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Cinema Paradiso by James Luxford

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Johnny DeppTHE LONE RANGER (9th August)

More than 50 years since he burst on to the small screen, Jerry Bruckheimer’s big screen version of “The Lone Ranger” comes to our cinemas, starring Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as the masked vigilante of the Old West, fighting evil doers with his trusty sidekick Tonto (Johnny Depp). At two and a half hours, this film is far too long and while it has a lot of positive moments, it’s drowned in needless filler that will test your patience. Good fun, but a missed opportunity.

3 Stars.

Disney filmPLANES (16th August)

A Disney animated film spin off of the Disney/Pixar movie “Cars”, but not actually made by the Pixar studio- wish us so far? “Planes” follows talking, er, plane Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook) who dreams of becoming an air racer. Not fantastic, but bright and colourful enough to entertain very young children, it’s good that Pixar kept their name off of this because it’s nowhere near their finer work, playing out a very basic plot and getting their via some very simple humour. However, for a family looking to burn two hours during the summer holidays it just might be a godsend!

3 Stars.

3d Jurassic ParkJURASSIC PARK 3D (23rd August)

Ok, so the film is twenty years old and we’ve all seen it, but c’mon… it’s “Jurassic Park”!!! The blockbuster that started the CGI revolution has been upgraded into 3D, following the visitors to a theme park for dinosaurs where everything goes a little… well… wrong! The 3D is impressive but it’s the classic movie back on the big screen that should be worth your box office cash. Ahead of the fourth film, slated for a 2015 release date, check out director Steven Spielberg at his most grandiose, creative, and entertaining.

5 Stars

Mark WahlbergPAIN & GAIN (31st August)

Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (in the wrestler/actor’s FOURTH starring role of the year) play bodybuilders who decide to attempt a kidnap and extortion caper. The trouble is, the whole thing goes horribly wrong and now these muscle-heads have to find a way to get themselves out of trouble! Based (loosely) on a true story, the leads are likeable enough but the film, directed with surprising restraint by action filmmaker Michael Bay, takes one too many outlandish liberties and feels so ‘Hollywood’ it’s difficult to take seriously. Interesting but flawed.

3 Stars. 

James Luxford
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