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  • Bangalore Days
  • Begin Again
  • Blended
  • Bobby Jasoos
  • Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
  • Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes 3D
  • Ek Villain
  • Globe On Screen: Macbeth
  • How To Train Your Dragon 2
  • How To Train Your Dragon 2 3D
  • Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
  • Humshakals
  • Lekar Hum Deewana Dil
  • Maleficent
  • Mariinsky On Screen: War And Peace
  • Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie
  • Muppets Most Wanted
  • NT Live: Skylight
  • Punjab 1984
  • Tammy
  • Tarzan
  • The Croods
  • The Fault In Our Stars
  • Transformers: Age Of Extinction
  • Transformers: Age Of Extinction 3D

Bangalore Days 3 stars

  • GenreDrama, Romance, World
  • CastNazriya Nazim, Fahadh Faasil, Parvathi Menon.
  • DirectorAnjali Menon.
  • WriterAnjali Menon.
  • CountryIndia
  • Duration172 mins
  • Official site

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Begin Again 4 stars

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Greta comes to Manhattan with her boyfriend Dave Kohl, who has landed a major recording contract. Dave succumbs to his new found celebrity by cheating on Greta and she flees their swanky apartment. Soon after, Greta crosses paths with down-on-his-luck record executive Dan. He boldly tells her, "I want to make records with you," and together they record an album in different locations around the city over the course of the summer.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Musical, Romance
  • CastKeira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, James Corden, Mos Def.
  • DirectorJohn Carney.
  • WriterJohn Carney.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration104 mins
  • Official sitewww.beginagainfilm.com
  • Release11/07/2014

Some film-makers spend entire careers striving in vain for one moment of cinematic perfection. Others, like Irish director John Carney, strike gold early and face the daunting prospect of living up to giddy expectation. In 2007, Carney sent audiences and critics into a collective swoon with his micro-budget fourth feature, Once.

Shot for a paltry 160,000 Euros, the modern-day romance between a Dublin busker and a Czech flower girl sparked a real-life relationship between actors Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. The subsequent stage adaptation won eight coveted Tony Awards including Best Musical and continues to play to packed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

Begin Again - which was originally titled Can A Song Save Your Life? but should perhaps have been re-christened Once Again - sees Carney orchestrate another musical collaboration between emotionally damaged misfits.

Shot against the backdrop of New York's iconic landmarks, this hugely entertaining romantic comedy is blessed with strong performances and an infectious soundtrack. Greta (Keira Knightley) comes to Manhattan with her boyfriend Dave Kohl (Adam Levine), who has just landed a major recording contract.

"We don't want anything to stand in your way," a record exec tells Dave, casting a wary glance at Greta.
"I'm just tagging along," she smiles soothingly.
Touring and promotion put a strain on the relationship and Dave succumbs to his new found celebrity by cheating on Greta.

She flees their swanky apartment in tears and crashes at the apartment of old friend Steve (James Corden), who busks for his supper. Soon after, Greta crosses paths with down-on-his-luck record executive Dan (Mark Ruffalo), who has just been fired by his business partner (Mos Def).

Dan is transfixed by Greta and boldly tells her, "I want to make records with you". He comes up with a simple concept - recording an album in different locations around the city - and ropes in various musicians to enrich Greta's sound including good friend Trouble Gum (CeeLo Green).

As the project gathers momentum, Greta reassesses her failed relationship and Dan rebuilds bridges with his teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) and estranged wife (Catherine Keener).

Begin Again dances to the same beat as Once, albeit with a starrier cast including Maroon 5 frontman Levine, who makes a solid acting debut. Knightley and Ruffalo are an attractive pairing, the latter giving parenting a bad name when he takes his daughter to a bar and asks her to pick up his beer tab with her pocket money. "I spent that on condoms," she tells him, enjoying her father's embarrassment.

Corden provides additional comic relief. Musical sequences are full of energy including a blistering guitar solo from Steinfeld on a rooftop rendition of the film's best song, Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home. We don't.

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Blended 3 stars

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Lauren Reynolds is a single mother with two young sons, Brendan and Tyler, who isn't sure that she will ever find love again. Single father Jim Friedman is in a similar position, always putting the happiness of his three daughters Hilary, Espn and Lou ahead of his own. Following a disastrous blind date, Lauren and Jim vow never to see each other again. Instead, both parents take their respective broods to a luxurious African safari resort. As fate would have it, Lauren and Jim end up sharing a suite.

  • GenreAction, Comedy, Romance
  • CastDrew Barrymore, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon, Terry Crews, Adam Sandler.
  • DirectorFrank Coraci.
  • WriterClare Sera, Ivan Menchell.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration117 mins
  • Official sitewww.blendedmovie.com
  • Release23/05/2014

Lightning doesn't strike thrice for Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in Blended. In 1998, the two stars fell in love to a soundtrack of Nena, Culture Club and The Thompson Twins in The Wedding Singer. Six years later, they turned on the charm in 50 First Dates. Now, Sandler and Barrymore try in vain to kindle the same irresistible spark in Frank Coraci's romantic comedy of mismatched single parents.

Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera's script has a few nice moments of laughter and heart-warming sentiment including some surprisingly moving discussions between a father and his children about grief and remembrance.

Unfortunately, tenderness is offset by exaggerated physical comedy and cloying sentiment, which shamelessly manipulates our emotions to ensure every parent has tears glistening in their eyes as the end credits roll.

The two screenwriters struggle to interweave a surfeit of gooey subplots around the central romance and consequently only have enough screen time to embellish supporting characters with a single discernible trait: the daughter who hides her femininity behind a pudding bowl haircut; the son nurturing an unhealthy obsession with his babysitter; the genial resort host who continually mispronounces a Greek surname. The majority of these gags barely walk let alone run.

Lauren Reynolds (Drew Barrymore) is a single mother with two sons, 13-year-old Brendan (Braxton Beckham) and nine-year-old Tyler (Kyle Red Silverstein), who have been let down badly by her unreliable ex-husband (Joel McHale).

Single father Jim Friedman (Adam Sandler) lost his wife to cancer and is now primary care-giver to three daughters, 15-year-old Hilary (Bella Thorne), 12-year-old Espn (Emma Fuhrmann) and four-year-old Lou (Alyvia Alyn Lind).

Fate conspires to throw Lauren and Jim together on a disastrous blind date. The parents vow never to see each other again and take their respective broods on a South African safari adventure. As luck would have it, they are forced to share the same family-sized suite.

Battle lines are drawn between the dysfunctional Reynolds and Friedman clans but animosity mellows into unexpected attraction as Lauren and Jim realise they could be the missing pieces in each other's haphazard lives.

Blended is a terrible title for a rom-com. Director Coraci, who helmed The Wedding Singer, is powerless to perform the same alchemy 16 years later and musical interludes courtesy of the African resort's singing host (Terry Crews) fall flat.

