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Now showing at Empire Basildon Festival Way, Festival Leisure Park,Basildon,Essex SS14 3WB 0871 471 4714

  • Alice Through The Looking Glass
  • Alice Through The Looking Glass 3D
  • Alice Through The Looking Glass: An IMAX 3D Experience
  • Bad Neighbours 2
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Dad's Army
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Love & Friendship
  • Money Monster
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows 3D
  • The Angry Birds Movie
  • The Angry Birds Movie 3D
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Jungle Book 3D
  • Top Cat Begins
  • Warcraft: The Beginning
  • Warcraft: The Beginning 3D
  • Warcraft: The Beginning: An IMAX 3D Experience
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • X-Men: Apocalypse 3D
  • Zootropolis

Alice Through The Looking Glass 3 stars

Alice takes a tumble through a mirror and plummets into Wonderland where she reunites with the White Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Absolem the Caterpillar, The Dormouse and the White Rabbit. They reveal that the Mad Hatter is in an emotional funk because he's convinced that his family did not perish in the Jabberwocky's inferno. To set the Hatter's mind at rest, Alice agrees to steal a device called the Chronosphere from its guardian, Time.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Family, Family, Fantasy
  • CastJohnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans.
  • DirectorJames Bobin.
  • WriterLinda Woolverton.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration113 mins
  • Official sitemovies.disney.co.uk/alice-through-the-looking-glass
  • Release27/05/2016

Released in 2010, Tim Burton's descent down the rabbit hole of Alice In Wonderland was a triumph of eye-popping style and weirdness over substance. Audiences didn't care about flimsy narrative and his quixotic journey of self-discovery became the second highest grossing film that year behind Toy Story 3, with box office takings in excess of one billion US dollars. Curiouser and curiouser... That's more than one billion compelling reasons for a sequel and, lo and behold, James Bobin replaces Burton at the helm for the madcap time-travelling adventure, Alice Through The Looking Glass. Screenwriter Linda Woolverton, who adapted the first film, largely abandons Lewis Carroll's 1871 novel, introducing an eccentric new character - Time - in order to facilitate some trippy excursions through the past and present and reveal how the decapitation-happy Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) came to be cursed with an oversized noggin. Like its predecessor, the sequel spares no expense with the visuals, inducing eye strain, motion sickness and perhaps even the odd headache in 3D and IMAX. The paucity of characterisation is even more pronounced in this second helping, tethering much of the nonsense to Johnny Depp's wide-eyed theatrics as the Mad Hatter. Alice (Mia Wasikowska) has successfully buckled her swash as captain of her father's ship, The Wonder, but when she returns to dry land, the plucky heroine learns that her mother (Lindsay Duncan) has sold the deed to her embittered former suitor, Hamish Ascot (Leo Bill). Defiant in the face of adversity, Alice takes a tumble through a mirror and plummets into Wonderland where she reunites with the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas), Absolem the Caterpillar (voiced by Alan Rickman), The Dormouse (Barbara Windsor) and the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen). They reveal that the Mad Hatter (Depp) is in an emotional funk because he's convinced that his family, including his milliner father Zanik (Rhys Ifans), did not perish in the Jabberwocky's inferno. To set the Hatter's mind at rest, Alice agrees to steal a device called the Chronosphere from its guardian, Time (Sacha Baron Cohen). "Do try not to break the past, present or future," advises The Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) as Alice slides back and forth through time to learn the startling truth. Alice Through The Looking Glass is a topsy-turvy jaunt too far for Lewis Carroll's iconic characters. Wasikowska reprises her role as the spirited adventurer who believes that "the only way to achieve the impossible, is to believe it is possible". Depp, Cohen and Bonham Carter compete to see who can scene-steal with the greatest abandon. Bobin's film feels considerably longer than 113 minutes. If only the Chronosphere was real and we could fast forward through the sentimental goo of the final section.

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Alice Through The Looking Glass 3D 3 stars

Alice takes a tumble through a mirror and plummets into Wonderland where she reunites with the White Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Absolem the Caterpillar, The Dormouse and the White Rabbit. They reveal that the Mad Hatter is in an emotional funk because he's convinced that his family did not perish in the Jabberwocky's inferno. To set the Hatter's mind at rest, Alice agrees to steal a device called the Chronosphere from its guardian, Time.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Family, Family, Fantasy
  • CastHelena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans.
  • DirectorJames Bobin.
  • WriterLinda Woolverton.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration113 mins
  • Official sitemovies.disney.co.uk/alice-through-the-looking-glass
  • Release27/05/2016

Released in 2010, Tim Burton's descent down the rabbit hole of Alice In Wonderland was a triumph of eye-popping style and weirdness over substance. Audiences didn't care about flimsy narrative and his quixotic journey of self-discovery became the second highest grossing film that year behind Toy Story 3, with box office takings in excess of one billion US dollars. Curiouser and curiouser... That's more than one billion compelling reasons for a sequel and, lo and behold, James Bobin replaces Burton at the helm for the madcap time-travelling adventure, Alice Through The Looking Glass. Screenwriter Linda Woolverton, who adapted the first film, largely abandons Lewis Carroll's 1871 novel, introducing an eccentric new character - Time - in order to facilitate some trippy excursions through the past and present and reveal how the decapitation-happy Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) came to be cursed with an oversized noggin. Like its predecessor, the sequel spares no expense with the visuals, inducing eye strain, motion sickness and perhaps even the odd headache in 3D and IMAX. The paucity of characterisation is even more pronounced in this second helping, tethering much of the nonsense to Johnny Depp's wide-eyed theatrics as the Mad Hatter. Alice (Mia Wasikowska) has successfully buckled her swash as captain of her father's ship, The Wonder, but when she returns to dry land, the plucky heroine learns that her mother (Lindsay Duncan) has sold the deed to her embittered former suitor, Hamish Ascot (Leo Bill). Defiant in the face of adversity, Alice takes a tumble through a mirror and plummets into Wonderland where she reunites with the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas), Absolem the Caterpillar (voiced by Alan Rickman), The Dormouse (Barbara Windsor) and the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen). They reveal that the Mad Hatter (Depp) is in an emotional funk because he's convinced that his family, including his milliner father Zanik (Rhys Ifans), did not perish in the Jabberwocky's inferno. To set the Hatter's mind at rest, Alice agrees to steal a device called the Chronosphere from its guardian, Time (Sacha Baron Cohen). "Do try not to break the past, present or future," advises The Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) as Alice slides back and forth through time to learn the startling truth. Alice Through The Looking Glass is a topsy-turvy jaunt too far for Lewis Carroll's iconic characters. Wasikowska reprises her role as the spirited adventurer who believes that "the only way to achieve the impossible, is to believe it is possible". Depp, Cohen and Bonham Carter compete to see who can scene-steal with the greatest abandon. Bobin's film feels considerably longer than 113 minutes. If only the Chronosphere was real and we could fast forward through the sentimental goo of the final section.

