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Cinderella (GEN) ****
Packed with even more charm, heart and fairy dust than Disney's 1951 animated outing, this revamped live-action flick gives viewers an insight into the minds of Cinders (Lily James) and those around her.
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The ballroom scene is exquisite and is guaranteed to bring back some childhood nostalgia, but it's the 'transformation' scene, involving Cinderella's Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham Carter), that steals the show.
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James is perfect as Cinderella, while Richard Madden does good work as the Prince. Go see Cinderella - you really will have a ball! Laura Delaney
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Get Hard (16) **
Will Ferrell plays financier James King who is sentenced to 10 years in San Quentin following insider trading at the company headed by the man who was to have been his future father-in-law.
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Now King has lost his job, his fiancée and there are just 30 days until chokey.
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Enter Darnell (Kevin Hart), who claims he has done time and who will show him how to defend himself. What could have been good, clean fun is determined not to be, sadly. Paddy Kehoe
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Seventh Son (12A) **1/2
Jeff Bridges is the last warrior of a mystical order, who trains the seventh son of a seventh son (Ben Barnes) in the art of self-defence in a cavernous, darkly-forested place of sheer cliffs and dangerous waterfalls (which afford some top-class 3-D thrills).
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Their aim is to exterminate Julianne Moore's witch queen and, natch, there is a precious amulet in the mix. Too long at 120 minutes but engaging enough. Paddy Kehoe
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SpongeBob Out of Water (GEN) ****
In typical SpongeBob style, we've got a surreal story here.
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SpongeBob and rival Plankton agree to form an alliance to find the missing Krabby Patty formula and what follows is a series of adventures - including some great computer graphics - that rubbishes any notions of a mere cash-in with this sequel.
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It's fun all the way and almost as impressive as the Shaun the Sheep Movie. John Byrne
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The Gunman (16) ***
Sean Penn plays a former security contractor haunted by his past. When the present turns nasty, he has to go on the run.
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From hand-to-hand combat to shootouts, Penn looks the part in his first bona fide action-thriller, with the big jaw-dropper just how ripped he is for a man of his years. Now, if only the script was in as good a shape.
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Interesting characters don't get enough of a look-in with the villains, in particular, a big letdown. Ultimately, Penn's burnout gravitas and Taken director Pierre Morel's set-pieces just about save the day. Harry Guerin
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Insurgent (12A) **
Based on Veronica Roth's bestselling trilogy, the sequel picks up where Divergent left off, in the aftermath of a war against Abnegation. Wracked with guilt and nightmares, Tris (Shailene Woodley), now a hardened revolutionary, goes on the run from power-hungry Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet).
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The script lacks any sort of narrative cohesion, while the subplots are predictable. The best scenes are those in which Winslet and Woodley come face to face. Laura Delaney
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Home (G) ***1/2
The Boov are on the run from the evil Gorg and relocate to Earth. In return, Earthlings are shunted off around the world in a most benevolent fashion, which is where Rihanna's character, Gratuity 'Tip' Tucci, comes in.
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She gets separated from her mother, and bumps into Oh when he is on the run from his fellow Boov after inadvertently revealing their location to the galaxy. An alliance between the two is soon forged and a series of adventures begin.
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Good fun, with adorable aliens and a reassuring message. Pre-schoolers should lap it up. John Byrne
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Suite Francaise (15A) ***
Michelle Williams has another good one for the CV with Suite Francaise, a solid adaptation of the posthumous Irène Némirovsky bestseller with a very BBC-miniseries-in-waiting feel.
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Put it this way: if your genres of choice are wartime drama or romance, then from period detail to performances you'll find something to enjoy.
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For Kristin Scott-Thomas fans there's another masterclass as a woman whose heartstrings are still in working order, despite the blocks of ice between them. You'll find your own tugged in many a scene. Harry Guerin
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Run All Night (15A) ****
Having worked together on Non-Stop and Unknown, Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra turn in their best collaboration with Run All Night.
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It's a gritty and grainy action-thriller that puts the boot in any chance it gets and which should have fans of the big guy and all things hardboiled thumping the armrest in approval.
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The big question at the end isn't how long Neeson can keep these shenanigans up, but when they're going to put himself and Denzel Washington in the same film. Harry Guerin
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In A House That Ceased to Be (15A)
In A House That Ceased To Be concerns the story of Christina Noble, whose foundation has helped over 700,000 street children in Vietnam and Mongolia since 1989.
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It is also her moving family story with contributions from two sisters and a brother.
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There are certain traumas that cannot be sorted with hugs and kisses, despite the jubilant reunion in her brother Seán's home in the United States. Patrick Kehoe
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