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  • Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
  • Doctor Who Deep Breath: Series 8, Episode 1 + Q&A
  • Grease
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy
  • Hector And The Search For Happiness
  • Miss Violence
  • Muppets Most Wanted
  • Sammy's Great Escape
  • Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For
  • Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For 3D
  • The Congress
  • The Inbetweeners 2
  • The Warriors
  • Two Days, One Night

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 3 stars

Greg Heffley has yet to hit the difficult teenage years but he is already painfully aware of the social minefields that lie ahead, not least middle school. In order to survive this insular world of cliques, Greg devises a series of seemingly foolproof schemes to help him sail through each term. He begins to write a diary about his experiences, chronicling how the archetypal wimpy kid beats the system and finds a way to emerge victorious.

  • GenreAdaptation, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastSteve Zahn, Zachary Gordon, Rachael Harris, Robert Capron.
  • DirectorThor Freudenthal.
  • WriterJackie Filgo, Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah, Jeff Filgo.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration92 mins
  • Official sitewww.wimpykid.com
  • Release25/08/2010

Based on the best-selling illustrated novel by Jeff Kinney, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid is a coming of age comedy about those painful pre-teenage years when everyone wants to fit in. It's that confusing time when one misguided action or word could mean social leprosy for the rest of the year, and choosing the wrong friends on the first day of term could relegate you to the corner of the playground with the other freaks and geeks.

Kinney's book captures these growing pains with subversive wit but on the big screen, the misguided hero comes across as an irritating and conceited brat who gets a huge serving of just desserts. Thor Freudenthal's film is 92 minutes of Schadenfreude, giving us seemingly endless reasons to delight in the self-inflicted misery and misfortune of the pint-sized protagonist. We almost resent the cutesy resolution, which suggests one selfless spur-of-the-moment act can atone for weeks of selfishness.

Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is poised to embark on his first day at Westmore Middle School with best friend Rowley Jefferson (Robert Capron). Bidding farewell to his parents (Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris), truculent older brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick) and younger brother Manny (Connor and Owen Fielding), Greg is convinced that good looks and natural charm will guarantee him a place amongst the popular kids.

Alas, the only friends he makes are the misfits including Chirag Gupta (Karan Brar) and loner Fregley (Grayson Russell). Underneath the grandstand seating on the playing field, the boys meet sassy classmate Angie Steadman (Chloe Grace Moretz), who is a photographer for the school newspaper and has embraced her individuality.

Greg rudely dismisses her offer to work on the paper and pays the price after an ill-fated encounter with arch-nemesis Patty Farrell (Laine MacNeil). Every time Greg hatches a hare-brained scheme to boost his popularity, his plans go horribly awry. "It's our choices that make us who we are," his mother tells him tenderly, so Greg continues to be lazy and judgemental, even sacrificing lovable Rowley to keep himself out of trouble.

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid is strangely uninvolving, slowly turning us against Greg as he laments, "I'm stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons." He's too self-involved to notice that those so-called morons are much more sympathetic than him, not least Rowley, who informs his friend at the beginning of the film, "My mom told me that people will like me if I am just myself." Greg retorts tartly, "That would be good advice if you were someone else." Let the whippersnapper suffer.

Supporting cast has scant screen time to register and an episode in the Devil Worshipper Woods at Halloween is an anti-climax. Director Freudenthal maintains a brisk pace so our simmering dislike of Greg doesn't boil over.

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Thursday 28th August 2014

Doctor Who Deep Breath: Series 8, Episode 1 + Q&A 3 stars

  • GenreAdventure, Drama, Science Fiction
  • CastNeve McIntosh, Jenna Coleman, Peter Capaldi, Catrin Stewart.
  • DirectorBen Wheatley.
  • WriterSteven Moffat.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration98 mins
  • Official sitewww.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006q2x0
  • Release23/08/2014

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Saturday 23rd August 2014

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Grease 4 stars

Digitally remastered print of the classic musical centred on Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson, the bad boy and the good girl of Rydell High, who fall in love one long, hot summer to a toe-tapping soundtrack of memorable hits like You're The One That I Want, Hopelessly Devoted To You and the infectious Greased Lightnin'.

