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The pitched battle scenes are more pre-watershed than pure bloodshed but the lack of CGI should be applauded

Hercules

It's not as dumb as it looks.

  • Reminiscent of the much-loved ET

    Earth to Echo

    Mixing sci-fi, action, drama and even a small bit of innocent romance, Earth to Echo is reminiscent of the much-loved ET.

  • Joe: Nicolas Cage as the rough diamond who looks out for young Gary (Tye Sheridan)

    Joe

    Joe is a sensitively-expressed, often moving story, and Nicolas Cage carries it all manfully and mightily as the surrogate dad figure.

  • Shep Gordon: from havoc to hammock

    Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

    Everyone from Alice Cooper to Michael Douglas lines up to pay homage to legendary music and movie manager Shep Gordon in this rollicking documentary by Mike Myers

  • Serkis and Kebbell steal the whole show in face of mostly wooden human performances

    Dawn of The Planet of The Apes

    A highly-involved drama and action flick that really does come down from the trees

  • A bravado mix of waspish humour, pure mischief and deadly earnestness

    Morrissey: World Peace is None of Your Business

    The campaign for Morrissey's five night stand at Croker begins here.

  • Boyhood documents the growth of 6-year-old Mason and his family over 12 years.

    Boyhood

    Filmed over 12 years, Boyhood is a unique experience, which effortlessly spans the growth of one boy named Mason, resulting in a genuinely captivating story.

  • The feelgood hit of the summer

    Begin Again

    The feelgood hit of the summer.

  • Holloways were used as routes to pilgrim places, to the sea and to market.

    Holloway by Macfarlane, Donwood & Richards

    This 36-page work details time spent trekking through an ancient holloway in Dorset. It's part-authored by Robert Macfarlane, one of the most revered writer-naturalists working in English at present.

  • Last Dance: imaginative, ruminative spins on the classics

    Keith Jarrett Charlie Haden Last Dance

    Bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Keith Jarrett hadn't played together in over three decades when they recorded this fine album seven years ago, now finally released.

  • Optimus Prime is back and shinier than ever

    Transformers: Age of Extinction

    This is the movie that never ends; yes, it goes on and on my friends...

  • Tammy stars Melissa McCarthy but it's a mis-hit of a movie

    Tammy

    Melissa McCarthy stars in a comedy she co-wrote with director and husband Ben Falcone that unfortunately is short on laughs.

  • A slight return to electro dusting and serpentine rhythms

    David Gray - Mutineers

    David Gray makes a strong return with a musically varied tenth album

  • Nicolson's journey around the Homeric world: Ulysses and Achilles, and the stories of their exploits assembled in the Iliad and the Odyssey.

    The Mighty Dead by Adam Nicolson

    Homer's epic poems, The Iliad and the Odyssey, are the oldest stories that mankind has for reading and their background and complex origins are explored in this fascinating new book.

  • Brendan Muldowney's new movie Love Eternal, starring Robert De Hoog and Pollyanna McIntosh

    Love Eternal

    Based on a Japanese novel, Love Eternal is the kind of surreal, creepy adventure story that Neil Jordan might also be interested in adapting for film.