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  • Avengers: Age Of Ultron
  • Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead
  • Globe On Screen: The Comedy Of Errors
  • Insidious: Chapter 3
  • Jurassic World
  • Jurassic World 3D
  • Knock Knock
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Magic Mike XXL
  • Minions
  • Minions 3D
  • Mr Holmes
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • Royal Opera Live: Guillaume Tell
  • San Andreas
  • Spy
  • Ted 2
  • Terminator Genisys
  • Terminator Genisys 3D
  • The Overnight
  • Tomorrowland: A World Beyond
  • Two By Two

Avengers: Age Of Ultron 3 stars

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Tony Stark hopes to jumpstart world peace using a dormant artificial intelligence program but he unwittingly unleashes the villainous Ultron. Nick Fury marshals superhero team of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye to protect mankind from annihilation, testing the bonds of trust between the team members in the process. Uneasy alliances are forged and the Avengers cross paths with mysterious and powerful siblings Wanda and Pietro Maximoff.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction
  • CastChris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, James Spader, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
  • DirectorJoss Whedon.
  • WriterJoss Whedon.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration141 mins
  • Official sitewww.marvel.com/avengers
  • Release23/04/2015

As the roaring success of last year's Guardians Of The Galaxy confirmed, our appetite for films set in the Marvel Comics universe is voracious. This eagerly anticipated sequel to the 2012 action adventure Avengers Assemble is poised to smash box office records with the same unstoppable clobber of a rampaging Incredible Hulk. Director Joss Whedon is back at the helm to lay the narrative groundwork for the 2016 blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War, which will tear the eponymous team apart as governments worldwide prepare to pass an act regulating superhuman activity. In many respects, Avengers: Age Of Ultron is business as usual. Whedon's film fleshes out the back stories of existing characters, introduces new friends and foes to the fray, and continues the relentless cross-pollination of this menagerie of mighty misfits. Marvel Comics chairman Stan Lee makes his traditional cameo and Whedon's script glisters with polished one-liners, including one gem to pithily illustrate how quickly an evil artificial intelligence can infect the World Wide Web: "He's spreading faster than a Catholic rabbit." While the sequel delivers exactly what we expect, it lacks some of the pizazz of the first film and pacing noticeably sags in the middle, plus overly enthusiastic editing of set pieces reduces some skirmishes to an incomprehensible blur, which strain the eyes in 3D. In the breathless action sequence which opens the film, the Avengers storm a Hydra stronghold in the central European city of Sokovia under the control of Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) in order to reclaim Loki's magical staff, the Chitauri Scepter. During the melee, emotionally scarred siblings Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who have been subjected to secret Hydra experiments, are unleashed. Wanda infects the mind of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), using her dark sorcery to convince the billionaire that he will bring about the deaths of the entire team. Tormented by his nightmarish vision, Stark secretly plans to harness the power of the Chitauri Scepter to awaken a dormant artificial intelligence program to protect mankind. "I don't want to hear that 'man wasn't meant to meddle' medley," Stark tells scientist Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) as justification for his covert operation. Instead, Stark unwittingly unleashes the villainous Ultron (voiced by James Spader). Steve Evans aka Captain America (Chris Evans) clashes with Stark for control of the Avengers comprising Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Natasha Romanov aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Banner aka The Incredible Hulk and Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Rivalries intensify and fragile bonds of trust fray as mankind's survival hangs in the balance. Thankfully, the Avengers have a new, yet familiar, ally: an android called Vision (Paul Bettany). By introducing a hulking automaton arch-nemesis, Avengers: Age Of Ultron duplicates some of the large-scale digital destruction of the Transformers franchise. Spader's vocal performance lends gravitas to his mechanised megalomaniac while Downey Jr predictably snaffles the majority of the droll quips. Seeds of romance between Ruffalo and Johansson, sown in the first film, are heavily watered as a diversion from the bone-crunching. Running jokes about Captain America's aversion to swearing and the size of Thor's hammer don't run out of puff before the 141 frenetic minutes come to a suitably bombastic close. Marvel films have a habit of sneaking a teaser into the end credits. Age Of Ultron doesn't disappoint the ardent fan boys and girls on this front either.

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Sunday 5th July 2015

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Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead 3 stars

To mark the 50th anniversary of Grateful Dead, original band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir reunite at Chicago's Soldier Field, almost 20 years to the day since the last Grateful Dead concert at the same venue, for three farewell concerts on July 3, 4 and 5, 2015. This live recording of the final show will be broadcast via satellite worldwide.

  • GenreMusical, Special
  • CountryUS
  • Duration240 mins
  • Official sitewww.dead.net
  • Release06/07/2015 (selected cinemas)

To mark the 50th anniversary of Grateful Dead, original band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir reunite at Chicago's Soldier Field, almost 20 years to the day since the last Grateful Dead concert at the same venue, for three farewell concerts on July 3, 4 and 5, 2015. These three concerts will be the original members' final performances together, accompanied by guitarist Trey Anastasio, keyboard player Jeff Chimenti and pianist Bruce Hornsby. The group will perform two sets of music each night and this live recording of the show on July 5 will be broadcast via satellite worldwide.

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Monday 6th July 2015

Globe On Screen: The Comedy Of Errors 3 stars

Shakespeare's famous dramatic comedy about mistaken identity.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Special
  • CastStefan Adegbola, Andy Apollo, Paul Brendan.
  • DirectorBlanche McIntyre.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration147 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 9th July 2015

Insidious: Chapter 3 3 stars

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Following the death of her mother, teenager Quinn Brenner moves into a new apartment with her father Sean and younger brother Alex. A malevolent spirit targets the youngster and attempts to gain possession of Quinn's body. Gifted psychic Elise Rainier is called in to banish the evil before it can consume Quinn and everyone close to her.

  • GenreHorror, Thriller
  • CastDermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell.
  • DirectorLeigh Whannell.
  • WriterLeigh Whannell.
  • CountryUS/Can
  • Duration98 mins
  • Official sitewww.insidiouschapter3.com
  • Release05/06/2015

Set a few years before the Lambert haunting in the first Insidious, Leigh Whannell's sporadically scary prequel reaches into the grab bag of old tricks to jolt the audience out of their seats. Floorboards creak, objects move of their own accord and demonic forces careen out of the dark to deafening bursts of staccato strings on the soundtrack.

Most scares are telegraphed: when the beleaguered heroine tentatively moves to look under her bed for a wheezing demon that is stalking her, we know curiosity will be her undoing. Whannell, who makes his directorial debut with this third chapter, does achieve one moment of delicious skin-crawling terror.

This pivotal scene, in which the lead character is helpless on the floor as something nasty moves around her bedroom, unfolds without flashy special effects or thunderous interruption from composer Joseph Bishara, who scored the previous films as well as The Conjuring and Annabelle. Sometimes, stark simplicity makes the spine tingle.

The third instalment centres on grief-stricken 17-year-old Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott), who reaches out to gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) following the death of her mother (Ele Keats) from cancer.

"I want to talk to someone who isn't around anymore," explains Quinn. Elise senses the girl is in peril and warns Quinn against beckoning her mother's spirit. "If you call out to the dead, all of them can hear you," whispers the medium.

Soon after, Quinn is involved in an accident and becomes housebound in the apartment she shares with her father Sean (Dermot Mulroney) and younger brother Alex (Tate Berney). A demon with an insatiable hunger for human souls - known as The Man Who Can't Breathe (Michael Reid MacKay) - latches onto Quinn and attempts to possess the teenager's body and soul.

Elise races to the Brenner residence to banish the evil. Aided by quirky ghost hunters Tucker (Angus Sampson) and Specs (Whannell), Elise confronts the soul-sucking infestation in the netherworld.
"Does this other place have a name?" asks Specs.
"Let's call it The Further," solemnly intones Elise.

