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This Week's New Film Releases: Friday 3 July 2015

12a classification Terminator: Genisys


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Genre: Sci-fi / Action / Adventure
Director: Alan Taylor
Running time: 126 mins

And... he's back. Just where Terminator: Genisys sits in the chronology of a franchise that deals with time travel already has the potential to be very confusing; even more so when its creators are trying to expunge all memory of two awful sequels - Rise Of The Machines and Salvation. As per James Cameron's The Terminator (1984), Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) is sent back to 1984 by John Connor (Jason Clarke) to protect his mother Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke). But this is an alternate timeline in which Arnie plays a character called 'Guardian' and Sarah Connor is, in truth, looking out for Reese. Nods to the far superior original and uber-sequel Terminator 2: Judgement Day abound but Genisys finds itself caught between reverence and parody, lacking the innovation, depth and nuance of Cameron's original vision.

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15 classification Magic Mike XXL


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Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Gregory Jacobs
Running time: 115 mins

Channing Tatum reprises the role of Magic Mike in this XXL sequel. Three years after Mike quit stripping, he finds his old friends, the Kings of Tampa, ready to throw in the towel too. Determined to go out on top, they convince Mike to return to the group for one final show at a stripping convention in Myrtle Beach. A formulaic and mediocre follow up to Steven Soderbergh's critical and commercial success, but one that will no doubt draw in huge audiences.

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15 classification Ted 2


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Genre: Comedy
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Running time: 116 mins

The crude and foul-mouthed Ted is back for a sequel. Ted (voiced by writer-director Seth MacFarlane) and new wife Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) want a baby but, due to their anatomical incompatibility, see adoption as the only way to make it happen. With the help of best friend John (Mark Wahlberg), Ted must go to court to prove to the US Government that he's a 'person' in order to adopt a child. Despite the absurd storyline, Ted 2 provides enough gross-out humour to keep MacFarlane fans happy.

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15 classification Amy


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Genre: Documentary
Director: Asif Kapadia
Running time: 128 mins

Asif Kapadia follows his critically acclaimed documentary Senna, about F1 legend Aryton Senna, with a portrait of British pop star Amy Winehouse. Eschewing a talking heads approach to documentary making, Kapadia pieces together archive footage from chat-shows, award-ceremonies and an extensive amount of private video shot by friends and family to create a collage of Winehouse's rise and fall. A compelling insight directed with aplomb.

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12a classification Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead


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Genre: Documentary / Musical
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Running time: 240 mins

Calling all Deadheads! To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Grateful Dead, the four original members — Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir — will reunite at Chicago's Soldier Field, nearly 20 years to the day of the last Grateful Dead concert with founding member Jerry Garcia. Taking place over three nights on July 3, 4 and 5, these shows mark the last time the band will ever play together. Fare Thee Well will be broadcast via satellite worldwide the day after the last concert.

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