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  • 20,000 Days On Earth
  • A Dangerous Game
  • A Most Wanted Man
  • Magic In The Moonlight
  • Norte, The End Of History
  • Pride
  • Rastamouse
  • Smart Ass
  • Tarzan
  • The Rover
  • To Catch A Thief

20,000 Days On Earth 3 stars

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A cinematic tribute to Nick Cave, imagining a highly stylised day in the life of the charismatic singer-songwriter as he begins work on a new composition that will develop into a full-scale performance by Bad Seeds at Sydney Opera House. Cave also discusses his childhood with psychoanalyst Darian Leader while familiar faces from Cave's creative past including Warren Ellis, Kylie Minogue and Ray Winstone share their fond memories of the iconic figure.

  • GenreBiography, Documentary, Musical
  • DirectorIain Forsyth, Jane Pollard.
  • WriterIain Forsyth, Jane Pollard, Nick Cave.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration97 mins
  • Official sitewww.20000daysonearth.com
  • Release19/09/2014 (selected cinemas)

Directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard pay tribute to charismatic singer-songwriter Nick Cave with this film that melds documentary and fiction, imagining a highly stylised day in the life of Cave as he begins work on a new song that will develop, by the end of the 97 minutes, into a full-scale performance by Bad Seeds at Sydney Opera House. En route, Cave drives through his adopted hometown of Brighton and discusses his childhood and influences with psychoanalyst Darian Leader. Familiar faces from Cave's creative past including multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, singer Kylie Minogue and actor Ray Winstone also share their fond memories of the iconic figure. Amidst this mosaic of reminiscence and meditations, Forsyth and Pollard hope to discover what makes Cave tick and better understand his insatiable thirst for pushing musical boundaries and defying convention.

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A Dangerous Game 3 stars

A documentary sequel to You've Been Trumped, which continues to dissect the business dealings of American billionaire property developer Donald Trump in Scotland. The film follows director Anthony Baxter to Croatia and America to examine the devastating environmental effects of similar luxury golf course developments. Armed with the facts as he sees them, Baxter sets out to confront Trump on camera.

  • GenreDocumentary, Indie
  • DirectorAnthony Baxter.
  • WriterRichard Phinney.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration102 mins
  • Official site
  • Release12/09/2014 (selected cinemas)

In 2011, director Anthony Baxter made the documentary You've Been Trumped, which cast a critical eye over the proposed construction of a luxury golf course at Balmedie in Aberdeenshire and pitted billionaire American property tycoon Donald Trump against the villagers and the Scottish government. In this follow-up, Baxter provides an update on Trump's controversial golf course and the filmmaker journeys to Croatia and America to examine the devastating environmental effects of similar luxury developments. Armed with the facts as he sees them, Baxter sets out to confront Trump on camera.

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Thursday 25th September 2014

A Most Wanted Man 4 stars

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German intelligence operative Gunther Bachmann hopes to identify and break up terrorist cells by extracting information from the local Muslim community. He believes but cannot prove that philanthropist Dr Abdullah is channelling funds to one such cell. The surveillance operation on Abdullah becomes complicated when Chechen refugee Issa Karpov enters Hamburg illegally and is identified as a terrorist by Russian intelligence.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Thriller
  • CastRachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Bruhl, Nina Hoss, Homayoun Ershadi, Grigory Dobrygin.
  • DirectorAnton Corbijn.
  • WriterAndrew Bovell.
  • CountryUK/US/Ger
  • Duration121 mins
  • Official sitewww.amostwantedmanmovie.com
  • Release12/09/2014

Great actors don't just play a role, they become the role, vanishing beneath the skin of a character so every word and gesture appears organic. Philip Seymour Hoffman was one such rare talent. On stage and screen, his emotional range and versatility were breath-taking including a bravura embodiment of Truman Capote that won him the triple whammy of BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award.

He was heart-breaking as a boom-mike operator in Boogie Nights, whose crush on a porn star ends in humiliating rejection, hilarious as a maverick CIA agent in Charlie Wilson's War and monstrous as a charismatic cult leader in The Master. Each physically and emotionally demanding role fitted him like a glove.

A Most Wanted Man is distinguished by Hoffman's final performance in a leading role and it's a typically understated yet riveting portrayal of a German intelligence agent, who lives on his nerves and occasional swigs of whisky or puffs of a cigarette.

