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This Week's New Film Releases: Friday 1 May 2015

12a classification Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)


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Genre: Drama / Period
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Running time: 119 mins

Based on Thomas Hardy's literary classic of the same name, this fourth film adaptation (the first was in 1915, the last in 1998) proves its source material to be a timeless exploration of the nature of relationships and love. In Victorian England, the independently minded Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) is faced with a choice between three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a salt-of-the-earth sheep farmer; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous, mature bachelor. Helmed by former 'enfant terrible' of Danish cinema Thomas Vinterberg (Festen, The Hunt), this is a sumptuously shot and well constructed film; with Carey Mulligan taking centre stage both on screen and by committing a beautiful version of traditional folk ballad The Sprig of Thyme (with its warning to young girls to steer clear of 'false lovers') to the soundtrack. Though John Schlesinger's 1967 version will remain a classic of British cinema; newcomers, to both Hardy and its screen adaptations, may find themselves pleasantly surprised by Vinterberg's latest interpretation.

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15 classification Unfriended


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Genre: Thriller / Horror
Director: Levan Gabriadze
Running time: 83 mins

Brought to you by the production team behind Paranormal Activity, Unfriended combines the found footage aesthetic with a storyline that attempts to grapple with the anxiety surrounding teenagers' unfettered access to social media. The story plays out entirely on the laptop screen of Blaire (Shelley Hennig) as she recalls the death of her friend Laura (Heather Sossaman) by watching footage of her suicide; the result of relentless cyberbullying after a shameful video had been posted online by her alleged friends. These same friends join Blaire in a frenetic online chat session but they also find themselves talking to an unknown caller determined to discover the identity of the person who shamed Laura and seek gory vengeance on her behalf. The group is left to contemplate the consequences of their behaviour as, one by one, they are picked off...

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u classification Two By Two: Ooops...The Ark Is Gone


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Genre: Animation / Comedy / Family
Director: Toby Genkel/Sean McCormack
Running time: 87 mins

Two By Two: Ooops...The Ark is Gone poses the question; what happened to the creatures that missed the boat? The story focuses on Dave and Finny, father and son Nestrians who discover that, as the flood hits, they are not allowed onto the Ark. With the unwitting help of two Grymps, Hazel and her daughter Leah, they manage to sneak on-board. However, disaster strikes when the curious kids fall off the boat. Now, Dave and Hazel must set their differences aside to save their offspring. Uninspiring animated meditation on the age-old Noah's Ark tale.

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15 classification Monsters: Dark Continent


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Genre: Sci-fi / Action / Drama
Director: Tom Green
Running time: 121 mins

The sequel to Gareth Edwards' well-regarded debut feature Monsters (2010) takes place ten years on from the events of the original. The 'infected zones' have spread worldwide, with the Middle East now faced with an infestation of giant tentacled alien creatures. A US military task force is called in to destroy the monsters but soon find themselves overwhelmed as they're sent into the desert on an ill-judged rescue mission. Monsters: Dark Continent trades the low budget road movie storyline of its predecessor for a formulaic, and hardly subtle, treatise on modern warfare.

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15 classification Anti-Social


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Genre: Drama / Crime
Director: Reg Traviss
Running time: 116 mins

Dee (Gregg Sulkin) is an up-and-coming street artist, just on the verge of success but still reliant on support from older half-brother Marcus (Josh Myers). But when Marcus and his gang of thieves stumble onto the biggest score of their criminal careers, to the detriment of a rival gang, tensions escalate and Dee is drawn further into the murky underworld of gangster London. An underwhelming addition to the British gangster genre.

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