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This Week's New Film Releases: Friday 24 July 2015

u classification Inside Out


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Genre: Animation / Family
Director: Pete Docter
Running time: 102 mins

Academy Award-winning director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc. and Up) takes the helm as Pixar return with Inside Out. When her father begins a new job in San Francisco, 11 year old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is forced to confront the host of new and confusing emotions that come with being uprooted from a previously happy existence. While her parents struggle to read Riley's changing mood, we're introduced to the five emotions that guide her daily life and are situated in her 'headquarters' – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). This mission control desk is in charge of creating memories – in the form of glowing balls – and storing them away in the outer reaches of Riley's mind while she sleeps. When Joy and Sadness fight over the fate of a long-term memory, they are locked out of the command centre, leaving Riley in a state of emotional flux. While the colourful characters are perhaps not as instantly iconic as earlier Pixar creations Woody, Buzz et al, the personification of emotions and exploration of the inner workings of a young girl's mind make for an ambitious and surprisingly sophisticated coming of age tale.

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15 classification Maggie


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Genre: Drama / Horror
Director: Henry Hobson
Running time: 95 mins

Sixteen year old Maggie (Abigail Breslin) has been infected by the necrotic viral pandemic sweeping across America. Established protocols dictate that the infected must be placed in quarantine until their transformation into zombie flesh-eaters, but what happens thereafter remains unknown. Intent on avoiding that fate Maggie runs away, only to be retrieved by her father Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger) so that she can live out her days in the family home. Refusing to surrender his daughter to the authorities, the two bond as she continues her painful metamorphosis into a fully fledged zombie. Pulling off something of a casting coup by securing Schwarzenegger's services in this low budget outing, first time director Henry Hobson ably continues his subversion of audience expectations by trading conventional zombie-horror action for nuanced and emotionally-led storytelling.

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15 classification Southpaw


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Genre: Drama / Sport / Action
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Running time: 124 mins

Antoine Fuqua (Training Day and Olympus Has Fallen) turns his attention to boxing with his latest directorial effort Southpaw. Billy 'The Great' Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) has it all: a prize winning boxing career, a loving wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams) and daughter Leila (Oona Laurence), and a lavish lifestyle. But when tragedy strikes and Hope loses everything, he must drag himself up from the canvas and start all over again. With the help of retired fighter and trainer Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker), Billy faces the toughest battle of his life: to win back the trust of those he loves. While there has been much discussion of Gyllenhaal's physical transformation into prize fighter Hope, he is let down by predictable storytelling and, thus, unable to craft a performance anywhere near as compelling as his turn as Lou Bloom in last year's superb Nightcrawler.

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15 classification The Legend Of Barney Thomson


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Genre: Drama / Comedy / Crime
Director: Robert Carlyle
Running time: 96 mins

Robert Carlyle makes his directorial debut with black comedy The Legend of Barney Thomson. After being told that his services are no longer required, Glaswegian barber Barney Thomson (played by Carlyle) accidentally kills his boss Wullie. Fortuitously, a serial killer happens to be on the loose in Glasgow, giving Thomson what he perceives to be the perfect opportunity to dispose the body without drawing too much attention. However, Thomson soon falls under suspicion of the police and, desperate to secure an arrest for the city-wide murders, Inspector Holdall (Ray Winstone) pursues his man. Featuring a vastly over the top performance from Emma Thompson as Barney's mother Cemolina, The Legend of Barney Thomson is a farcical crime caper which relies too heavily on its misfiring star-studded cast.

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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation


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Genre: Action / Drama
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Running time: Runtime unknown

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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