Based on the 2008 novel of the same name by John Le Carre, Anton Corbijn's slow-burning espionage thriller steadily cranks up the tension, building to a nerve-jangling finale that has us holding our breaths.

Chechen refugee Issa Karpov (Grigory Dobrygin) enters Hamburg illegally and seeks refuge with a kind Turkish woman (Derya Alabora) and her son (Tamer Yigit). They put Issa in touch with immigration lawyer Annabel Richter (Rachel McAdams) and Tommy Brue (Willem Dafoe), who is head of the private bank used by Issa's sadistic father to store his ill-gotten coffers.

German intelligence operative Gunther Bachmann (Hoffman) and his team comprising right-hand woman Irna Frey (Nina Hoss) and juniors Maximillian (Daniel Bruhl) and Niki (Vicky Kreps) identify Issa as an escaped militant jihadist.

They choose not to arrest him but use Issa as bait to snag Muslim academic and philanthropist Dr Faisal Abdullah (Homayoun Ershadi), who is suspected of channelling funds to terrorist Islamic organisations. Gunther and his team exert pressure on Richter and Brue to coerce Issa into donating his father's money to Abdullah.

However, the plan doesn't unfold smoothly and Gunther's operation faces intense scrutiny from high-ranking CIA operative Martha Sullivan (Robin Wright), whose view of humanity is summed up when she observes, "Every good man has a little bit of bad, doesn't he?"

Like the 2011 film adaptation of Le Carre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, A Most Wanted Man delights in the minutiae of the spy game. Expertly choreographed scenes of surveillance are punctuated by verbal fireworks and threats of violence.

Corbijn refuses to be rushed - even when he is orchestrating a chase by train and car, which is as close as the film comes to a conventional action sequence. Hoffman's nuanced, world-weary performance is complemented by a uniformly excellent international cast. It's a splendid swansong.

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Magic In The Moonlight 3 stars

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Celebrated magician Stanley Crawford answers a plea from his good friend Howard Burkan to travel the French Riviera and debunk a psychic medium called Sophie Baker, who has promised to help wealthy widow Grace Catledge make contact with her late husband. Posing as businessman, Stanley heads for the Catledge villa and witnesses Sophie's boggling feats of mind-reading and clairvoyance that defy rational explanation.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastColin Firth, Emma Stone, Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Simon McBurney, Eileen Atkins.
  • DirectorWoody Allen.
  • WriterWoody Allen.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration98 mins
  • Official site
  • Release19/09/2014

There is a soupcon of magic and moonlight but considerably more insecurities and bluster in Woody Allen's playful yet lightweight romantic comedy set on the sun-kissed 1920s French Riviera. The writer-director's frequent forays away from his beloved New York to European soil have been decidedly hit-and-miss affairs and Magic In The Moonlight disappoints more than it delights.

Allen affectionately evokes the era from the opening croon of the Cole Porter classic You Do Something To Me performed by Leo Reisman & His Orchestra, and the writer-director loads the soundtrack with upbeat jazzy tunes that telegraph the characters' emotions like You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love) by Smith Ballew and His Piping Rock Orchestra to underscore a blossoming central romance.

Regrettably, sparkling one-liners are in short supply on the Cote d'Azur and the on-screen chemistry between Colin Firth and Emma Stone is lukewarm, never threatening to set our pulse racing like her smouldering pairings with Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love or real-life beau Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man.

The film opens in 1928 Berlin, where magician Stanley Crawford (Firth) delights a sell-out audience in his guise as Chinese conjurer Wei Ling Soo. Backstage, he berates his crew for their incompetence and lives up to the description of his best and perhaps only friend Howard Burkan (Simon McBurney) as "a genius with all the charm of a typhus epidemic".

Howard entreats Stanley to accompany him to the Riviera to debunk a psychic medium called Sophie Baker (Emma Stone), who has promised to help wealthy widow Grace Catledge (Jacki Weaver) make contact with her late husband.

In return, Grace has pledged to fund an expensive institute fronted by Sophie's mother (Marcia Gay Harden). Swatting aside warnings about Sophie's beauty - "A pretty face never hurt a cheap swindler," retorts Stanley dryly - the magician bids fond farewell to his fiancee (Catherine McCormack) and heads for the Catledge villa posing as businessman Stanley Taplinger.

In no time at all, Stanley is almost as smitten with Sophie as Grace's lovesick son Brice (Hamish Linklater) and the celebrated magician struggles to find a rational explanation for her boggling feats of mind-reading and clairvoyance.

