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Drona (12A) 125min ••• Indiana Jones-style Bollywood adventure based on a mythological Indian text about one man’s journey through a mystical cosmos. Some good special effects, great locations and a compelling central performance from Abishek Bachchan makes for mild entertainment. Selected release from Thu 2 Oct.

Kidnap (12A) 136min •• A week before her 18th birthday celebration, Sonia (Minissha Lamba) is kidnapped. An old enemy of her tycoon businessman father wants to settle an old score. Things get more complicated when she begins to fall for her attractive abductor Kabir (Imran Khan). Silly romantic thriller from the director of box office hit Dhoom. Selected release from Thu 2 Oct.

The Stone Of Destiny (PG) 96min •• Charles Martin Smith’s hysterical, historical heist film gets a Scotland-only release. Charlie Cox plays Iain Hamilton, a student who sets out to liberate the Stone of Destiny from Westminster Abbey and bring it back to Scotland. Without offering any political context for their actions, Smith’s film depicts Hamilton and his gang as bumbling amateurs, and the result in a cinematic non-event, devoid of thrills, excitement or even common sense. Selected release from Fri 10 Oct.

Nights In Rodanthe (PG) 96min • Unhappily married Adrienne (Diane Lane) and an emotionally confused doctor (Richard Gere) are drawn together when a storm closes in on the North Carolina hotel. Schmaltzy, dreary and tedious second-chance romancer based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks, whose previous adaptations include Message in a Bottle and The Notebook. General release from Fri 10 Oct.

The House Bunny (12A) 97min •• Predictably pitiful comedy about a recently unemployed Playboy mansion bunny (pictured), Shelly (Ana Farris), who goes to college. This formulaic Legally Blond style comedy still manages to raise a few laughs. General release from Fri 10 Oct.

Mutant Chronicles (18) 111min ••• Major Mitch Hunter (Thomas Jane) leads a war against an army of necro-mutants. Impressively dark and odd horror sci-fi adventure co-starring Hellboy’s Ron Perlman. Minor cult status or a minor franchise beckons. General release from Fri 10 Oct.

City of Ember (PG) 100min •• Students from the amazing underground city of Ember go through a series of adventures in order to sustain their special secret world for another 200 years. Ho-hum but visually impressive children’s adventure sci-fi with guest appearances from Bill Murray, Tim Robbins and Martin Landau. General release from Fri 10 Oct.

Drona

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • India
  • 125 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Goldie Behl
  • Written by: Goldie Behl, Jaydeep Sarkar
  • Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Kay Kay Menon, Jaya Bachchan

'Indiana Jones' style Bollywood adventure based on mythological Indian text about one man's journey through a mystical cosmos.

Kidnap

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • India
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sanjay Gadhvi
  • Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Imran Khan, Minissha Lamba, Vidya Malvade

A week before her eighteenth birthday celebration, Sonia (Lamba) is kidnapped. An old enemy of her tycoon businessman father wants to settle an old score. Things get more complicated when she begins to fall for her attractive abductor Kabir (Khan).

The Stone of Destiny

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • Canada/UK
  • 96 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Charles Martin Smith
  • Written by: Charles Martin Smith
  • Cast: Charlie Cox, Billy Boyd, Robert Carlyle, Kate Mara, Bryan Lowe, Brenda Fricker

Smith's hysterical, historical heist film gets a Scotland-only release. Cox plays Ian Hamilton, a student who sets out to liberate the Stone of Destiny from Westminster Abbey and bring in back to Scotland. A cinematic non-event, devoid of thrills, excitement and even common sense.

Nights in Rodanthe

  • 1 star
  • 2008
  • US/Australia
  • 96 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: George C Wolfe
  • Written by: Novel, Nicholas Sparks, Screenplay, Ann Peacock, John Romano
  • Cast: Richard Gere, Diane Lane

Unhappily married Adrienne (Lane) and an emotionally confused doctor (Gere) are drawn together when a storm closes in on the North Carolina hotel. Schmaltzy, dreary and tedious second-chance romancer based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks.

The House Bunny

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 97 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Fred Wolf
  • Written by: Kirsten Smith, Karen McCullah Lutz
  • Cast: Anna Faris, Colin Hanks, Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, Katharine McPhee, Rumer Willis, Kiely Williams, Tyson Ritter, Hugh Hefner

Predictably pitiful comedy about a recently unemployed 'Playboy' mansion bunny (Farris) who goes to college. Formulaic 'Legally Blonde'ish slapstick which still manages to raise a few laughs.

Mutant Chronicles

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 111 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Simon Hunter
  • Written by: Philip Eisner
  • Cast: Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, John Malkovich

Major Mitch Hunter (Jane) leads a war against an army of necro-mutants. Impressively dark and odd horror sci-fi adventure co-starring 'Hellboy''s Ron Perlman. Minor cult status of minor franchise series beckons.

City of Ember

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 100 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Gil Kenan
  • Written by: Caroline Thompson, Jeanne DuPrau
  • Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway, Bill Murray, Mackenzie Crook

Students from the underground city of Ember go through a series of adventures to help its citizens escape its increasing deterioration. Ho-hum but visually impressive children's adventure sci-fi.

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