Insidious: Chapter 3 is an effective standalone thriller, anchored by strong performances from Shaye and Scott. Shocks are predictable, tapping into universal fears of the dark, and Sampson and Whannell offer light comic relief to distract from Mulroney, who is as wooden as the furniture in the Brenner apartment.

The script incorporates nods and winks to other films in the series including the re-appearance of Elise's spectral tormentor, the murderous Bride In Black (Tom Fitzpatrick), her fellow medium Carl (Steve Coulter) and the Lipstick-Face Demon.

Unsurprisingly, writer-director Whannell leaves the cellar door ajar for a potential fourth descent into the ghoulish gloom. Further into The Further, perchance.

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Sunday 5th July 2015
Monday 6th July 2015
Tuesday 7th July 2015
Wednesday 8th July 2015
Thursday 9th July 2015

Jurassic World 4 stars

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The Jurassic World theme park is open on Isla Nublar under the control of Operations Manager Claire Dearing. The park's scientists play God by performing genetic modification experiments to breed a new dinosaur: the Indominus Rex. When this hulking beast escapes confinement and goes on the rampage in a park crowded with terrified tourists, animal wrangler Owen Grady races to the rescue.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Family, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastJudy Greer, Chris Pratt, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Nick Robinson.
  • DirectorColin Trevorrow.
  • WriterRick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration124 mins
  • Official sitewww.jurassicworld.com
  • Release11/06/2015

In the original Jurassic Park, scientists reanimate dinosaurs on a tropical island and quickly discover their arrogant folly. "Life breaks free. It expands to new territories and crashes through barriers," wisely observes Jeff Goldblum's doom-mongering chaos mathematician. His words reverberate throughout this fourth instalment of the blockbusting dino-franchise.

Director Colin Trevorrow and three co-writers step back in time, using the structure and heightened human drama of the first film as a solid template for this return to Isla Nublar. Jurassic World begs, borrows and affectionately steals from the 1993 box office behemoth, including a cameo for the Mr DNA animation and a set piece in the iconic visitor centre (now overgrown).

Two stricken children are a focal point when the park goes into meltdown, and mission control boasts a nerdy computer wizard (Jake Johnson) for mild comic relief. If the nuts and bolts of the screenplay are unabashedly retro, the special effects are undeniably state-of-the-art, realising creatures great and small, which chomp through countless extras and the main cast.

This is by far the bloodiest chapter of the Jurassic saga, if not quite the best. Jurassic World opened to the public in 2005 and now welcomes more than 20,000 visitors a day. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) oversees park operations, while Dr Henry Wu (BD Wong) plays God in the laboratories, splicing DNA strands to create terrifying new breeds.

"Consumers want them bigger, louder, more teeth," Claire tells a group of investors. Thus the ferocious and highly intelligent Indominus Rex is born. "This will give the parents nightmares," shudders park CEO Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan), who took up the mantle from John Hammond to open an isle of prehistoric wonders.

When the Indominus Rex escapes her paddock, Claire begs naval officer-turned-animal behaviour specialist Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) for help. He has been working on the island with Vic Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio), head of InGen Security, on a top-secret project involving four captive velociraptors.

Claire is distraught because her nephews, Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins), are trapped in the middle of the bloodbath. She implores Owen to rescue the boys, tracking them by footprints and scent. "I was in the Navy, not the Navajo," he reminds her.

Jurassic World is a muscular, rollicking romp that captures some of the adrenaline-pumping thrills and jaw-dropping awe we felt more than 20 years ago when Steven Spielberg first unleashed dinosaurs back into multiplexes.

Pratt is an instantly likable hero and he catalyses a simmering screen chemistry with Howard as the workaholic who faces the dino-pocalypse in highly inappropriate footwear. D'Onofrio glowers as one of the film's boo-hiss villains, who views the creatures as expendable assets. "We own them. Extinct animals have no rights," he snarls.

Action sequences are orchestrated at a lick, seamlessly integrating digital trickery with live action including chaotic scenes of a flock of pteranodons plucking visitors from the ground. "Remember: something chases you, run!" advises Zach and Gray's mom at the beginning of the film. Wise words.

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Jurassic World 3D 4 stars

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The Jurassic World theme park is open on Isla Nublar under the control of Operations Manager Claire Dearing. The park's scientists play God by performing genetic modification experiments to breed a new dinosaur: the Indominus Rex. When this hulking beast escapes confinement and goes on the rampage in a park crowded with terrified tourists, animal wrangler Owen Grady races to the rescue.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Family, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastJudy Greer, Chris Pratt, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Nick Robinson.
  • DirectorColin Trevorrow.
  • WriterRick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration124 mins
  • Official sitewww.jurassicworld.com
  • Release11/06/2015

In the original Jurassic Park, scientists reanimate dinosaurs on a tropical island and quickly discover their arrogant folly. "Life breaks free. It expands to new territories and crashes through barriers," wisely observes Jeff Goldblum's doom-mongering chaos mathematician. His words reverberate throughout this fourth instalment of the blockbusting dino-franchise.

Director Colin Trevorrow and three co-writers step back in time, using the structure and heightened human drama of the first film as a solid template for this return to Isla Nublar. Jurassic World begs, borrows and affectionately steals from the 1993 box office behemoth, including a cameo for the Mr DNA animation and a set piece in the iconic visitor centre (now overgrown).

Two stricken children are a focal point when the park goes into meltdown, and mission control boasts a nerdy computer wizard (Jake Johnson) for mild comic relief. If the nuts and bolts of the screenplay are unabashedly retro, the special effects are undeniably state-of-the-art, realising creatures great and small, which chomp through countless extras and the main cast.

This is by far the bloodiest chapter of the Jurassic saga, if not quite the best. Jurassic World opened to the public in 2005 and now welcomes more than 20,000 visitors a day. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) oversees park operations, while Dr Henry Wu (BD Wong) plays God in the laboratories, splicing DNA strands to create terrifying new breeds.

"Consumers want them bigger, louder, more teeth," Claire tells a group of investors. Thus the ferocious and highly intelligent Indominus Rex is born. "This will give the parents nightmares," shudders park CEO Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan), who took up the mantle from John Hammond to open an isle of prehistoric wonders.

When the Indominus Rex escapes her paddock, Claire begs naval officer-turned-animal behaviour specialist Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) for help. He has been working on the island with Vic Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio), head of InGen Security, on a top-secret project involving four captive velociraptors.

Claire is distraught because her nephews, Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins), are trapped in the middle of the bloodbath. She implores Owen to rescue the boys, tracking them by footprints and scent. "I was in the Navy, not the Navajo," he reminds her.

Jurassic World is a muscular, rollicking romp that captures some of the adrenaline-pumping thrills and jaw-dropping awe we felt more than 20 years ago when Steven Spielberg first unleashed dinosaurs back into multiplexes.

Pratt is an instantly likable hero and he catalyses a simmering screen chemistry with Howard as the workaholic who faces the dino-pocalypse in highly inappropriate footwear. D'Onofrio glowers as one of the film's boo-hiss villains, who views the creatures as expendable assets. "We own them. Extinct animals have no rights," he snarls.

Action sequences are orchestrated at a lick, seamlessly integrating digital trickery with live action including chaotic scenes of a flock of pteranodons plucking visitors from the ground. "Remember: something chases you, run!" advises Zach and Gray's mom at the beginning of the film. Wise words.

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Knock Knock 3 stars

During a storm, married man Evan opens his front door to two rain-soaked girls called Bel and Genesis. He allows them in to use the telephone and dries their clothes. The girls subsequently seduce Evan and the next morning, with the girls leave, Evan is crippled with guilt. The following night, Bel and Genesis return to the house and knock Evan unconscious so he must become an unwitting pawn in their sick and twisted game of torture and atonement.