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Alice Through The Looking Glass: An IMAX 3D Experience 3 stars

Alice takes a tumble through a mirror and plummets into Wonderland where she reunites with the White Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Absolem the Caterpillar, The Dormouse and the White Rabbit. They reveal that the Mad Hatter is in an emotional funk because he's convinced that his family did not perish in the Jabberwocky's inferno. To set the Hatter's mind at rest, Alice agrees to steal a device called the Chronosphere from its guardian, Time.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Family, Family, Fantasy
  • CastHelena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans.
  • DirectorJames Bobin.
  • WriterLinda Woolverton.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration113 mins
  • Official sitemovies.disney.co.uk/alice-through-the-looking-glass
  • Release27/05/2016

Released in 2010, Tim Burton's descent down the rabbit hole of Alice In Wonderland was a triumph of eye-popping style and weirdness over substance. Audiences didn't care about flimsy narrative and his quixotic journey of self-discovery became the second highest grossing film that year behind Toy Story 3, with box office takings in excess of one billion US dollars. Curiouser and curiouser... That's more than one billion compelling reasons for a sequel and, lo and behold, James Bobin replaces Burton at the helm for the madcap time-travelling adventure, Alice Through The Looking Glass. Screenwriter Linda Woolverton, who adapted the first film, largely abandons Lewis Carroll's 1871 novel, introducing an eccentric new character - Time - in order to facilitate some trippy excursions through the past and present and reveal how the decapitation-happy Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) came to be cursed with an oversized noggin. Like its predecessor, the sequel spares no expense with the visuals, inducing eye strain, motion sickness and perhaps even the odd headache in 3D and IMAX. The paucity of characterisation is even more pronounced in this second helping, tethering much of the nonsense to Johnny Depp's wide-eyed theatrics as the Mad Hatter. Alice (Mia Wasikowska) has successfully buckled her swash as captain of her father's ship, The Wonder, but when she returns to dry land, the plucky heroine learns that her mother (Lindsay Duncan) has sold the deed to her embittered former suitor, Hamish Ascot (Leo Bill). Defiant in the face of adversity, Alice takes a tumble through a mirror and plummets into Wonderland where she reunites with the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas), Absolem the Caterpillar (voiced by Alan Rickman), The Dormouse (Barbara Windsor) and the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen). They reveal that the Mad Hatter (Depp) is in an emotional funk because he's convinced that his family, including his milliner father Zanik (Rhys Ifans), did not perish in the Jabberwocky's inferno. To set the Hatter's mind at rest, Alice agrees to steal a device called the Chronosphere from its guardian, Time (Sacha Baron Cohen). "Do try not to break the past, present or future," advises The Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) as Alice slides back and forth through time to learn the startling truth. Alice Through The Looking Glass is a topsy-turvy jaunt too far for Lewis Carroll's iconic characters. Wasikowska reprises her role as the spirited adventurer who believes that "the only way to achieve the impossible, is to believe it is possible". Depp, Cohen and Bonham Carter compete to see who can scene-steal with the greatest abandon. Bobin's film feels considerably longer than 113 minutes. If only the Chronosphere was real and we could fast forward through the sentimental goo of the final section.

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Bad Neighbours 2 3 stars

Mac and Kelly Radner buy a new home to raise their two-year-old daughter Stella and must wait 30 days for the buyers of their current house to sign the contract. In the interim, a sorority led by wild child Shelby moves into the property next door and sends shockwaves along the street with raucous and boozy behaviour. Mac and Kelly are horrified - the buyers could pull out of the house sale - so the couple resolves to drive out the sorority.

  • GenreComedy, Romance
  • CastRose Byrne, Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Lisa Kudrow, Zac Efron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Selena Gomez.
  • DirectorNicholas Stoller.
  • WriterBrendan O'Brien, Andrew J Cohen, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Nicholas Stoller.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration92 mins
  • Official sitewww.badneighboursmovie.co.uk
  • Release06/05/2016

Terrible neighbours become good friends in Nicholas Stoller's likable sequel to his 2014 comedy, which pitted an exhausted couple with a newborn baby against scheming members of a party-loving fraternity. The gender tables are turned and then flooded with sticky sentiment in Bad Neighbours 2, which plays out a foul-mouthed battle of the sexes and pleads with us to care about archetypal characters on both sides of the bitter conflict. Gags from the original film are recycled and the five scriptwriters, including lead actor Seth Rogen, lovingly embrace every demographic, eschewing the usual homophobic humour by decking their narrative with rainbow flags. Indeed, Zac Efron verbally acknowledges his gay fanbase and panders to them shamelessly by spending extended sequences of the film dressed in nothing except a pair of tight-fitting shorts. Timely messages about the perils of modern parenting, gender equality and the political incorrectness of fraternities who put bros before hoes are merrily flung into the scatological mix. Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) buy a new home where they can safely raise their cherubic two-year-old daughter, Stella (Elise Vargas). The couple agree a sale on their current house and are placed in escrow by the estate agent, allowing the new buyers a 30-day period to survey the property before signing a legally binding contract. In the interim, a newly formed sorority led by wild child Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz), Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein) moves into the house next door and prepares to party with a vengeance. Mac and Kelly are horrified - the buyers could pull out of the house sale when they discover the new neighbours are unruly teenage girls. So the Radners resolve to drive out the sorority, aided by Mike's pal Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and his pregnant wife Paula (Carla Gallo). However, the girls of Kappa Nu have a secret weapon - Mac and Kelly's old adversary Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron), who is struggling to come to terms with the impending gay wedding of his best friend Pete (Dave Franco). Bad Neighbours 2 is just as lewd and crude as its predecessor, replete with menstrual blood, a bright pink sex toy and one actor's pendulous undercarriage. Rogen and Efron gamely fling themselves into the physically demanding set pieces, while Byrne and Moretz prove they can be potty-mouthed minxes without completely relinquishing their femininity. A few gags hit their mark including a gasp-inducing one-liner about the Holocaust and a salty sideswipe at Bill Cosby. There are also plenty of polished barbs about female empowerment in an age when overt sexuality is wielded as a weapon of mass male distraction. Sweetness is the sequel's weakness and ultimately, the only casualty of this hard-fought war is realism.

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Captain America: Civil War 4 stars

The US political establishment insists on the introduction of legislation to control the Avengers. Tony Stark aka Iron Man submits to these demands but Steve Rogers aka Captain America, who has always been a staunch patriot and followed orders, refuses to accede, especially when his good friend Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier is threatened. The gulf between Stark and Rogers forces the remaining Avengers to take sides. A battle royale unfolds just as a diabolical new enemy emerges and threatens mankind.

  • GenreAction, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastChris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr, Paul Bettany, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle.
  • DirectorJoe Russo, Anthony Russo.
  • WriterStephen McFeely, Christopher Markus.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration147 mins
  • Official sitewww.marvel.com/captainamerica
  • Release29/04/2016

The fragile alliance between the Avengers is shattered in the third Captain America film, directed at a breathless pace by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo. Opening with a flashback to 1991 that sets one major character on their self-destructive path, Civil War underscores its bombastic title by pitting former allies against each other in a series of dizzying showdowns that cleave apart the Marvel Comics universe. Scriptwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely repeatedly inhabit the blurred lines between heroism and villainy, examining the moral conundrums faced by superpowered warriors who have pledged to protect the innocent from the righteous crossfire. Alas, no one emerges unscathed from the melee and the deep psychological wounds inflicted in these bombastic 147 minutes suggest that this muscular chapter signals a bittersweet end for some characters while blatantly teeing up standalone spin-offs for Spider-Man and Black Panther. "Victory at the expense of the innocent is no victory at all," solemnly intones King T'Chaka (John Kani) from the battle-scarred nation of Wakanda. If that is true then Captain America: Civil War is a crushing defeat for everyone except thrill-seeking cinema audiences. A year has passed since the events of Avengers: Age Of Ultron and the US Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) insists on the introduction of legislation - The Sokovia Accords - to control the superheroes. Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), reluctantly submits, telling his compatriots: "I'm doing what has to be done to stave off something worse." Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), who has always been a staunch patriot, refuses to sign, fearful of the consequences of the Avengers relinquishing their independence. The gulf between Stark and Rogers forces the remaining Avengers to take sides. Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), James Rhodes, aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany), Prince T'Challa, aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland) all stand shoulder to shoulder with Stark. Meanwhile, Bucky Barnes, aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson, aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), pledge their allegiance to Rogers. A battle royale between the two factions unfolds just as a diabolical new enemy, Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), threatens mankind. Captain America: Civil War could easily trim 20 minutes from its bloated running time without diminishing the impact of the special effects sequences or the pivotal plot twists. The Russo brothers choreograph destruction on a grand scale, including an adrenaline-pumping motorcycle chase on the rubble-strewn streets of Berlin. Evans and Downey Jr puff out their chests for supremacy in every lavish frame, while Johansson somersaults sexily between the feuding factions. A protracted sequence involving Stark, a nerdy Peter Parker and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) sows seeds of hope that next year's reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming, might revitalise the webslinging vigilante with whip-smart humour. Miracles might happen.

