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  • 45 Years
  • Gemma Bovery
  • Inside Out
  • Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
  • Mistress America
  • NT Live: The Beaux' Stratagem
  • Paper Towns
  • Shampoo
  • Straight Outta Compton

45 Years 4 stars

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Retired headmistress Kate Mercer and her husband Geoff live in a close-knit village in East Anglia, where some of the residents are her former pupils. The Mercers do not have any children, just an Alsatian called Max, which Kate walks around the rural idyll. The tempo of day-to-day life increases as Kate and Geoff prepare to celebrate their 45th anniversary by hosting a dinner for family and friends, which will echo the music and menu of their wedding day.

  • GenreDrama, Indie, Romance
  • CastTom Courtenay, Geraldine James, Charlotte Rampling.
  • DirectorAndrew Haigh.
  • WriterAndrew Haigh.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration95 mins
  • Official sitewww.45yearsfilm.com
  • Release28/08/2015 (selected cinemas)

Writer-director Andrew Haigh (Weekend) draws inspiration from David Constantine's short story In Another Country for this beguiling portrait of a long-standing romance in crisis. Retired headmistress Kate Mercer (Charlotte Rampling) and her husband Geoff (Tom Courtenay) live in a close-knit village in East Anglia, where some of the residents are her former pupils. The Mercers do not have any children, just an Alsatian called Max, which Kate walks around the rural idyll. The tempo of day-to-day life increases as Kate and Geoff prepare to celebrate their 45th anniversary by hosting a dinner for family and friends, which will echo the music and menu of their wedding day. In the run-up to this momentous occasion, Geoff receives a letter from an old flame called Katya, whom he romanced in the early 1960s before he met Kate. The unexpected correspondence sends Geoff into a tailspin of conflicting feelings, opening old wounds and highlighting the fractures in his marriage.

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Wednesday 2nd September 2015
Thursday 3rd September 2015

Gemma Bovery 3 stars

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Martin Joubert returns to provincial Normandy with his wife Valerie to assume control of his father's bakery. Small-town life fails to excite Martin until he meets English rose Gemma Bovery, who has moved to the area from London with her husband Charlie. Martin becomes convinced that Gemma is destined to repeat the mistakes of Flaubert's heroine Emma Bovery. Sure enough, Gemma begins an extra-marital affair with a handsome French aristocrat called Herve de Bressigny.

  • GenreAdaptation, Comedy, Drama, Romance, World
  • CastGemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng, Fabrice Luchini, Isabelle Candelier.
  • DirectorAnne Fontaine.
  • WriterAnne Fontaine, Pascal Bonitzer.
  • CountryFr
  • Duration99 mins
  • Official sitewww.mozinet.hu/hu/filmjeink/film/89/gemma_bovery#
  • Release21/08/2015 (selected cinemas)

Gemma Arterton, who took the lead role in Tamara Drewe, headlines this comedy drama also based on a graphic novel by Posy Simmonds, which puts a contemporary spin on Gustave Flaubert's impassioned 19th century novel Madame Bovery. Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini) fails to set alight the publishing world in Paris so he returns to provincial Normandy with his wife Valerie (Isabelle Candelier) to assume control of his father's bakery. Small-town life fails to excite Martin until he meets English rose Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arterton), who has moved to the area from London with her husband Charlie (Jason Flemyng). He is a furniture restorer, who is often away on business, leaving Gemma alone in the countryside with little to do. Martin becomes convinced that Gemma is destined to repeat the mistakes of Flaubert's heroine Emma Bovery. Sure enough, Gemma begins an extra-marital affair with a handsome French aristocrat called Herve de Bressigny (Niels Schneider), who is revising for his law exams in his family's 13th century chateau. The course of this forbidden love follows the same path as Flaubert's fiction, compelling Martin to intervene before it is too late.

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Wednesday 2nd September 2015
Thursday 3rd September 2015

Inside Out 5 stars

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From the moment baby Riley opens her eyes, her mood is shaped by five coloured emotions - Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust - which bicker behind a large control desk laden with buttons and levers. Joy is the dominant emotion in Headquarters and she safeguards Riley's memories, which are stored as glowing orbs. When Riley turns 11, her parents relocate from Minnesota to San Francisco. Traumatic events such as a first day at a new school nudge Sadness to the fore.

