging level.

Solid vocal performances complement the archetypal characters, with fleeting comic relief from Carmen's pooch, who boldly claims to be "the Marlon Brando of Chihuahuas".

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The Inbetweeners 2 3 stars

Jay heads to Australia for a gap year, where he enhances his status as an incorrigible ladies man. With the promise of more sex than they can handle, Will, Neil and Simon head down under to join their pal and the four misfits abroad attempt to impress the female of the species including Katie, Polly and Lucy. The lads' ham-fisted chat-up lines and amorous overtures often lead to toe-curling humiliation.

  • GenreComedy, Drama
  • CastSimon Bird, James Buckley, Joe Thomas, Blake Harrison, Emily Berrington.
  • DirectorDamon Beesley, Iain Morris.
  • WriterDamon Beesley, Iain Morris.
  • CountryUK
  • Official site
  • Release06/08/2014

Released in 2011, The Inbetweeners Movie was one of the biggest hits of that year at the UK box office, setting a new record for the opening weekend of a film comedy - an honour previously held by sequels The Hangover Part II and Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason. Expectations are sky high for this second feature-length excursion based on the E4 sitcom, which continues the sexual misadventures of socially inept schoolmates Will (Simon Bird), Jay (James Buckley), Neil (Blake Harrison) and Simon (Joe Thomas). In the sequel, Jay has headed to Australia for a gap year, where he has enhanced his status as an incorrigible ladies man. With the promise of more sex than they can handle, Will, Neil and Simon head down under to join their pal and the four misfits abroad attempt to impress the female of the species including Katie (Emily Berrington), Polly (Belinda Stewart-Wilson) and Lucy (Tamla Kari). Needless to say, the lads' ham-fisted chat-up lines and amorous overtures often lead to toe-curling humiliation.

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The Nut Job 3 stars

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Mischievous squirrel Surly lives in idyllic Liberty Park in the sprawling 1950s metropolis of Oakton City with his rat pal Buddy and fellow squirrels Andie and Grayson. Like all animals of his kind, Surly is mad about nuts and he orchestrates a daring heist of one of the city's shops for the tasty snack. Little does Surly know that the new owner of the store, King, is the leader of a gang of robbers who intend to tunnel from the store to the First Oakton Bank located across the street.

  • GenreAdventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastLiam Neeson, Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fraser, Maya Rudolph, Stephen Lang.
  • DirectorPeter Lepeniotis.
  • WriterLorne Cameron.
  • CountryCan/S Kore
  • Duration86 mins
  • Official site
  • Release01/08/2014

All of the hastily sketched characters in Peter Lepeniotis' 1950s-set computer-animated adventure go nuts at some point during the poorly paced proceedings. A money-grabbing ex-con goes gaga at the sight of rats, a pet pug is driven barking mad by her owner's repeated use of a silver dog whistle, a girl scout whoops with maniacal glee as a runaway food cart careens into oncoming traffic, and an army of woodland critters loosen their tenuous grasp on civility when they stumble upon a horde of cashews, pistachios, macadamias and walnuts. Protagonists of the two-legged and four-legged persuasions in The Nut Job might be bright-eyed and - in the case of the squirrels - bushy-tailed but most of Lepeniotis and co-writer Lorne Cameron's script feels tired. The narrative lacks fluidity, most of the animals don't exist beyond a single personality trait and there's a palpable absence of jeopardy during a centrepiece bank heist. References to a certain foodstuff are sprinkled liberally throughout the dialogue - "We found it: the Lost City of Nutlantis!" - so any parents who wake suddenly from a sneaky power-nap in the dark are soon reminded where they are. Raccoon (voiced by Liam Neeson) and his red bird sidekick Cardinal preside over the animal denizens of Liberty Park in the sprawling metropolis of Oakton City. Winter is fast approaching, so every groundhog, squirrel, mouse and mole gathers supplies to add to the food store in the trunk of the great oak. Everyone except for mischievous squirrel Surly (Will Arnett), who has always ploughed a lone furrow. "I'm independent, which means 'looking out for number one'," Surly reminds fellow squirrels Andie (Katherine Heigl) and Grayson (Brendan Fraser). When a raid on a food cart goes disastrously wrong, Surly is banished to the city by the other animals. The ravenous rodent stumbles upon a store selling nuts and plots a daring heist with trusty rat pal, Buddy (Rob Tinkler). Little does Surly know that the new owner of the store, King (Stephen Lang), is the leader of a gang of robbers, who intend to tunnel from the shop's basement to First Oakton Bank and plunder the vault. The Nut Job orchestrates some pleasing slapstick and visuals are colourful, including a couple of sprightly chases, but Lepeniotis' film doesn't justify a release on the big screen rather than a debut on home formats. Vocal performances raise a smile, but little more, and the squirrelly love triangle involving Surly, Andie and Grayson is clumsily contrived. Neeson uses his trademark growl to lend an air of menace to the dictatorial raccoon, who believes, "animals are controlled by the amount of food they have". Pickings are certainly slim here.