Magic In The Moonlight is a valentine to Allen's lifelong fascination with tricks and illusions, and he engineers one moment of misdirection to quickly untangle the knotty central plot. An even bigger trick would be convincing us that Firth and Stone make a perfect match but it's doubtful Houdini could have pulled off that gross deception.

Supporting cast, who have a canny knack of scoring Oscar nominations in Allen's work, are subdued, even Eileen Atkins in the plum role of Firth's straight-talking aunt, who can sniff romance on her nephew like cheap cologne.

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Norte, The End Of History 3 stars

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Fabian murders a money lender and escapes blame when the crime is pinned on luckless father Joaquin. He had borrowed money to provide for his family and is sentenced to time behind bars for a crime he did not commit. Joaquin's wife Eliza is left to look after their family on her own and she scrimps to care for their children while fending off the demons of despair.

  • GenreDrama, Romance, World
  • CastArchie Alemania, Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Soliman Cruz.
  • DirectorLav Diaz.
  • WriterRody Vera, Lav Diaz.
  • CountryPhil
  • Duration250 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/NorteHanggananngKasaysayan
  • Release18/07/2014 (selected cinemas)

With a running time in excess of four hours, Lav Diaz's epic Filipino drama is an endurance test for British audiences, painting a visually stunning portrait of life across the class divide. Blessed with stunning cinematography, the picture screened to critical acclaimed at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Fabian (Sid Lucero) murders a money lender and escapes blame when the crime is pinned on luckless father Joaquin (Archie Alemania). He had borrowed money to provide for his family and is sentenced to time behind bars for a crime he did not commit. Joaquin's wife Eliza (Angeli Bayani) is left to look after their family on her own and she scrimps to care for their children while fending off the demons of despair.

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Pride 5 stars

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Mark Ashton is the charismatic and outspoken leader of impassioned campaigners, who operate out of the Gay's The Word bookshop in London. Reading news stories about the miner's strike, Mark recognises a cause to champion. "Mining communities are being bullied just like we are," he tells his coterie and they form LGSM - Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners - with the intention of raising funds for a randomly selected Welsh community.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Historical/Period
  • CastBill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Dominic West, Ben Schnetzer, George MacKay, Jessica Gunning, Paddy Considine, Imelda Staunton, Joseph Gilgun.
  • DirectorMatthew Warchus.
  • WriterStephen Beresford.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration120 mins
  • Official sitewww.pridemovie.co.uk
  • Release12/09/2014

Theatre director Matthew Warchus, who succeeds Kevin Spacey as artistic director of the Old Vic in London next year, will need to de-clutter his awards-laden mantelpiece. His second feature film is a barnstorming culture-clash comedy drama based on the inspirational true story of a group of gays and lesbians, who supported the miners during the 1984 strike and raised thousands of pounds for beleaguered communities, which dared to stand up to the Thatcher government.

This uplifting story of solidarity in the face of adversity and police intimidation is an absolute joy; an unabashed, irresistible crowd-pleaser in the magnificent mould of The Full Monty and Billy Elliot that rouses the audience to bellowing laughter while choking back a deluge of hot, salty tears.

Pride embraces and subverts stereotypes, deftly weaving together stories of personal triumph and anguish as the spectre of Aids casts a long shadow over the gay community.

Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer) is the charismatic and outspoken leader of young, impassioned campaigners, who operate out of the Gay's The Word bookshop in London run by Gethin (Andrew Scott). Reading news stories about the miner's strike, Mark recognises a cause to champion.

"Mining communities are being bullied just like we are," he tells his coterie comprising Mike (Joseph Gilgun), Jonathan (Dominic West), Jeff (Freddie Fox), Steph (Faye Marsay) and closeted new boy, Joe (George MacKay). They form LGSM - Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners - and rattle tins for a randomly selected Welsh community.

Mining representative Dai (Paddy Considine) invites Mark and co to the Dulais Valley where committee members Hefina (Imelda Staunton), Cliff (Bill Nighy) and Sian (Jessica Gunning) embrace the fund-raisers with open arms. However, some of the locals are repulsed.

"We're being backed up by perverts," sneers homophobic mother Maureen (Lisa Palfrey), kindling conflict between some of the neighbours and the LGSM.

Pride is a life-affirming ode to tolerance, acceptance and self-belief that defiantly lives up to its title, waving a flag for stellar home-grown filmmaking.