  • GenreAction, Classic, Drama, Musical, Romance
  • CastJohn Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway.
  • DirectorRandal Kleiser.
  • WriterBronte Woodard, Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey, Allan Carr.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration110 mins
  • Official site
  • Release03/07/1998; 24/09/2008 (selected cinemas)

Grease has never looked nor sounded better. The soundtrack is - of course - a treat from beginning to end bursting with hummable, toe-tapping tunes like "You're The One That I Want", "Hopelessly Devoted To You" and the infectious "Greased Lightnin'". The script and dialogue very much take a back seat, but John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are both appealing in their key roles as Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson, the bad boy and the good girl who fall in love one long, hot summer. Meanwhile Stockard Channing steals the film as the irrepressible Rizzo. Not one of the great musicals, but as a slice of Wednesday night entertainment, it's hard to beat.

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Sunday 24th August 2014

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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Hector And The Search For Happiness 3 stars

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Hector is a London-based psychiatrist, who is beginning to feel just as depressed, dissatisfied and jaded as the patients he is supposed to be treating. In an effort to jolt himself out of this fug, Hector kisses his long-time girlfriend Clara farewell and embarks on a globe-trotting journey of self-discovery to seek out true happiness. As he zigzags the globe, Hector crosses paths with a motley crew of disillusioned souls and reconnects with his ex-girlfriend Agnes.

  • GenreAdaptation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastStellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno, Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette.
  • DirectorPeter Chelsom.
  • WriterPeter Chelsom, Maria von Heland, Tinker Lindsay.
  • CountryUK/Ger/Can
  • Duration120 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/hectorfilm
  • Release15/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

Based on the book of the same name by Francois Lelord, Hector And The Search For Happiness is a romantic comedy directed by Peter Chelsom about a man, who learns to appreciate everything he already has rather than hanker for more. Hector (Simon Pegg) is a London-based psychiatrist, who is beginning to feel just as depressed, dissatisfied and jaded as the patients he is supposed to be treating. In an effort to jolt himself out of this fug, Hector kisses his long-time girlfriend Clara (Rosamund Pike) farewell and embarks on a globe-trotting journey of self-discovery to seek out true happiness. As he zigzags the globe, visiting a Tibetan monastery and discovery the hidden delights of China, Hector crosses paths with a motley crew of disillusioned souls including a world weary banker called Edward (Stellan Skarsgard) and Professor Coreman (Christopher Plummer), who is in charge of Happiness Studies at UCLA. Hector also reconnects with his ex-girlfriend Agnes (Toni Collette) and she helps him to acknowledge that the happiness and fulfilment he seeks are closer to home.

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Saturday 23rd August 2014
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Miss Violence 3 stars

On her 11th birthday, Angeliki goes onto the balcony of her family's apartment and leaps to her death with a broad smile on her face. Child services interview Angeliki's mother Eleni and grandfather but they offer no reason why the little girl would apparently want to take her own life. In the absence of answers, authorities continue to investigate, searching for clues in the Athens apartment that Angeliki also shared with her siblings, aunt and grandmother.