Sandler and Barrymore catalyse screen chemistry which feels more like sibling affection than simmering passion, and their couple's first kiss looks awkward. Younger cast are more convincing in underwritten roles especially Bella Thorne, who transforms from tomboy into prom queen after a visit to the resort's spa in a scene reminiscent of the 1999 teen romance She's All That. Alas, Blended isn't all that, not by a long shot.

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Bobby Jasoos 3 stars

Bikis Ahmed aka Bobby is determined to become the best female detective in the city of Hyderabad. Unfortunately, friends, family and neighbours don't share that dream so Bobby is forced to strike out on her own, setting up a detective agency. At first, she is dismayed by the trivialities of the cases she is offered but when Bobby finally gets her big break, she must don increasingly outlandish disguises in order to spy on her unsuspecting targets, gather the evidence and impress Tasawur.

  • GenreAction, Bollywood, Comedy, Romance, Thriller
  • CastKiran Kumar, Ali Fazal, Vidya Balan.
  • DirectorSamar Shaikh.
  • WriterSanyukta Chawla.
  • CountryIndia
  • Duration121 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/BobbyJasoos
  • Release04/07/2014 (selected cinemas)

Samar Shaikh directs this offbeat Bollywood thriller about a resourceful woman who yearns to become a private eye. Bikis Ahmed aka Bobby (Vidya Balan) is determined to become the best female detective in the city of Hyderabad. Unfortunately, friends, family and neighbours don't share that dream so Bobby is forced to strike out on her own, setting up a detective agency. At first, she is dismayed by the trivialities of the cases she is offered but when Bobby finally gets her big break, she must don increasingly outlandish disguises in order to spy on her unsuspecting targets, gather the evidence and maybe even impress the handsome Tasawur (Ali Fazal).

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes 3 stars

Simian flu has ravaged the globe, killing almost the entire human race. In San Francisco, one-time military man Dreyfus, who lost his entire family to the virus, leads the human survivors. The truce between humans and apes is tested to breaking point when a diplomatic mission led by Malcolm, his wife Ellie and teenage son Alexander enters the forest to request access to the O'Shaughnessy Dam, which provides the city with its electricity.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Drama, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastKeri Russell, Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell.
  • DirectorMatt Reeves.
  • WriterMark Bomback, Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration130 mins
  • Official sitewww.dawnofapes.com
  • Release17/07/2014

Many years have passed since the events of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Simian flu has ravaged the globe, killing almost the entire human race. Only 1 in 500 people are immune to the ALZ-113 virus and the survivors face a bleak future. In the absence of government, law and order, the basics of existence - water, food and electricity - are dangerously depleted. In San Francisco, one-time military man Dreyfus (Gary Oldman), who lost his entire family to the virus, leads the human survivors. He is hell-bent on revenge against the apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis), who have established a thriving community in the nearby forests. The truce between the two sides is fragile, and it is tested to breaking point when a diplomatic mission led by Malcolm (Jason Clarke), his wife Ellie (Keri Russell) and teenage son Alexander (Kodi Smit-McPhee) enters the forest to request access to the O'Shaughnessy Dam, which provides the city with its electricity. Caesar agrees, provided the humans disarm, and Malcolm and his family form a bond with the apes. However, Dreyfus is a man on a self-destructive mission, providing Caesar's violent rival Koba (Toby Kebbell) with the ammunition he needs to declare war on the humans and usurp Caesar.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes 3D 3 stars

Simian flu has ravaged the globe, killing almost the entire human race. In San Francisco, one-time military man Dreyfus, who lost his entire family to the virus, leads the human survivors. The truce between humans and apes is tested to breaking point when a diplomatic mission led by Malcolm, his wife Ellie and teenage son Alexander enters the forest to request access to the O'Shaughnessy Dam, which provides the city with its electricity.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Drama, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastAndy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell.
  • DirectorMatt Reeves.
  • WriterRick Jaffa, Mark Bomback, Amanda Silver.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration130 mins
  • Official sitewww.dawnofapes.com
  • Release17/07/2014

Many years have passed since the events of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Simian flu has ravaged the globe, killing almost the entire human race. Only 1 in 500 people are immune to the ALZ-113 virus and the survivors face a bleak future. In the absence of government, law and order, the basics of existence - water, food and electricity - are dangerously depleted. In San Francisco, one-time military man Dreyfus (Gary Oldman), who lost his entire family to the virus, leads the human survivors. He is hell-bent on revenge against the apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis), who have established a thriving community in the nearby forests. The truce between the two sides is fragile, and it is tested to breaking point when a diplomatic mission led by Malcolm (Jason Clarke), his wife Ellie (Keri Russell) and teenage son Alexander (Kodi Smit-McPhee) enters the forest to request access to the O'Shaughnessy Dam, which provides the city with its electricity. Caesar agrees, provided the humans disarm, and Malcolm and his family form a bond with the apes. However, Dreyfus is a man on a self-destructive mission, providing Caesar's violent rival Koba (Toby Kebbell) with the ammunition he needs to declare war on the humans and usurp Caesar.

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Ek Villain 3 stars

Guru works for politician Prahlad in Goa and is haunted by the misdeeds of his past. No matter how fast he runs, Guru cannot escape these ghosts until he meets the beautiful Aisha. She provides Guru with an opportunity to start anew so he proposes and the happy couple moves to Mumbai. Alas, the honeymoon period is shattered when innocent Aisha is attacked. Guru vows to track down the assailant and when he finally unmasks the perpetrator, Guru realises that he and his beloved are at the centre of a diabolical scheme.

  • GenreBollywood, Romance, Thriller
  • CastShraddha Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh, Sidharth Malhotra.
  • DirectorMohit Suri.
  • CountryIndia
  • Official site
  • Release27/06/2014 (selected cinemas)

Mohit Suri (Aashiqui 2) directs this Bollywood thriller headlining Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor and Ritesh Deshmukh to a soundtrack that includes music from Mithoon and Ankit Tiwari. Guru (Malhotra) works for politician Prahlad in Goa and is haunted by the misdeeds of his past. No matter how fast he runs, Guru cannot escape these ghosts until he meets the beautiful Aisha (Kapoor). She provides Guru with an opportunity to start anew so he proposes and the happy couple moves to Mumbai. Alas, the honeymoon period is shattered when innocent Aisha is attacked. Guru vows to track down the assailant and when he finally unmasks the perpetrator, Guru realises that he and his beloved are at the centre of a diabolical scheme. With the bit between his teeth, Guru resolves to unmask the mastermind behind the assault.