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Dad's Army 2 stars

England, 1944. The Second World War is on a knife edge and in the cosy community of Walmington-on-Sea, blustering bank manager George Mainwaring proudly leads the local Home Guard. Colonel Theakes reveals that he intends to sort the military wheat from the chaff and "Walmington feels chaffy." Soon after, Mainwaring learns that a German spy has infiltrated the town and is transmitting secrets back to Berlin.

  • GenreComedy, Historical/Period, War
  • CastCatherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy, Daniel Mays, Bill Paterson, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay, Blake Harrison.
  • DirectorOliver Parker.
  • WriterHamish McColl.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site
  • Release05/02/2016

How do you improve on the perfection of Jimmy Perry and David Croft's sitcom Dad's Army, which began active service in 1968 and remains a jewel in the crown of the BBC comedy archives? You don't.

If you're director Oliver Parker and screenwriter Hamish McColl, you pepper a flimsy plot that would barely stretch to one TV episode let alone 100 minutes with the show's catchphrases and pray our abiding affection for the characters will compensate for long passages without a discernible punchline.

Original cast members Ian Lavender and Frank Williams are conscripted to cameo roles to heighten the whiff of nostalgia. Limp innuendo-laden banter about sausages barely merits a smirk, pratfalls are predictable and a terrific ensemble cast of gifted comic actors go on patrol without an arsenal of decent one-liners.

From uninspired beginning to muddled end, it's a cultural smash'n'grab that goes through the motions and will ultimately be remembered as a badly missed opportunity.

England, 1944. The Second World War is on a knife edge and in the cosy community of Walmington-on-Sea, blustering bank manager George Mainwaring (Toby Jones) proudly leads the local Home Guard. His hapless rank and file includes Sergeant Wilson (Bill Nighy), Lance Corporal Jones (Tom Courtenay) and Privates Frazer (Bill Paterson), Pike (Blake Harrison), Walker (Daniel Mays) and Godfrey (Michael Gambon), a mild-mannered soul who frequently drifts off into his own world.

The fate of the Home Guard hangs in the balance when Colonel Theakes (Mark Gatiss) reveals that he intends to sort the military wheat from the chaff and "Walmington feels chaffy." Soon after, Mainwaring learns that a German spy has infiltrated the town and is transmitting secrets back to Berlin.

This search for a traitor coincides with the arrival of glamorous magazine writer Rose Winters (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who intends to pen a flattering article about the heroics of the Home Guard. George is smitten and finds Rose most charming and agreeable.

"They said that about the Ripper," coldly retorts Mrs Mainwaring (Felicity Montagu), hard-nosed leader of Walmington-on-Sea's women's auxiliary army, which includes Pike's mother (Sarah Lancashire) and Walker's sweetheart Daphne (Emily Atack).

Dad's Army opens with a limp set piece involving a stand-off between the Home Guard and runaway livestock. "We're supposed to be locking horns with the Hun not Bertie the bull!" despairs one of the men, echoing our mounting frustration.

Jones lightens the darkening mood with a few moments of physical humour, including choking on a slice of cake, while Nighy relies on his usual snorts and tics for merriment. Montagu, Lancashire and co bring a diluted degree of girl power to proceedings that might be dismissed as tokenism without their characters' pivotal involvement in the hare-brained and lacklustre denouement.

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Wednesday 1st June 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins 4 stars

Amateur operatic soprano Florence Foster Jenkins is determined to further her musical ambitions with the help of her second husband and doting companion, St Clair. The couple auditions several accompanists and Cosme Moon lands the position of Florence's pianist. The grand dame pays Cosme well and he gradually falls under his wealthy employer's spell, acknowledging that she is just following her dream, like everyone else.

  • GenreBiography, Comedy, Drama, Historical/Period, Musical, Romance
  • CastMeryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson.
  • DirectorStephen Frears.
  • WriterNicholas Martin.
  • CountryUK/Fr
  • Duration110 mins
  • Official site
  • Release06/05/2016

Auditions for televised talent shows throw up a limitless supply of deluded wannabes, who refuse to let a lack of musicality or rhythm hamper their quest for pop superstardom. Occasionally, these lovable misfits strike a chord because of their unfettered enthusiasm - witness the inexorable rise of The Cheeky Girls and Jedward. Amateur operatic soprano Florence Foster Jenkins was one such endearing eccentric, who became a cause celebre in 1930s and 1940s New York precisely because she was unable to hold a note during her infamous recitals of Verdi, Brahms and Mozart. Recordings of her caterwauling became collector's items and her concerts were always sold out. Jenkins brought joy to millions and remained convinced of her soaring abilities until her glorious end, aged 76. This real-life story of triumph against sniggering cynicism provides rich inspiration for Stephen Frears' rollicking comedy drama. Anchored by tour-de-force performances from Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant that perfectly harmonise humour and pathos, Florence Foster Jenkins is an unabashedly joyful period piece that stands resolutely behind the eponymous socialite as she massacres the Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus or the Queen Of The Night aria from The Magic Flute. As the heroine remarks, "People may say I couldn't sing but no one can say I didn't sing." Florence (Streep) is determined to further her musical ambitions with the help of her second husband and doting companion, St Clair (Grant). "I shall need a pianist. Someone young, someone with passion!" declares Florence excitedly. The couple auditions several accompanists but they fail to meet Florence's exacting standards. "He's raping my ears. Make him stop!" she pleads after one hopeful tinkles the ivories. Cosme Moon (Simon Helberg) eventually lands the position of Florence's pianist and his first experience of Florence in full voice is played for tear-streaming belly laughs by Frears. The grand dame pays Cosme well and he gradually falls under his wealthy employer's spell, acknowledging that she is just following her dream, like everyone else. Vocal coach Carlo Edwards (David Haig) and venerated conductor Arturo Toscanini (John Kavanagh) prepare Florence for a big concert at the world-famous Carnegie Hall. However, St Clair worries that the stress of the forthcoming engagement is playing havoc with her faltering health. "What if it kills you?" he frets. "Then I shall die happy," smiles Florence serenely. Audiences will certainly die happy after watching Florence Foster Jenkins. Streep is mesmerising, bringing tenderness and vulnerability to a role that could so easily have been played as a pitiful figure of mockery. Grant is a wonderful comic foil and he demonstrates a light touch in moving scenes that remind us of his oft-ignored abilities as a dramatic actor. Period design is impeccable and Frears builds to a rousing emotional crescendo worthy of one of Jenkins' standing ovations. Bravo!

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Love & Friendship 4 stars

Lady Susan Vernon is concerned about the rumours that have begun to circulate about her relationship with smitten suitor Lord Manwaring. She seeks refuge with her late husband's family on their vast estate. Charles Vernon is blind to Lady Susan's capacity for mayhem, but his wife, Catherine, is less trusting, especially when their house guest charms her handsome younger brother, Reginald. Complicating matters, Lady Susan must find a wealthy suitor for her daughter, Frederica, and she resolves to force a love match with Sir James Martin.