Performances are exemplary, ignoring a few wobbles with the Welsh accents, including a fiery turn from Schnetzer as a fresh-faced trailblazer and sobs aplenty from Mackay as the catering student, who cannot conceal his sexuality forever.

Scriptwriter Stephen Beresford strikes a perfect balance between hilarity and heartbreak, sharing polished one-liners among the ensemble cast including Menna Trussler as a clucky old dear, who labours under the illusion that all lesbians are vegetarians.

Warchus' film builds to a rousing crescendo that delivers a knock-out emotional wallop and opens the floodgates. As Frankie Goes To Hollywood professed during that turbulent summer of 1984: "When two tribes go to war/A point is all you can score." The characters in Pride score their points with unbridled passion and wit.

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Rastamouse 3 stars

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Children's
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Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Smart Ass 3 stars

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French-Tunisian student Jaffar and his room mate Dan are ill-equipped to chat up the opposite sex at their elite business school. Aided by handsome classmate Louis and lesbian pal Kelly, Dan establishes a secret club, which pays the prettiest girls at the school to sleep with the swots and geeks in order to increase their desirability to other girls. The prostitution ring is a huge success but the path to true love - even love paid for with a handful of Euros - is littered with obstacles.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Romance, World
  • CastAlice Isaaz, Jean-Baptiste Lafarge, Thomas Blumenthal, Karim Ait M'Hand.
  • DirectorKim Chapiron.
  • WriterKim Chapiron.
  • CountryFr
  • Duration88 mins
  • Official site
  • Release25/07/2014 (selected cinemas)

Nerds find an unusual way to increase their social acceptability in Kim Chapiron's lusty French comedy. French-Tunisian student Jaffar (Karim Ait M'Hand) and his room mate Dan (Thomas Blumenthal) are ill-equipped to chat up the opposite sex at their elite business school. At a raucous party, both fail miserably to pique the interest of any of the girls and when Jaffar finally musters the courage to make his move, he is rebuffed by Kelly (Alice Isaaz) because she is a lesbian. Aided by handsome classmate Louis (Jean-Baptiste Lafarge), Kelly and Dan set up a secret club, which pays the prettiest girls at the school to sleep with the swots and geeks in order to increase their desirability to other girls. The prostitution ring is a huge success but the path to true love - even love paid for with a handful of Euros - is littered with obstacles.

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Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Tarzan 3 stars

John Greystoke, the intrepid CEO of Greystoke Energies, ventures deep into the jungle with his wife Alice and their young son. Their helicopter crashes, killing everyone on board except the young Greystoke heir, who is rescued and raised by apes. As an adult, Tarzan encounters humans once again when beautiful environmentalist Jane Porter arrives in the jungle with William Clayton, the Machiavellian new CEO of Greystoke Energies.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Drama, Family, Family, Romance
  • CastJaime Ray Newman, Robert Capron, Kellan Lutz, Trevor St John, Spencer Locke, Mark Deklin.
  • DirectorReinhard Klooss.
  • WriterReinhard Klooss, Jessica Postigo.
  • CountryGer
  • Duration99 mins
  • Official site
  • Release02/05/2014

Since his debut on the pages of a 1912 magazine, Edgar Rice Burroughs's fictional ape man has swung into the affections of successive generations thanks to re-imaginings on the small and big screens. Former Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller famously portrayed the heroic king of the jungle during the 1930s and 1940s flanked by his plucky chimpanzee sidekick Cheeta.

And most recently, Disney immortalised literary myth as an animation feature, a short-lived Broadway musical, spin-off TV series and video games. Now it falls to German filmmaker Reinhard Klooss to put a distinctly modern spin on Burroughs's source text.

Don't be misled by the colourful visuals of this computer-animated adventure and early scenes of comical monkey business. This adaptation isn't a cutesy caper aimed predominantly at children. Tragedy stalks every frame and a couple of sequences, which result in the demise of pivotal characters, could be too scary for the very young.

To enforce the film's modern sensibilities, a rousing burst of Coldplay's anthem Paradise accompanies Tarzan and Jane's romantic swim, replete with longing glances as the protagonists splash about in the water.

John Greystoke (voiced by Mark Deklin) ventures deep into the jungle with his wife Alice (Jaime Ray Newman) and their young son to search for the impact site of an ancient meteorite, which is rumoured to possess immense power.