  • GenreHorror, Romance, Thriller
  • CastLorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas, Keanu Reeves.
  • DirectorEli Roth.
  • WriterEli Roth, Guillermo Amoedo, Nicolas Lopez.
  • CountryChile/US
  • Duration99 mins
  • Official site
  • Release26/06/2015

Since he made his eye-catching directorial debut in 2002 with the gore-slathered horror Cabin Fever, writer-director Eli Roth has been championing the genre behind the camera or as a producer with gruesome and chilling films such as 2001 Maniacs, Hostel and The Last Exorcism. Roth stays true to his roots with this suburban nightmare about a father who is terrorised in his house by two young women. Evan (Keanu Reeves) kisses farewell to his wife Karen (Ignacia Allamand) and two children, who are heading off on a trip, leaving him alone in the house. That night, during a bitter storm, two rain-soaked girls called Bel (Ana de Armas) and Genesis (Lorenza Izzo) knock at the front door and ask Evan if they could please use his telephone. He generously lets them in and dries their sodden clothes, then allows himself to be seduced by the two girls into an illicit sexual liaison. The next morning, with the girls gone, Evan is crippled with guilt but hopes that he can forget about his indiscretion. Unfortunately, Bel and Genesis return to the house and knock Evan unconscious so he must become an unwitting contestant in their sick and twisted game. The girls inflict torture on Evan and the husband realises that his captors have no intention of letting him survive his horrifying ordeal.

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Sunday 5th July 2015
Monday 6th July 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road 4 stars

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Immortan Joe rules the Citadel with an iron fist and he intends to mastermind the propagation of mankind in his own cruel image using five women called The Wives. Imperator Furiosa kidnaps these slaves and flees across the Wasteland. They join forces with Max Rockatansky, who has knowledge of the Wasteland and can help the fugitives find sanctuary in the deadly shifting sands. In the process, Max lights a fuse on a bitter and bloody road war between Furiosa and Immortan Joe.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastNicholas Hoult, Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
  • DirectorGeorge Miller.
  • WriterGeorge Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris.
  • CountryAustralia/
  • Duration120 mins
  • Official sitewww.madmaxmovie.com
  • Release14/05/2015

Fasten your seat belts and hold on white-knuckle tight as writer-director George Miller invites you to an orgy of high-octane auto mayhem that makes Fast & Furious 7 looks like a sedate Sunday afternoon drive. Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth instalment of the post-apocalyptic franchise, delivers a blitzkrieg of propulsive pursuits featuring almost 150 hand-built death machines of every conceivable shape and size.

These thrillingly choreographed sequences of carmageddon build to a jaw-dropping finale, replete with roof-mouthed metronome-like poles that allow road warriors to swoop down and snatch their prey from adjacent vehicles.

If the original Mad Max released in 1979 was soaked in testosterone, Fury Road adds a heady whiff of oestrogen by introducing a badass tribe of warrior women called the Vuvalini, who ride proudly into battle armed with explosive-tipped spears.

One prime specimen is Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), the enigmatic driver of a mighty 18-wheeler mobile war rig. She reports to Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), despotic leader of the Citadel, who is propagating the species in his cruel image using The Wives.

These five enslaved women (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Courtney Eaton, Abbey Lee) are impregnated by Immortan Joe to provide him with a viable male heir. Furiosa kidnaps The Wives and flees across the Wasteland with Immortan Joe and his army in hot pursuit.

Among the chasing horde is shaven-headed, tattooed acolyte Nux (Nicholas Hoult), who believes that death in battle will grant him entry to the warrior paradise of Valhalla. As Nux puts the pedal to the metal, his poisoned blood is replenished by a living donor, Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), strapped to the front of the hot rod.

During the chase, Max breaks free from Nux and begrudgingly helps Furiosa and The Wives to evade Immortan Joe's clutches, bound for a lush oasis known as the Green Place.

Mad Max: Fury Road is a tour-de-force of adrenaline-pumping thrills. Computer trickery is kept to a bare minimum: stunt drivers actually performed these mind-boggling feats in real vehicles at dizzying speeds.

When director Miller briefly does take his foot off the accelerator, he hopes we'll be giddy enough on exhaust fumes to care deeply about plot and characterisation. Both sit quietly in the back seat, waiting for the next rev of a V-8 engine.

Hardy perfects an array of grunts and growls in place of dialogue. He's a dull boy though next to Theron's gutsy alpha female, who goes toe-to-toe and trades blow for bone-crunching blow with the grizzled anti-hero, channelling her character's sense of loss into vengeance.

Keays-Byrne takes a leaf out of Hardy's book from The Dark Knight Rises and dons a nightmarish face mask made of horse teeth. Miller's rambunctious ride is heightened by a deafening soundtrack courtesy of Grammy-nominated composer Junkie XL.

You'll feel the teeth rattle in your head as his sonic boom of drums, strings, thrashing electric guitars and a soaring 80-voice choir competes with the crash-bang-wallop of the on-screen carnage.

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Magic Mike XXL 2 stars

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Mike and his fellow dancers Ken, Richie, Tarzan and Tito have been at the top of their pelvis-thrusting game for too long and the end is nigh for the Kings of Tampa. The gang decides to bow out in style with a final performance in Myrtle Beach. En route to this emotional farewell, the men make a detour to Savannah to visit Mike's old stomping ground: the Domina private club run by sassy businesswoman Rome.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastElizabeth Banks, Channing Tatum, Amber Heard, Kevin Nash, Joe Manganiello, Adam Rodriguez, Jada Pinkett Smith, Matt Bomer.
  • DirectorGregory Jacobs.
  • WriterReid Carolin.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration115 mins
  • Official sitewww.magicmikemovie.com
  • Release03/07/2015

Size matters to Magic Mike XXL. Apart from the tease in the title of this pelvis-thrusting sequel, Gregory Jacobs' third feature is longer and showier than the original. The film dutifully thrusts its crotch towards the target demographics, intentionally showing paying women customers of every age, ethnicity and shape enjoying the raunchy dance solos, and shoehorning a superfluous scene in a gay club that enforces limp-wristed stereotypes.

Unfortunately, the breathlessly staged performances are forced to bump 'n' grind against a script that is flimsier than a moth-eaten G-string. The narrative lacks pace and purpose, most of the characters are limited to one scene of personal development, and a central romance between Channing Tatum and on-screen love interest Amber Heard remains unappealingly limp.

Tatum is the film's strongest asset and his athleticism and agility are repeatedly tested by choreographer Alison Faulk. Pulses quicken when the dancers have their clothes on, gyrating suggestively against whooping clientele.

As soon as the trousers come down and shiny posing pouches succumb to gravity, the electrical charge dissipates. This might be the first film about "male entertainers" where the audience rowdily cheers "put 'em back on!"

It's been three years since Mike Lane (Tatum) turned his back on stripping to pursue his dream of running a custom furniture business. Times are tough: his girlfriend has left him, he's struggling to pay his one employee, and when his signature song - Ginuwine's "Pony" - blasts from the radio in his workshop, he can't resist a feverish grind against the nearest workstation.

Consequently, Mike reunites with fellow dancers Ken (Matt Bomer), Richie (Joe Manganiello), Tito (Adam Rodriguez) and Tarzan (Kevin Nash) for one final pelvis-thrusting hurrah as the Kings of Tampa at a strippers' convention in Myrtle Beach.

En route, the team's MC Tobias (Gabriel Iglesias) is waylaid in hospital, Richie finds a potential soulmate in an uninhibited Southern belle (Andie MacDowell), and the men learn new tricks from smooth operators Andre (Donald Glover), Malik (Stephen 'tWitch' Boss) and Augustus (Michael Strahan) at a private club called Domina run by sassy businesswoman Rome (Jada Pinkett Smith).