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Globe On Screen: Macbeth 3 stars

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Special
  • CastMoyo Akande, Geoff Aymer, Bette Bourne.
  • DirectorEve Best.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration155 mins
  • Official sitewww.onscreen.shakespearesglobe.com
  • Release25/06/2014 (selected cinemas)

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 4 stars

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During one of his regular sorties with Toothless, Hiccup stumbles upon a lost world full of rescued dragons and a valiant dragon rider named Valka, who turns out to be Hiccup's long lost mother. A tearful family reunion with Hiccup's father Stoick is cut short when diabolical dragon hunter Drago Bludvist storms the lost world and takes control of all of the majestic creatures using a gargantuan Alpha dragon called a Bewilderbeast.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Family, Family
  • CastKristen Wiig, America Ferrera, Jay Baruchel, Djimon Hounsou, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler.
  • DirectorDean DeBlois.
  • WriterDean DeBlois.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration102 mins
  • Official sitewww.howtotrainyourdragon.co.uk
  • Release27/06/2014 (Scotland); 11/07/2014 (nationwide)

Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the 2010 computer-animated adventure How To Train Your Dragon soared tantalisingly close to perfection. Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois' brilliantly executed story of one boy's remarkable friendship with a supposedly fearsome dragon was deeply touching, distinguished by richly detailed visuals and an intelligent script.

The sequel, directed solely by DeBlois, expands the narrative arcs of the characters, testing their mettle in the aftermath of tragedy and conflict. Boys cross the rubicon to manhood, parents make selfless sacrifices to protect their brood and evil poisons an innocent heart.

As a wise woman in the film proclaims, "Good dragons under the control of bad people do bad things". Five years have passed since Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) befriended Toothless and the inhabitants of the village of Berk now live in harmony with the dragons.

Hiccup's father Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler) continues to preside over the people. He hopes Hiccup will accept his destiny as the next tribal chief but the boy prefers to soar through the clouds astride his trusty Night Fury.

During a regular sortie with Toothless, Hiccup stumbles upon a lost world of rescued dragons and a valiant rider named Valka (Cate Blanchett), who turns out to be a long-lost face from the past. "It's not everyday you find out your mother is some kind of crazy, feral, vigilante dragon lady!" whoops Hiccup.

A tearful family reunion with Stoick is cut short by diabolical dragon hunter Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou), who storms this lost world and takes control of the majestic fire-breathing creatures using a gargantuan Alpha dragon. World domination beckons and all that stands in Drago's way are Hiccup, Toothless and the boy's plucky friends Astrid (America Ferrara), Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Snotlout (Jonah Hill) and the twins Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig) and Tuffnut (TJ Miller).

In almost every aspect, How To Train Your Dragon 2 matches its polished predecessor... except one. The addition of Oscar winner Blanchett to the vocal fold is a calamitous misjudgement. From the outset, the Australian actress is engaged in a futile tug-of-war with her Scottish accent that initially roams the British Isles and eventually strays across the entire Commonwealth.

Her verbal strangulations are horribly distracting and undermine some of the film's most emotionally charged moments of reconciliation and remembrance.

For his part, writer-director DeBlois charts a breathless course between drama, action and comedy, the latter delivered with scenery-chewing gusto by Craig Ferguson as Stoick's best friend Gobber the Belch. "[Valka's] meatballs could kill more beasts than a battle axe. I still got a few knocking around in here!" he grimaces, pointing to his belly.

Flying sequences deliver a vertiginous thrill, especially in 3D, including a couple of death-defying battles that slalom and swoop at dizzying speed. Blanchett aside, lightning nearly strikes twice.

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 3D 4 stars

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During one of his regular sorties with Toothless, Hiccup stumbles upon a lost world full of rescued dragons and a valiant dragon rider named Valka, who turns out to be Hiccup's long lost mother. A tearful family reunion with Hiccup's father Stoick is cut short when diabolical dragon hunter Drago Bludvist storms the lost world and takes control of all of the majestic creatures using a gargantuan Alpha dragon called a Bewilderbeast.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Family, Family
  • CastKristen Wiig, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Djimon Hounsou, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler.
  • DirectorDean DeBlois.
  • WriterDean DeBlois.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration102 mins
  • Official sitewww.howtotrainyourdragon.co.uk
  • Release27/06/2014 (Scotland); 11/07/2014 (nationwide)

Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the 2010 computer-animated adventure How To Train Your Dragon soared tantalisingly close to perfection. Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois' brilliantly executed story of one boy's remarkable friendship with a supposedly fearsome dragon was deeply touching, distinguished by richly detailed visuals and an intelligent script.

The sequel, directed solely by DeBlois, expands the narrative arcs of the characters, testing their mettle in the aftermath of tragedy and conflict. Boys cross the rubicon to manhood, parents make selfless sacrifices to protect their brood and evil poisons an innocent heart.

As a wise woman in the film proclaims, "Good dragons under the control of bad people do bad things". Five years have passed since Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) befriended Toothless and the inhabitants of the village of Berk now live in harmony with the dragons.

Hiccup's father Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler) continues to preside over the people. He hopes Hiccup will accept his destiny as the next tribal chief but the boy prefers to soar through the clouds astride his trusty Night Fury.

During a regular sortie with Toothless, Hiccup stumbles upon a lost world of rescued dragons and a valiant rider named Valka (Cate Blanchett), who turns out to be a long-lost face from the past. "It's not everyday you find out your mother is some kind of crazy, feral, vigilante dragon lady!" whoops Hiccup.

A tearful family reunion with Stoick is cut short by diabolical dragon hunter Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou), who storms this lost world and takes control of the majestic fire-breathing creatures using a gargantuan Alpha dragon. World domination beckons and all that stands in Drago's way are Hiccup, Toothless and the boy's plucky friends Astrid (America Ferrara), Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Snotlout (Jonah Hill) and the twins Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig) and Tuffnut (TJ Miller).

In almost every aspect, How To Train Your Dragon 2 matches its polished predecessor... except one. The addition of Oscar winner Blanchett to the vocal fold is a calamitous misjudgement. From the outset, the Australian actress is engaged in a futile tug-of-war with her Scottish accent that initially roams the British Isles and eventually strays across the entire Commonwealth.

Her verbal strangulations are horribly distracting and undermine some of the film's most emotionally charged moments of reconciliation and remembrance.

For his part, writer-director DeBlois charts a breathless course between drama, action and comedy, the latter delivered with scenery-chewing gusto by Craig Ferguson as Stoick's best friend Gobber the Belch. "[Valka's] meatballs could kill more beasts than a battle axe. I still got a few knocking around in here!" he grimaces, pointing to his belly.

Flying sequences deliver a vertiginous thrill, especially in 3D, including a couple of death-defying battles that slalom and swoop at dizzying speed. Blanchett aside, lightning nearly strikes twice.

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Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania 3 stars

Humpty Sharma is a hopeless romantic and an eternal optimist, who believes that his soul mate is just over the horizon. When he happens to cross paths with Delhi girl Kavya Pratap Singh, Humpty believes he has found her: Kavya is strong-willed, straight-talking and her enthusiasm for life captivates him. Unfortunately, she is already engaged and her strict father, Mr Singh, would not approve of a marriage to Humpty so Kavya reluctantly turns her back on a chance of happiness.