  • GenreDrama, World
  • CastChloe Bolota, Constantinos Athanasiades, Kostas Antalopoulos.
  • DirectorAlexandros Avranas.
  • WriterAlexandros Avranas, Kostas Peroulis.
  • CountryGre
  • Duration99 mins
  • Official site
  • Release20/06/2014 (selected cinemas)

Greek filmmaker Alexander Avranas collected the prestigious Best Director prize at the 2013 Venice Film Festival for this provocative drama, which dissects the secrets and lies that bind a family in the aftermath of tragedy. On her 11th birthday, Angeliki (Chloe Bolota) goes onto the balcony of her family's apartment and leaps to her death with a broad smile on her face. Child services interview Angeliki's mother Eleni (Eleni Roussinou) and grandfather (Themis Panou) but they offer no reason why the little girl would apparently want to take her own life. In the absence of answers, authorities continue to investigate, searching for clues in the Athens apartment that Angeliki also shared with her siblings Alkmini (Kalliopi Zontanou) and Filippos (Konstantinos Athanasiades), aunt Myrto (Sissy Toumasi) and watchful grandmother (Reni Pittaki).

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Tuesday 26th August 2014

Muppets Most Wanted 4 stars

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The world's most deadly criminal, Constantine, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Kermit except for a facial mole and strong eastern European accent, escapes from a Siberian gulag overseen by Nadya and her men. They give chase and mistakenly apprehend Kermit, believing him to be the devious mastermind. While Kermit languishes behind bars, Constantine poses as The Muppets' leader to orchestrate a series of daring robberies with the help of his second in command, Dominic Badguy.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Family, Musical, Romance
  • CastSalma Hayek, Tina Fey, Tom Hiddleston, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Dave Goelz, David Rudman, Eric Jacobson, Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta.
  • DirectorJames Bobin.
  • WriterNicholas Stoller, James Bobin.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration113 mins
  • Official sitemuppets.disney.com/muppets-most-wanted
  • Release28/03/2014

Created almost 60 years ago by Jim Henson, Kermit The Frog and his hand-operated chums gained a new lease of life in 2011 with the release of the seventh feature film, snappily entitled The Muppets. Combining an irreverent script, tongue-in-cheek cameos and uproarious song and dance numbers, James Bobin's film was a treat for fans of all ages.

Muppets Most Wanted is the inevitable sequel and harnesses some of the same charm and zany energy including original compositions by Bret McKenzie from Flight Of The Conchords, who garnered an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the first film.

The New Zealand-born comedian and musician delights with his pithy worksmithery including a rousing opening number featuring Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga that declares, "We're doing a sequel, the studio wants more/While they wait for Tom Hanks to do Toy Story 4!"

The ramshackle plot bounces along at breakneck speed, providing a hook for hare-brained set pieces replete with Celine Dion as Miss Piggy's Fairy Godmother.

The world's most deadly criminal, Constantine (voiced by Matt Vogel), who bears an uncanny resemblance to Kermit (Steve Whitmire) except for a facial mole and strong eastern European accent, escapes from Gulag 38B in Siberia.

Commander Nadya (Tina Fey) and her men give chase and mistakenly apprehend Kermit, believing him to be the amphibian mastermind. While Kermit languishes behind bars, Constantine poses as The Muppets' leader to orchestrate a series of daring robberies with the help of his second in command, Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais).

French Interpol inspector Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) is hot on their heels and hooves. Miss Piggy (Eric Jacobson), Gonzo (Dave Goelz), Fozzie Bear (Jacobson again) and the gang don't notice that their beloved green ringmaster has been replaced by an impostor.

They embark on a world tour that takes them from Berlin to Madrid, Dublin and London - "home of the Crown Jewels... and good manners". Thankfully, Kermit has a daring plan to escape and expose the diabolical doppelganger.

Muppets Most Wanted doesn't quite scale the dizzy comedic heights of the first film but the sequel is peppered with belly laughs and droll in-jokes. Thus when the newest member of the Muppet fold, Walter (Peter Linz), abandons the world tour, Rowlf is incredulous. "We just spent a whole movie watching him join The Muppets!" he laments.

Bobin doesn't tarry on holes in the narrative or flimsy sub-plots like Miss Piggy's desire to make an honest frog out of Kermit, and hopes we'll do the same with grins on our faces.

