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This Week's New Film Releases: Friday 31 July 2015

12a classification Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation


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Genre: Action / Drama
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Running time: 131 mins

Almost twenty years after Tom Cruise bounded onto screen as Ethan Hunt comes the fifth instalment of the hugely successful Mission: Impossible franchise. When the head of the CIA (Alec Baldwin) threatens the Impossible Missions Force (IMF) with closure, Hunt assembles his team for what could be their most impossible mission yet: to prove the existence of the Syndicate, a near mythical band of rogue assassins, and eradicate it before it can destroy the IMF. This may well be their last mission. (It probably won't be - a sixth film is already rumoured to be development.) Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson join a returning ensemble cast including Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. Advance screenings take place on Thursday 30 July and the film will be in cinemas everywhere from Friday 31 July.

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12a classification Hot Pursuit


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Genre: Comedy
Director: Anne Fletcher
Running time: 87 mins

Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon unites with one of TV's hottest properties, Sofia Vergara, in odd-couple film Hot Pursuit. Witherspoon plays Cooper, an uptight, by-the-book cop ordered to escort a key prosecution witness, Daniella Riva (Vergara), across state to testify in a drug lord's trial. But, of course, things do not go as planned and the bickering twosome is forced to pull together as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen. With a hopelessly contrived set-up and hackneyed, gross-out humour, Hot Pursuit proves to be a woefully off the mark action-comedy.

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12a classification Iris (2015)


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Genre: Documentary
Director: Albert Maysles
Running time: 80 mins

Iris is the penultimate film by legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens), who died in March 2015. The documentary is a portrait of Iris Apfel, a flamboyant 93 year old known for her eccentric taste and outlandish style of dress. Having established herself as an interior designer of note, working at the White House for no-less than nine presidents, Iris found fame in her 80s as part of the wider New York fashion scene. Maysles, once again, draws attention to the fringes of society in this tale of outsider made good.

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12a classification The Cobbler


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Genre: Fantasy / Comedy / Drama
Director: Thomas McCarthy
Running time: 98 mins

Celebrated writer-director Thomas McCarthy inexplicably teams up with current box office deadweight Adam Sandler for The Cobbler. Sandler plays Max Simkin, the eponymous cobbler who is disenchanted with his life as owner of a neighbourhood shoe repair shop. One day, Max stumbles onto a family heirloom - a cobbling machine that allows him to step into the shoes of customers and inhabit their lives. With a supporting cast of actors who should know better (Steve Buscemi, Dustin Hoffman) and trading Sandler's overt crass comedy for cloying sentimentality, The Cobbler is a misguided oddity which is best avoided.

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Fantastic Four (2015)


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Genre: Action / Drama
Director: Josh Trank
Running time: 106 mins

Fantastic Four gets the reboot treatment only a decade after 20th Century Fox's failed attempt to launch a successful film franchise, and eight years after an equally panned sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. This contemporary re-imagining centres on four young outsiders – Reed Richards (Miles Teller), Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), Susan Storm (Kate Mara) and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) - who are teleported to an alternate universe. When they return, they find themselves imbued with superpowers which they must learn to harness to save Earth from a dangerous foe, Dr Doom. Advance screenings take place on Thursday 6 August and the film will be in cinemas everywhere from Friday 7 August.

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