By chance, as the Greystokes leave the jungle in their helicopter, they stumble upon the meteorite but magnetic interference propels the craft into the mountainside, killing everyone on board except the young Greystoke heir.

The child is rescued and raised by apes and is rechristened Tarzan. As an adult, Tarzan (now voiced by Kellan Lutz) encounters humans once again when beautiful environmentalist Jane Porter (Spencer Locke) arrives in the jungle with William Clayton (Trevor St John), the Machiavellian new CEO of Greystoke Energies.

He also seeks the elusive meteorite and its limitless power and hopes that Jane's father Jim (Les Bubb) will help him. "That's a very pretty daughter you've got there. We wouldn't want anything to happen to her, would we?" snarls Clayton.

Tarzan is a slick yet unsatisfying reworking that struggles to marry the legend with a perplexing subtext about mankind's unsustainable depletion of the earth's resources. Lutz beats his chest on cue to deliver his hero's iconic cry and stilted dialogue including, "Me Tarzan, you Jane".

Locke essays a spunky heroine but she's poorly served by the flimsy script while St John's pantomime villain encourages the audience to hiss and boo his every underhand move.

The introduction of the mysterious meteorite to the jungle is an unwelcome distraction that draws parallels with the extra-terrestrial mumbo jumbo in the fourth Indiana Jones film. An unhappy marriage of something old, something new - that leaves us feeling blue.

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The Rover 3 stars

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Eric parks his car by the side of the road and enjoys a drink in a bar. Outside, robbers Henry, Archie and Caleb crash their car during a haphazard getaway and they steal Eric's motor to continue their flight to freedom. Eric gives chase and when he confronts the trio to demand the return of his property, they knock him unconscious. Waking some time later beneath the blazing sun, Eric continues his pursuit of the robbers.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Thriller
  • CastScoot McNairy, Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson.
  • DirectorDavid Michod.
  • WriterDavid Michod.
  • CountryAustralia/
  • Duration108 mins
  • Official sitewww.therover-movie.com
  • Release15/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

In 2010, Australian director David Michod dazzled audiences with his debut narrative feature Animal Kingdom, earning Jacki Weaver an Oscar nomination as Best Actress In A Supporting Role. For his follow-up, Michod heads into the outback for a gritty thriller set in a dystopian hell, where every resource can be traded for dollars in the aftermath of a global economic collapse. Eric (Guy Pearce) parks his car by the side of the road and enjoys a drink in a bar. Outside, robbers Henry (Scott McNairy), Archie (David Field) and Caleb (Tawanda Manyimo) crash their car during a haphazard getaway and they steal Eric's motor to continue their flight to freedom. Eric gives chase and when he confronts the trio to demand the return of his property, they knock him unconscious. Waking some time later beneath the blazing sun, Eric continues his pursuit of the robbers. Thankfully, he crosses paths with Henry's injured brother Rey (Robert Pattinson), a simple and naive soul who was left for dead during the bungled heist. Rey agrees to lead Eric to his sibling's hideout and en route, the two men bond.

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Monday 22nd September 2014

To Catch A Thief 4 stars

John Robie is a reformed jewel thief, once known as The Cat, who has turned his back on crime. His reputation precedes him so when a wily thief targets a series of luxury hotels on the French Riviera, the finger of suspicion points at John. Determined to clear his name, John hatches a plan to flush out the real culprit by baiting him - or her - with the most expensive jewels currently on the Riviera.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • CastGrace Kelly, Cary Grant, Jessie Royce Landis.
  • DirectorAlfred Hitchcock.
  • WriterJohn Michael Hayes.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration102 mins
  • Official site
  • Release08/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

Re-released almost 60 years after it originally graced the big screen, To Catch A Thief is a beautifully crafted thriller from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, which was nominated for three technical Oscars and won the statuette for Best Cinematography. John Robie (Cary Grant) is a reformed jewel thief, once known as The Cat, who has turned his back on crime. His reputation precedes him so when a wilt thief targets a series of luxury hotels on the French Riviera, the finger of suspicion points at John. Determined to clear his name, John seeks out his friend HH Hughson (John Williams), who reveals that the most expensive jewels currently on the Riviera belong to Jessie Stevens (Jessie Royce Landis). John hatches a plan to flush out the real culprit by baiting him - or her - with Mrs Stevens' gems. In order to get close to his target, John befriends the daughter, pampered heiress Frances (Grace Kelly), but his cunning plan backfires in spectacular fashion.

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