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Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6
  • 2014
  • US
  • 108 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Chris Williams, Don Hall
  • Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Génesis Rodríguez, T. J. Miller, Daniel Henney, Maya Rudolph

Hiro (Potter) is a 14-year-old robotics genius who, after a family tragedy, teams up with inflatable robot Baymax (Adsit) to become crimefighting superheroes. This Disney adaptation of a Marvel comic deals with dark themes of loss and grief but also has plenty of heart and some big laughs, especially from Adsit.

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The Boy Next Door

The Boy Next Door
  • 2015
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Rob Cohen
  • Written by: Barbara Curry
  • Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Kristin Chenoweth

Classics teacher Claire (Lopez) is seduced into a one-night stand by handsome psycho Noah (Guzman), who gives her a copy of the Iliad ("It's a first edition!" she gasps.) Hilariously bad stalker flick, a must-see for all the wrong reasons, most of which have to do with debut screenwriter Curry's howler-ridden script.

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Chappie

Chappie
  • 2015
  • US
  • 120 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Neill Blomkamp
  • Cast: Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver

After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot.

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Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey
  • 2015
  • US
  • 18
  • Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson
  • Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle

Despite its troubling gender politics and distinct lack of plot, the likeable Johnson brings nuance and charm to a paper-thin character; Dornan manages to offer a hint of humanity; and given the many constraints, this sleek, fairly trim and occasionally sensual adaptation is the best imaginable outcome.

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Focus

Focus
  • 2015
  • US
  • 104 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Glenn Ficarra/John Requa
  • Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro

Nicky (Smith) is a lifelong con man who takes wannabe swindler Jess (Robbie) under his wing, only to fall for her; dull romantic twists and not-very-ingenious stings ensue. The two stars have almost no chemistry and the film's greatest scam is that it fools you into thinking it's going to amount to more than it does.

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Horns

Horns
  • 2014
  • US/Canada
  • 123 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alexandre Aja
  • Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Heather Graham

When Ig (Radcliffe)'s girlfriend Merrin (Temple) is murdered, suspicion falls on him; but then he sprouts horns and people begin to confess their secrets to him. Unfortunately Aja neglects the more interesting crisis-of-faith theme and overstuffs the narrative, so despite nice work from Radcliffe (and Graham, great fun as an evil waitress) it lacks hiss or bite.

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It Follows

It Follows
  • 2014
  • US
  • 107 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Robert Mitchell
  • Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi

Jay (Monroe) is a Michigan teenager whose lover reveals that he's infected her with a potentially deadly curse. Sensitive, visually arresting and utterly disturbing horror about the possible consequences of a sexual encounter, with a deeply affecting performance from Monroe and an excellent supporting cast.

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Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending
  • 2015
  • UK/US/Australia
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski
  • Cast: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, James D'Arcy, Tim Pigott-Smith

Jupiter Jones (Kunis) is a disgruntled cleaner who's rescued by a snarling lycanthrope in gravity boots (Tatum) in order to fulfil her true destiny as monarch of Earth. The Wachowskis' labour of love plays like a complicated mix of The Princess Diaries and The Fifth Element, except that it's neither gritty nor particularly entertaining.

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Kill the Messenger

Kill the Messenger
  • 2014
  • US
  • 112 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michael Cuesta
  • Cast: Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims

Based on the true story of Gary Webb (Renner), a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, who uncovered dirty CIA activities in South America and who became the victim of a smear campaign as a result. Renner has considerable spark but overall it's excessively polemical, being more informative than entertaining.

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 15
  • Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
  • Cast: Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine

Eggsy (Egerton) is a streetwise petty criminal, who debonair secret agent Harry (Firth) inducts into Kingsman, a super-secret spy organisation going up against bonkers, lisping billionaire Richmond Valentine (Jackson). Egerton is confident and engaging, Firth is visibly enjoying himself, and despite the odd puerile joke it's riotously entertaining.

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Paddington

Paddington
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 95 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Paul King
  • Cast: Ben Whishaw (voice), Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins

The story of an illegal immigrant from Peru and his efforts to be integrated into British society. He's a bear, by the way. Whishaw imbues the CGI Paddington with immense charm, the rest of the cast are excellent and the exuberant direction and smart, knowing script make for a genuine delight.

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • 2015
  • US/UK
  • 122 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: John Madden
  • Cast: Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench

This sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (yes, you may have guessed) has an ensemble cast, and follows the expansionist dreams of Sonny. He has his eye on a second property, but there are still predicaments to resolve in his first.

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Selma

Selma
  • 2014
  • US
  • 128 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ava DuVernay
  • Cast: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Tom Wilkinson

The story of the 1965 civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, with Martin Luther King (Oyelowo) facing a nervous President Johnson (Wilkinson) and Alabama's racist Governor Wallace (Roth). Among a stellar cast Oyelowo is exceptional, and DuVernay and Webb capture both the greatness and the limitations of King's achievements. Essential.

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Shaun the Sheep Movie

Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • 2015
  • UK
  • U
  • Directed by: Mark Burton, Richard Starzack
  • Cast: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes

When the Farmer gets lost in the Big City, Shaun (Fletcher) and his friends leave Mossy Bottom Farm to rescue him. With a steady stream of hilarious, well-timed sight gags, it's a beautifully made comedy for the whole family, packed with the kind of detail that rewards future viewings.

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Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business
  • 2015
  • US
  • 91 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ken Scott
  • Written by: Steve Conrad
  • Cast: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson

Daniel (Vaughn) is a doting father and husband and the sensitive, indefatigable boss of Tim (Wilkinson) and Mike (Franco), who he takes on a business trip to Europe. Chaotic, meandering and unbelievable business comedy with admittedly great casting, even if Wilkinson gets too little screen time. Brainless, but heartfelt.

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The Wedding Ringer

The Wedding Ringer
  • 2015
  • US
  • 101 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jeremy Garelick
  • Cast: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Olivia Thirlby

Affluent LA businessman Doug (Gad) is getting married to Gretchen (Cuoco-Sweeting) but he has no friends, so he contacts 'Wedding Ringer' Jimmy (Hart) who makes a living being the best man for grooms who don't otherwise have one. Crude and mirthless comedy squandering otherwise talented performers.

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