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Legend ***

Director: Brian Helgeland

Starring: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Colin Morgan

Duration: 131 minutes

Cert: 18

Director Brian Helgeland's take on the Kray twins story is slick, larger-than-life and, for the most part, mightily entertaining.

Legend delves into the well-known story of the infamous gangster twins who came to prominence in 1950s East End London, where they presided over a much-feared gang who were involved with protection rackets, armed robberies, arsons and murders.

Tom Hardy is mesmerising in a dual performance as Reggie and Ronnie Kray and his portrayal is worth the ticket price alone. Reggie has a charming swagger and handsome demeanour which masks a temperament that is quick to sour. Ronnie is unpredictable and prone to brutal violence but also sensitive - a medicated schizophrenic who romanticises the gangster life and is fiercely loyal to his brother. 

Their ascension in the criminal underworld...  Read Sarah McIntyre's full review here.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials ****

Director: Wes Ball

Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aidan Gillen, Patricia Clarkson, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor, Alan Tudyk, Jacob Lofland, Dexter Darden

Duration: 131 minutes

Cert: 15A

Whatever you do in this life, learn from the best. For the follow-up to his sleeper hit debut The Maze Runner, director Wes Ball sat down again and watched the 'middle' movies in trilogies,The Empire Strikes Back and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom among them. The swotting served him well: this is a gripping post-apocalyptic chase movie that expands and improves the universe of the first film and suggests Ball will be one of those household name directors before too long.

Picking up right after last year's breakout (pun intended), Scorch Trials finds hero Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his comrades from former home/prison the Glade embedded in their rescuers' base. But who can they really trust with time running out for humanity? Read Harry Guerin's full review here.

The Visit ***

Director: M Night Shyamalan

Starring: Kathryn Hahn, Olivia De Jonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie

Duration: 94 minutes

Cert: 15A

He's seen both days when it comes to critical and commercial success, but after the kickings dished out to Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth, M Night Shyamalan has rediscovered a fair whack of his mojo with chiller The Visit, a small budget movie ($5m) that will do the business, and a good example of a simple idea, done well.

When single parent Paula (Kathryn Hahn) is whisked away on a cruise as part of her job, kids Rebecca (Olivia De Jonge) and Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) head off from Philadelphia to rural Pennsylvania to stay with the grandparents they've never met. This family set-up is, to put it mildly, strained: Paula left home some 15 years earlier after a blazing row about her choices in life, and the wound has never healed. Bringing video cameras along to document their trip, Rebecca and Tyler hope they can build the bridges. But they barely have the bags unpacked when they realise... Read Harry Guerin's full review here.

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Ricki and the Flash *

Director: Jonathan Demme

Starring: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Rick Springfield

Duration: 101 minutes

Cert: 12A

When you see Meryl Streep is starring in a film you immediately raise your expectations. She has starred in so many classics, and portrayed so many iconic characters, that you forget that she is only human and like the rest of us, can make a mistake. Ricki and the Flash is the kind of film you don't expect someone of Streep's calibre to make at this stage in her career – while taking risks can be a good thing, it's called a gamble for a reason. And this just doesn't pay off.

Ricki and the Flash is much like 2012's Hope Springs or 2009's It's Complicated in terms of underwhelming, but what both of those films had were a sense of heart. Even if those stories themselves were middle-of-the-road and somewhat forgettable, you cared about Streep's character in both. That just can't be said for Ricki Rendozza – I never actually cared what happened to her. The script is awkward at times, the attempts at humour don't quite land, and she just seems generally too... Read Sinead Brennan's full review here.

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl ****

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Starring: Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, RJ Cyler, Connie Britton, Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon

Duration: 105 minutes

Cert: 12A

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has a fairly cumbersome title but don't let that put you off - it's a really beautiful movie that manages to be moving without ever feeling emotionally manipulative.

Thomas Mann plays Greg, a typical awkward high-schooler who keeps his peers at arm's length as he's afraid of not fitting in. His only close friend is Earl (RJ Cyler), who he refers to as his "co-worker" as they make cheesy parodies of classic movies together. 

His mother, played by the always brilliant Connie Britton, forces him to to hang out with Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a classmate who has just been diagnosed with leukaemia. Under duress, Thomas heads over to Rachel's house, and the friendship that develops... Read Sarah McIntyre's full review here.

Dope ***

Director: Rick Famuyiwa

Starring: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Zoe Kravitz, Blake Anderson, Chanel Iman, A$AP Rocky

Duration: 102 minutes

Cert: 16

Dope tells the story of Malcolm (Moore) a teenager from a rough neighbourhood in Los Angeles known as The Bottoms. Malcolm has dreams of becoming a man of Harvard, but unlike many studious types, he isn't being pushed in that direction, quite the opposite actually. Malcolm has to fight against the social stereotypes being placed on him by pretty much everyone in his life given his race, socio-economic background and family life. As Malcolm says in the film when answering the question 'why do you want to go to Harvard', 'if I was white, would you even have to ask that question?'

Malcolm and his two best friends are obsessed with 90s hip-hop and dress like they've walked straight out of Saved By The Bell or The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, which immediately makes them stand out in their surroundings which are rife with gangs, drugs and violence.

So while this all forms the back-drop for what isn't at all a preachy or serious film despite it's thought-provoking subject matter, it's really... Read Sinead Brennan's full review here.

Straight Outta Compton ****

Director: F Gary Gray

Starring: O'Shea Jackson Jr, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr, Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Marlon Yates Jr, R Marcos Taylor, Alexandra Shipp

Duration: 147 minutes

Cert: 15A

F Gary Gray's long-awaited film about west coast rappers NWA biopic has all the ingredients of a great music biopic but it tells a story that may be less than palatable to a wider American public.Straight Outta Compton is fast, smart and funny, and it's also a sharp reminder of a time when rap really was the soundtrack of an oppressed generation of black America.

Quite apart from the booming, visceral music, what makes this such an enjoyable ride are the stand-out performances from the largely unknown leads. Gray never loses sight of the character-driven story in what is a long, multi-faceted film.

Ice Cube is played by his own son, O'Shea Jackson Jr; Corey Hawkins really does have Dr Dre's scowl, and even if they are sidelined... Read Alan Corr's full review here.

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