The sequel is preceded by a delightful computer-animated short, Party Central, which revisits Monsters University favourites Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) and the misfits from Oozma Kappa fraternity as they attempt to outwit the bully boys from Roar Omega Roar once more.

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Sammy's Great Escape 3 stars

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Sammy and his sweetheart Shelley proudly welcome their tiny grandchildren into the world. They are unaware of poachers close by, who capture Sammy and his leatherback mate Ray, then transport the animals to a vast undersea complex in Dubai, where wealthy tourists pay small fortunes to survey the stolen specimens. Trapped in this man-made environment with a maniacal seahorse known as Big D, Sammy engineers a daring escape involving the giant squid and a bug-eyed blob fish called Jimbo.

  • GenreAdventure, Animation/Cartoon, Children's
  • CastWesley Johnny, Carlos McCullers II, Cinda Adams, Pat Carroll, Isabelle Fuhrman, Billy Unger.
  • DirectorBen Stassen, Vincent Kesteloot.
  • WriterDomonic Paris.
  • CountryBel
  • Duration93 mins
  • Official sitewww.sammysgreatescape.co.uk
  • Release15/02/2013

Stealing a march - or should that be swim - on next month's 3D re-release of Finding Nemo, Sammy's Great Escape is a sweet and inoffensive computer animation with a gentle message about mankind's plundering of underwater resources.

Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen's film is a sequel to the 2010 Belgian picture A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventure, about a sea turtle who is washed far away from his atoll but eventually finds his way home. In the sequel, the diminutive hero is now all grown up and has to risk life and flippers to escape from an underwater aquarium, where wealthy tourists pay small fortunes to survey the stolen specimens.

The warning at the heart of Domonic Paris's simplistic script is clear: leave nature alone or we risk the destruction of entire ecosystems. Sammy's Great Escape begins straight after the events of A Turtle's Tale with Sammy (voiced by Wesley Johnny) and his sweetheart Shelley (Isabelle Fuhrman) proudly welcoming their tiny grandchildren into the world.

Nearby, Sammy's best friend Ray (Carlos McCullers II) and his soul mate take care of their brood. The adult greenbacks and leatherbacks stand guard over the adorable hatchlings, protecting the newborns from circling gulls.

The turtles are so focused on airborne attacks, they fail to notice poachers, who capture Sammy and Ray and transport the animals to a vast undersea complex in Dubai. Two hatchlings, Ella and Ricky, are also snared by the poachers and join their grandparents on the terrifying adventure.

En route to the aquarium, the children escape captivity and chase after their grandparents, aided by an octopus called Margaret and her baby daughter, Annabel. Meanwhile, the turtles settle into new surroundings and befriend a split-personality lobster called Lulu (Joe Thomas), who treats his claws like puppets, and a bug-eyed blob fish called Jimbo.

Sammy and Ray hope to orchestrate a mass escape from the man-made environment but the plan has to be sanctioned by a maniacal seahorse known as Big D, who reigns over the underwater kingdom with his electric eel bodyguards Philippe and Marco. "He rules this place with an iron fin," explains one captured specimen.

Like its predecessor, Sammy's Great Escape is pitched at a very young audience and there is very little in Kesteloot and Stassen's film to engage parents and carers. The visuals are slightly more polished than the first film but still lack the impeccable detail of Finding Nemo, which is now 10 years old.

Grains of sand don't move convincingly as turtles shuffle towards the sea and the characters aren't hugely expressive. Vocal performances are solid and kids will enjoy the slapstick but parents may want to take 40 winks under the sea.