Aside from the protracted sequence at Domina that turns up the temperature several degrees, Magic Mike XXL is dull and disjointed. The road trip narrative is a creaky support for the poorly conceived vignettes in Reid Carolin's script, which conveniently forgets about Mike's faltering business, his customers and one employee as soon as he boards the van to Myrtle Beach.

Rome's affirmative message that all women deserved to be worshipped as "queens" by their men might ring true if the women in the film weren't dragged, pushed and spun around the floor like supermops by the dancers. It's one way to do the housework, I suppose.

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Minions 3 stars

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Since the dawn of time, the Minions have gravitated towards the most despicable master they can find. One Minion named Kevin embarks on an epic quest to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Flanked by teenage rebel Stuart and diminutive scaredy-cat Bob, Kevin leaves the Minions' current home in Antarctica bound for 1968 New York City, where he stumbles upon the world's first female super-villain: Scarlet Overkill.

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastChris Renaud, Sandra Bullock, Pierre Coffin, Steve Coogan, Allison Janney, Michael Keaton, Katy Mixon, Jon Hamm.
  • DirectorPierre Coffin, Kyle Balda.
  • WriterBrian Lynch.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration91 mins
  • Official sitewww.minionnation.co.uk
  • Release26/06/2015

You can have too much of a good thing. In small doses, Despicable Me's goggle-eyed hench-creatures are a deranged delight. As unwittingly heroes of their own big screen adventure, these pint-sized "knights in shining denim" lose some of their loopy lustre, hindered by Brian Lynch's flimsy script, which is disappointingly light on storyline and belly laughs.

A dazzling vocal cast of gifted comic actors is repeatedly short-changed. Very young children, who gurgle with glee at the Minions' bonkers vernacular combining Esperanto and gobbledygook, will adore the slapstick, pratfalls and the tiniest member of the Minions clan, Bob, who clutches a well-loved teddy bear called Tim.

Adults will be considerably harder to win over. The lack of a coherent storyline grates as much as the lazy cultural stereotyping of the British as tea-sipping, corgi-riding folk, who frequent pubs called The Pig's Spleen.

Since the dawn of time, Minions have gravitated towards despicable masters including Tyrannosaurus Rex, Count Dracula and Napoleon. Unfortunately, these masters die prematurely - at the hands of the clumsy, yellow hench-creatures - leaving the Minions in a state of deep depression.

One brave soul named Kevin steps forth to find an evil boss for his bald, jaundiced brethren. Flanked by Stuart and scaredy-cat Bob, Kevin leaves the Minions' ice cave retreat bound for 1968 New York City. Cue a President Richard Nixon billboard proclaiming "Finally: a name you can trust". Could the Minions have stumbled upon their arch-villain?

No. The plucky trio learns about a gathering of criminals in Orlando and hitches a ride to the convention with a bank-robbing family led by Walter Nelson (voiced by Michael Keaton) and wife Madge (Allison Janney).

Their daughter Tina (Katy Mixon) points the Minions in the direction of bouffant super-villain Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock). "If I was a minion, that's who I'd want to work for," she swoons. Thus the trio pledges allegiance to Scarlet and her inventor husband Herb (Jon Hamm), who are plotting to steal the Crown Jewels from Queen Elizabeth II (Jennifer Saunders).

While the soundtrack swings its flares to The Kinks and The Who, Kevin, Stuart and Bob careen around London armed with Herb's nifty gadgets: a robo-suit, lava lamp gun and hypno-hat.

Minions has a sprinkling of giggles and doesn't outstay its welcome but there's an unshakable feeling that Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda's film falls short. The groovy time period should be a velvet goldmine of visual gags but the best the film can muster is a nod to The Beatles and a faked moon landing.

The 3D version doesn't exploit the eye-popping format so parents with tykes in tow should save their money for the inevitable raid on the concessions stand. Animation is colourful and pristine, opting for shiny surfaces and sharp angles that reduce the need for meticulous detail and realism. Despicable? Meh.

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Minions 3D 3 stars

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Since the dawn of time, the Minions have gravitated towards the most despicable master they can find. One Minion named Kevin embarks on an epic quest to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Flanked by teenage rebel Stuart and diminutive scaredy-cat Bob, Kevin leaves the Minions' current home in Antarctica bound for 1968 New York City, where he stumbles upon the world's first female super-villain: Scarlet Overkill.

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, Sandra Bullock, Steve Coogan, Allison Janney, Michael Keaton, Katy Mixon, Jon Hamm.
  • DirectorPierre Coffin, Kyle Balda.
  • WriterBrian Lynch.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration91 mins
  • Official sitewww.minionnation.co.uk
  • Release26/06/2015

You can have too much of a good thing. In small doses, Despicable Me's goggle-eyed hench-creatures are a deranged delight. As unwittingly heroes of their own big screen adventure, these pint-sized "knights in shining denim" lose some of their loopy lustre, hindered by Brian Lynch's flimsy script, which is disappointingly light on storyline and belly laughs.

A dazzling vocal cast of gifted comic actors is repeatedly short-changed. Very young children, who gurgle with glee at the Minions' bonkers vernacular combining Esperanto and gobbledygook, will adore the slapstick, pratfalls and the tiniest member of the Minions clan, Bob, who clutches a well-loved teddy bear called Tim.

Adults will be considerably harder to win over. The lack of a coherent storyline grates as much as the lazy cultural stereotyping of the British as tea-sipping, corgi-riding folk, who frequent pubs called The Pig's Spleen.

Since the dawn of time, Minions have gravitated towards despicable masters including Tyrannosaurus Rex, Count Dracula and Napoleon. Unfortunately, these masters die prematurely - at the hands of the clumsy, yellow hench-creatures - leaving the Minions in a state of deep depression.

One brave soul named Kevin steps forth to find an evil boss for his bald, jaundiced brethren. Flanked by Stuart and scaredy-cat Bob, Kevin leaves the Minions' ice cave retreat bound for 1968 New York City. Cue a President Richard Nixon billboard proclaiming "Finally: a name you can trust". Could the Minions have stumbled upon their arch-villain?

No. The plucky trio learns about a gathering of criminals in Orlando and hitches a ride to the convention with a bank-robbing family led by Walter Nelson (voiced by Michael Keaton) and wife Madge (Allison Janney).

Their daughter Tina (Katy Mixon) points the Minions in the direction of bouffant super-villain Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock). "If I was a minion, that's who I'd want to work for," she swoons. Thus the trio pledges allegiance to Scarlet and her inventor husband Herb (Jon Hamm), who are plotting to steal the Crown Jewels from Queen Elizabeth II (Jennifer Saunders).

While the soundtrack swings its flares to The Kinks and The Who, Kevin, Stuart and Bob careen around London armed with Herb's nifty gadgets: a robo-suit, lava lamp gun and hypno-hat.

Minions has a sprinkling of giggles and doesn't outstay its welcome but there's an unshakable feeling that Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda's film falls short. The groovy time period should be a velvet goldmine of visual gags but the best the film can muster is a nod to The Beatles and a faked moon landing.

The 3D version doesn't exploit the eye-popping format so parents with tykes in tow should save their money for the inevitable raid on the concessions stand. Animation is colourful and pristine, opting for shiny surfaces and sharp angles that reduce the need for meticulous detail and realism. Despicable? Meh.

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Mr Holmes 3 stars

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The year is 1947 and Sherlock Holmes, now 93, is a shadow of the brilliant logician, who once held court at 221b Baker Street flanked by Dr Watson and Mrs Hudson. The ageing sleuth has retired to Cuckmere Haven, where he fusses over his beehives and infuriates his widowed housekeeper, Mrs Munro. Her spirited son Roger inspires Sherlock to delve into the fog of the past to recall his only unsolved case - a missing person enquiry in 1919.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Thriller
  • CastSir Ian McKellen, Hiroyuki Sanada, Laura Linney, Milo Parker.
  • DirectorBill Condon.
  • WriterJeffrey Hatcher.
  • CountryUK/US
  • Duration104 mins
  • Official site
  • Release19/06/2015

No one is immune to the allure of that cruel and merciless mistress: time. She saps strength and suppleness from athletic bodies, defies every cream to wither beauty and dulls the sharpest intellects. Mr Holmes imagines the twilight years of one of literature's icons, who is facing the grim reality of dementia with what remains of his once-glorious wit, aided by doses of a rare restorative plant from Japan called Prickly Ash.