  • GenreBollywood, Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastVarun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sahil Vaid.
  • DirectorShashank Khaitan.
  • WriterShashank Khaitan.
  • CountryIndia
  • Duration132 mins
  • Official site
  • Release11/07/2014 (selected cinemas)

Shashank Khaitan makes his directorial debut with this Bollywood musical romance about the giddy pleasures and seemingly insurmountable pitfalls of young love. Humpty Sharma (Varun Dhawan) is a hopeless romantic and an eternal optimist, who believes that his soul mate is just over the horizon. When he happens to cross paths with Delhi girl Kavya Pratap Singh (Alia Bhatt), Humpty believes he has found her: Kavya is strong-willed, straight-talking and her enthusiasm for life captivates him. Unfortunately, she is already engaged and her strict father, Mr Singh (Ashutosh Rana), would not approve of a marriage to Humpty so Kavya reluctantly turns her back on a chance of happiness. Humpty is not so easily dissuaded and he joins forces with his good friend Poplu (Sahil Vaid) to follow his heart.

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Humshakals 3 stars

Ashok and Kumar are best friends, who are blissfully unaware of their doppelgangers Ashok and Kumar, who are also best friends. In turn, they are unaware of a second set of doppelgangers Ashok and Kumar. Meanwhile, lovable Mamaji is oblivious to his two doppelgangers, who are also called Mamaji. The fates of these nine men become hilariously entangled, creating conflict and confusion as they impact on each others' (mis)fortunes with surprising and sometimes fortuitous consequences.

  • GenreBollywood, Comedy, Romance
  • CastBipasha Basu, Ram Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh.
  • DirectorSajid Khan.
  • WriterSajid Khan, Akarsh Khurana, Robin Bhatt.
  • CountryIndia
  • Duration159 mins
  • Official site
  • Release20/06/2014 (selected cinemas)

Sajid Khan directs this uproarious Bollywood comedy of mistaken identities, which casts Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Ram Kapoor in triple roles. Ashok (Khan) and Kumar (Deshmukh) are best friends, who are blissfully unaware of their doppelgangers Ashok (Khan) and Kumar (Deshmukh), who are also best friends. In turn, they are unaware of a second set of doppelgangers Ashok (Khan) and Kumar (Deshmukh). Meanwhile, lovable Mamaji (Kapoor) is oblivious to his two doppelgangers, who are also called Mamaji (Kapoor). The fates of these nine men become hilariously entangled, creating conflict and confusion as they impact on each others' (mis)fortunes with surprising and sometimes fortuitous consequences.

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Lekar Hum Deewana Dil 3 stars

Best friends Dino and Karishma enjoy a carefree existence in south Mumbai, where they hang out with their friends and regularly throw caution to the wind. Reality bites for Karishma when her proud parents exert pressure on her to marry and secure her future with a husband. Faced with the possibility of spending her life with a man she does not love, Karishma realises that fellow rebel Dino is her soul mate and they elope.

  • GenreBollywood, Comedy, Romance
  • CastArmaan Jain, Rohini Hattangadi, Deeksha Seth.
  • DirectorArif Ali.
  • WriterArif Ali.
  • CountryIndia
  • Official site
  • Release04/07/2014 (selected cinemas)

Arif Ali, brother of Imtiaz Ali (Rockstar), writes and directs this Bollywood romance headlining Armaan Jain, Deeksha Seth and Nikita Dutta. Best friends Dino (Armaan Jain) and Karishma (Deeksha Seth) enjoy a carefree existence in south Mumbai, where they hang out with their friends and regularly throw caution to the wind. Reality bites for Karishma when her proud parents exert pressure on her to marry and secure her future with a husband. Faced with the possibility of spending her life with a man she does not love, Karishma realises that fellow rebel Dino is her soul mate and they elope. At first, the promise of a lifetime of adventure is intoxicating but Dino and Karishma quickly discover that even they must accept certain painful responsibilities that impact on their fun.

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Maleficent 4 stars

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Stefan tricks his friend, the powerful fairy Maleficent, and steals her wings in order to secure the throne. Maleficent waits patiently with shape-shifter sidekick Diaval to wreak revenge. That time comes when the queen gives birth to a beautiful daughter, Aurora, and Maleficent journeys to the castle to place a curse on the infant: on her 16th birthday, Aurora will prick her finger on the needle of a spinning wheel and fall into an eternal slumber. Only true love's kiss will break the spell.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Family, Family, Fantasy, Romance
  • CastAngelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Brenton Thwaites, Sam Riley, Lesley Manville, Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, Kenneth Cranham.
  • DirectorRobert Stromberg.
  • WriterJohn Lee Hancock, Linda Woolverton.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration97 mins
  • Official sitemovies.disney.com/maleficent
  • Release28/05/2014

Disney's empowerment of female protagonists, which snowballed in the delightful Frozen, continues apace in Robert Stromberg's fantastical live-action fairytale. Inspired by the studio's 1959 animation Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent is a visually stunning fantasy, which re-imagines the Brothers Grimm through the mascara-ed eyes of the eponymous villainess, who curses a fair princess to 100 years of slumber.

Screenwriter Linda Woolverton casts a heady spell by embellishing the familiar yarn with neat flourishes. "Let us tell an old story anew and see how well you know it..." teasingly purrs the narrator in the film's opening frames.

Lines between good and evil become blurred in Angelina Jolie's delicious portrayal of the vengeful fairy queen, whose belief in the power of "true love's kiss" is corrupted by the betrayal of the man she loves.

Sporting a hefty pair of horns, Jolie slinks through every frame, rolling menacing lines of dialogue around her mouth like candy and accentuating thinly veiled threats with an arched eyebrow. Naughty has seldom looked and sounded so nice.

Her nemesis is King Henry (Kenneth Cranham), a greedy monarch, who yearns to expand his kingdom by conquering the forest realm where Maleficent holds sway. In the ensuing battle, the king is badly wounded and pledges his crown to any man who can defeat the "winged elf".

Lowly underling Stefan (Sharlto Copley), who befriended Maleficent in childhood, tricks the fairy and steals her wings, thereby securing the throne. Following his coronation, King Stefan is poisoned by power and greed. In the forest, Maleficent bides her time with her shape-shifter henchman Diaval (Sam Riley).

When the queen gives birth to a daughter, Maleficent journeys to the castle to curse the infant Aurora: on her 16th birthday, the princess will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall into eternal slumber. Only true love's kiss can break the enchantment.

King Stefan entrusts the babe to bickering fairies Knotgrass (Imelda Staunton), Flittle (Lesley Manville) and Thistletwit (Juno Temple), who raise Aurora in a secluded woodland cottage. The princess blossoms into a caring young woman (now played by Elle Fanning) and Maleficent wonders if this innocent could unite the feuding kingdoms and earn her happy ever after in the arms of dashing prince Phillip (Brenton Thwaites).