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The Nut Job (Autism Friendly Screening) 3 stars

Mischievous squirrel Surly lives in idyllic Liberty Park in the sprawling 1950s metropolis of Oakton City with his rat pal Buddy and fellow squirrels Andie and Grayson. Like all animals of his kind, Surly is mad about nuts and he orchestrates a daring heist of one of the city's shops for the tasty snack. Little does Surly know that the new owner of the store, King, is the leader of a gang of robbers, who intend to tunnel from the store to the First Oakton Bank located across the street.

  • GenreAdventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family, Special
  • CastLiam Neeson, Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fraser, Maya Rudolph, Stephen Lang.
  • DirectorPeter Lepeniotis.
  • WriterLorne Cameron.
  • CountryCan/S Kore
  • Duration86 mins
  • Official site
  • Release01/08/2014

All of the hastily sketched characters in Peter Lepeniotis' 1950s-set computer-animated adventure go nuts at some point during the poorly paced proceedings. A money-grabbing ex-con goes gaga at the sight of rats, a pet pug is driven barking mad by her owner's repeated use of a silver dog whistle, a girl scout whoops with maniacal glee as a runaway food cart careens into oncoming traffic, and an army of woodland critters loosen their tenuous grasp on civility when they stumble upon a horde of cashews, pistachios, macadamias and walnuts. Protagonists of the two-legged and four-legged persuasions in The Nut Job might be bright-eyed and - in the case of the squirrels - bushy-tailed but most of Lepeniotis and co-writer Lorne Cameron's script feels tired. The narrative lacks fluidity, most of the animals don't exist beyond a single personality trait and there's a palpable absence of jeopardy during a centrepiece bank heist. References to a certain foodstuff are sprinkled liberally throughout the dialogue - "We found it: the Lost City of Nutlantis!" - so any parents who wake suddenly from a sneaky power-nap in the dark are soon reminded where they are. Raccoon (voiced by Liam Neeson) and his red bird sidekick Cardinal preside over the animal denizens of Liberty Park in the sprawling metropolis of Oakton City. Winter is fast approaching, so every groundhog, squirrel, mouse and mole gathers supplies to add to the food store in the trunk of the great oak. Everyone except for mischievous squirrel Surly (Will Arnett), who has always ploughed a lone furrow. "I'm independent, which means 'looking out for number one'," Surly reminds fellow squirrels Andie (Katherine Heigl) and Grayson (Brendan Fraser). When a raid on a food cart goes disastrously wrong, Surly is banished to the city by the other animals. The ravenous rodent stumbles upon a store selling nuts and plots a daring heist with trusty rat pal, Buddy (Rob Tinkler). Little does Surly know that the new owner of the store, King (Stephen Lang), is the leader of a gang of robbers, who intend to tunnel from the shop's basement to First Oakton Bank and plunder the vault. The Nut Job orchestrates some pleasing slapstick and visuals are colourful, including a couple of sprightly chases, but Lepeniotis' film doesn't justify a release on the big screen rather than a debut on home formats. Vocal performances raise a smile, but little more, and the squirrelly love triangle involving Surly, Andie and Grayson is clumsily contrived. Neeson uses his trademark growl to lend an air of menace to the dictatorial raccoon, who believes, "animals are controlled by the amount of food they have". Pickings are certainly slim here.