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastDiane Lane, Amy Poehler, Kyle MacLachlan, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling.
  • DirectorPete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen.
  • WriterPete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration102 mins
  • Official sitewww.movies.disney.com/inside-out
  • Release24/07/2015

Despite gargantuan advances in medical science, we still don't fully understand the complexities of the human brain: its ability to process vast quantities of information, solve problems and store memories at speeds that put supercomputers to shame.

Pixar Animation Studios, the wizards who conjured the Toy Story trilogy, contemplate the vagaries of neuropsychology with this visually stunning and emotionally rich comedy, which unfolds predominantly inside the head of a little girl.

This high-brow concept doesn't seem like the most accessible subject matter for a family-oriented computer animation. But directors Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen elegantly tilt their film at the windmills of the mind and deliver a hilarious, heartfelt and ultimately life-affirming adventure that celebrates childhood innocence, family unity and the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity.

Laughter and tears abound, as well as cute visual gags, ensuring parents will be repeatedly dabbing their eyes while children whoop and gurgle with glee at the slapstick and rollicking action sequences.

A mother (voiced by Diane Lane) and father (Kyle MacLachlan) welcome a baby girl called Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) into the world. From the moment she opens her eyes, Riley's mood is shaped by five coloured emotions - golden Joy (Amy Poehler), blue Sadness (Phyllis Smith), purple Fear (Bill Hader), red Anger (Lewis Black) and green Disgust (Mindy Kaling) - which bicker behind a large control desk laden with buttons and levers.

Joy is the dominant emotion in Headquarters and she safeguards Riley's memories, which are stored as glowing orbs, tinged with the colour of the emotion that prevailed at the time. When Riley turns 11, her parents relocate from Minnesota to San Francisco.

Traumatic events such as a first day at a new school nudge Sadness to the fore. Following an altercation, sworn rivals Joy and Sadness are expelled from Headquarters and find themselves stranded in the labyrinth of Riley's long-term memories.

Aided by Riley's imaginary friend Bing Bong (Richard Kind), Joy and Sadness blaze a haphazard trail on the chugging train of thought back to Fear, Anger and Disgust, who have been left in charge of Headquarters, with disastrous consequences.

Inside Out is Pixar's best film since the holy animated trilogy of WALL-E, Up and Toy Story 3. Docter's script, co-written by Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley, glisters with imagination, wit and invention, delivering guffaws with detours into the heads of Riley's parents as they attempt to deal with her pre-teenage rebellion.

Vocal performances are note perfect, led by Poehler's exuberant portrayal of Joy and Smith's sincere embodiment of Sadness, who tugs heartstrings as the film reaches its exquisite conclusion.

The film is preceded by a short: a musical love story entitled Lava between two volcanoes called Uku and Lele, directed by James Ford Murphy. Joy and Sadness shared blissful control of my mind throughout.

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Me And Earl And The Dying Girl 4 stars

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At the behest of his parents, high school student Greg Gaines visits estranged childhood friend Rachel Kushner, who has been diagnosed with leukaemia. "I don't need your stupid pity so please go," she tells him coldly, but Greg persists to placate his meddlesome folks. A faltering friendship takes root, to the delight of Rachel's boozy mother, and Greg agrees to make a film for Rachel with his partner in creative crime, Earl.