Maleficent is anchored by Jolie's tour-de-force theatrics. She casts a stylish shadow over every frame and her twisted maternal bond with infant Aurora ("It's so ugly, you could almost feel sorry for it!") mellows into something genuinely moving and heartfelt.

Fanning is sweetness and youthful exuberance personified while Staunton, Manville and Temple provide the broad comic relief. Digital effects are impressively harnessed by director Stromberg to realise the forest and its magical denizens and allow the title character to take flight over her domain. Like the film, she soars.

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Mariinsky On Screen: War And Peace 3 stars

  • GenreDrama, Musical, Special
  • CastAndrei Bondarenko, Aida Garifulina.
  • DirectorGraham Vick.
  • CountryRus
  • Duration160 mins
  • Official sitewww.mariinskyonscreen.com
  • Release16/07/2014 (selected cinemas)

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Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie 2 stars

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Agnes Brown proudly runs a fruit and vegetable stall in Moore Street Market, continuing a tradition that has been passed down in her family for generations. She hopes to pass the stall to daughter Cathy but a dastardly developer intervenes with plans to bulldoze the market. Aided by Cathy as well as next-door neighbour Winnie and her family, Agnes resolves to take on the Irish establishment and give it a good spanking.

  • GenreComedy, Drama
  • CastRobert Bathurst, Brendan O'Carroll, Nick Nevern, Jennifer Gibney, Eilish O'Carroll, Sorcha Cusack.
  • DirectorBen Kellett.
  • WriterBrendan O'Carroll.
  • CountryUK/Ire
  • Duration94 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/MBBDMovie
  • Release27/06/2014

First conceived for Irish radio and then as a series of books, the misadventures of feisty Dublin matriarch Agnes Brown transitioned seamlessly from stage to small screen in 2011 with the birth of the BBC sitcom Mrs Brown's Boys. Creator Brendan O'Carroll cast relatives and friends in supporting roles, ensuring the programme was a true family affair.

Critics may have been unkind but the series gained an ardent following. The 2013 festive special topped ratings on Christmas Day, trumping Doctor Who. Now, Agnes and her dysfunctional kin stampede the big screen under the direction of Ben Kellett. Lord help anyone who gets in her way!

Agnes proudly runs a fruit and vegetable stall in Moore Street Market, which has been passed down through the family for generations. The foul-mouthed harridan hopes her daughter Cathy (Jennifer Gibney) will take up the mantle but a dastardly developer, PR Irwin (Dermot Crowley), intervenes with plans to bulldoze the site.

"They won't take me without a fight, whoever they are," Agnes tells Fat Annie (June Rodgers). Unfortunately, Agnes has a 3.8 million Euro tax bill to settle stretching back to her grandmother's time. Aided by Cathy, her sons Mark (Pat Shields), Rory (Rory Cowan) and Dermot (Paddy Houlihan), and next-door neighbour Winnie (Eilish O'Carroll), Agnes resolves to take on the Irish establishment and give it a good spanking.

Dermot's best friend Buster Brady (Danny O'Carroll), bumbling lawyer Tom Crews (Simon Delaney) and a well-to-do barrister called Maydo Archer (Robert Bathurst), who is prone to stress-related Tourette syndrome, pledge their support to Agnes's seemingly hopeless cause.

Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie opens with a fire safety announcement from the eponymous matriarch "in case we have to ejaculate de building". This sets the crude tone for the next 94 minutes. Punchlines are depressingly predictable and the absence of a laughter track from a live studio audience exposes the script's dearth of gags and imagination.

O'Carroll evidently subscribes to the mantra: if it isn't funny on the page, add some profanities. While Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino would probably doff their baseball caps to this slurry of gratuitous expletives, repeated uses of cuss words for desperate laughs becomes wearying.

Aside from the large-scale musical numbers that bookmark the haphazard narrative and a pointlessly protracted chase sequence, the film has no obvious cinematic ambitions.

A hare-brained subplot involving Mr Wang (Brendan O'Carroll again), Chinese owner of a school devoted to training blind ninjas, embraces hideous stereotypes that the malformed character might himself describe as "a rittle bit lacist".

Like its small screen counterpart, Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie doesn't edit out gaffes and revels in moments when the cast corpse one another. If only we were so easily amused.

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Muppets Most Wanted 4 stars

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The world's most deadly criminal, Constantine, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Kermit except for a facial mole and strong eastern European accent, escapes from a Siberian gulag overseen by Nadya and her men. They give chase and mistakenly apprehend Kermit, believing him to be the devious mastermind. While Kermit languishes behind bars, Constantine poses as The Muppets' leader to orchestrate a series of daring robberies with the help of his second in command, Dominic Badguy.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Family, Musical, Romance
  • CastSalma Hayek, Tina Fey, Tom Hiddleston, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Dave Goelz, David Rudman, Eric Jacobson, Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta.
  • DirectorJames Bobin.
  • WriterNicholas Stoller, James Bobin.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration113 mins
  • Official sitemuppets.disney.com/muppets-most-wanted
  • Release28/03/2014

Created almost 60 years ago by Jim Henson, Kermit The Frog and his hand-operated chums gained a new lease of life in 2011 with the release of the seventh feature film, snappily entitled The Muppets. Combining an irreverent script, tongue-in-cheek cameos and uproarious song and dance numbers, James Bobin's film was a treat for fans of all ages.

Muppets Most Wanted is the inevitable sequel and harnesses some of the same charm and zany energy including original compositions by Bret McKenzie from Flight Of The Conchords, who garnered an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the first film.

The New Zealand-born comedian and musician delights with his pithy worksmithery including a rousing opening number featuring Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga that declares, "We're doing a sequel, the studio wants more/While they wait for Tom Hanks to do Toy Story 4!"

The ramshackle plot bounces along at breakneck speed, providing a hook for hare-brained set pieces replete with Celine Dion as Miss Piggy's Fairy Godmother.

The world's most deadly criminal, Constantine (voiced by Matt Vogel), who bears an uncanny resemblance to Kermit (Steve Whitmire) except for a facial mole and strong eastern European accent, escapes from Gulag 38B in Siberia.

Commander Nadya (Tina Fey) and her men give chase and mistakenly apprehend Kermit, believing him to be the amphibian mastermind. While Kermit languishes behind bars, Constantine poses as The Muppets' leader to orchestrate a series of daring robberies with the help of his second in command, Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais).

French Interpol inspector Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) is hot on their heels and hooves. Miss Piggy (Eric Jacobson), Gonzo (Dave Goelz), Fozzie Bear (Jacobson again) and the gang don't notice that their beloved green ringmaster has been replaced by an impostor.

They embark on a world tour that takes them from Berlin to Madrid, Dublin and London - "home of the Crown Jewels... and good manners". Thankfully, Kermit has a daring plan to escape and expose the diabolical doppelganger.

