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Dumb and Dumber To (15A) ***1/2
This Farrelly brothers' sequel sees Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels take up where they left off as the idiotic Lloyd and Harry.
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This time around Harry needs a kidney while Lloyd's in a comatose state. The latter's condition is easily resolved and the pair embark on a road trip to find the daughter Harry never knew he had so he can get a new kidney.
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If you liked Dumb and Dumber then you'll know exactly what to expect here, and you should enjoy every potty-mouthed minute. John Byrne
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Night At The Museum (PG) **
Larry's night at the museum goes horribly wrong. In the middle of a meticulously-choreographed routine, the exhibits refuse to do as instructed and all mayhem breaks loose.
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It transpires that the museum's magic tablet is corroding, so the very thing that causes the exhibit characters to come to life is threatened. Larry (Ben Stiller again, natch) searches for a solution in the British Museum in London. Lame. Paddy Kehoe
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Annie (PG) **
An update from the 1977 Broadway musical and John Huston's 1982 movie, the new hip-hop reboot takes viewers from the Great Depression to present-day New York.
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Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) is no longer an orphan, but a savvy and streetwise 10-year-old foster kid, under the care of boozy welfare cheat Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz).
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It may be the longest 118 minutes of your adult life, but you can bet your bottom dollar that your little darlings will be singing their hearts out leaving. Laura Delaney
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The Battle of The Five Armies ***
For a franchise that has thrown everything but the velcro clad dwarf at the 3D wide screen, the final part of Peter Jackson's overly ambitious Hobbit trilogy really is a case of diminishing returns.
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Nobody could fault the brilliantly executed and prolonged battle scenes but there is precious little Hobbit in The Hobbit and worse still, Gandalf, the most compelling character in all of Middle Earth is given little to do.
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However, from a spectacular opening sequence to the bloody climax, Jackson finally rounds up his Tolkien voyage with real class and style. Alan Corr
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The Black Sea (15A) ****
Kevin MacDonald is one of the great film directors of the modern age. This time around he's behind a taut, claustrophobic heist caper that becomes a disaster movie, about a disparate group of sailors on a battered submarine searching for some sunken Nazi gold in the Black Sea.
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Jude Law plays Robinson, a redundant submarine captain who takes a job with a shadowy backer to search for the gold. Robinson's well-intentioned plans to share the wealth equally among his crew is met with resistance, and things go from bad to worse in no time. John Byrne
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Penguins of Madagascar (G) ****
This Madagascar franchise may seem to be getting out of hand, but if they can retain the standard, what's the harm in it?
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Certainly, judging by this latest release, DreamWorks should have a major Christmas hit on their hands with this spin-off about a quartet of penguins going on a global adventure fighting an evil octopus.
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Rapid-paced and great fun, there's plenty here to keep any child under 80 spellbound for the duration, while even those pesky adults should be amused by the odd reference and joke made for them alone. John Byrne
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The Pyramid (16) ***1/2
Ignoring a call to leave as nearby Cairo erupts with rioting, a team of archaeologists and a film crew head into a newly-discovered pyramid and quickly manage to get themselves lost.
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They also get spooked out by what seems to be a feral cat or dog. It's nothing of the sort, of course, and not before long it becomes apparent that the dwindling crew are dealing with something far more deadly.
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The Pyramid is great fun if you leave your cynicism at the cinema entrance. John Byrne
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Get Santa ***
Essentially a modern day take on Miracle on 34th Street, Get Santa marries Brit flick crime drama with tinselly family comedy.
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There's a great performance from Jim Broadbent as a bumbling but wise Santa and the fun cast play it for laughs and warm, mushy moments.
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It sags like an overstuffed sack in places and while Get Santa is not at all naughty, it is very nice. Alan Corr
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Paddington (G) *****
It seemed like a nigh-on-impossible task to do justice to the institution that is Paddington on the big screen - but they've done it.
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This is the story of a lonely bear sent to forge a new life in England, far away from home. He lands on his paws when he is adopted by a London family who need him as much as he needs them.
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Paddington's magic has jumped intact from page to big screen - the messier the bear, the bigger the laughs. I cannot wait to watch it again with those I love reading the books to. Taragh Loughrey-Grant
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Horrible Bosses 2 (15A) **
If you're in the market for an undemanding, relatively amusing way to while away a couple of hours, then this could be just the ticket.
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The follow-up to 2011's hit comedy sees hapless trio Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) attempt to escape the shackles of the 9-5 slog by becoming their own bosses and making millions.
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What could go wrong? A whole lot, it turns out. The patchy script is saved by the chemistry between Bateman, Sudeikis and Day. Sarah McIntyre
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