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Saturday 23rd August 2014
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Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For 3 stars

Veteran police detective John Hartigan and exotic dancer Nancy Callahan reunite after the blood-spattered exploits of the first film. However, fate has other ideas for the couple and scheming Senator Roark pushes John to the brink of self-destruction. Nancy vows revenge and she joins force with friend and protector Marv to make the politician suffer. They aren't the only ones hungry for Roark's blood. Cocksure gambler Johnny also wants to dole out pain to the senator and his goons.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • CastRosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Josh Brolin, Powers Boothe.
  • DirectorFrank Miller, Robert Rodriguez.
  • WriterFrank Miller.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration102 mins
  • Official sitewww.sincity-2.com
  • Release22/08/2014 (London); 29/08/2014 (nationwide)

Crime pays handsomely in this visually arresting sequel to the 2005 neo-noir anthology based on Frank Miller's comic series. Blessed with the same black-and-white aesthetic, Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For is twisted and depraved like its predecessor, festooning every frame with corrupt cops, gun-toting hoodlums and scantily clad molls. Lurid splashes of colour, like a murderous vamp's emerald eyes or a working girl's tumbling copper curls, temporarily draw the eye away from the misery, degradation and mutilation including an eyeball being wrenched from its socket. Directors Robert Rodriguez and Miller linger on the darker side of human nature, relishing the crisp snap of one character's fingers as they are broken with pliers, or the exaggerated splatter of an arrow scything through a henchman's noggin. The film wears its 18 certificate as a badge of honour. Once again, three stories entwine on the godforsaken streets of Sin City. The ghost of police detective John Hartigan (Bruce Willis) haunts exotic dancer Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba). She descends into booze-fuelled hell, desperate to put a bullet between the eyes of scheming Senator Roark (Powers Boothe). Nancy manipulates her protector Marv (Mickey Rourke) into taking down the politician and his goons, regardless of the consequences. Meanwhile, cocksure gambler Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his lucky charm Marcie (Julia Garner) prepare to take on Roark at the poker table. Johnny humiliates his powerful host with potentially horrific consequences. "I can't protect you," the chief of police tells Johnny. "Then why you a cop?" tartly responds the gambler. Nearby, Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) struggles to keep his violent impulses in check following an encounter with old flame Ava Lord (Eva Green). She begs Dwight to help her escape the clutches of her sadistic husband Damien (Marton Csokas) and his hulking bodyguard Manute (Dennis Haysbert). Love really hurts. The plan goes awry and Dwight turns to old flame Gail (Rosario Dawson) and avenging angel Miho (Jamie Chung) to help him evade the cops (Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven). Arriving almost a decade after the first chapter, Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For plunges us headfirst into a grimy universe where a bullet to the head settles every argument. Style pummels emotion into submission and snappy dialogue from the comic books - "I was born at night, but it wasn't last night" - enhance the feeling that characters talk at not to each other. Rodriguez and Miller direct set pieces including a car chase and sword fight at a breathless lick, melding heavily stylised live action and animation for each orgy of violence. Green sheds her inhibitions to play an archetypal femme fatale with lip-smacking gusto, enforcing what we already knew from the first film: the female of the species is far deadlier than the male.

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Sunday 24th August 2014
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Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For 3D 3 stars

Veteran police detective John Hartigan and exotic dancer Nancy Callahan reunite after the blood-spattered exploits of the first film. However, fate has other ideas for the couple and scheming Senator Roark pushes John to the brink of self-destruction. Nancy vows revenge and she joins force with friend and protector Marv to make the politician suffer. They aren't the only ones hungry for Roark's blood. Cocksure gambler Johnny also wants to dole out pain to the senator and his goons.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • CastRosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Josh Brolin, Powers Boothe.
  • DirectorRobert Rodriguez, Frank Miller.
  • WriterFrank Miller.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration102 mins
  • Official sitewww.sincity-2.com
  • Release22/08/2014 (London); 29/08/2014 (nationwide)

