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This Week's New Film Releases: Friday 22 August 2014

15 classification Lucy


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Genre: Action
Director: Luc Besson
Running time: 89 mins

Luc Besson, director of La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element, gives us another OTT action movie about a pouting supermodel-type who also happens to kick ass. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is a naive, carefree student in Taiwan who is asked by her shady boyfriend to transport a locked briefcase to a hotel. There she meets the villainous drug dealer Mr Jang (Choi Min-sik) and learns that the briefcase contains a strange new drug called CHP4, an artificial version of a hormone found in pregnant mothers. Lucy is forced to be a drug mule and has a bag of CHP4 sewn into her stomach. When Mr Jang's men attack her, the bag is broken and Lucy begins to exhibit crazy super-powers.

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15 classification What If


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Genre: Drama / Comedy / Romance
Director: Michael Dowse
Running time: 102 mins

A romcom about quirky, trendy twenty-somethings trying to find love and navigate the modern dating world while being trendy and quirky. Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe and his eyebrows) is a medical school dropout who has been burned by many of his past relationships. His friend Allan (Adam Driver) is much more confident, and at a party he manages to woo a girl (Mackenzie Davis) in minutes. Meanwhile Wallace meets a sweet, funny, cute animator named Chantry (Zoe Kazan) and they have an awkward, goofy conversation about fridge magnets. They forge a real connection, but unfortunately Chantry is already living with her long-term boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Chantry hopes that they can just be friends, but will romantic feelings get in the way?

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15 classification Deliver Us From Evil


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Genre: Thriller / Horror / Crime
Director: Scott Derrickson
Running time: 118 mins

An odd thriller based upon the non-fiction book by Ralph Sarchie, a retired NYPD officer who became a demonologist. Here he is played by Eric Bana, who utilises the excellent brow-furrowing skills he learnt from being in The Hulk and Hanna to good effect. Ralph patrols the streets with his adrenaline junkie partner Butler (Joel McHale), who is happy that Ralph seems to have a knack for getting involved in violent, strange cases. They investigate a woman who has thrown her two-year-old child into the lion enclosure at the zoo and later Sarchie begins to connect her to several other baffling cases. A priest (Edgar Ramirez) tells Sarchie that he may be more sensitive than most to occult happenings.

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12a classification Into The Storm


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Genre: Action / Drama
Director: Steven Quale
Running time: 89 mins

The small town of Silverton, Oklahoma becomes the site of a natural disaster in this straight-faced found-footage wannabe Twister. Storm chaser Allison (Sarah Wayne Callies) is urged by her boss (Matt Walsh) to cover the upcoming carnage that will ravage Silverton when a group of tornadoes hit. As the storm starts to rage, stern headteacher Gary (Richard Armitage) tries to keep his pupils safe while he worries about his sons Donnie (Max Deacon) and Trey (Nathan Kress). Some local yokels think they can achieve Youtube fame by filming the destruction, while Donnie puts himself in harm's way for a video project. Powerlines, barns and schoolbuses are flung around with wild abandon as the townspeople try to survive Mother Nature's tantrum.

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15 classification Two Days One Night


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Genre: Foreign Language / Drama
Director: Luc Dardenne,Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Running time: 95 mins

A naturalistic drama from the directors of The Kid With A Bike. Working class mother-of-two Sandra (Marion Cotillard) has recently recovered from a bout of depression but on her return to the solar panel factory that employs her, she finds her tenure is on shaky ground. Her boss wants to oust her, so her colleagues are given a choice: Sandra can keep her job if they will forego their annual 1,000 Euro bonus. An informal vote proves that Sandra will almost certainly lose her job. Over two days Sandra sets out to visit her colleagues one by one with the help of her husband Manu (Fabrizio Rongione) and get them to reconsider their decision before an official ballot is made.

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15 classification God Help The Girl


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Genre: Drama / Musical
Director: Stuart Murdoch
Running time: 111 mins

The debut film from Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian. Set in Glasgow, the film is about a girl called Eve (Emily Browning) who is in the hospital dealing with some emotional problems and starts writing songs as a way of getting better. Songwriting becomes her way forward, leading her to the City where she meets James (Ollie Alexander) and Cassie (Hannah Murray), two musicians each at crossroads of their own.

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