  • GenreAdaptation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastRJ Cyler, Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, Molly Shannon, Jon Bernthal, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton.
  • DirectorAlfonso Gomez-Rejon.
  • WriterJesse Andrews.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration105 mins
  • Official sitewww.meandearl.co.uk
  • Release04/09/2015

The good die young and that seems to be the inevitable outcome of Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's beguiling and intensely moving screen adaptation of Jesse Andrews' debut novel. A teenage girl is diagnosed with cancer, classmates offer their heartfelt sympathy and one childhood friend sacrifices his studies to support her through chemotherapy. There are obvious similarities to The Fault In Our Stars, but while that film had audiences sniffling from the opening frame, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl mines a rich vein of offbeat humour to stem the deluge of salty tears. "This isn't a touching romantic story," confides Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann), the socially awkward high school student and narrator of Gomez-Rejon's remarkable film. To some extent he's right: there's no boy meets girl cuteness here, no stolen kisses or wish fulfilment about the healing power of nascent love. But his story is deeply affecting, recounted as a scrapbook of bittersweet vignettes and stop-motion animation, accompanied with self-explanatory onscreen captions like "Day 1 Of Doomed Friendship". At the behest of his parents (Connie Britton, Nick Offerman), Greg visits estranged childhood friend Rachel Kushner (Olivia Cooke), who has been diagnosed with leukaemia. "I don't need your stupid pity so please go," she tells him coldly, but Greg persists to placate his meddlesome folks. A faltering friendship takes root, to the delight of Rachel's boozy mother (Molly Shannon). In order to impress his high school crush, Madison (Katherine C Hughes), Greg agrees to make a film for Rachel with his partner in creative crime, Earl (RJ Cyler). They have been producing charming homages for years including A Sockwork Orange, Senior Citizen Kane and Anatomy Of A Burger. The pressure to deliver a masterpiece weighs heavily on Greg, creating friction with Rachel, who doesn't want to be surrounded by negativity. "You can go back to your life of being invisible, detached and self-hating," she sobs. Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is a beautifully judged rites of passage drama, that eschews mawkishness and emotional manipulation in favour of a richly detailed portrait of adolescent dreams in crisis. Gomez-Rejon's whimsical visual flourishes are a constant delight, perfectly reflecting Greg's love of classic cinema and his penchant for homemade props. The film is punctuated by numerous moments of unexpected humour, like when Greg says something thoughtless and insensitive to Rachel, and stares at a poster on her wall of a Hollywood hunk dressed as an iconic comic book superhero. "I'm damned if I'm letting a punk like you waltz in here and stupid the place up," growls the character disapprovingly. Mann doesn't strike a false note in the tricky lead role, gelling naturally with Cyler and Cooke. "This isn't a sappy love story," Greg emphasises, in case we had forgotten. No it's something far more precious, fragile, haunting and life-affirming than that.

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Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Mistress America 3 stars

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Eighteen-year-old Tracy arranges a meeting with her future stepsister Brooke, whose father is poised to marry Tracy's mother. Unlike Tracy, who is reserved and socially inept, Brooke is an expletive-spewing, overly confident force of nature, who seems to know everyone important in Manhattan. Brooke introduces wide-eyed Tracy to some of the city's best hotspots and the teenager becomes intoxicated by the energy and verve of her 20-something mentor.

  • GenreComedy, Drama
  • CastMichael Chernus, Seth Barrish, Juliet Brett, Lola Kirke, Greta Gerwig.
  • DirectorNoah Baumbach.
  • WriterNoah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration84 mins
  • Official site
  • Release14/08/2015 (selected cinemas)

Eighteen-year-old Tracy (Lola Kirke) begins her first year at college in New York, but her dreams of literary celebrity are immediately crushed when she fails to gain admission to the school's legendary Mobius Society. To distract her from this rejection, Tracy arranges a meeting with her future stepsister Brooke (Greta Gerwig), whose father is poised to marry Tracy's mother. Unlike Tracy, who is reserved and socially inept, Brooke is an expletive-spewing, overly confident force of nature, who seems to know everyone important in Manhattan. Brooke introduces wide-eyed Tracy to some of the city's best hotspots and the teenager becomes intoxicated by the energy and verve of her 20-something mentor. When Brooke's plans to open a restaurant hit a snag, Tracy joins her future stepsister on a weekend road trip to visit an old acquaintance called Dylan (Michael Chernus), who could finance the venture and stump up the 75,000 US dollars Brooke needs by Monday.