Crime pays handsomely in this visually arresting sequel to the 2005 neo-noir anthology based on Frank Miller's comic series. Blessed with the same black-and-white aesthetic, Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For is twisted and depraved like its predecessor, festooning every frame with corrupt cops, gun-toting hoodlums and scantily clad molls. Lurid splashes of colour, like a murderous vamp's emerald eyes or a working girl's tumbling copper curls, temporarily draw the eye away from the misery, degradation and mutilation including an eyeball being wrenched from its socket. Directors Robert Rodriguez and Miller linger on the darker side of human nature, relishing the crisp snap of one character's fingers as they are broken with pliers, or the exaggerated splatter of an arrow scything through a henchman's noggin. The film wears its 18 certificate as a badge of honour. Once again, three stories entwine on the godforsaken streets of Sin City. The ghost of police detective John Hartigan (Bruce Willis) haunts exotic dancer Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba). She descends into booze-fuelled hell, desperate to put a bullet between the eyes of scheming Senator Roark (Powers Boothe). Nancy manipulates her protector Marv (Mickey Rourke) into taking down the politician and his goons, regardless of the consequences. Meanwhile, cocksure gambler Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his lucky charm Marcie (Julia Garner) prepare to take on Roark at the poker table. Johnny humiliates his powerful host with potentially horrific consequences. "I can't protect you," the chief of police tells Johnny. "Then why you a cop?" tartly responds the gambler. Nearby, Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) struggles to keep his violent impulses in check following an encounter with old flame Ava Lord (Eva Green). She begs Dwight to help her escape the clutches of her sadistic husband Damien (Marton Csokas) and his hulking bodyguard Manute (Dennis Haysbert). Love really hurts. The plan goes awry and Dwight turns to old flame Gail (Rosario Dawson) and avenging angel Miho (Jamie Chung) to help him evade the cops (Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven). Arriving almost a decade after the first chapter, Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For plunges us headfirst into a grimy universe where a bullet to the head settles every argument. Style pummels emotion into submission and snappy dialogue from the comic books - "I was born at night, but it wasn't last night" - enhance the feeling that characters talk at not to each other. Rodriguez and Miller direct set pieces including a car chase and sword fight at a breathless lick, melding heavily stylised live action and animation for each orgy of violence. Green sheds her inhibitions to play an archetypal femme fatale with lip-smacking gusto, enforcing what we already knew from the first film: the female of the species is far deadlier than the male.

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Monday 25th August 2014
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The Congress 3 stars

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Pioneering film studio Miramount offers actress Robin Wright a tantalising deal: they will scan her to create a digital doppelganger and she will never have to act again. Moreover, this other self, will remain ever youthful and can perform in physically demanding blockbusters that the real Robin would turn down as a matter of course. In exchange for relinquishing her image, Miramount will pay Robin handsomely so she can spend more time with her sickly son Aaron.

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Drama, Science Fiction
  • CastRobin Wright, Jon Hamm, Harvey Keitel, Paul Giamatti, Danny Huston, Kodi Smit-McPhee.
  • DirectorAri Folman.
  • WriterAri Folman.
  • CountryIsr/Ger/Po
  • Duration123 mins
  • Official sitewww.thecongress-movie.com
  • Release15/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

Blending animation and live-action, Ari Folman's sci-fi drama features a central performance from Robin Wright as a fictionalised version of herself. Now that she is over 40, a perilous age for a film actress, Robin is finding it more difficult to get work and she looks back affectionately at past successes. Pioneering film studio Miramount offers her a tantalising deal: they will scan her to create a digital doppelganger and she will never have to act again. Moreover, this other self, will remain ever youthful and can perform in physically demanding blockbusters that the real Robin would turn down as a matter of course. In exchange for relinquishing her image, Miramount will pay Robin handsomely so she can spend more time with her sickly son Aaron (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is being cared for by Dr Barker (Paul Giamatti). After consultation with her agent Al (Harvey Keitel), Robin signs a 20-year contract with studio executive Jeff (Danny Huston). Years pass and the digital Robin becomes the most famous and popular actress in the world. When the time comes to renew the contract, the real Robin faces a thorny moral dilemma.