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The Nut Job 3D 3 stars

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Mischievous squirrel Surly lives in idyllic Liberty Park in the sprawling 1950s metropolis of Oakton City with his rat pal Buddy and fellow squirrels Andie and Grayson. Like all animals of his kind, Surly is mad about nuts and he orchestrates a daring heist of one of the city's shops for the tasty snack. Little does Surly know that the new owner of the store, King, is the leader of a gang of robbers who intend to tunnel from the store to the First Oakton Bank located across the street.

  • GenreAdventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastLiam Neeson, Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Lang.
  • DirectorPeter Lepeniotis.
  • WriterLorne Cameron.
  • CountryCan/S Kore
  • Duration86 mins
  • Official site
  • Release01/08/2014

All of the hastily sketched characters in Peter Lepeniotis' 1950s-set computer-animated adventure go nuts at some point during the poorly paced proceedings. A money-grabbing ex-con goes gaga at the sight of rats, a pet pug is driven barking mad by her owner's repeated use of a silver dog whistle, a girl scout whoops with maniacal glee as a runaway food cart careens into oncoming traffic, and an army of woodland critters loosen their tenuous grasp on civility when they stumble upon a horde of cashews, pistachios, macadamias and walnuts. Protagonists of the two-legged and four-legged persuasions in The Nut Job might be bright-eyed and - in the case of the squirrels - bushy-tailed but most of Lepeniotis and co-writer Lorne Cameron's script feels tired. The narrative lacks fluidity, most of the animals don't exist beyond a single personality trait and there's a palpable absence of jeopardy during a centrepiece bank heist. References to a certain foodstuff are sprinkled liberally throughout the dialogue - "We found it: the Lost City of Nutlantis!" - so any parents who wake suddenly from a sneaky power-nap in the dark are soon reminded where they are. Raccoon (voiced by Liam Neeson) and his red bird sidekick Cardinal preside over the animal denizens of Liberty Park in the sprawling metropolis of Oakton City. Winter is fast approaching, so every groundhog, squirrel, mouse and mole gathers supplies to add to the food store in the trunk of the great oak. Everyone except for mischievous squirrel Surly (Will Arnett), who has always ploughed a lone furrow. "I'm independent, which means 'looking out for number one'," Surly reminds fellow squirrels Andie (Katherine Heigl) and Grayson (Brendan Fraser). When a raid on a food cart goes disastrously wrong, Surly is banished to the city by the other animals. The ravenous rodent stumbles upon a store selling nuts and plots a daring heist with trusty rat pal, Buddy (Rob Tinkler). Little does Surly know that the new owner of the store, King (Stephen Lang), is the leader of a gang of robbers, who intend to tunnel from the shop's basement to First Oakton Bank and plunder the vault. The Nut Job orchestrates some pleasing slapstick and visuals are colourful, including a couple of sprightly chases, but Lepeniotis' film doesn't justify a release on the big screen rather than a debut on home formats. Vocal performances raise a smile, but little more, and the squirrelly love triangle involving Surly, Andie and Grayson is clumsily contrived. Neeson uses his trademark growl to lend an air of menace to the dictatorial raccoon, who believes, "animals are controlled by the amount of food they have". Pickings are certainly slim here.