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Wednesday 2nd September 2015

NT Live: The Beaux' Stratagem 3 stars

Two penniless bounders hope to marry for money in this revival of George Farquhar's biting restoration comedy, which is broadcast live to cinemas from the stage of the National Theatre in London. Aimwell and Archer have fallen on hard times in London. So they travel around the country posing as master and servant respectively in the hopes of wooing rich ladies to secure their financial future.

  • GenreComedy, Romance, Special
  • CastSamuel Barnett, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Esh Alladi, Susannah Fielding, Geoffrey Streatfeild.
  • DirectorSimon Godwin.
  • WriterGeorge Farquhar.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration180 mins
  • Official sitentlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk
  • Release03/09/2015 (selected cinemas)

Two penniless bounders hope to marry for money in this revival of George Farquhar's biting restoration comedy, which is broadcast live to cinemas from the stage of the National Theatre in London. Aimwell (Samuel Barnett) and Archer (Geoffrey Streatfeild) have fallen on hard times in London. So they travel around the country posing as master and servant respectively in the hopes of wooing rich ladies to secure their financial future. The chancers take lodgings at an inn, run by shady landlord Will Boniface (Lloyd Hutchinson) and quickly learn that their primary target should be wealthy widow Lady Bountiful (Jane Booker), who has a beautiful daughter called Dorinda (Pippa Bennett-Warner). The widow also has a son Mr Sullen (Richard Henders), whose wife (Susannah Fielding) clearly yearns for more excitement than the town of Lichfield can offer. So Aimwell and Archer resolve to seduce Dorinda and Mrs Sullen but the two women are more than a match for the penny-grabbing paramours. Directed by Simon Godwin.

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Paper Towns 3 stars

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Florida high school student Quentin Jacobsen has been madly in love with his neighbour Margo Roth Spiegelman since she moved into the house across the street. He has never mustered the courage to declare his true feelings, to the chagrin of Quentin's best friends Ben and Radar. Out of the blue, Margo vanishes without trace. Quentin knows that Margo likes to leave secret markers when she goes walkabout, so he follows a treasure hunt of cryptic clues to track her down.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Film, Romance, Teenage
  • CastNat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith.
  • DirectorJake Schreier.
  • WriterScott Neustadter, Michael H Weber.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration116 mins
  • Official sitewww.papertownsmovie.com
  • Release17/08/2015

Buoyed by the success of superior teen weepie The Fault In Our Stars, based on the book by John Green, scriptwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber attempt to recreate the magic with this faithful adaptation of Green's bittersweet third novel.

Paper Towns deals with similar themes of alienation and sexual awakening from the perspective of peer pressured teenagers, whose existence hinges on finding a date for the end of year prom.

Director Jake Schreier sensitively and earnestly navigates these turbulent waters, eliciting solid performances from a young cast including leading man Nat Wolff, who played blind best friend Isaac in The Fault In Our Stars.

In the absence of a dramatic hook like terminal illness, Schreier's film sometimes lacks momentum and is missing a big emotional crescendo. However, there's a refreshing refusal to succumb to sentimentality when the going gets tough and the script doesn't polish the characters' rough edges in order to tie up loose plot strands in a neat bow.

Every childhood is tainted with confusion and disappointment, and this coming-of-age saga is no different. The film's unassuming hero is Florida high school student Quentin Jacobsen (Wolff), who has been madly in love with neighbour Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne) since she moved into the house across the street.

He has never mustered the courage to declare his true feelings, to the chagrin of best friends Ben (Austin Abrams) and Radar (Justice Smith), who are also poorly equipped to communicate effectively with the opposite sex.

Ben is a hormone-addled mess around blonde classmate Lacey (Halston Sage), while Radar has a girlfriend called Angela (Jaz Sinclair), who he fears will dump him for someone better. Out of the blue, Margo knocks on Quentin's bedroom window and asks him to help her wreak revenge on her cheating jock boyfriend (Griffin Freeman).

The covert night-time mission is a success but the next morning, Margo does not turn up for class. She vanishes without trace and her parents assume she has run away again. Quentin knows that Margo leaves secret markers when she goes walkabout, so he follows a treasure hunt of cryptic clues to track her down.

