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This Week's New Film Releases: Friday 19 September 2014

15 classification The Riot Club


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Genre: Drama
Director: Lone Scherfig
Running time: 107 mins

Based on the play Posh, this is a searing look at the evils of the old-boy network and the consequences of letting the moneyed classes believe their actions are above reproach. Several previously interchangeable young British actors are given a chance to prove their mettle as their characters grapple with serious dilemmas. Miles (Max Irons, son of Jeremy and owner of the best face) is a relatively normal first year student at Oxford. Along with fellow fresher Alistair (Sam Claflin, second-best face), he becomes intrigued by an elite club that select students are asked to join (its real life equivalent numbered David Cameron and George Osborn among its members). After the usual initiation tests involving bodily fluids and excess, they are plunged into a seductive world of privilege and danger.

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12a classification The Giver


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Genre: Drama / Family / Teen
Director: Philip Noyce
Running time: 97 mins

A young adult drama based on the acclaimed bestseller by Lois Lowry. Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colourless, world of conformity and contentment. Soon he must partake in a ceremony known as the Release To Elsewhere with others of a similar age. They will be given their life assignments by the Chief Elder (Meryl Streep) who believes in the value of sameness. Pain and suffering have been eradicated in this society, and all memories of difference and unhappiness are held by the Giver (Jeff Bridges). Jonas learns that his assignment is to receive all this knowledge. But as he spends more time with the Giver, he realises that the calm facade of his community hides some dark secrets.

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15 classification A Walk Among The Tombstones


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Genre: Thriller / Action
Director: Scott Frank
Running time: 114 mins

Based on Lawrence Block's bestselling series of mystery novels. Liam Neeson plays Matt Scudder, which is clearly a name meant for a Jason Statham character. And this thriller follows a similar trajectory to both Statham and Neeson's usual beat-em-ups: Matt is an ex-NYPD cop who now works as an unlicensed private detective. He can hold his own in a fight, but his skills are old-school surveillance and wheedling information out of people. He mistrusts new technology and has an old-fashioned sense of justice. Heroin dealer Kenny Kristo (Dan Stevens) asks for Matt's help in finding the men responsible for kidnapping and murdering his wife, and Matt reluctantly agrees. As he trudges the streets of Hell's Kitchen he begins to realise that the criminals have a wide reach.

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12a classification Think Like A Man Too


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Genre: Comedy / Romance
Director: Tim Story
Running time: 106 mins

The hapless couples of Think Like A Man are back for a Vegas-themed outing when one of their number decides to get married in this nonsensically titled sequel based on the teaching of Steve Harvey's self-help book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man (imagine if women just acted like people!). Independent, practical Candace (Regina Hall) has finally gotten mama's boy Michael (Terrence Jenkins) to commit, so they head to Vegas with their friends to get hitched. Cedric (Kevin Hart) has accidentally been allotted the role of best man. He wants to help the couple have a memorable time, and he rents a luxurious suite at a fancy hotel. Unfortunately he misreads the price, which is just the start of their woes.

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12a classification Magic In The Moonlight


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Genre: Comedy / Drama / Period / Romance
Director: Woody Allen
Running time: 98 mins

A frothy, lacklustre comedy set on the French Riviera in the 1920s. Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo is the most celebrated magician of his age, but he has a secret. He's actually the stage persona of grumpy, sceptical Englishman Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth). Stanley has an aversion to magic and mystery when he's not entertaining the public, and a reputation for rooting out phony mystics. Stanley’s old friend Howard (Simon McBurney) asks him to help with unmasking a young woman who appears to be clairvoyant, so he trots off to the villa of wealthy American widow Grace (Jacki Weaver). But the pretty, charming psychic (Emma Stone) soon weaves a spell over old-enough-to-be-her-father Stanley.

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