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Recommended film of the week is: The Girl on the Train (15) which is released next week.

Gemma Arterton and Glenn Close star in zombie apocalypse movie that grabs you from the very first moment

Right from the eerily quiet opening sequence, ‘Don’t Breathe’ builds tension and suspense effortlessly.

The latest cowboy flick stays true to the spirit of the original, with most of the new Seven matching up

This New Zealand man hunt in the forest is like a less fiddly Wes Anderson movie – quirky certainly but never precious and very funny.

New Zealand

The third instalment of Bridget’s saga is a return to form, despite a contrived plot and no Daniel Cleaver

London

The cast is good and the visuals are competent but Ben-Hur fails to find a reason to justify its existence

London

Ridiculously rude, unbelievably crude and sometimes verging on distasteful, Sausage Party is unlike any other movie you’ve seen.

Things To Come stars acting institution Isabelle Huppert but it lacks deeper meaning

Pedro Almodovar returns to the screen in Julieta, based on short stories by Nobel prize winner Alice Munro.

Europe

The Hunts Post has teamed up with Cineworld to give away four pairs of tickets for Huntingdon and St Neots Cineworld.

United Kingdom

Childhood of a Leader, starring Berenice Bejo, Robert Pattinson and Liam Cunningham, is not easy, but you rise to the challenge.

France

Ricky Gervais brings his infamous David Brent to the big screen in a film that shockingly works

Pete’s Dragon is the perfect feel-good family film, with plenty of moments that will pull on the heartstrings of adults and children alike.

Weiner Dog has a more than capable class, but won’t change the reputation of Todd Salanz

Two bad girls pretend to be good girls in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates to get a free holiday in Hawaii.

Slickly shot The Shallows has no feeling of jeopardy, lacking the rough and ready nature of quality horror

Video: Do you believe in dragons?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pete’s Dragon (PG): Do you believe in dragons? You certainly will by the conclusion of David Lowery’s charming fantasy adventure, which reworks the beloved 1977 Disney musical of the same title as a rip-roaring story of devotion between an orphaned boy and his mythical protector.

The flaws in Suicide Squad are all exactly as you’d fear them to be. Basically it’s too early to make this film, probably about a decade too early.

Directed by Naomi Kawase, Sweet Bean is classical Japanease cinema without the over dramatics

I don’t accept this view that this was a great doomed romance, but it’s the story it knows how to tell, and it does it with humour, grim realism and poetic flourishes.

The revival of the 1977 film stars Oakes Fegly, Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford.

Suicide Squad (15)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

It’s good to be bad in David Ayer’s action-packed fantasy based on the anarchic DC Comics super-villains of the same name.

United States

Finding Dory (U)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

How can you remember you have a family if you have short-term memory loss?

California

Film tells the story of Laura Albert’s creation of J.T. LeRoy, a 13 year old, drug addicted, son of a prostitute, gender confused child author

Finding Dory follows the traditional definition of a sequel – rehash what worked the first time and change just enough for it not to be a remake.

Matt Damon returns as a multi-faceted killer but remains without personality

America

Dedicated to Anton Yelchin, who died in a freak accident in June, and Leonard Nimoy, the third instalment of the rebooted Star Trek is a familiar conflation of past and future present that fails to set its phasers to stun.

In Chevalier, six successful men on a luxury Aegean boat trip end up in the ultimate contest.

Despite a littering of celebrity cameos, Absolutely Fabulous The Movie doesn’t quite live up to its title, or the millions of pounds taken in box office figures.

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The film focuses on a really thin sliver of time in the mid sixties when Baker (Ethan Hawke) was trying to clean up his act and romance Jenny (Carmen Ejogo), his co-star in a never completed film about his life.

Full of charm and cheek, but just a bit lacking compared with Roald Dahl’s book

London

Ghostbusters (12A)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A gender swap gives life to this 80s reboot.

Half-hearted female remake of 80s movie isn’t a travesty but leads don’t fill the boots of original cast

A brand new, full length musical written and performed entirely by local students sees its debut this evening at the New Wolsey Studio as part of the Open Stages season.

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