  • GenreAdaptation, Comedy, Drama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastJames Fleet, Xavier Samuel, Morfydd Clark, Jemma Redgrave, Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny.
  • DirectorWhit Stillman.
  • WriterWhit Stillman.
  • CountryIre/Neth/F
  • Duration92 mins
  • Official sitewww.loveandfriendshipmovie.com
  • Release27/05/2016

Bosoms heave, corsets strain and venomous one-liners land with marksman-like precision in Whit Stillman's delicious period romantic comedy, based on Jane Austen's novella Lady Susan. The acclaimed New York-born writer-director polishes a very British tale of stifled emotions and rigid etiquette to a glorious lustre. Adultery, deception and intrigue abound in the rarefied circles of the late 18th century, spun to perfection by a widow with a gift for scandalous suggestion if it emboldens her social standing or perhaps lands her a rich, old and undemanding husband. The lead character's complete lack of scruples in a world where appearances are everything and rumour can scorch a lady's reputation beyond repair is a delight to behold. She wrecks romances and undermines friendships with nary a flicker of concern for her unsuspecting victims, observing that "facts are horrid things" as she stacks one tiny fib atop another, certain that they will never fall. Stillman gifts this peach of a role to Kate Beckinsale and she savours ever acid-laced bon mot with relish. Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale) is concerned about the rumours that have begun to circulate about her relationship with smitten suitor Lord Manwaring (Lochlann O'Mearain). She seeks refuge with her late husband's family on their vast estate. Charles Vernon (Justin Edwards) is blind to Lady Susan's capacity for mayhem, but his wife, Catherine (Emma Greenwell), is less trusting, especially when their house guest charms her handsome younger brother, Reginald (Xavier Samuel). Needless to say, Reginald's parents (James Fleet, Jemma Redgrave) are horrified by the prospect of their son fraternising with a minx. Complicating matters, Lady Susan must find a wealthy suitor for her daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark), and she resolves to force a love match with Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett). Lady Susan's trusted confidante in tangled affairs of the heart is the equally unshockable Alicia Johnson (Chloe Sevigny), who has burdened herself with an older husband (Stephen Fry). "He's too old to be governable, too young to die," admonishes Lady Susan. As the scheming socialite's web of lies unravels, she must think quickly on her feet to maintain her standing with her cadre of ardent supporters. Love & Friendship is a rare tonic. Period detail and costumes are impeccable, but it is Stillman's riotous reinvention of Austen's little-known novella that glitters brightest. Beckinsale oozes butter-wouldn't-melt sweetness as she leaves desolation in her bustled wake, running rings around the male of the species by exploiting her sex's bountiful charms. Every back-handed compliment lands like a sharp slap to the chops, eliciting so much laughter in some scenes that a couple of zinging one-liners are lost in our mounting delirium. A perfect excuse to savour a second helping. It would be rude not to.

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Money Monster 3 stars

Lee Gates, gregarious host of a network television show which surveys the movers and shakers in the financial market, prepares to interview Diane Lester, chief communications officer of IBIS Global Capital, whose complex trading algorithm glitched overnight, losing investors 800 million dollars. No sooner has Lee delivered his opening monologue than a labourer, Kyle Budwell, who has just lost his entire life savings in the IBIS crash, storms the set brandishing a gun.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • CastJulia Roberts, George Clooney, Jack O'Connell, Dominic West.
  • DirectorJodie Foster.
  • WriterAlan DiFiore, Jamie Linden, Jim Kouf.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration99 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/MoneyMonster/
  • Release27/05/2016

Money talks - and it says exceedingly ugly things - in Jodie Foster's tense hostage thriller, which unfolds largely in real time during a live television broadcast. Anchored by strong performances from George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Derbyshire-born rising star Jack O'Connell, Money Monster overcomes some preposterous plot twists and a noticeable lull in the middle act to keep us on the edge of our seats. The opening 30 minutes are particularly lean and mean, capturing the frenetic whirl and chaos of a TV studio as staff behind and in front of the cameras prepare for show time. Scriptwriters Jamie Linden, Alan DiFiore and Jim Kouf pull off a jaw-dropping coup with the introduction of the hostage taker's pregnant girlfriend (Emily Meade), who we expect to tearfully plead for him to down his weapon for the sake of their unborn child. In these moments, Money Monster kicks like a mule and knocks the stuffing out of us. However, once the central plot of skullduggery reveals its intentions, Foster's iron-tight grasp on realism slackens and she is compelled to take risky gambles to engineer a slam-bang finale. Some of them don't pay off. Lee Gates (Clooney), gregarious host of a network television show which surveys the movers and shakers in the financial market, prepares to interview Diane Lester (Caitriona Balfe), chief communications officer of IBIS Global Capital, whose complex trading algorithm glitched overnight, losing investors 800 million dollars. With IBIS CEO Walt Camby (Dominic West) currently unavailable, Diane is concerned that she will be made a scapegoat. "We don't do 'gotcha journalism' here. We don't do journalism, period," quips Lee's long-suffering producer Patty Fenn (Roberts). No sooner has Lee delivered his opening monologue than a labourer, Kyle Budwell (O'Connell), who has just lost his entire life savings in the IBIS crash, storms the set brandishing a gun. Cameras continue to roll as Lee dons an explosives vest and Kyle threatens to detonate unless someone from IBIS can explain how their system was compromised. Patty tries to defuse the stand-off as viewing figures soar, aided by her producer-at-large, Ron Sprecher (Christopher Denham), and cameraman Lenny (Lenny Venito). "I came in here knowing this show is only going to end one way," Kyle informs his terrified hostage. Money Monster is a cautionary tale about the get-rich-quick mentality of a modern society that blindly trusts in technology to deliver rewards at the tap of an app. Clooney and Roberts generate molten screen chemistry, even though she is just a voice in his ear for the majority of the film, and O'Connell maintains his accent as events escalate out of his nervous captor's control. The script's barbs at voyeuristic reality TV draw blood, but sinewy subplots involving Icelandic hackers and social unrest in South Africa extend our suspension of disbelief beyond its credit limit.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows 3 stars

Turtle brothers Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello attempt to save New York City from an alien invasion masterminded by Krang from Dimension X. The turtles' rat mentor Splinter stands by their side, as well as plucky Channel 6 news reporter April O'Neil. Meanwhile, Splinter has joined forces with evil scientist Dr Baxter Stockman to create genetic mutants of his own. The results are a rhinoceros called Rocksteady and a warthog called Bebop.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastWill Arnett, Megan Fox, Stephen Amell.
  • DirectorDave Green.
  • WriterAndre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration112 mins
  • Official sitewww.teenagemutantninjaturtlesmovie.com
  • Release30/05/2016

Hulking terrorist Shredder (Brian Tee) returns to wreak revenge on the heroes in a half shell in the action-packed sequel to the 2014 live action adventure. Dave Green supplants Jonathan Liebesman in the director's chair for this instalment, which follows turtle brothers Leonardo (Pete Ploszek, voiced by Johnny Knoxville), Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher) and Donatello (Jeremy Howard) as they attempt to save New York City from an alien invasion masterminded by Krang (Brad Garrett) from Dimension X. The turtles' rat mentor Splinter (Danny Woodburn, voiced by Tony Shalhoub) stands by their side, as well as plucky Channel 6 news reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox), her wisecracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) and a mysterious vigilante called Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). Meanwhile, Splinter has joined forces with evil scientist Dr Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) to create genetic mutants of his own. The results are a rhinoceros called Rocksteady (Stephen "Sheamus" Farrelly) and a warthog called Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams), who aren't the sharpest tools in the henchmen box but do have a limitless capacity for mindless destruction. Cowabunga!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows 3D 3 stars

Turtle brothers Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello attempt to save New York City from an alien invasion masterminded by Krang from Dimension X. The turtles' rat mentor Splinter stands by their side, as well as plucky Channel 6 news reporter April O'Neil. Meanwhile, Splinter has joined forces with evil scientist Dr Baxter Stockman to create genetic mutants of his own. The results are a rhinoceros called Rocksteady and a warthog called Bebop.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastWill Arnett, Megan Fox, Stephen Amell.
  • DirectorDave Green.
  • WriterAndre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration112 mins
  • Official sitewww.teenagemutantninjaturtlesmovie.com
  • Release30/05/2016

Hulking terrorist Shredder (Brian Tee) returns to wreak revenge on the heroes in a half shell in the action-packed sequel to the 2014 live action adventure. Dave Green supplants Jonathan Liebesman in the director's chair for this instalment, which follows turtle brothers Leonardo (Pete Ploszek, voiced by Johnny Knoxville), Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher) and Donatello (Jeremy Howard) as they attempt to save New York City from an alien invasion masterminded by Krang (Brad Garrett) from Dimension X. The turtles' rat mentor Splinter (Danny Woodburn, voiced by Tony Shalhoub) stands by their side, as well as plucky Channel 6 news reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox), her wisecracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) and a mysterious vigilante called Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). Meanwhile, Splinter has joined forces with evil scientist Dr Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) to create genetic mutants of his own. The results are a rhinoceros called Rocksteady (Stephen "Sheamus" Farrelly) and a warthog called Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams), who aren't the sharpest tools in the henchmen box but do have a limitless capacity for mindless destruction. Cowabunga!