This Sherlock, portrayed with dignity and steely resolve by Sir Ian McKellen, is no longer the aloof master of deduction who traversed the pages of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's imagination. Instead, he tends bees on the Sussex coast, haunted by the one case he failed to solve - if only he could recall the facts.

Bill Condon's slow-burning drama tests our little grey cells with a perplexing subplot: The Curious Case Of The Thrice Oscar-Nominated Actress And The Wayward Accent. Laura Linney is one of the finest performers of her generation, but here she is undone by a vocal delivery that roams wildly between the West Country, Ireland and America. Her valiant struggles are an unnecessary distraction.

The year is 1947 and Sherlock Holmes (McKellen), now 93, is a shadow of the brilliant logician, who once held court at 221b Baker Street flanked by Dr Watson (Colin Starkey) and Mrs Hudson (Sarah Crowden).

The ageing sleuth has retired to Cuckmere Haven, where he fusses over his hives, struggles to piece together fractured memories and infuriates his widowed housekeeper, Mrs Munro (Linney). Her spirited son Roger (Milo Parker) is fascinated by Sherlock and the boy shows a natural aptitude with the bees.

"Exceptional children are often the product of unremarkable parents," Holmes coldly observes, wounding Mrs Munro. The lad inspires Sherlock to delve into the fog of the past to recall his only unsolved case - a missing person enquiry in 1919 involving a distraught husband, Thomas Kelmot (Patrick Kennedy), and his beautiful wife Ann (Hattie Morahan).

As Sherlock's addled mind drifts between that ill-fated pre-war investigation and the present, the old man edges ever closer to an inglorious end.

Mr Holmes is distinguished by McKellen's measured central performance and the strong support from rising star Parker. The script slowly unravels the myth of the literary sleuth, including one bittersweet scene of the ageing Sherlock watching a film in which Basil Rathbone portrays him with unnatural gusto.

Plotting is pedestrian - there are no twists or big reveals - allowing us plenty of time to marvel at the picturesque locations, including one breath-taking shot of the White Cliffs of Dover. We'll meet Holmes again, in many different guises, but few will be as heartbreakingly frail or haunting as this.

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Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 3 stars

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Six years have passed since Paul Blart singlehandedly defeated a gang of armed robbers. He has earned a vacation and heads off to Las Vegas with his daughter Maya for one last hurrah before she leaves home for college. In the Nevada desert, danger is never far away and when gun-toting criminals threaten the safety of the public during a daring heist, Paul leaps into action to serve and protect the only way he knows how, aided by a number of dedicated hotel employees.

  • GenreAction, Comedy, Family, Romance
  • CastNeal McDonough, Eduardo Verastegui, Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Daniella Alonso.
  • DirectorAndy Fickman.
  • WriterNick Bakay, Kevin James.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration94 mins
  • Official sitewww.paulblart-movie.com
  • Release10/04/2015

Kevin James reprises his role as the tenacious yet misunderstood security officer in this comedy sequel, directed by Andy Fickman. Six years have passed since Paul Blart (James) singlehandedly defeated a gang of armed robbers who stormed a New Jersey shopping centre and took staff and customers hostages. He has earned a vacation and heads off to Las Vegas with his daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) for one last hurrah before she leaves home for college. In the Nevada desert, danger is never far away and when gun-toting criminals threaten the safety of the public during a daring heist, Paul leaps into action to serve and protect the only way he knows how, aided by a number of dedicated hotel employees.

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Pitch Perfect 2 4 stars

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Fat Amy suffers an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction in the presence of President Obama, which threatens to bring Barden University's all-female a cappella group into disrepute. In order to restore their pride, the Bellas enter a global singing competition that has never been won by an American group. Beca, Fat Amy, Chloe, Lilly, new recruit Emily and the other Bellas prepare to pitch-slap their talented rivals into submission.

  • GenreComedy, Family, Musical, Romance
  • CastAnna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow, John Michael Higgins.
  • DirectorElizabeth Banks.
  • WriterKay Cannon.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration115 mins
  • Official sitewww.pitchperfect2-uk.tumblr.com
  • Release15/05/2015

Lightning almost strikes twice in the eagerly anticipated sequel to the feel-great comedy Pitch Perfect. Actress Elizabeth Banks nestles in the director's chair for this uproarious second outing and she confidently conducts a choir of familiar faces through soaring musical mash-ups and pitch-slapping putdowns.

Screenwriter Kay Cannon, who penned the original, enforces the message of femme power by contriving a spectacular fall from grace for the Barden Bellas in order that her plucky heroines rediscover their sisterly solidarity. Beyonce's anthemic "Run The World (Girls)" is a fitting opener for one medley of redemption, emphasising that while these girls wanna have fun, they won't do so at the expense of friendships or their careers.

Cannon pads out her admittedly flimsy premise with parallel romantic subplots and introduces a Latin American exchange student, whose life-or-death heritage becomes a running joke that limps before the two hours are up.

Thankfully, Rebel Wilson turbo-charges her scenes and is rewarded with the film's only solo - Pat Benatar's power ballad "We Belong" - that builds to a rousing call to arms for the broken-hearted.

Three years after all-female group the Barden Bellas triumphed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, the girls perform for President Obama and his wife. Fat Amy (Wilson) suffers a wardrobe malfunction during a Miley Cyrus-themed aerial routine and drags the good name of Barden University into the gutter.

In the wake of Muffgate, commentators John Smith (John Michael Higgins) and Gail Abernathy-McKadden (Elizabeth Banks) cast the Bellas into the wilderness and mock Beca (Anna Kendrick) when she claims they can become the first American group to win the World A Cappella Championships.

Beca, Fat Amy, Chloe (Brittany Snow), Stacie (Alexis Knapp), Jessica (Kelley Jakle), Cynthia-Rose (Ester Dean), softly spoken beatboxer Lilly (Hana Mae Lee) and new recruits Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) and Flo (Chrissie Fit) prepare for musical battle.

However, the path to glory in Copenhagen is blocked by well-drilled reigning champions, Das Sound Machine, led by the statuesque Kommissar (Birgitte Hjort Sorensen) and her right-hand herr Pieter (Flula Borg).

The Bellas' make-or-break performance beckons and Beca frets about her song choices. "You're the most talented person I know," gushes Fat Amy soothingly, "and I've met three of The Wiggles... intimately."

Pitch Perfect 2 hits many of the high notes of the original film. Beca's romance with boyfriend Jesse (Skylar Astin) is inert in the sequel so the spotlight shifts to Fat Amy's on-off-on-off flirtation with Bumper (Adam DeVine).

Banks and Higgins lasso some of the heartiest guffaws, the latter spewing chauvinism with aplomb as he casually describes the Bellas as "an inspiration to girls all over the country who are too ugly to be cheerleaders".

Musical sequences are choreographed with verve, including a rousing finale that astutely goes back to acca-basics to tug the heartstrings.

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Royal Opera Live: Guillaume Tell 3 stars

Antonio Pappano conducts Rossini's final opera, broadcast live from the Royal Opera House in London. Gerald Finley sings the title role of William Tell, who helps a Swiss prisoner escape Austrian justice and is punished by the sadistic governor Gesler (Nicolas Courjal). Directed by Damiano Michieletto.