Muppets Most Wanted doesn't quite scale the dizzy comedic heights of the first film but the sequel is peppered with belly laughs and droll in-jokes. Thus when the newest member of the Muppet fold, Walter (Peter Linz), abandons the world tour, Rowlf is incredulous. "We just spent a whole movie watching him join The Muppets!" he laments.

Bobin doesn't tarry on holes in the narrative or flimsy sub-plots like Miss Piggy's desire to make an honest frog out of Kermit, and hopes we'll do the same with grins on our faces.

The sequel is preceded by a delightful computer-animated short, Party Central, which revisits Monsters University favourites Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) and the misfits from Oozma Kappa fraternity as they attempt to outwit the bully boys from Roar Omega Roar once more.

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NT Live: Skylight 3 stars

Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the highly anticipated production of David Hare's Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry, broadcast live from the West End by National Theatre Live.

  • GenreDrama, Special
  • CastCarey Mulligan, Bill Nighy.
  • DirectorStephen Daldry.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration180 mins
  • Official site
  • Release17/07/2014 (selected cinemas)

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Punjab 1984 3 stars

  • GenreDrama, World
  • CastDaljinder Basran, Arun Bali, Sonam Bajwa.
  • DirectorAnurag Singh.
  • WriterSurmeet Maavi, Anurag Singh.
  • CountryCan/India
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Tammy 2 stars

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On the way to work in a fast food burger bar, Tammy hits a deer and wrecks her car, then to rub salt into her wounds, her boss fires her. Arriving home early, Tammy discovers her husband Greg with next-door neighbour Missi. Caught in an emotional maelstrom, Tammy decides she needs a change of scenery so she collects her profanity-spewing, hard-drinking grandmother Pearl and heads for Niagara Falls, which the old woman has always wanted to visit.

  • GenreAction, Comedy, Romance
  • CastSusan Sarandon, Dan Aykroyd, Melissa McCarthy, Kathy Bates.
  • DirectorBen Falcone.
  • WriterMelissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration97 mins
  • Official site
  • Release04/07/2014

Five years ago, Melissa McCarthy was a jobbing stand-up, juggling time between the US comedy circuit and acting work. Then came Bridesmaids. Cast as an overly aggressive singleton, who surveys one potential suitor and growls, "I'm going to climb that like a tree," McCarthy unleashed a comic whirlwind that has been blowing at gale force ever since.

She earned BAFTA and Oscar nominations as Best Supporting Actress for Bridesmaids, and won an Emmy the same year for hit sitcom Molly & Mike. Hosting stints on Saturday Night Live garnered more Emmy nominations and back-to-back film roles alongside Jason Bateman in Identity Thief and Sandra Bullock in The Heat confirmed her Midas touch at the box office.

Now, the innately lovable star produces, co-writes and headlines this brash, oestrogen-fuelled road movie, which sees her husband, actor Ben Falcone, venture behind the camera for his first stint in the director's chair. Alas, McCarthy's golden touch doesn't extend to scriptwriting because Tammy is a hotch-potch of half-formed characters and ideas lacking nuance and depth.

It's fitting that a comedy about a forty-something woman on the brink of emotional meltdown should itself be a shambles but as a viewing experience, Falcone's inaugural offering is more pain than gain.

The luckless heroine is Tammy (McCarthy), a dishevelled fast food restaurant worker, whose car is wrecked by a wayward deer. She's subsequently fired by her boss and Tammy arrives home early to discover her husband Greg (Nat Faxon) enjoying a romantic meal with a next-door neighbour (Toni Collette).

Ignoring the warnings of her mother (Allison Janney), Tammy embarks on a road trip with her profanity-spewing, hard-drinking grandmother Pearl (Susan Sarandon), who has always wanted to visit Niagara Falls.

The gung-ho ladies seek sanctuary with cousin Lenore (Kathy Bates) and her partner Susanne (Sandra Oh), and enjoy the company of cowboy Earl (Gary Cole) and his son Bobby (Mark Duplass), who takes a shine to Tammy. "I don't think putting two messes together is going to make an unmess," she declares profoundly. With each new misadventure, Tammy slowly realises she is mistress of her destiny.

Clumsily scripted and poorly paced, Tammy huffs and puffs with good intentions but barely raises a smile. McCarthy works tirelessly but she's on a hiding to nothing. Misery is heaped upon the titular protagonist to the point of absurdity, which wouldn't matter if Tammy was a fully fleshed, endearing creation but she bellyaches and gripes, without any urge to remedy her dire situation.

As Pearl acutely observes, "Every time something bad happens you throw a fit!" The second half softens Tammy with the introduction of Duplass' nice guy, who evidently sees positive qualities in her that we can't and almost don't want to.

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Tarzan 3 stars

John Greystoke, the intrepid CEO of Greystoke Energies, ventures deep into the jungle with his wife Alice and their young son. Their helicopter crashes, killing everyone on board except the young Greystoke heir, who is rescued and raised by apes. As an adult, Tarzan encounters humans once again when beautiful environmentalist Jane Porter arrives in the jungle with William Clayton, the Machiavellian new CEO of Greystoke Energies.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Drama, Family, Family, Romance
  • CastJaime Ray Newman, Robert Capron, Kellan Lutz, Trevor St John, Spencer Locke, Mark Deklin.
  • DirectorReinhard Klooss.
  • WriterReinhard Klooss, Jessica Postigo.
  • CountryGer
  • Duration99 mins
  • Official site
  • Release02/05/2014

Since his debut on the pages of a 1912 magazine, Edgar Rice Burroughs's fictional ape man has swung into the affections of successive generations thanks to re-imaginings on the small and big screens. Former Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller famously portrayed the heroic king of the jungle during the 1930s and 1940s flanked by his plucky chimpanzee sidekick Cheeta.

And most recently, Disney immortalised literary myth as an animation feature, a short-lived Broadway musical, spin-off TV series and video games. Now it falls to German filmmaker Reinhard Klooss to put a distinctly modern spin on Burroughs's source text.

Don't be misled by the colourful visuals of this computer-animated adventure and early scenes of comical monkey business. This adaptation isn't a cutesy caper aimed predominantly at children. Tragedy stalks every frame and a couple of sequences, which result in the demise of pivotal characters, could be too scary for the very young.

To enforce the film's modern sensibilities, a rousing burst of Coldplay's anthem Paradise accompanies Tarzan and Jane's romantic swim, replete with longing glances as the protagonists splash about in the water.

John Greystoke (voiced by Mark Deklin) ventures deep into the jungle with his wife Alice (Jaime Ray Newman) and their young son to search for the impact site of an ancient meteorite, which is rumoured to possess immense power.

By chance, as the Greystokes leave the jungle in their helicopter, they stumble upon the meteorite but magnetic interference propels the craft into the mountainside, killing everyone on board except the young Greystoke heir.

The child is rescued and raised by apes and is rechristened Tarzan. As an adult, Tarzan (now voiced by Kellan Lutz) encounters humans once again when beautiful environmentalist Jane Porter (Spencer Locke) arrives in the jungle with William Clayton (Trevor St John), the Machiavellian new CEO of Greystoke Energies.

