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This Week's New Film Releases: Friday 22 May 2015

12a classification San Andreas


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Genre: Action / Thriller / Drama
Director: Brad Peyton
Running time: 114 mins

Warner Bros. makes an early bid for summer blockbuster supremacy with a return to the old fashioned disaster movie. In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, rescue helicopter pilot Ray Gaines (Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson) and ex-wife Emma (Carla Gugino) must make their way across the state to San Francisco to save their daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario). San Andreas jumps from one catastrophic spectacle to the next in a full throttle assault on the senses.

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15 classification Danny Collins


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Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Dan Fogelman
Running time: 106 mins

Screenwriter and producer Dan Fogelman, whose credits include Cars, Tangled and Crazy Stupid Love, steps up to the directorial plate with Danny Collins. An ageing rockstar (Al Pacino) has his world turned on its head when his manager (Christopher Plummer) gives him a letter written to him by John Lennon 40 years previously. Pondering what could have been had he received the letter in his heyday, Danny vows to quit his clichéd rockstar lifestyle in order to reconnect with music, reconcile with his long lost son and find true love. Using an intriguing true story as its jumping off point (folk singer Steve Tilston was the intended recipient of a letter from John and Yoko in the 1970s), Danny Collins is an inoffensive, if predictable, tale of redemption.

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15 classification Man Up


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Genre: Comedy / Romance
Director: Ben Palmer
Running time: 88 mins

Ben Palmer, director of The Inbetweeners TV series and movie, takes the helm of this humble British rom-com. Lake Bell plays Nancy, a 'kooky' 34 year old singleton who, by virtue of mistaken identity, ends up taking the place of a stranger on a date with 40-something divorcee Jack (Simon Pegg). Instead of 'fessing up, Nancy decides to play along with the date – which is proving to be successful – until her cover is blown by an old school acquaintance. Despite the heavy-handed plot contrivances, Man Up's likeable leads and down-to-earth dialogue will tick the boxes for the more discerning rom-com aficionado.

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15 classification The Connection


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Genre: Drama / Crime / Foreign Language
Director: Cedric Jimenez
Running time: 135 mins

Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin takes the lead role in this 1970s-era French crime drama. The Connection tells the story of real life magistrate Pierre Michel (Dujardin) who embarks on a crusade to dismantle the infamous 'French Connection' narcotics trade centred in Marseilles. Pitting himself against local gangster Gaetan Zampa's organisation, Michel soon uncovers a vast network of police and mayoral corruption. Capturing the vintage aesthetic and atmosphere of the era in which it is set, The Connection is a solid piece of genre filmmaking.

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12a classification Timbuktu


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Genre: Foreign Language / Drama
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Running time: 96 mins

From celebrated director Abderrahmane Sissako comes the Oscar-nominated and critically lauded Timbuktu. Set in 2012, during a brief period of Islamic Jihadist rule in the eponymous Malian city, Timbuktu focuses on cattle farmer Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed) as his peaceful existence is shattered by the dictates of the city's new rulers. A poignant and deeply affecting look at the absurdities and brutality of religious fundamentalism.

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