  • GenreMusical, Opera, Romance, Special
  • CastSofia Fomina, Malin Bystrom, Nicolas Courjal, John Osborn, Gerald Finley.
  • DirectorDamiano Michieletto.
  • WriterRossini.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration240 mins
  • Official sitewww.roh.org.uk/cinemas
  • Release05/07/2015 (selected cinemas)

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San Andreas 3 stars

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The San Andreas Fault, which runs for more than 800 miles through California, gives way, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake that decimates the west coast. Search and rescue helicopter pilot Chief Ray Gaines takes to the air to hunt for survivors including his estranged wife Emma, who is engaged to wealthy real estate developer Daniel Reddick. Reunited in unimaginable tragedy, Ray and Emma head from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter Blake.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • CastCarla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Dwayne Johnson, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi.
  • DirectorBrad Peyton.
  • WriterCarlton Cuse.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration114 mins
  • Official sitewwws.warnerbros.co.uk/sanandreas/
  • Release28/05/2015

In the closing moments of the computer effects-heavy disaster movie San Andreas, a tattered Stars And Stripes unfurls proudly on what remains of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It's the final, heavy-handed image of undaunted patriotism in a cliche-laden battle between puny mankind and mighty Mother Nature on the west coast of America.

Recent events in Nepal are still fresh in the mind as director Brad Peyton reduces cities to twisted rubble with a series of record-breaking earthquakes. Any discomfiting shivers of real-life tragedy are quickly dispelled by the hoary dialogue in Carlton Cuse's script and increasingly outrageous action sequences, which include the implausible sight of a rescue helicopter weaving between skyscrapers as they tumble into one another like giant metallic dominoes.

The best examples of the disaster genre, including The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno and Titanic, balance spectacular stunts with heart-breaking human drama, recognising that audiences need to feel emotionally attached to stricken characters in the midst of the sound and fury.

Screenwriter Cuse short-changes us here, hastily sketching a fractured family that is destined to reunite in the eye of the storm. That rebuilding of bridges is best summed up by one scientist's blunt assessment of impending doom: "It isn't a matter of if, it's a matter of when."

The San Andreas Fault, which runs for more than 800 miles through California, gives way, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake. Search and rescue helicopter pilot Chief Ray Gaines (Dwayne Johnson) hunts for survivors including his estranged wife Emma (Carla Gugino), who has filed for divorce so she can pursue a new relationship with wealthy real estate developer Daniel Reddick (Ioan Gruffudd).

Reunited in tragedy, Ray and Emma head to San Francisco to save their daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario), who has joined forces with a handsome Brit called Ben (Hugo Johnstone-Burt) and his 11-year-old brother Ollie (Art Parkinson) to survive the devastation.

Just when it seems the worst is over for the Gaines family, a doom-saying professor (Paul Giamatti) at California Institute of Technology predicts a bigger earthquake and a massive tsunami from which there will be no escape.

San Andreas opens with a daredevil rescue sequence to emphasise Johnson's selfless heroic credentials before the destruction begins in earnest at the Hoover Dam.

The leading man looks physically pumped, taking to land, sea and air to reach his beloved daughter, while Gugino simpers with pride at his gung-ho antics. In the parallel plot strand, Daddario and Johnstone-Burt play out a sweet, yet lukewarm romance to justify their continued survival while thousands around them perish.

Digital effects vary wildly in quality but Canadian composer Andrew Lockington is consistent with his bombastic orchestrations. His thunderous beats and booming strings fittingly make the ground shake.

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Spy 4 stars

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Susan Cooper is a deskbound analyst at the CIA, whose expert intelligence and quick-thinking help suave secret agent Bradley Fine to complete some of the Agency's most dangerous missions. He takes all of the acclaim while Susan remains firmly in the background. When Bradley and fellow agent Rick Ford are compromised, Susan puts herself forward for active duty to infiltrate the inner circle of arms dealer Rayna Boyanov and avert global disaster.

  • GenreAction, Comedy
  • CastJason Statham, Morena Baccarin, Rose Byrne, Allison Janney, Melissa McCarthy, Miranda Hart, Jude Law.
  • DirectorPaul Feig.
  • WriterPaul Feig.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration120 mins
  • Official sitewww.foxmovies.com/movies/spy
  • Release05/06/2015

Oscar-nominated actress Melissa McCarthy reunites with Bridesmaids writer-director Paul Feig for an action-packed mission, which would leave James Bond decidedly shaken and stirred by its unorthodox approach to 21st-century espionage.

Punctuated by thrilling chases and a frenetic knife fight in a restaurant kitchen, Spy is a terrifically entertaining caper, jam-packed with belly laughs and foul-mouthed outbursts. The hijinks are underpinned by another winning performance from McCarthy as a deskbound analyst at the CIA, who is championed for her moist homemade cakes rather than her sharp intellect.

Brains arm-wrestles brawn in Feig's politically incorrect and uproarious script, including an amusing cameo from rapper 50 Cent as himself and a juicy supporting role for Miranda Hart.

While the leading lady proves her doubters wrong in the name of world peace, Jason Statham lampoons his tough guy screen image as a CIA operative, who was clearly at the shallow end of the gene pool when they were doling out intelligence. One wordy scene - perhaps the most dialogue Statham has ever delivered in a single take - is a particular highlight.

Suave secret agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law) completes some of the Agency's most dangerous missions thanks to the quick-thinking and hi-tech gadgetry of analyst Susan Cooper (McCarthy). He takes all of the acclaim while Susan remains firmly in the background haunted by her controlling mother's mangled mantra: "well behaved women do make history".

When Bradley and the other agents, including British bruiser Rick Ford (Statham), are compromised, Susan puts herself forward for active duty to infiltrate the inner circle of arms dealer Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne). CIA deputy director Elaine Crocker (Allison Janney) places her trust in Susan to complete the perilous mission without any field experience.

"Track and report only," instructs Elaine. Guided by her dithering colleague Nancy Artingstall (Hart), Susan adopts a series of dowdy disguises to get close to Rayna without arousing suspicion. "I look like someone's homophobic aunt," remarks Susan about one of her fake personas. As Rayna prepares to sell a stolen device to Sergio De Luca (Bobby Cannavale), Susan throws caution to the wind to avert global disaster.

Opening with an extended action sequence and Saul Bass-inspired opening titles replete with a Bond-esque thunderous ballad, Spy is a rip-roaring treat. McCarthy throws herself into her role with gusto, mixing steeliness with lovability as she battles armed henchmen, speeds after a target on a scooter and tries to stop a bad guy from escaping in his helicopter.

Hart essentially plays herself, but she's a snug fit amidst a strong Anglo-American cast, who deliver Feig's zinging one-liners with tongues wedged firmly in cheek. The spirit of 007 pervades every glossy frame, but with old-school chauvinism turned on its head to affirm a message of girl power and independence.

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Ted 2 3 stars

John has divorced Lori and Ted is poised to walk down the aisle with his sweetheart, a checkout girl called Tami-Lynn. Then disaster strikes. The state of Massachusetts decrees that a teddy bear is a piece of property not a person so Ted is stripped of his marriage certificate, job and identity. Consequently, Ted and John head into the courtroom with civil rights attorney Samantha L Jackson to argue that Ted is alive and deserves his rights.

