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New life for Cinderella

CINDERELLA: Starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Rated G (Very mild themes) 113 minutes  By Joseph McAleer CINDERELLA injects vibrant new life into a venerable fairytale. The result is an exuberant live-action retelling of the oft-filmed fable, the most famous screen version of which is Disney’s classic 1950 animated feature. Opting for ... Read More »

An enjoyable, fun and relaxing family film

Shaun the Sheep:  Starring Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili. Directed by Mark Burton & Richard Starzak. Rated G. 85 mins Reviewed by Liam Webb A STAPLE of kids’ entertainment since his inception in 2007, Shaun the Sheep has finally made the leap from the silver screen to the red carpet in Shaun the Sheep Movie. Shaun is the same ... Read More »

Vast pool of veteran talent

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL: Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Sonny Kapoor, Richard Gere. Directed by John Madden. Rated PG (Mild coarse language and sexual references). 122 minutes. By John Mulderig BASED on its ingratiating surface, the comedy sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel might be categorised as the sort of film that, while safest for ... Read More »

It’s all ‘lost in the ether’

JUPITER ASCENDING: Starring Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne. Directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski. Rated M (Violence and science fiction themes). 127 minutes. By Joseph McAleer HEAVENLY bodies – human and alien – collide in spectacular fashion in “Jupiter Ascending”, a 3D science-fiction romp through the cosmos. Written and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski, creators of The Matrix ... Read More »

Looks like ‘milder cousin’ of Game of Thrones

SEVENTH SON: Starring Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Alicias Vikander. Directed by Sergei Bodrov. Rated M (Fantasy themes, violence and infrequent coarse language). 102 minutes By John McCarthy A THROWBACK to Saturday matinee serials and mid-20th-century action-adventure films, “Seventh Son” aims to captivate moviegoers with an accessible tale leavened by fantasy and anchored by imperfect heroes who battle the ... Read More »

Inspired to peace prayer

AMERICAN SNIPER: Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Ben Reed, Luke Grimes, Elise Robertson. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Rated MA15+ (Strong themes and violence). 132 minutes By Pat Cannard RECENTLY I viewed the film American Sniper and promptly went out and bought the book written by Chris Kyle, a United States Navy SEAL (Sea, Air, Land teams) from 1999-2009 ... Read More »

James Bond’s rank as top agent under no threat

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE: Starring Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, Jack Davenport, Mark Hamill. Directed by Matthew Vaughn. Rated MA15+ (Strong violence and coarse language). 129 minutes By Joseph McAleer ICONIC spy James Bond gets younger, hipper competition via “Kingsman: The Secret Service”. This suave but excessively violent adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ 2012 comic book ... Read More »

A search of individual identity

IDA: Starring Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. Rated M (Mature themes). 80 minutes By Donata Morelli THE film takes place in the early 1960s, in Poland, in the middle of the time of the Communist regime. Anna is a young novice who is about to take her vows as a religious sister. She lives in ... Read More »

Project takes wrong turn

PROJECT ALMANAC: Starring Amy Landecker, Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-DíElia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, Virginia Gardner. Directed by Dean Israelite. Rated M (Coarse language and sexual references). 106 minutes. By John Mulderig TEENAGERS should avoid taking on Project Almanac. Though obviously aimed at adolescents, this sci-fi fantasy showcases behaviour and dialogue that responsible parents would not want their youngsters either to ... Read More »

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