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This Week's New Film Releases: Friday 17 February 2017

12a classification The Founder


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Genre: Biopic / Drama
Director: John Lee Hancock
Running time: 115 mins

This is the true story of Ray Kroc, a struggling salesman from Illinois and how he came to turn a burger operation in Southern California into a multi-billion dollar international franchise. After meeting Dick and Mack McDonald, Kroc was impressed by the premise of the business and could see its potential. He bought the brothers out and robbed them of future royalties by betraying a handshake agreement, becoming the Charles Foster Kane of hamburgers. The Founder is an absorbing and unexpectedly subtle film with excellent performances from Laura Dern and Michael Keaton.

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15 classification John Wick: Chapter 2


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Genre: Action / Crime / Thriller
Director: Chad Stahelski
Running time: 122 mins

Keanu Reeves returns as the mysterious and moody John Wick, in an equally pulpy sequel, set shortly after the events of the first film. Forced out of retirement, the veteran hitman travels to Rome to foil a plot to seize control of a shadowy international assassin's guild. With a fairly loopy and irrational plot, the film relies heavily the thrill of a high body count and plenty of action, making this one of the most darkly fun movies of the year.

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pg classification Hidden Figures


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Genre: Drama
Director: Theodore Melfi
Running time: 127 mins

The true story of a formidable and visionary trio of highly intelligent African-American women who were the vital brains behind one of NASA's earliest missions. Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) succeeded in a time when segregation was rife and women's place was in the home. With a rocket-powered script and stellar performances all round, Hidden Figures is an inspiring and uplifting story of girl power and social justice.

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12a classification The Great Wall


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Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy
Director: Zhang Yimou
Running time: 103 mins

Zhang Yimou's directorial prowess is well-documented by his breathtaking works which include Hero and The House of Flying Daggers. His new epic is the largest film ever shot entirely in China and hopes to entice China's enormous viewing public into the cinemas. The film stars Matt Damon as European mercenary William Garin, who stumbles across the Great Wall during an exploratory mission. The Europeans soon learn that the true purpose of the huge edifice is to keep something far worse than rival tribes out, and they must cooperate to deflect the legendary Taotie, a group of flesh-eating monsters who scale the Great Wall every sixty years to feed.

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15 classification Patriots Day


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Genre: Drama / Thriller / Historical
Director: Peter Berg
Running time: 133 mins

Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) plays a Boston police sergeant, suspended for minor misconduct and demoted to working as crowd control at the Boston Marathon. As he bristles from the humiliation of his new role, he has no idea that he will be at the centre of a huge international incident, the 2013 bombings. Patriots Day is a respectful yet grippingly tense look at the events of the day and the subsequent investigation and manhunt.

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