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The Purge: Anarchy 3 stars

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Diner waitress Eva Sanchez fails to secure a pay rise to pay for drugs for her terminally ill father. She returns to her apartment crestfallen and forlornly prepares dinner for the old man and her daughter Cali ahead of the start of the annual Purge. Meanwhile, on the other side of the city, a grief-stricken father called Sergeant prepares to slay the drunk driver responsible for killing his young son. A siren sounds announcing the start of the Purge and Sergeant takes to the streets in his armour-plated car.

  • GenreAction, Horror, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastFrank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Kiele Sanchez, Zach Gilford, Zoe Soul.
  • DirectorJames DeMonaco.
  • WriterJames DeMonaco.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration103 mins
  • Official sitewww.thepurgeanarchy.co.uk
  • Release25/07/2014

Set in a dystopian future America, which has legalised murder for one night of the year, James DeMonaco's home invasion thriller milked every drop of gut-wrenching tension from its fiendishly simple premise. At the box office, which is Hollywood's trusted barometer of success, the film took almost 30 times its modest three-million dollar budget.

For the inevitable sequel, written and directed once again by DeMonaco, the action moves forward 12 months onto the streets of Los Angeles, where the divide between rich and poor, hunter and hunted is even more pronounced.

The elderly and sick sell themselves to the upper class families as human sacrifices on Purge night in exchange for a paltry fee for their loved ones and an underground anti-Purge movement has declared war on the New Founding Fathers of America. March 21, 2023, 4.34pm.

The denizens of LA slowly make their way home, preparing to batten down the hatches. Diner waitress Eva Sanchez (Carmen Ejogo) fails to secure a pay rise to pay for drugs for her terminally ill father (John Beasley).

She returns to her apartment crestfallen and forlornly prepares dinner for the old man and her daughter Cali (Zoe Soul). Meanwhile, on the other side of the city, a grief-stricken father called Sergeant (Frank Grillo) prepares to slay the drunk driver responsible for killing his young son.

A siren sounds announcing the start of the Purge at 7pm and Sergeant takes to the streets in his armour-plated car, bound for the driver's home with an arsenal of weapons in the boot. En route, he crosses paths with a stricken Eva and Cali, and a bickering couple, Shane (Zach Gilford) and Liz (Kiele Sanchez), whose car has broken down.

Against his better judgement, Sergeant allows these four terrified strangers to seek refuge in the car. "He's out here voluntarily," loudly whispers one of the group. "That means he's out here to do something nasty."

Like its predecessor, The Purge: Anarchy trades in nail-biting suspense rather than gratuitous gore. The anticipation of a senseless kill - any time, any place - is more important than the actual dismemberment.

In the absence of obvious star names in the cast, DeMonaco relishes the luxury of being able to slice and dice his characters at will, heightening our sense of unease since there's no guarantee any of them will make it to 7am unscathed.

The underlying social commentary about the class and wealth divide is poorly developed and strains credibility on a wider canvas. However, as an unabashed adrenaline rush, DeMonaco's sequel comes close to replicating the nail-biting thrills and blood spills of the original.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction 2 stars

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The alliance between humans and the robots has been broken and an elite CIA unit named Cemetery Wind now hunts the Transformers without mercy. Struggling inventor Cade Yeager and his family stumble upon Optimus Prime and help the Autobot leader to regain his strength. They head into the desert to reunite Bumblebee, Crosshairs, Drift and Hound. Together, the rebels must prevent fellow inventor Joshua Joyce from creating his own Transformer army led by the mighty Galvatron.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Romance, Science Fiction
  • CastJack Reynor, Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, TJ Miller, Li Bingbing, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci.
  • DirectorMichael Bay.
  • WriterEhren Kruger.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration165 mins
  • Official sitewww.thetransformersmovie.co.uk
  • Release10/07/2014

If Michael Bay, director of Transformers: Age Of Extinction, were immortalised on-screen as a "robot in disguise", his mechanised alter-ego might be Maximus Kaboom. For two decades, the Californian film-maker has been elevating wanton destruction to a blockbusting art form.