He also seeks the elusive meteorite and its limitless power and hopes that Jane's father Jim (Les Bubb) will help him. "That's a very pretty daughter you've got there. We wouldn't want anything to happen to her, would we?" snarls Clayton.

Tarzan is a slick yet unsatisfying reworking that struggles to marry the legend with a perplexing subtext about mankind's unsustainable depletion of the earth's resources. Lutz beats his chest on cue to deliver his hero's iconic cry and stilted dialogue including, "Me Tarzan, you Jane".

Locke essays a spunky heroine but she's poorly served by the flimsy script while St John's pantomime villain encourages the audience to hiss and boo his every underhand move.

The introduction of the mysterious meteorite to the jungle is an unwelcome distraction that draws parallels with the extra-terrestrial mumbo jumbo in the fourth Indiana Jones film. An unhappy marriage of something old, something new - that leaves us feeling blue.

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The Croods 3 stars

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Grug Crood is a caveman, who has taught his family to be afraid of the dark and new experiences. He protects his wife Ugga, restless daughter Eep, oafish son Thug, feral baby daughter Sandy and decrepit mother by ushering them into a cave every night. When an earthquake destroys the Croods' cave, they embark on a perilous expedition through uncharted territory in search of a new place to call home, accompanied by a charismatic caveboy called Guy, who catches Eep's eye.

  • GenreAdventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family, Romance
  • CastEmma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Clark Duke, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman.
  • DirectorChris Sanders, Kirk De Micco.
  • WriterChris Sanders, Kirk De Micco.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration98 mins
  • Official sitewww.thecroodsmovie.co.uk
  • Release22/03/2013

Home is where the heart is in Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders's energetic romp about a family of cavemen and -women who embark on a perilous quest to find a new settlement. Initially touted as a stop-motion project for Bristol-based Aardman Animations, The Croods suffered numerous delays in production and arrives on the big screen bearing many similarities to computer-animated films of yesteryear.

The prehistoric setting and saccharine father-daughter bonding are strikingly reminiscent of Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, while the rebellious flame-haired heroine shares many tomboy qualities with Pixar's wee Highland lassie Brave.

Familiarities aside, De Micco and Sanders's film bursts with vibrant colour, especially in eye-popping 3D, punctuated by lively action set pieces, including a hunting sequence that draws in several otherworldly species. A cuddly sloth called Belt provides comic relief amid the emotional syrup and the underlying message about chasing your dreams, regardless of how ridiculous they sound to other people, is hammered home with all the subtlety of a caveman's club to the cranium.

Grug Crood (voiced by Nicolas Cage) has taught his family to be afraid of the dark and new experiences. He protects his wife Ugga (Catherine Keener), restless daughter Eep (Emma Stone), oafish son Thug (Clark Duke), feral baby daughter Sandy and decrepit mother (Cloris Leachman) by ushering them into a cave, where they will be safe from the prehistoric creatures that roam the land.

"Darkness means death, fear keeps us alive, never stop being afraid," Grug repeatedly tells the clan, emphasising his points with cave paintings of untimely death and destruction. Eep dares to rebel against her old man and during a forbidden night-time excursion she encounters a nomadic caveboy called Guy (Ryan Reynolds), who tells her that the end of the world is nigh.

Soon after, the Croods' cave is destroyed by a massive earthquake that heralds the disintegration of the landmass into continents. The Croods join Guy and his pet sloth Belt on the expedition through uncharted territory in search of a new place to call home. En route, Grug confronts his fears about losing his children and Eep fans the flames of romance with Guy.

The Croods is inoffensive, effervescent family fun that strikes a pleasing balance between romance and adventure. Each member of the titular family has distinct personality traits and De Micco and Sanders construct a nice running gag about Grug wishing his mother would shift her mortal coil.

A half-crocodile, half-canine baby called Douglas provides the film with its one laugh-out-loud moment of accidental tragedy. Energetic vocal performances match the rollicking visuals and the film-makers resolve various conflicts with an impressive final flourish that suggests this might not be the last we see of Grug and his bonkers brood.

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The Fault In Our Stars 4 stars

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Sixteen-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster was diagnosed with cancer at an early age. An experimental drug trial has halted the spread of the cancer and Hazel reluctantly attends a cancer patients' support group at the behest of her mother Frannie and father Michael. During one of these sessions, Grace meets acerbic survivor Gus. The spark of attraction between the teenagers is instant and they become close friends, united by a shared disdain for convention.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Romance, Teenage
  • CastNat Wolff, Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Sam Trammell, Laura Dern.
  • DirectorJosh Boone.
  • WriterScott Neustadter, Michael H Weber.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration126 mins
  • Official sitewww.thefaultinourstarsmovie.com
  • Release19/06/2014

Only a frozen heart could be unmoved as E.T. bids farewell to Elliot, Bambi cries forlornly in the forest for his fallen mother or Carl falls in love with Ellie in the opening sequence to Pixar's Up. The Fault In Our Stars will offer a stern test to the waterproof mascara of every teenager who fell in love with John Green's bestselling novel.

Josh Boone's polished adaptation deftly plucks heartstrings to the point that a trickle of saltwater tears threatens to become an unstoppable torrent. One tissue simply doesn't suffice as scriptwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H Weber navigate the tricky topic of terminal illness with wry humour and sensitivity.

The film is blessed with a tour-de-force central performance from Shailene Woodley as a young cancer patient, who experiences the exquisite agony of first love just when it seems she has given up on life. The 22-year-old Californian actress doesn't hit a single false emotional note as her protagonist wrestles with guilt and mortality, catalysing smouldering screen chemistry with co-star Ansel Elgort.

Woodley plays 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster, who was diagnosed with cancer at an early age and almost slipped away in hospital. An experimental drug trial has halted the spread of the disease but Hazel is resigned to her grim fate.

"Depression's not a side effect of cancer," she explains in voiceover, "it's a side effect of dying, which is what's happening to me." The teenager reluctantly attends a cancer patients' support group at the behest of her mom (Laura Dern).

During one session, Grace meets acerbic survivor Gus (Elgort), who lost his leg to halt the spread of his cancer. He is attending the meeting to support best friend Isaac (Nat Wolff). Grace and Gus's shared disdain for convention kindles friendship.

As the relationship intensifies, Hazel attempts to keep Gus at arm's length, warning that she "is a grenade", destined to obliterate everyone around her. "It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you," he counters tenderly.

The Fault In Our Stars is a beautifully sketched portrait of adolescence, anchored by emotionally raw performances from the talented cast. Dern impresses as a parent braced for the anguish of burying her child, while Willem Dafoe injects spikiness to the role of Hazel's favourite author, who doesn't welcome fans with open arms.