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The Angry Birds Movie 3 stars

Red is an outcast on Bird Island, where the rest of his flightless flock tweet peace and harmony. An unfortunate incident with an unhatched egg lands Red in court where Judge Peckinpah sentences him to a course in anger management led by perky clucker Matilda. When a ship full of pigs led by smooth talker Leonard arrives on Bird Island, supposedly in peace, Red is the only inhabitant to sense impending disaster.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastPeter Dinklage, Kate McKinnon, Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Sean Penn, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Danny McBride.
  • DirectorClay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly.
  • WriterJon Vitti.
  • CountryFin/US
  • Duration97 mins
  • Official sitewww.angrybirds-movie.com/en/
  • Release13/05/2016

Strip back the pristine visuals, which were once meticulously hand-drawn, and most animated films are hard-wired with an important life lesson to cherish once the end credits roll. The Lion King: you can't run away from your responsibilities; Beauty And The Beast: don't judge someone by their appearance; Frozen: don't let naysayers hold you back from chasing your dreams; Inside Out: feeling sad is a natural part of growing up; Monsters, Inc.: mummy fibbed when she said the scary creature under your bed isn't real. The Angry Birds Movie, a feature-length animated spin-off from the fiendishly addictive smartphone games, tears out a new page from the self-help manual: it's OK to get mad as long as you can channel that aggression in a positive direction. The central character of Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly's film certainly spits feathers in the pursuit of a greater good. Screenwriter Jon Vitti peppers this haphazard, but energetic flight of self-discovery with a barrage of dreadful puns and dad jokes that will inspire as many groans as giggles. Thus, one anger-management therapist bird proudly advertises herself as a free-rage chicken, pigs aspire to wear Calvin Swine underwear, and a poster advertises Kevin Bacon's return to the stage in... Hamlet. Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) is an outcast on Bird Island, where the rest of his flightless flock tweet peace and harmony. An unfortunate incident with an unhatched egg lands Red in court where Judge Peckinpah (Keegan-Michael Key) sentences him to a course in anger management led by perky clucker Matilda (Maya Rudolph). Fellow attendees include wide-cracking live wire Chuck (Josh Gad), who can move at superbird speed, the aptly named Bomb (Danny McBride), who self-combusts when surprised or stressed, and hulking Terence (Sean Penn), who communicates in booming growls. Red resists Matilda's techniques because, as he reminds his brethren, "We're descended from dinosaurs. We're not supposed to be nice." When a ship full of pigs led by smooth talker Leonard (Bill Hader) arrives on Bird Island, supposedly in peace, Red is the only inhabitant to sense impending disaster. Other birds fail to heed his warnings and when his doom-laden prophecy comes to pass, Red joins forces with Chuck and Bomb to locate the island's mysterious protector, Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage). The Angry Birds Movie is a glossy promo for the games and associated merchandise, showcasing the different birds and their associated powers, but it's also a lot of fun so long as you ignore the flimsy and predictable plot. Animation quality doesn't soar to the dizzy heights of Pixar, but co-directors Kaytis and Reilly maintain a brisk pace and the screen shimmers with bright colours. Vocal performances are solid and Demi Lovato's cover version of the Gloria Gaynor discoball classic I Will Survive flaps up the feel-good factor.

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The Angry Birds Movie 3D 3 stars

Red is an outcast on Bird Island, where the rest of his flightless flock tweet peace and harmony. An unfortunate incident with an unhatched egg lands Red in court where Judge Peckinpah sentences him to a course in anger management led by perky clucker Matilda. When a ship full of pigs led by smooth talker Leonard arrives on Bird Island, supposedly in peace, Red is the only inhabitant to sense impending disaster.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastPeter Dinklage, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon, Josh Gad, Sean Penn, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Danny McBride.
  • DirectorClay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly.
  • WriterJon Vitti.
  • CountryFin/US
  • Duration97 mins
  • Official sitewww.angrybirds-movie.com/en/
  • Release13/05/2016

Strip back the pristine visuals, which were once meticulously hand-drawn, and most animated films are hard-wired with an important life lesson to cherish once the end credits roll. The Lion King: you can't run away from your responsibilities; Beauty And The Beast: don't judge someone by their appearance; Frozen: don't let naysayers hold you back from chasing your dreams; Inside Out: feeling sad is a natural part of growing up; Monsters, Inc.: mummy fibbed when she said the scary creature under your bed isn't real. The Angry Birds Movie, a feature-length animated spin-off from the fiendishly addictive smartphone games, tears out a new page from the self-help manual: it's OK to get mad as long as you can channel that aggression in a positive direction. The central character of Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly's film certainly spits feathers in the pursuit of a greater good. Screenwriter Jon Vitti peppers this haphazard, but energetic flight of self-discovery with a barrage of dreadful puns and dad jokes that will inspire as many groans as giggles. Thus, one anger-management therapist bird proudly advertises herself as a free-rage chicken, pigs aspire to wear Calvin Swine underwear, and a poster advertises Kevin Bacon's return to the stage in... Hamlet. Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) is an outcast on Bird Island, where the rest of his flightless flock tweet peace and harmony. An unfortunate incident with an unhatched egg lands Red in court where Judge Peckinpah (Keegan-Michael Key) sentences him to a course in anger management led by perky clucker Matilda (Maya Rudolph). Fellow attendees include wide-cracking live wire Chuck (Josh Gad), who can move at superbird speed, the aptly named Bomb (Danny McBride), who self-combusts when surprised or stressed, and hulking Terence (Sean Penn), who communicates in booming growls. Red resists Matilda's techniques because, as he reminds his brethren, "We're descended from dinosaurs. We're not supposed to be nice." When a ship full of pigs led by smooth talker Leonard (Bill Hader) arrives on Bird Island, supposedly in peace, Red is the only inhabitant to sense impending disaster. Other birds fail to heed his warnings and when his doom-laden prophecy comes to pass, Red joins forces with Chuck and Bomb to locate the island's mysterious protector, Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage). The Angry Birds Movie is a glossy promo for the games and associated merchandise, showcasing the different birds and their associated powers, but it's also a lot of fun so long as you ignore the flimsy and predictable plot. Animation quality doesn't soar to the dizzy heights of Pixar, but co-directors Kaytis and Reilly maintain a brisk pace and the screen shimmers with bright colours. Vocal performances are solid and Demi Lovato's cover version of the Gloria Gaynor discoball classic I Will Survive flaps up the feel-good factor.