In Armageddon, he pitted Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck against a gigantic asteroid on a collision course with earth and orchestrated destruction to the sonic booms of Aerosmith's I Don't Want To Miss A Thing.

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor provided Bay with a turbulent backdrop to his 2001 war opus. Since 2007, he has been ensconced in the Transformers fold, bringing bombast to live-action adventures of the bestselling Hasbro toys.

This fourth instalment is crammed with Bay's usual visual excesses and motifs, including gleaming cars and a pouting female protagonist in hilariously short denim shorts. Five years have passed since the Battle Of Chicago, which provided the pyrotechnic-laden climax to Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.

The alliance between humans and robots lies in tatters and an elite CIA unit named Cemetery Wind under the control of Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) hunts Transformers without mercy. On a family ranch, struggling inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) discovers that a rusty truck he has just purchased is battle-scarred Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen).

Agents from Cemetery Wind descend on the homestead and Optimus protects Cade, his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz), her secret boyfriend Shane (Jack Reynor) and Cade's mechanic sidekick Lucas (TJ Miller) in the ensuing gun fight.

The humans join forces with Optimus to reunite the Autobots - Bumblebee, Crosshairs (John DiMaggio), Drift (Ken Watanabe) and Hound (John Goodman) - and the rebellion plots a swift response to inventor Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci), who has created his own Transformer army led by the mighty Galvatron (Frank Welker).

Transformers: Age Of Extinction opens with Cade and Lucas scouring an abandoned cinema for scrap metal. "Sequels and remakes - bunch of crap!" growls the grizzled owner as he surveys memorabilia from bygone blockbusters that litter the tumble-down building.

Never has a truer word been spoken in one of Bay's exercises in hyperkinetic style over substance. Screenwriter Ehren Kruger repeatedly defies logic to contrive outlandish scenarios for pyrotechnics and carnage, including an alien spaceship that sucks up metal then drops magnetically charged cars and boats onto terra firma.

Wahlberg punches and leaps through gaping plot holes, trotting out the concerned father routine as younger members of cast perform gravity-defying gymnastics to emerge from clouds of razor-sharp shrapnel without a graze or smudged lip-gloss.

Action sequences are visual vomit: an incomprehensible spew of glistening metal and explosions that hurt the eyes especially in the large-scale IMAX format. "The war will be over soon," barks Grammer's Machiavellian politician during a momentary lull. The buttock-numbing 165-minute running time says otherwise.

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What If 3 stars

Medical school dropout Wallace vows to steer clear of romance and seeks refuge in the company of his sister Ellie and her son Felix. By chance, he meets talented animator Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben. Chantry and Wallace become good friends but both recognise a spark of attraction that could be fanned into a full-blown affair. They wrestle with their feelings for one another and contemplate whether the person you should spend the rest of your life with is your best friend.

  • GenreAdaptation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastDaniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Mackenzie Davis, Rafe Spall, Megan Park, Adam Driver.
  • DirectorMichael Dowse.
  • WriterElan Mastai.
  • CountryIre/Can
  • Duration102 mins
  • Official sitewww.whatifmovie.com
  • Release20/08/2014

Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) drops out of medical school, in part to escape his failed relationship with another student. He becomes disillusioned with love, convinced that he will never meet a significant other like his kooky roommate Allan (Adam Driver), who intends to marry his perfect partner, Nicole (Mackenzie Davis). So Wallace vows to steer clear of romance and seeks refuge in the company of his sister Ellie (Jemima Rooper) and her son Felix (Lucius Hoyos). At his lowest ebb, Wallace meets talented animator Chantry (Zoe Kazan), who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Chantry and Wallace become good friends but both recognise a spark of attraction that could be fanned into a full-blown affair. As they wrestle with their feelings for one another and contemplate whether the person you should spend the rest of your life with is your best friend, Chantry's sister Dalia (Megan Park) makes a play for Wallace. This unexpected attention piques Chantry's jealousy and forces true feelings into the open.

Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)

Monday 4th August 2014
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