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Poltergeist ***
Movies like It Follows, The Conjuring and The Babadook have made a trip to the cinema scary all over again. It makes this remake of Poltergeist oddly quaint in a world of new and novel twists in terror.
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The film belongs to the kids, particularly Kennedi Clements as Madison, the little girl who is snatched away by the un-dead. Spookily true to the original, the new Poltergeist should bring fun and frights for all the family. It has a few jolts but serious horror aficionados may be left wanting. Alan Corr
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Tomorrowland: A World Beyond (12A)
This is Disney as it used to be. When it was all about Walt and his dreams, vision, and great films; and of a time when Jiminy Cricket urged everyone to wish upon a star.
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Tomorrowland is a family adventure, with an idealistic, smart teenage girl named Casey (played by Britt Robertson), a grumpy geezer called Frank (George Clooney), and a girl called Athena (Raffey Cassidy) who brings and binds them together as they head for a secret, sealed-off world of the future.
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It's another cracker from director Brad Bird, the genius behind The Incredibles and The Iron Giant. ****
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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
'The first Iranian vampire spaghetti western', is how writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour describes her film. It is like nothing you've ever seen.
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Mixing horror with love, actor Arash Marandi is wonderful in saying what his character can't seem to bring himself to say, that is that he is powerless to resist the unnamed vampire's allure.
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Twilight it is not, but therein lies the true charm of A Girl Walks Home...; a film involving a vampire with spaghetti western themes, but a beautiful and heartbreaking love story before all else.
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4.5/5
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Odrán de Bhaldraithe
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Pitch Perfect 2 (12A) ****
The Barden Bellas try to reclaim their a cappella crown at the World Championships after a scandalous performance at the Lincoln Center that left the US President embarrassed. The problem is no American group has ever won the world title...
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Cue bootcamp, freestyle a cappella battles and a whole load of excellent cameos. Even a certain Mr Snoop Dogg makes an appearance. Plus, Fat Amy falls in love, which makes for a rather hilarious subplot. A fan or not, Pitch Perfect 2 is guaranteed to make you giggle. Suzanne Keane
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A Royal Night Out (12A) ***
Using that old "inspired by true events" chestnut, director Julian Jarrold brings us an enjoyably daft caper during which British teenage princesses Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) and Margaret (Bel Powley) become separated while taking part in VE Night celebrations on London's streets.
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In Jarrold's parallel universe there's a cross-city search with a bolshie young airman called Jack (Jack Reynor), visits to pubs and 'clubs' and even the slight sniff of romance en route.
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While the story makes Game of Thrones feel like a documentary, it's no chore to watch. Harry Guerin
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Mad Max: Fury Road (15A) ***1/2
You can smell the petrol in the air and feel the acrid heat on your skin in George Miller's bravado reboot of his 1979 classic of punk film-making, Mad Max.
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Armed with a far bigger budget and a new cast, Miller lets loose in an unhinged actioner that really never lets up. Tom Hardy is more mumbling than mad and Charlize Theron channels her inner Ripley in a movie that is essentially one long multi-vehicle car chase.
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It's a real desert storm. Alan Corr
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Top Five (15A) ****
As if to smack down every Hollywood cliché and offensive stereotype about black America, here's freewheeling stand-up turned movie star Chris Rock with that rare thing - a smart and very likeable romantic comedy.
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He plays, well, a stand-up comic turned movie star who wants to become a serious artist but the industry is aghast and the fans just want him back as the crazy guy.
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Rock's semi-autobiographical film is very funny and very true. It rips along with a great spirit and real heart. Alan Corr
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The Canal (16) *
A wife is murdered and the husband is the chef suspect. But was it in fact her new lover who killed her and dumped her body in the canal of the title? The questions don't get answered too clearly in this disappointing phantasmagoric exercise.
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Think Sinister and The Conjuring moved to locations this side of the Atlantic. Far too bloody, and out to shock and deafen with bludgeoning noise effects. Don't bother. Paddy Kehoe
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Big Game (12A) ***
Samuel L Jackson plays a lame duck US President whose Air Force One is shot down in a Finnish mountain range in this ludicrous but likeable actioner.
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His only hope of survival is Oskari (Onni Tommila), a 13-year-old on a rite of passage deer hunt. Trouble is, Oskari doesn't even have the upper body strength to draw back his bow...
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There is double act chemistry between Jackson and young star Tommila, but Big Game doesn't have enough laughs and is too rushed to join the genre classics. Harry Guerin
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Get Up and Go (15A) ***1/2
The fact that two Love/Hate stars lead the cast in Get Up and Go guarantees a fair ring at the box office, certainly in this country.
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Killian Scott as Coilín is wired, self-obsessed and gutted over the failure of his brief affair with the enigmatic young student Lola (Gemma-Leah Devereux).
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Meanwhile, Alex (Peter Coonan) intends to travel to London that day, but can't raise the grand he needs to tide him over. And a lot can happen in the 24 hours at their disposal. Paddy Kehoe
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