Paper Towns refers to fictional locations, which cartographers intentionally add to maps to prevent their hard work being plagiarised. Many of the underlying themes of Schreier's film feel second-hand - paper angst if you will - but the script treats characters and their predicaments with cool, genuine affection.

Delevingne is a puckish, cynical foil to Wolff's naivete, and Abrams and Smith banter effectively as the comic relief. Young hearts run free throughout to a soundtrack of indie pop and rock including Vampire Weekend and Twin Shadow. On this count, these teenagers are too hip to be square.

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Shampoo 3 stars

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  • GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastWarren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn.
  • DirectorHal Ashby.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration109 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 3rd September 2015

Straight Outta Compton 4 stars

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Good friends Dr Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella search for an outlet for their creativity. With gentle persuasion from his buddies, Eazy-E sets up his own label, Ruthless Records, and the group's first release Boyz-n-the-Hood piques the interest of Jerry Heller. He sweet talks Eazy-E into becoming the band's manager. An electrifying live performance leads to a deal with Priority Records but Ice Cube grows increasingly concerned about Eazy-E's close working relationship with Heller and the absence of contracts for the rest of the group.

  • GenreBiography, Drama, Musical
  • CastCorey Hawkins, O'Shea Jackson Jr, Paul Giamatti, Neil Brown Jr, Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge.
  • DirectorF Gary Gray.
  • WriterJonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration147 mins
  • Official sitewww.straightouttacomptonthemovie.co.uk
  • Release28/08/2015

Whenever Hollywood immortalises pages from history at 24 frames per second, it's wise to treat each lustrous dramatisation with a pinch of salt. Rigorous factual accuracy is often sacrificed at the altar of artistic licence. In the case of F. Gary Gray's engrossing film, you will need to grab bulging fistfuls of sodium chloride.

Not only are two of the key protagonists of this rags to musical riches biopic listed as executive producers, one of the men - rapper turned actor Ice Cube - is portrayed on screen by his own son. The faint whiff of nepotism is overpowered by heady fumes of whitewash from Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff's script, which neglects to address accusations of misogyny and homophobia levelled at California hip hop collective N.W.A.

Regardless of the rosy tint to director Gray's lens, Straight Outta Compton is a fascinating portrait of youthful exuberance, raw ambition and racial divide that rubs some of that salt into the deep wounds inflicted since the police shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson.

The film opens in 1986 with pals Dr Dre (Corey Hawkins), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Jr), MC Ren (Aldis Hodge) and DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr) searching for an outlet for their creativity.

Tensions are high between police and black youths - random stop and searches are an unwelcome part of neighbourhood life. "I'm the only gangster round here," snarls one officer. With gentle persuasion from his buddies, Eazy-E sets up his own label, Ruthless Records, and the group's first release Boyz-n-the-Hood piques the interest of Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti).

He sweet talks Eazy-E into becoming the band's manager. "What does N.W.A. stand for? No Whites Allowed?" asks Jerry naively. An electrifying live performance leads to a deal with Priority Records founded by Bryan Turner (Tate Ellington).

Ice Cube grows increasingly concerned about Eazy-E's close working relationship with Heller and the absence of contracts for the rest of the group. He eventually leaves and goes solo, sparking a bitter war of rhymes between the former band mates.

Ice Cube aligns himself with Suge Knight (R Marcus Taylor) and together they establish Death Row Records. Meanwhile, Dr Dre also turns his back on Eazy-E and N.W.A. and channels his energy into working as a producer for other acts including Snoop Dogg (Keith Stanfield) and Tupac Shakur (Marcc Rose).

Straight Outta Compton might run to a holler short of two-and-a-half hours but Gray's film has sufficient swagger to hold our attention. Hawkins, Mitchell and Jackson Jr deliver accomplished performances as the sometimes deluded pioneers of a hip hop revolution.

Musical performances pulse with energy including a stand-off with police at a concert that culminates in a riot. This might not be the whole uncomfortable truth, but what we are allowed to see hits the right notes.

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