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This Week's New Film Releases: Friday 13 March 2015

u classification Cinderella (2015)


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Genre: Drama / Family / Fantasy
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Running time: 105 mins

65 years after Disney took this classic fairytale to the big screen in animated form, Kenneth Branagh attempts to bring the story to life in this live action version. The story remains the same of course; beautiful young orphan Ella aka Cinders (Lily James) serves her wicked stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and is ridiculed by her taunting stepsisters (Holiday Grainger and Sophie McShera). The family receive an invite to a ball with the chance of winning the Prince's (Richard Madden) hand in marriage. They naturally leave poor Cinders behind to complete her chores, until a chance meeting with a fairy godmother (Helen Bonham Carter) sets Cinders free and able to attend the ball. You will need no clues to the rest of the story! Such a well-known timeless tale serves little in the way of surprises, so it is invariably Branagh's use of dazzling design, sparkling scenery and incredible costumes (created by three-times Oscar-winning designer Sandy Powell) that really steal the show here, along with Blanchett's impassioned role as the devious stepmother, harking back to the golden age of Hollywood and a modern take on Marlene Dietrich.

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u classification SpongeBob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water


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Genre: Family / Comedy / Animation
Director: Paul Tibbitt
Running time: 92 mins

Nickelodeon's burger-flipping sea-sponge is back on the big screen for his second film 'Sponge Out Of Water', but this time he's served up in CG and 3D. The story centres around SpongeBob (voiced by Tom Kenny) having to join forces with his long-time nemesis, Plankton (Mr. Lawrence), on a time-travelling adventure to find the stolen secret recipe for the Krabby Patty. For those not in the know, the Krabby Patty is a burger that keeps their underwater town, Bikini Bottom, sane. When the recipe goes missing, ol SpongeBob and his pals start to go (even more) crazy. Typically, the gags in the film are aimed at an adult audience, but such is the brilliance of this franchise, they also keep the kids entertained. If that wasn't enough to fill your square pants, there's also a live-action pirate played by Antonio Banderas.

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15 classification Get Hard


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Genre: Comedy
Director: Etan Cohen
Running time: 100 mins

When millionaire James King (Will Ferrell) is imprisoned for fraud and embezzlement, a 'bromance' blossoms when he hires low-income carwash business man Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart) to help him through. The somewhat racist James assumes that Darnell must be an expert on crime and prison survival techniques, because he is a black man (one in three black men will serve time in jail, he claims!). Darnell, it transpires, is actually a squeaky clean man with no expertise on the crime world, and proceeds to help James with no knowledge of jail whatsoever. The premise of a millionaire rubbing shoulders with the lower class tough criminal world is amusing on paper, but while James learns to cope with prison life, what follows is an endless display of dubious and infantile racist and homophobic jibes and extremely immature d**k jokes. Rather than Get Hard, this movie only manages to Get Limp!

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12a classification Seventh Son


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Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy
Director: Sergei Bodrov
Running time: 102 mins

An adaption of the novel by Joseph Delaney, this fantasy adventure, blended with a little humour, sees the elderly Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) play a knight who holds a witch - Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) - captive for centuries. Regaining her powers, she eventually escapes and seeks revenge. Gregory enlists some help to thwart her, in the shape of young apprentice Tom Ward (Ben Barnes), the seventh son of a seventh son. What follows is a battle of good vs. evil through a foray into wizards, witches and "ancient" sorcery, seeming somewhat implausible by the overuse of modern-day computer-generated effects. Whilst a fine addition to the medieval fantasy-adventure genre, it adds nothing new to what has been done so many times before.

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15 classification The Face Of An Angel


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Genre: Drama / Crime / Thriller
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Running time: 101 mins

Reality blurs with fiction in this almost true-life story. Thomas Lang (Daniel Brühl) is a film director making a film about a murder case. While on one level fictional (the character names have been changed), the film bears an uncanny (and wholly intentional) resemblance to the real-life trial of Amanda Knox, who was accused of murdering Meredith Kercher in 2007. Lang travels to Siena to follow the case of accused murderer Jessica Fuller, meeting up with crime reporter/author Simone Ford (Kate Beckinsale) to help him write a film script. He also befriends a young woman living in the city (Cara Delevingne) who becomes, essentially, a surrogate daughter to Lang. A man going through a midlife crisis, we see the struggles of a film director dealing with his own demons whilst dealing with the dramas of a murder trial. A compelling insight into the way the media salivates over sensationalist crimes.

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