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The Jungle Book 3 stars

A young boy called Mowgli is raised by wolves Akela and Raksha. The boy's presence in the jungle is an affront to Shere Khan, the Bengal tiger, who resolves to kill Mowgli. Thus the man cub must leave his wolf parents and embark on a perilous journey of self-discovery in the company of Bagheera the black panther and Baloo the bear. En route, Mowgli has a crushing encounter with Kaa the python and is sweet-talked by the deceptively dangerous King Louie.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Family
  • CastIdris Elba, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong'o, Giancarlo Esposito, Sir Ben Kingsley, Neel Sethi.
  • DirectorJon Favreau.
  • WriterJustin Marks.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration106 mins
  • Official sitewww.disney.co.uk
  • Release15/04/2016

The bare necessities of a contented life will come to you by going on safari with Jon Favreau's technically dazzling romp through the stories of Rudyard Kipling. Not since James Cameron's Avatar has a 3D digital world been conjured with such depth and precision. Shot in downtown Los Angeles and beautifully rendered as untamed wilderness on computer hard drives, this immersive Jungle Book retains the wide-eyed charm of the 1967 Disney animation including three songs and comic relief from a rascally bear named Baloo, voiced to droll perfection by Bill Murray. "You have never been a more endangered species than you are now," the hirsute honey thief informs an Indian porcupine (Garry Shandling) during one amusing altercation. Vibrant colour radiates off the screen and gooey sentimentality oozes like sap during the rousing final act, but scriptwriter Justin Marks isn't afraid to hack into darker territory. Shere Khan the Bengal tiger evokes a heartbreaking scene from The Lion King in his relentless, blood-crazed pursuit of Mowgli, and the animated version's jazziest interlude - I Wan'na Be Like You with jungle VIP King Louie and his swingin' band of monkeysicians - is repurposed as a terrifying chase. Man cub Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is raised by wolves Akela (Giancarlo Esposito) and Raksha (Lupita Nyong'o) as a brother to other pups. A terrible drought necessitates an uneasy truce between predators and prey around the watering hole, and other denizens of the jungle finally get to see Mowgli close-up. The boy is an affront to Shere Khan (Idris Elba), who lost an eye to a fiery torch wielded by Mowgli's father. "A man cub becomes man, and man is forbidden!" snarls the big cat, who demands the child be handed over to him for slaughter. Akela and Raksha refuse but Mowgli acknowledges his presence jeopardises the lupine clan. So he embarks on a perilous journey back to civilisation in the company of his protector, Bagheera the black panther (Sir Ben Kingsley). En route, Mowgli gathers honey for greedy Baloo (Murray) and is pressurised into sharing the secret of "the red flower" - fire - with menacing Gigantopithecus, King Louie (Christopher Walken). The Jungle Book flexes its digital muscles in every impeccably crafted frame, festooning the screen with a menagerie of anthropomorphised critters that are just as realistic as the shipwrecked tiger in Life Of Pi. Sethi is a tad wooden in comparison but it must be difficult for a 12-year-old newcomer to find an emotional core when the rest of the cast and lush backgrounds only spring to life in post-production. Vocal performances are strong, replete with disorienting use of Scarlett Johansson's seductive whisper in surround sound during Mowgli's crushing encounter with python Kaa. Trust in me: Favreau's film is a majestic walk on the wild side.

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The Jungle Book 3D 3 stars

A young boy called Mowgli is raised by wolves Akela and Raksha. The boy's presence in the jungle is an affront to Shere Khan, the Bengal tiger, who resolves to kill Mowgli. Thus the man cub must leave his wolf parents and embark on a perilous journey of self-discovery in the company of Bagheera the black panther and Baloo the bear. En route, Mowgli has a crushing encounter with Kaa the python and is sweet-talked by the deceptively dangerous King Louie.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Family
  • CastIdris Elba, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong'o, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Murray, Sir Ben Kingsley, Neel Sethi, Scarlett Johansson.
  • DirectorJon Favreau.
  • WriterJustin Marks.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration106 mins
  • Official sitewww.disney.co.uk
  • Release15/04/2016

The bare necessities of a contented life will come to you by going on safari with Jon Favreau's technically dazzling romp through the stories of Rudyard Kipling. Not since James Cameron's Avatar has a 3D digital world been conjured with such depth and precision. Shot in downtown Los Angeles and beautifully rendered as untamed wilderness on computer hard drives, this immersive Jungle Book retains the wide-eyed charm of the 1967 Disney animation including three songs and comic relief from a rascally bear named Baloo, voiced to droll perfection by Bill Murray. "You have never been a more endangered species than you are now," the hirsute honey thief informs an Indian porcupine (Garry Shandling) during one amusing altercation. Vibrant colour radiates off the screen and gooey sentimentality oozes like sap during the rousing final act, but scriptwriter Justin Marks isn't afraid to hack into darker territory. Shere Khan the Bengal tiger evokes a heartbreaking scene from The Lion King in his relentless, blood-crazed pursuit of Mowgli, and the animated version's jazziest interlude - I Wan'na Be Like You with jungle VIP King Louie and his swingin' band of monkeysicians - is repurposed as a terrifying chase. Man cub Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is raised by wolves Akela (Giancarlo Esposito) and Raksha (Lupita Nyong'o) as a brother to other pups. A terrible drought necessitates an uneasy truce between predators and prey around the watering hole, and other denizens of the jungle finally get to see Mowgli close-up. The boy is an affront to Shere Khan (Idris Elba), who lost an eye to a fiery torch wielded by Mowgli's father. "A man cub becomes man, and man is forbidden!" snarls the big cat, who demands the child be handed over to him for slaughter. Akela and Raksha refuse but Mowgli acknowledges his presence jeopardises the lupine clan. So he embarks on a perilous journey back to civilisation in the company of his protector, Bagheera the black panther (Sir Ben Kingsley). En route, Mowgli gathers honey for greedy Baloo (Murray) and is pressurised into sharing the secret of "the red flower" - fire - with menacing Gigantopithecus, King Louie (Christopher Walken). The Jungle Book flexes its digital muscles in every impeccably crafted frame, festooning the screen with a menagerie of anthropomorphised critters that are just as realistic as the shipwrecked tiger in Life Of Pi. Sethi is a tad wooden in comparison but it must be difficult for a 12-year-old newcomer to find an emotional core when the rest of the cast and lush backgrounds only spring to life in post-production. Vocal performances are strong, replete with disorienting use of Scarlett Johansson's seductive whisper in surround sound during Mowgli's crushing encounter with python Kaa. Trust in me: Favreau's film is a majestic walk on the wild side.

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Top Cat Begins 2 stars

Top Cat and Benny discover they can make a good living by conning and pickpocketing unsuspecting passersby. Officer Dibble is determined to bring them to justice, but Top Cat and his associate repeatedly slip through the cop's fingers. When the cats steal diamonds from New York's influential Mr Big, they meet their match. Thankfully Top Cat and Benny can rely on their new friends Choo Choo, Fancy-Fancy, Spook and Brain for help.

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Comedy, Drama, Family, Family
  • CastDarin De Paul, Jason Harris, Chris Edgerly.
  • DirectorAndres Couturier.
  • WriterDouglas Langdale.
  • CountryMex
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official site
  • Release27/05/2016