  • GenreComedy, Romance
  • CastMark Wahlberg, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Seth MacFarlane, Jessica Barth.
  • DirectorSeth MacFarlane.
  • WriterAlec Sulkin, Seth MacFarlane, Wellesley Wild.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration116 mins
  • Official sitewww.ted2.co.uk
  • Release08/07/2015

In 2012, writer-director Seth MacFarlane's mismatched buddy comedy Ted became a surprise smash hit, proving that man's best friend isn't always a dog. Sometimes, it's a walking, talking, potty-mouthed teddy bear with a penchant for beer, drugs and scantily clad ladies. The sequel unfolds six months after John (Mark Wahlberg) has divorced his bride Lori (Mila Kunis) and fur ball Ted (voiced by McFarlane) is poised to walk down the aisle with his sweetheart, a checkout girl called Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). Marriage is just the beginning of Ted's woes and the bear decides that the best way to save the relationship is to start a family. Unfortunately, he doesn't possess the necessary equipment so Ted and John hatch a bear-brained scheme to steal the sperm of a well-known athlete. The plot amounts to nothing, then disaster strikes. Ted loses his marriage certificate, job and identity because the state of Massachusetts decrees a teddy bear is a piece of property not a person. Consequently, Ted and John head into the courtroom to argue that Ted is alive and deserves his rights. They are aided by an idealistic and enthusiastic civil rights attorney called Samantha L Jackson (Amanda Seyfried), who is facing a formidable opponent in the form of tenacious prosecutor Shep Wild (John Slattery).

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Terminator Genisys 2 stars

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In the aftermath of judgment day, rebel leader John Connor hopes to give humanity a fighting chance by sending his friend Kyle Reese back in time to 1986 to protect his helpless mother Sarah from a shape-shifting Terminator. When Kyle finally catches up with Sarah, he discovers that he is in an altered timeline in which the Connor matriarch is a well-honed fighting machine, who already has protection: an ageing T-800 model Terminator.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastJai Courtney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Byung-hun Lee, Jason Clarke, JK Simmons.
  • DirectorAlan Taylor.
  • WriterPatrick Lussier, Laeta Kalogridis.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration126 mins
  • Official sitewww.terminatormovie.com
  • Release02/07/2015

In Terminator Genisys, the misfiring reboot of James Cameron's apocalyptic time-travelling saga, Arnold Schwarzenegger's cyborg assassin repeatedly references his advancing years in a dystopian world of young pretenders. "I'm old, not obsolete," he deadpans in that distinctive Teutonic growl. Alas, both the hulking Austrian action man and the blockbusting franchise are ready for the scrapheap.

Millions of dollars of special effects, some of them workmanlike, cannot disguise the fried circuitry of Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier's script, which is hard-wired with the muddled concept of alternate universes to explain the tweaks to this reimagined origin story.

Released in 1984, The Terminator tapped into timely concerns about nuclear warfare to explore a bleak future in which machines have rebelled against mankind and rendered our species almost obsolete. Terminator Genisys follows a similarly gloomy trajectory.

In the aftermath of judgment day, the last vestiges of mankind face complete extinction at the hands of the automata. Rebel leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) leads the charge in 2029 Los Angeles, flanked by best friend Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney).

"You gave us all a future, John. I'm going to use mine," proudly declares Kyle, who volunteers to venture back to 1984 to protect John's mother Sarah (Emilia Clarke) from a shape-shifting T-1000 (Byung-hun Lee).

When Kyle arrives, he discovers that he has gatecrashed an altered timeline in which the Connor matriarch is a ballsy warrior, who already has a protector: an ageing T-800 (Schwarzenegger), which she refers to affectionately as "pops".

Sarah, Kyle and the T-800 launch an assault on Cyberdyne Systems run by Miles Dyson (Courtney B Vance) and his son Danny (Dayo Okeniyi), who will unwittingly give birth to Skynet and bring about mankind's downfall. However, someone knows they are coming.

Terminator Genisys attempts to mimic Jurassic World by exploiting our nostalgia, but Alan Taylor's picture has neither the jaw-dropping thrills nor the wry humour of the rampaging dinosaurs. The multiple timelines become a tangled, knotty mess before the two hours are up, making us wish that Skynet had, in an alternate universe, infected the scriptwriters' computers with a virus and wiped this film from their hard drives.

Action sequences feel second-hand: duels between different model Terminators were choreographed with more flair in previous films and the culmination to a chase across the Golden Gate Bridge whiffs of The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

Faltering comic relief arrives in the form of JK Simmons' veteran LAPD detective, who is rescued by Sarah and Kyle in 1984 and drives his colleagues mad with far-fetched stories of killer robots.

"We're here to stop the end of the world," Sarah tells him.
"I can work with that," grins the detective.
Unfortunately, we can't work with Taylor's reboot. The end - including an additional scene secreted in the credits - can't come soon enough.

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Terminator Genisys 3D 2 stars

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In the aftermath of judgment day, rebel leader John Connor hopes to give humanity a fighting chance by sending his friend Kyle Reese back in time to 1986 to protect his helpless mother Sarah from a shape-shifting Terminator. When Kyle finally catches up with Sarah, he discovers that he is in an altered timeline in which the Connor matriarch is a well-honed fighting machine, who already has protection: an ageing T-800 model Terminator.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastArnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, Byung-hun Lee, Jason Clarke, JK Simmons.
  • DirectorAlan Taylor.
  • WriterLaeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration126 mins
  • Official sitewww.terminatormovie.com
  • Release02/07/2015

In Terminator Genisys, the misfiring reboot of James Cameron's apocalyptic time-travelling saga, Arnold Schwarzenegger's cyborg assassin repeatedly references his advancing years in a dystopian world of young pretenders. "I'm old, not obsolete," he deadpans in that distinctive Teutonic growl. Alas, both the hulking Austrian action man and the blockbusting franchise are ready for the scrapheap.

Millions of dollars of special effects, some of them workmanlike, cannot disguise the fried circuitry of Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier's script, which is hard-wired with the muddled concept of alternate universes to explain the tweaks to this reimagined origin story.

Released in 1984, The Terminator tapped into timely concerns about nuclear warfare to explore a bleak future in which machines have rebelled against mankind and rendered our species almost obsolete. Terminator Genisys follows a similarly gloomy trajectory.

In the aftermath of judgment day, the last vestiges of mankind face complete extinction at the hands of the automata. Rebel leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) leads the charge in 2029 Los Angeles, flanked by best friend Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney).

"You gave us all a future, John. I'm going to use mine," proudly declares Kyle, who volunteers to venture back to 1984 to protect John's mother Sarah (Emilia Clarke) from a shape-shifting T-1000 (Byung-hun Lee).

When Kyle arrives, he discovers that he has gatecrashed an altered timeline in which the Connor matriarch is a ballsy warrior, who already has a protector: an ageing T-800 (Schwarzenegger), which she refers to affectionately as "pops".

Sarah, Kyle and the T-800 launch an assault on Cyberdyne Systems run by Miles Dyson (Courtney B Vance) and his son Danny (Dayo Okeniyi), who will unwittingly give birth to Skynet and bring about mankind's downfall. However, someone knows they are coming.

Terminator Genisys attempts to mimic Jurassic World by exploiting our nostalgia, but Alan Taylor's picture has neither the jaw-dropping thrills nor the wry humour of the rampaging dinosaurs. The multiple timelines become a tangled, knotty mess before the two hours are up, making us wish that Skynet had, in an alternate universe, infected the scriptwriters' computers with a virus and wiped this film from their hard drives.

Action sequences feel second-hand: duels between different model Terminators were choreographed with more flair in previous films and the culmination to a chase across the Golden Gate Bridge whiffs of The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

Faltering comic relief arrives in the form of JK Simmons' veteran LAPD detective, who is rescued by Sarah and Kyle in 1984 and drives his colleagues mad with far-fetched stories of killer robots.

"We're here to stop the end of the world," Sarah tells him.
"I can work with that," grins the detective.
Unfortunately, we can't work with Taylor's reboot. The end - including an additional scene secreted in the credits - can't come soon enough.