Director Boone makes a couple of missteps, including a crudely engineered scene at Anne Frank's House in Amsterdam that feels wholly inappropriate. However, once our tear ducts start leaking, we forgive him and the script an occasional faux pas.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction 2 stars

The alliance between humans and the robots has been broken and an elite CIA unit named Cemetery Wind now hunts the Transformers without mercy. Struggling inventor Cade Yeager and his family stumble upon Optimus Prime and help the Autobot leader to regain his strength. They head into the desert to reunite Bumblebee, Crosshairs, Drift and Hound. Together, the rebels must prevent fellow inventor Joshua Joyce from creating his own Transformer army led by the mighty Galvatron.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Romance, Science Fiction
  • CastJack Reynor, Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, TJ Miller, Li Bingbing, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci.
  • DirectorMichael Bay.
  • WriterEhren Kruger.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration165 mins
  • Official sitewww.thetransformersmovie.co.uk
  • Release10/07/2014

If Michael Bay, director of Transformers: Age Of Extinction, were immortalised on-screen as a "robot in disguise", his mechanised alter-ego might be Maximus Kaboom. For two decades, the Californian film-maker has been elevating wanton destruction to a blockbusting art form.

In Armageddon, he pitted Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck against a gigantic asteroid on a collision course with earth and orchestrated destruction to the sonic booms of Aerosmith's I Don't Want To Miss A Thing.

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor provided Bay with a turbulent backdrop to his 2001 war opus. Since 2007, he has been ensconced in the Transformers fold, bringing bombast to live-action adventures of the bestselling Hasbro toys.

This fourth instalment is crammed with Bay's usual visual excesses and motifs, including gleaming cars and a pouting female protagonist in hilariously short denim shorts. Five years have passed since the Battle Of Chicago, which provided the pyrotechnic-laden climax to Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.

The alliance between humans and robots lies in tatters and an elite CIA unit named Cemetery Wind under the control of Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) hunts Transformers without mercy. On a family ranch, struggling inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) discovers that a rusty truck he has just purchased is battle-scarred Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen).

Agents from Cemetery Wind descend on the homestead and Optimus protects Cade, his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz), her secret boyfriend Shane (Jack Reynor) and Cade's mechanic sidekick Lucas (TJ Miller) in the ensuing gun fight.

The humans join forces with Optimus to reunite the Autobots - Bumblebee, Crosshairs (John DiMaggio), Drift (Ken Watanabe) and Hound (John Goodman) - and the rebellion plots a swift response to inventor Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci), who has created his own Transformer army led by the mighty Galvatron (Frank Welker).

Transformers: Age Of Extinction opens with Cade and Lucas scouring an abandoned cinema for scrap metal. "Sequels and remakes - bunch of crap!" growls the grizzled owner as he surveys memorabilia from bygone blockbusters that litter the tumble-down building.

Never has a truer word been spoken in one of Bay's exercises in hyperkinetic style over substance. Screenwriter Ehren Kruger repeatedly defies logic to contrive outlandish scenarios for pyrotechnics and carnage, including an alien spaceship that sucks up metal then drops magnetically charged cars and boats onto terra firma.

Wahlberg punches and leaps through gaping plot holes, trotting out the concerned father routine as younger members of cast perform gravity-defying gymnastics to emerge from clouds of razor-sharp shrapnel without a graze or smudged lip-gloss.

Action sequences are visual vomit: an incomprehensible spew of glistening metal and explosions that hurt the eyes especially in the large-scale IMAX format. "The war will be over soon," barks Grammer's Machiavellian politician during a momentary lull. The buttock-numbing 165-minute running time says otherwise.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction 3D 2 stars

The alliance between humans and the robots has been broken and an elite CIA unit named Cemetery Wind now hunts the Transformers without mercy. Struggling inventor Cade Yeager and his family stumble upon Optimus Prime and help the Autobot leader to regain his strength. They head into the desert to reunite Bumblebee, Crosshairs, Drift and Hound. Together, the rebels must prevent fellow inventor Joshua Joyce from creating his own Transformer army led by the mighty Galvatron.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Romance, Science Fiction
  • CastNicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Mark Wahlberg, TJ Miller, Li Bingbing, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci.
  • DirectorMichael Bay.
  • WriterEhren Kruger.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration164 mins
  • Official sitewww.thetransformersmovie.co.uk
  • Release10/07/2014

If Michael Bay, director of Transformers: Age Of Extinction, were immortalised on-screen as a "robot in disguise", his mechanised alter-ego might be Maximus Kaboom. For two decades, the Californian film-maker has been elevating wanton destruction to a blockbusting art form.

In Armageddon, he pitted Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck against a gigantic asteroid on a collision course with earth and orchestrated destruction to the sonic booms of Aerosmith's I Don't Want To Miss A Thing.

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor provided Bay with a turbulent backdrop to his 2001 war opus. Since 2007, he has been ensconced in the Transformers fold, bringing bombast to live-action adventures of the bestselling Hasbro toys.

This fourth instalment is crammed with Bay's usual visual excesses and motifs, including gleaming cars and a pouting female protagonist in hilariously short denim shorts. Five years have passed since the Battle Of Chicago, which provided the pyrotechnic-laden climax to Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.

The alliance between humans and robots lies in tatters and an elite CIA unit named Cemetery Wind under the control of Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) hunts Transformers without mercy. On a family ranch, struggling inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) discovers that a rusty truck he has just purchased is battle-scarred Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen).

Agents from Cemetery Wind descend on the homestead and Optimus protects Cade, his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz), her secret boyfriend Shane (Jack Reynor) and Cade's mechanic sidekick Lucas (TJ Miller) in the ensuing gun fight.

The humans join forces with Optimus to reunite the Autobots - Bumblebee, Crosshairs (John DiMaggio), Drift (Ken Watanabe) and Hound (John Goodman) - and the rebellion plots a swift response to inventor Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci), who has created his own Transformer army led by the mighty Galvatron (Frank Welker).

Transformers: Age Of Extinction opens with Cade and Lucas scouring an abandoned cinema for scrap metal. "Sequels and remakes - bunch of crap!" growls the grizzled owner as he surveys memorabilia from bygone blockbusters that litter the tumble-down building.

Never has a truer word been spoken in one of Bay's exercises in hyperkinetic style over substance. Screenwriter Ehren Kruger repeatedly defies logic to contrive outlandish scenarios for pyrotechnics and carnage, including an alien spaceship that sucks up metal then drops magnetically charged cars and boats onto terra firma.

Wahlberg punches and leaps through gaping plot holes, trotting out the concerned father routine as younger members of cast perform gravity-defying gymnastics to emerge from clouds of razor-sharp shrapnel without a graze or smudged lip-gloss.

Action sequences are visual vomit: an incomprehensible spew of glistening metal and explosions that hurt the eyes especially in the large-scale IMAX format. "The war will be over soon," barks Grammer's Machiavellian politician during a momentary lull. The buttock-numbing 165-minute running time says otherwise.

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