There is a throwaway visual gag during a chase in Top Cat Begins, which perfectly sums up the fate of Andres Couturier's defiantly retro computer-animated prequel. The eponymous feline emerges from a dustbin surrounded by dozens of DVD copies of the 2012 film Top Cat: The Movie, also made by Mexico-based Anima Estudios, which presumably failed to sell and have been tossed out with the rest of the rubbish. TC glances at the cover and nonchalantly casts the film aside. Audiences should have a similar reaction to Top Cat Begins, which steps back in time to trace the formative years of New York's charismatic con cat and his gang of light-fingered strays. Scriptwriter Douglas Langdale taps into our nostalgia for the 1960s Hanna-Barbera TV series, contriving a ramshackle plot that brings together familiar characters for a ham-fisted heist laden with pratfalls. Pop culture references, including the opening music cue to the Little Green Bag strut from Reservoir Dogs, are completely random and won't register with the film's target audience of very young children. Top Cat (voiced by Jason Harris) is a street cat in New York, who hones his skills as a small-time swindler. A chance encounter with sweetly innocent Benny (Chris Edgerly) sows the seeds of a lifelong partnership and the enterprising pals discover they can make a good living by fleecing unsuspecting passersby. Benny is delighted to have found a best mate and invites Top Cat home to have dinner with his granny, but TC has other priorities. "The only friend I seek is money," he purrs. The cats plot to pilfer diamonds worth millions from New York's glamorous Starlight Club, which is run by alligator crime boss, Mr Big (Darin De Paul). A chase ensues and Top Cat and Benny unexpectedly find an ally in New York police officer Charlie Dibble (Bill Lobley), who agrees to put the cats into protective custody with his gun-toting elderly relative, Granny Dibble (David Hoffman), who lives out of town. Far from home, Top Cat adds Choo-Choo (Harris again), Fancy-Fancy (Matthew Piazzi), Spook (Ben Diskin) and Brain (Harris again) to his gang. Unfortunately, the cats cannot hide forever and they must return to the city to face the punishment doled out by Mr Big's snarling hench creatures, Bad Dog and Pantera (Marieve Herington). Top Cat Begins is a 30-minute TV episode that has been padded to feature length. The quality of the animation is merely adequate and gags are groansome. "Stealing stuff that's already stolen - that's recycling!" grins Top Cat, justifying one of his crimes. If the title character had any of his nine lives left after the first film, they are surely lost here, along with our patience.

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Warcraft: The Beginning 3 stars

Peace in the magical realm of Azeroth is shattered when a portal opens to the dying world of Draenor. Orc chieftain Durotan leads his endangered clan, including his wife Draka and son Thrall, through the portal in search for a new place to call home. This army of hulking warriors hopes to avoid extinction at the hands of the diabolical Shadow Council, led by Gul'dan. Unfortunately, the presence of orcs in Azeroth poses a threat to the human population led by Sir Anduin Lothar. Battle lines are drawn.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Fantasy
  • CastPaula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Travis Fimmel, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper.
  • DirectorDuncan Jones.
  • WriterDuncan Jones, Charles Leavitt.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration123 mins
  • Official sitewww.warcraft-movie.co.uk
  • Release30/05/2016

Based on the hugely successful series of video games and books, Warcraft: The Beginning is an action-packed fantasy adventure directed by Duncan Jones, which introduces cinema audiences to the magical realm of Azeroth. Peace in the kingdom is shattered when a portal opens to the dying world of Draenor. Orc chieftain Durotan (Toby Kebbell) leads his endangered clan, including his wife Draka (Anna Galvin) and son Thrall, through the portal in search for a new place to call home. This army of hulking warriors hopes to avoid extinction at the hands of the diabolical Shadow Council, led by Gul'dan (Daniel Wu). Unfortunately, the presence of orcs in Azeroth poses a threat to the human population led by Sir Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel). Battle lines are drawn between the two factions and half-human half-orc fighter Garona Halforcen (Paula Patton) is caught in the crossfire, unsure where her loyalty lies.

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Warcraft: The Beginning 3D 3 stars

Peace in the magical realm of Azeroth is shattered when a portal opens to the dying world of Draenor. Orc chieftain Durotan leads his endangered clan, including his wife Draka and son Thrall, through the portal in search for a new place to call home. This army of hulking warriors hopes to avoid extinction at the hands of the diabolical Shadow Council, led by Gul'dan. Unfortunately, the presence of orcs in Azeroth poses a threat to the human population led by Sir Anduin Lothar. Battle lines are drawn.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Fantasy
  • CastPaula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Travis Fimmel, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper.
  • DirectorDuncan Jones.
  • WriterDuncan Jones, Charles Leavitt.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration123 mins
  • Official sitewww.warcraft-movie.co.uk
  • Release30/05/2016

Based on the hugely successful series of video games and books, Warcraft: The Beginning is an action-packed fantasy adventure directed by Duncan Jones, which introduces cinema audiences to the magical realm of Azeroth. Peace in the kingdom is shattered when a portal opens to the dying world of Draenor. Orc chieftain Durotan (Toby Kebbell) leads his endangered clan, including his wife Draka (Anna Galvin) and son Thrall, through the portal in search for a new place to call home. This army of hulking warriors hopes to avoid extinction at the hands of the diabolical Shadow Council, led by Gul'dan (Daniel Wu). Unfortunately, the presence of orcs in Azeroth poses a threat to the human population led by Sir Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel). Battle lines are drawn between the two factions and half-human half-orc fighter Garona Halforcen (Paula Patton) is caught in the crossfire, unsure where her loyalty lies.

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Warcraft: The Beginning: An IMAX 3D Experience 3 stars

Peace in the magical realm of Azeroth is shattered when a portal opens to the dying world of Draenor. Orc chieftain Durotan leads his endangered clan, including his wife Draka and son Thrall, through the portal in search for a new place to call home. This army of hulking warriors hopes to avoid extinction at the hands of the diabolical Shadow Council, led by Gul'dan. Unfortunately, the presence of orcs in Azeroth poses a threat to the human population led by Sir Anduin Lothar. Battle lines are drawn.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Fantasy
  • CastPaula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Travis Fimmel, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper.
  • DirectorDuncan Jones.
  • WriterDuncan Jones, Charles Leavitt.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration123 mins
  • Official sitewww.warcraft-movie.co.uk
  • Release30/05/2016

Based on the hugely successful series of video games and books, Warcraft: The Beginning is an action-packed fantasy adventure directed by Duncan Jones, which introduces cinema audiences to the magical realm of Azeroth. Peace in the kingdom is shattered when a portal opens to the dying world of Draenor. Orc chieftain Durotan (Toby Kebbell) leads his endangered clan, including his wife Draka (Anna Galvin) and son Thrall, through the portal in search for a new place to call home. This army of hulking warriors hopes to avoid extinction at the hands of the diabolical Shadow Council, led by Gul'dan (Daniel Wu). Unfortunately, the presence of orcs in Azeroth poses a threat to the human population led by Sir Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel). Battle lines are drawn between the two factions and half-human half-orc fighter Garona Halforcen (Paula Patton) is caught in the crossfire, unsure where her loyalty lies.

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X-Men: Apocalypse 3 stars

The very first mutant, En Sabah Nur, aka Apocalypse, reawakens after thousands of years. He is disgusted by the pitiful state of mankind and resolves to clean the evolutionary slate by creating a new world order with the help of his four horsemen of the apocalypse: Angel, Psylocke, Storm and Magneto. Professor X and Raven are determined to protect mankind at all costs and they assemble a team of young X-Men to avert armageddon.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction
  • CastOlivia Munn, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Evan Peters, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Oscar Isaac.
  • DirectorBryan Singer.
  • WriterSimon Kinberg.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration144 mins
  • Official sitewww.xmenmovies.com
  • Release18/05/2016