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The Overnight 3 stars

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Alex and his wife Emily are new arrivals to Los Angeles with their infant son RJ. At a local playground, one of the other fathers, Kurt, approaches Alex and Emily and invites them to his house that evening for dinner with his French wife Charlotte. They are encouraged to bring RJ, who can play with Kurt's young son. When the two boys are peacefully asleep, Kurt and Charlotte reveal their true intentions: some harmless foreplay and flirtation to spice up the respective relationships.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Indie, Romance
  • CastTaylor Schilling, Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman, Judith Godreche.
  • DirectorPatrick Brice.
  • WriterPatrick Brice.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration79 mins
  • Official site
  • Release26/06/2015 (selected cinemas)

Writer-director Patrick Brice explores modern sexual mores in this saucy romantic comedy set in Los Angeles. Alex (Adam Scott) and his wife Emily (Taylor Schilling) are new arrivals in the city with their infant son RJ (RJ Hermes), who has a habit of barging in on his parents during lovemaking. The relationship begins to fracture. At a local playground, one of the other fathers, Kurt (Jason Schwartzman), approaches Alex and Emily and invites them to his house that evening for dinner with his French wife Charlotte (Judith Godreche). They are encouraged to bring RJ, who can play with Kurt's young son. The evening begins nervously but Kurt and Charlotte quickly put Alex and Emily at ease, who are impressed by Kurt's ability to control the children. When the two boys are peacefully asleep, Kurt and Charlotte reveal their true intentions: some harmless foreplay and flirtation to spice up the respective relationships.

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Tomorrowland: A World Beyond 3 stars

At the 1964 World Fair, a young boy called Frank Walker takes a magical trip to a world called Tomorrowland in the company of a girl called Athena. Many years later, Frank is a grizzled, world weary inventor, who is haunted by his memories of Tomorrowland and the beautiful Athena. A spirited young woman called Casey Newton, who has also glimpsed this futuristic realm, gatecrashes Frank's life at the most inopportune moment and compels him to venture back to Tomorrowland.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction
  • CastHugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Raffey Cassidy.
  • DirectorBrad Bird.
  • WriterBrad Bird, Damon Lindelof.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration130 mins
  • Official sitewww.movies.disney.com/tomorrowland
  • Release22/05/2015

For a big budget fantasy which vociferously encourages children to dream, Tomorrowland: A World Beyond is disappointingly - and ironically - short on invention and ingenuity. Director Brad Bird, who cast early cinematic spells in animation with The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, engineers a trio of slick set pieces in the opening hour.

In particular, his female protagonist's first glimpse of the titular kingdom is a breath-taking assault on the senses including the haunting image of synchronised divers somersaulting downwards into circular pools of water suspended one above another.

Once the cogs of a preposterous plot begin to whir, any exhilaration quickly dissipates, leaving us to slog through an exceedingly pedestrian second hour that is heavy on exposition and light on wonder. As soon as one character starts ranting about a secret brotherhood founded by Gustave Eiffel, Thomas Edison, Jules Verne and Nikola Tesla - a narrative thread that might have come untangled from Dan Brown's outlandish Da Vinci Code - all hope is lost.

Aside from a pair of duelling robots, casually introduced into the underwhelming finale, it's difficult to see what will hold the attention of young children, who aren't already asleep or kicking the chair in front of them in boredom.

At the 1964 New York World Fair, young inventor Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson) fails to impress judge David Nix (Hugh Laurie) with his misfiring jetpack. However, the boy does catch the eye of an enigmatic girl called Athena (Raffey Cassidy), who gives Frank a lapel pin emblazoned with a capital T that magically grants him access to a parallel dimension called Tomorrowland.

Eventually, Frank is banished from the fantastical realm and his beloved Athena. Many years later, Frank (now played by George Clooney) is a grizzled recluse, haunted by the past.

A spirited young woman called Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), who has glimpsed this futuristic realm by touching her own lapel pin, gatecrashes Frank's life at the most inopportune moment.

"You've been manipulated to believe you're part of something incredible," Frank warns Casey as they travel back to Tomorrowland to discover the fairy-tale realm has been corrupted beyond recognition.

Tomorrowland: A World Beyond has teasing flashes of the beguiling flight of fantasy that Bird surely intended. A high-speed pursuit with robot assassins around Frank's booby-trap laden home is executed at a breathless pace, and rising star Cassidy from Worsley near Manchester outshines Clooney and Robertson in their underwritten roles.

However, a framing device which allows Frank and Casey to jointly narrate the story - and constantly bicker - grates and is ultimately superfluous. Somewhere between Bird's plodding direction in the second act and his convoluted script co-written by Damon Lindelof, Tomorrowland becomes a test of endurance rather than a pulse-quickening tumble down the rabbit hole of the human spirit.

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Two By Two 2 stars

Dave and his inquisitive young son Finny belong to a fluffy land-based species called Nestrians, who are excellent homemakers. They are denied safe passage on Noah's ark and adopt laughable disguises to pose as carnivorous hyena-like Grymps alongside a genuine mother animal called Hazel and her daughter Leah. The roaring flood arrives but Finny and Leah are stranded on dry land with a giant slug called Obesey and his parasitic passenger, Stayput.

  • GenreAdventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy
  • CastAva Connolly, Tara Flynn, Paul Tylak, Patrick FitzSymons, Callum Maloney, Dermot Magennis.
  • DirectorSean McCormack, Toby Genkel.
  • WriterRichie Conroy, Marteinn Thorisson, Mark Hodkinson, Toby Genkel.
  • CountryGer/Bel/Lu
  • Duration87 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/pages/Ooops-Noah-is-gone/222749614584770
  • Release01/05/2015

The biblical story of Noah, neatly encapsulated in six chapters of the book of Genesis, provides a weak catalyst for this derivative computer-animated adventure, which strives to emulate the Ice Age films but falls woefully short of that franchise's visual sophistication and belly laughs. Co-directors Toby Genkel and Sean McCormack chart a pedestrian course through shallow dramatic waters, bringing together cuddly critters in a race against time to escape an apocalyptic downpour.

Vocal performances are lacklustre, like the visuals, and the absence of jeopardy in the closing frames is palpable. Crucially, Two By Two defies its own flimsy set-up without obvious reason, such as inviting a family of three giraffes into the ark, while only allowing one member of other species to apparently board the gargantuan gopher wood vessel.

Noah is mentioned but never seen - instead a sanctimonious, self-serving lion captains the ship aided by a pair of grouchy gorillas. Any wholesome messages about family unity, teamwork and tolerance buried in the ham-fisted script are submerged beneath a thick glaze of syrupy sentiment as the film reaches its underwhelming conclusion.

Dave (voiced by Dermot Magennis) and his inquisitive young son Finny (Callum Maloney) belong to a fluffy land-based species called Nestrians, who are excellent homemakers. "All the animals of the world have been called to a gathering," Dave explains to his incredulous boy. "There's a flood coming. We'll drown if we don't leave."

On cue, storm clouds gather and the heavens open, ushering the two Nestrians on their exhausting trek for survival. They arrive to discover that "all animals are welcome on Noah's ark... as long as you're on Noah's list."

Alas, Dave and Finny are rejected for travel as well as two bat-like predators called Griffins (Aileen Mythen, Magennis again). The resourceful Nestrians adopt laughable disguises to pose as carnivorous hyena-like Grymps alongside a genuine mother animal called Hazel (Lara Flynn) and her daughter Leah (Ava Connolly).

The roaring flood arrives but Finny and Leah are stranded on dry land with a giant slug called Obesey (Paul Tylak) and his parasitic passenger, Stayput (Patrick Fitzsymons). As the youngsters head for higher ground, Dave and Hazel desperately attempt to turn around the ark.

Fittingly, Two By Two is a damp squib. Elements of the vastly superior Finding Nemo are flung into the bland mix, offset by the feeble villainy of The Griffins, whose attempts to eat Finny and Leah are pathetic. The closest the film comes to a joke is one passenger announcement aboard the ark: "Our approximate sailing time is 40 days and 40 nights. We are expecting some choppy seas and light drizzle."

Thankfully Genkel and McCormack's film only lasts 87 minutes, but that still feels like a slog.

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