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  • Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy
  • Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For
  • Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For 3D
  • The Congress
  • The Inbetweeners 2
  • 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

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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Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For 3 stars

Exotic dancer Nancy Callahan vows revenge against scheming Senator Roark, the man responsible for the death of her beloved: police detective John Hartigan. Her quest intersects with the blood-spattered escapades of reckless gambler Johnny, whose winning streak comes to an end at Roark's poker table, and private detective Dwight McCarthy, who is powerless to resist his manipulative old flame Ava.

  • 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 as twisted and depraved as 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 and suffers horrific consequences. "I can't protect you," the chief of police informs Johnny. "Then why you a cop?" retorts the gambler. Nearby, Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) struggles to rein in his violent impulses 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 most arguments. Style pummels emotion into submission and snappy dialogue from the comics - "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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Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For 3D 3 stars

Exotic dancer Nancy Callahan vows revenge against scheming Senator Roark, the man responsible for the death of her beloved: police detective John Hartigan. Her quest intersects with the blood-spattered escapades of reckless gambler Johnny, whose winning streak comes to an end at Roark's poker table, and private detective Dwight McCarthy, who is powerless to resist his manipulative old flame Ava.

  • 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 as twisted and depraved as 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 and suffers horrific consequences. "I can't protect you," the chief of police informs Johnny. "Then why you a cop?" retorts the gambler. Nearby, Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) struggles to rein in his violent impulses 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 most arguments. Style pummels emotion into submission and snappy dialogue from the comics - "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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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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Thursday 28th August 2014

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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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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Thursday 28th August 2014
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