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The Inbetweeners 2 3 stars

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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

Some of the Inbetweeners may have bagged jobs. Some of them may have even found girlfriends, but thankfully The Inbetweeners 2, the comedy series' second foray onto the big screen, shows our fumbling foursome back on reassuringly awkward form. And with three hugely popular E4 series behind them and the most successful British comedy of all time to their name in their first film, there's no need to change the discomforting formula here.

Although almost a year has passed since the lads' holiday to Malia, the four anti-heroes haven't matured in the slightest. Despite getting a place at Bristol University, Will (Simon Bird) is still chronically uncool and is yet to make any real mates on campus; hapless Simon (Joe Cooper) isn't faring much better up in Sheffield where he's lumbered himself with a demanding girlfriend who destroys his hoodies; randy Jay (James Buckley) has moved to Australia but is working in a toilet and sleeping in a tent in his uncle's garden, and dim-witted Neil (Blake Harrison) has somehow landed a job in the bank but is still as gullible as ever.

Fed up with their lives and enticed by Jay's boastful emails about his conquests with Kylie and Dannii Minogue and five-star lifestyle, Will, Simon and Neil decide to surprise him by heading down under for a four-week break.

Predictably, Jay has been fibbing about his 'DJ' job and his bed posts have no more notches in them than before he left Blighty. In fact, it turns out that he actually misses his ex-girlfriend Jane (Lydia Rose Bewley), first seen in The Inbetweeners Movie.

Rather than kip on Jay's bullying uncle's lawn, the gang tag along with Will's prep school classmate, the popular and pretty Katie (Emily Berrington), who he bumps into, and head to the traveller paradise Byron Bay in a car that has a mural of Peter Andre's face on the side of it.

When it looks like Katie is interested in him, Will tries to woo her, giving a toe curling performance on an acoustic guitar and then racing beefed up love rival Ben (Freddie Stroma) in a stomach-churning water park ride complete with high-octane bodily functions.

The 'bants', as Jay and Neil would call them, come thick, fast and foul here and each of the four friends has their own tortuous meltdown, with varying degrees of putridity and penis jokes bandied around.

Gross, puerile and filled with playground gags, The Inbetweeners 2 is everything you'd expect it to be.

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The Warriors 3 stars

  • GenreAction, Thriller
  • CastDorsey Wright, Michael Beck, James Remar.
  • DirectorWalter Hill.
  • WriterDavid Shaber, Sol Yurick.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration92 mins
  • Official site

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Two Days, One Night 3 stars

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Sandra suffers a nervous breakdown and is forced to take time off from her job. In her absence, her colleagues discover they can cover her shifts by working slightly longer hours and management proposes a 1,000 Euro bonus to all staff if they agree to make Sandra redundant. When she returns to work and discovers that her fate rests in the hands of her 16 co-workers, Sandra must visit each of them over the course of a weekend to persuade them to reject the monetary bonus and keep her on instead.

  • GenreDrama, World
  • CastPili Groyne, Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione.
  • DirectorLuc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne.
  • WriterLuc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne.
  • CountryBel/Ita/Fr
  • Duration95 mins
  • Official site
  • Release22/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

Belgian filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne received rave reviews at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for this emotionally wrought drama, which features a tour-de-force lead performance from Oscar winner Marion Cotillard. Sandra (Cotillard) is a wife and mother, who works in a solar panel factory. She suffers a nervous breakdown and is forced to take time off from her job. In her absence, her colleagues discover they can cover her shifts by working slightly longer hours and management proposes a 1,000 Euro bonus to all staff if they agree to make Sandra redundant. When she returns to work and discovers that her fate rests in the hands of her 16 co-workers, Sandra must visit each of them over the course of a weekend to try and persuade at least nine of them to reject the monetary bonus and keep her on instead. Many of these co-workers desperately need the proposed 1,000 Euro sweetener for their own families so Sandra faces an uphill battle to keep her job before the crucial vote on Monday morning.

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Saturday 23rd August 2014
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