Too many kooks spoil the broth of director Bryan Singer's fourth tour of duty with the Marvel Comics mutants, which began in 2000 with X-Men. Simon Kinberg's messy script bursts at the seams with tortured characters and subplots vying for our attention, bloating the running time to close to two and a half hours. It's a physical ordeal for us, but too little time for X-Men: Apocalypse to do justice to a menagerie of gifted misfits on both sides of a conflict that reduces several capital cities to rubble. There is dramatic fat that could be trimmed: a blood-spattered interlude involving a face from the past - codenamed Weapon X - is superfluous and the final showdown is played out simultaneously in the real world and inside the connected minds of telepaths. The arch-villain is omnipotent - he slaughters an entire factory of workmen with a casual swipe of his hand - and could conceivably destroy mankind without breaking computer-generated sweat. Instead, this otherworldly tyrant chooses to waste precious time recruiting less powerful mutants to do his bidding and consequently undermines his nefarious plan to wipe clean the evolutionary slate. Ten years have passed since the cataclysmic events of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which saw Logan (Hugh Jackman) travel back in time to 1973 to make contact with the young Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and neutralise the Sentinel program of killer robots. It's now the early 1980s and the very first mutant, En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac), reawakens after thousands of years of inactivity. He is disgusted by the pitiful state of mankind and resolves to create a new world order with the help of his four devoted horsemen of the apocalypse: Angel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Magneto. Professor X and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) vow to protect mankind and they assemble a team of young X-Men to avert armageddon including Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Havok (Lucas Till) and his younger brother Cyclops (Tye Sheridan). X-Men: Apocalypse doesn't settle long enough on one narrative thread to generate dramatic momentum or suspense. Turner and Sheridan make the biggest impact, capturing the inner turmoil of teenagers unable to control their unique and potentially devastating powers. Apart from one rallying cry, Lawrence is surplus to requirements, while McAvoy stares teary-eyed into the camera as his romantic subplot with CIA agent Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) is resuscitated. Special effects have improved in superhuman leaps since Singer's first foray into this universe. He blitzkriegs the screen with eye-popping digital trickery, guaranteeing a relentless assault on the eyes - especially in 3D - which is just as likely to induce a headache as awe and wonder.

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Wednesday 1st June 2016
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X-Men: Apocalypse 3D 3 stars

The very first mutant, En Sabah Nur, aka Apocalypse, reawakens after thousands of years. He is disgusted by the pitiful state of mankind and resolves to clean the evolutionary slate by creating a new world order with the help of his four horsemen of the apocalypse: Angel, Psylocke, Storm and Magneto. Professor X and Raven are determined to protect mankind at all costs and they assemble a team of young X-Men to avert armageddon.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction
  • CastJennifer Lawrence, Olivia Munn, Sophie Turner, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Oscar Isaac, Evan Peters.
  • DirectorBryan Singer.
  • WriterSimon Kinberg.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration144 mins
  • Official sitewww.xmenmovies.com
  • Release18/05/2016

Too many kooks spoil the broth of director Bryan Singer's fourth tour of duty with the Marvel Comics mutants, which began in 2000 with X-Men. Simon Kinberg's messy script bursts at the seams with tortured characters and subplots vying for our attention, bloating the running time to close to two and a half hours. It's a physical ordeal for us, but too little time for X-Men: Apocalypse to do justice to a menagerie of gifted misfits on both sides of a conflict that reduces several capital cities to rubble. There is dramatic fat that could be trimmed: a blood-spattered interlude involving a face from the past - codenamed Weapon X - is superfluous and the final showdown is played out simultaneously in the real world and inside the connected minds of telepaths. The arch-villain is omnipotent - he slaughters an entire factory of workmen with a casual swipe of his hand - and could conceivably destroy mankind without breaking computer-generated sweat. Instead, this otherworldly tyrant chooses to waste precious time recruiting less powerful mutants to do his bidding and consequently undermines his nefarious plan to wipe clean the evolutionary slate. Ten years have passed since the cataclysmic events of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which saw Logan (Hugh Jackman) travel back in time to 1973 to make contact with the young Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and neutralise the Sentinel program of killer robots. It's now the early 1980s and the very first mutant, En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac), reawakens after thousands of years of inactivity. He is disgusted by the pitiful state of mankind and resolves to create a new world order with the help of his four devoted horsemen of the apocalypse: Angel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Magneto. Professor X and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) vow to protect mankind and they assemble a team of young X-Men to avert armageddon including Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Havok (Lucas Till) and his younger brother Cyclops (Tye Sheridan). X-Men: Apocalypse doesn't settle long enough on one narrative thread to generate dramatic momentum or suspense. Turner and Sheridan make the biggest impact, capturing the inner turmoil of teenagers unable to control their unique and potentially devastating powers. Apart from one rallying cry, Lawrence is surplus to requirements, while McAvoy stares teary-eyed into the camera as his romantic subplot with CIA agent Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) is resuscitated. Special effects have improved in superhuman leaps since Singer's first foray into this universe. He blitzkriegs the screen with eye-popping digital trickery, guaranteeing a relentless assault on the eyes - especially in 3D - which is just as likely to induce a headache as awe and wonder.

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Tuesday 31st May 2016
Wednesday 1st June 2016
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Zootropolis 4 stars

Judy Hopps becomes the first serving rabbit police officer in the city of Zootopia. Inducted into the force by Mayor Leodore Lionheart, Judy is initially assigned to traffic duty by Chief Bogo, who doubts her abilities due to her size. During one of her shifts, Judy defies orders and she suffers the wrath of Bogo. In order to prove her worth, Judy vows to solve the case of a missing resident, Mr Otterton, within 48 hours or she will resign.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Drama, Family, Family
  • CastJason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Idris Elba, Octavia Spencer, JK Simmons.
  • DirectorRich Moore, Byron Howard, Jared Bush.
  • WriterPhil Johnston, Jared Bush.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration108 mins
  • Official sitemovies.disney.co.uk/zootropolis
  • Release25/03/2016

Creatures great and small live in perfect harmony in Byron Howard and Rich Moore's anthropomorphic animated feature that continues Disney's winning streak under the creative leadership of John Lasseter. Zootropolis is a beautifully crafted parable that elegantly combines a noir detective thriller, buddy cop comedy and coming of age story with the studio's trademark visual splendour. It's a tour de force of uproarious laughter and tears, accompanied by a gorgeous genre-melding orchestral score from Michael Giacchino that tugs the heartstrings. Screenwriters Jared Bush and Phil Johnston engineer plentiful hairpin twists and turns, mining comedy from mammalian traits while underscoring each bravura set piece with valuable life lessons about prejudice, tolerance and teamwork. Neat visual gags abound including, a small time weasel criminal selling bootleg DVDs of Disney animations Wreck-It Rhino and Wrangled, or familiar chain stores that have been cutely rebranded for creature customers. Zootropolis even cheekily pokes fun at Frozen's song of empowerment, Let It Go, before unleashing its own infectious anthem, Try Everything, sung to the rafters by Shakira in the guise of a chart-topping savannah diva called Gazelle. Bunnyburrow carrot farmer Stu Hopps (voiced by Don Lake) and wife Bonnie (Bonnie Hunt) try to dissuade their daughter Judy (Ginnifer Goodwin) from pursuing her dream of becoming the first serving rabbit police officer in Zootropolis. "If you don't try anything new, you'll never fail," chirpily professes Stu. Unperturbed, Judy earns her police badge as part of the Mammal Inclusion Initiative championed by Mayor Leodore Lionheart (JK Simmons) and his diminutive second in command, Assistant Mayor Dawn Bellwether (Jenny Slate). Judy is initially assigned to traffic duty by Chief Bogo (Idris Elba), who doubts her abilities. In order to prove her worth, the new cop on the block vows to solve the case of a missing resident. "I will give you 48 hours to find Emmitt Otterton. You strike out, you resign," growls Chief Bogo, sensing an opportunity to rid himself of the bouncing bunny. With the clock ticking, Judy gathers evidence from concerned wife Mrs Otterton (Octavia Spencer) and implores a con artist fox called Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to help her break the case. Working with an animal who should be her sworn enemy, Judy stumbles upon a grand conspiracy involving Arctic shrew Mr Big (Maurice LaMarche), who presides over the criminal fraternity in Tundratown with his polar henchbears. Zootropolis is 108 minutes of unadulterated joy, rendered in exquisitely detailed animation. Vocal performances are flawless, particularly Goodwin as the dreamer with a big heart, who truly believes that anyone can achieve their dreams if they put their paws to it. A protracted sequence involving a three-toed sloth called Flash (Raymond S Persi), who works Department of Mammal Vehicles, is nothing short of genius. Hop to it - Zootropolis is the bunny's whiskers.

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