Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie **
Director: Mandie Fletcher
Starring: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield, Chris Colfer, Kate Moss, Lulu, mma Bunton, Robert Webb, Barry Humphries, Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness
Duration: 90 minutes
Dress it up anyway you want but Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is just sooooooo last season. Scrap that - it’s just sooooooo first season of Absolutely Fabulous from 1992. Already relics by the time of their last outing for a Christmas special in 2012, Patsy and Edina return to an even more complicated world, a place where death by social media is possibly a worse fate than being seen in double denim.
Our dipso fashion victims are still living in grandiloquent self-delusion in a palatial pad in West London: PR maven Edina is struggling to hang on to her clients (a “boutique” vodka, Lulu and Baby Spice) and Patsy’s fashion mag is losing its lustre so when they hear that Kate Moss, who’s ageing nearly as well as Joanna Lumley, has fired her PR, it is time for Edina to .......Read Alan Corr's full review here
Central Intelligence ***1/2
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Danielle Nicolet, Aaron Paul
Duration: 107 minutes
Sometimes it's better not to travel in hope.
I went along to the screening of Central Intelligence expecting little from the latest vehicle for Dwayne Johnson, a man I will always call The Rock, thanks to his pre-Hollywood career as my second-favourite wrestler (Shawn Michaels, if you must know). I was disappointed.This fun buddy movie is something like a semi-slapstick Midnight Runstarring Abbot and Costello.
The film opens in the mid-1990s with an overweight kid called Robby being bullied and embarrassed at school, and then zips forward twenty years to the week of a high school reunion. Kevin Hart plays Calvin, the only student who showed any decency towards Robby. He left school with great expectations, but now feels a failure as he's 'only' an accountant. The shame of it all . . .Read John Byrne's full review here
Ice Age: Collision Course *1/2
Director: Mike Thurmeier, Galen T. Chu
Starring: Melissa Rauch, Adam Devine, Jennifer Lopez, Simon Pegg, Stephanie Beatriz, Nick Offerman, Max Greenfield, Seann William Scott, Queen Latifah, Ray Romano, Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Duration: 94 minutes
Despite an all-star voice cast, Ice Age: Collision Course, the fifth instalment of the franchise, fails to get off the ground.
It's a frantically-paced but wholly unfunny caper which falls down at the first hurdle of any animated movie worth its salt – providing a few laugh-out-loud moments.
The much-loved sabre-toothed squirrel Scrat it up to his usual tricks - desperately trying to keep his prized acorn in his clasp - to increasingly catastrophic results.
One such repercussion is inadvertently causing a blazing meteorite to hurtle towards Earth, where a heard of animals led by mammoth Manny (Ray Romano), saber-tooth tiger Diego (Denis Leary) and slovenly ground sloth Sid (John Leguinzamo) are peacefully going about their business and dealing with their own issues.
Manny and his wife Ellie (Queen Latifah) are wrestling with ..... Read Sarah McIntyre's full review here
Notes on Blindness *****
Director: Peter Middleton and James Spinney.
Starring: Dan Skinner, Simone Kirby
Duration: 87 minutes
Writer and academic John Hull’s last glimpse he believes was of a church spire in Shrewsbury in England, the last thing he ever saw before he went totally blind in 1983 at the age of 45. When he realised that henceforth he wouldn’t be able to read the books he wanted to read in the fields of anthropology and sociology he enquired of libraries as to whether such works could be accessed as audio books.
He was told that blind people do not read such “big books.” So he organised a band of readers of the books he wanted to read, who duly recorded such tomes on to literally hundreds of cassettes. The cassettes arrived in greater quantity than he could keep up with.
Notes on Blindness is a film, but it is very much..... Read Paddy Kehoe's full review here
Now You See Me 2 ***1/2
Director: Jon M Chu
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Lizzy Caplan, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Daniel Radcliffe
If you saw Now You See Me and enjoyed it, take it from me: you're going to love this sequel, which is pretty much more of the same and then some.
Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco are back as J Daniel Atlas, Merritt McKinney and Jack Wilder, three of the magical quartet known as the Four Horsemen, while Lizzy Caplan takes the place of the departed Isla Fisher. Indeed, Caplan is a much better fit, as her character, illusionist Lula, is a lot more rock 'n'roll. She's one of the lads, really.
Mark Ruffalo also returns as FBI Special Agent Dylan Rhodes. It was a big reveal in the first film that he's the brains behind the Four Horsemen, but his fellow Feds don't know. Well, that is, they only find out after a plan to expose corrupt businessman Owen Case (Ben Lamb), whose new software secretly steals data on its users to be exploited for Case's benefit, backfires.
Rhodes is exposed, but it's gets worse when......Read John Byrne's full review here