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Penguins of Madagascar

  • Rated as: 3/5

There’s a brilliant gag at the start of this spin-off of the ‘Madagascar’ cartoon franchise. The instantly recognisable voice of German director Werner Herzog narrates David Attenborough-style as a colony of penguins migrates across the snowy wastes of Antarctica...

Dumb and Dumber To

  • Rated as: 3/5

Two decades after ‘Dumb and Dumber’, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are back as cinema’s most improbably tolerable pair of morons in a sequel that looks like a cash-grab but works like a time machine. It's not as funny as the first one, but it's the funniest thing the Farrelly bros have made since... 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

  • Rated as: 3/5

‘The Defining Chapter’ declare the posters for this wrap-up episode in Peter Jackson’s trilogy of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ prequels, the last of three films stretched from JRR Tolkien's one novel, 'The Hobbit'. Exactly what’s being defined is left conveniently vague... 

Men, Women and Children

  • Rated as: 2/5

Say what you want about the snappy, almost too-polished films of Jason Reitman, they've never struck a tone of alarmism. Even when the crisis was unexpected pregnancy ('Juno'), economic freefall ('Up in the Air') or home invasion in the form of swarthy escaped convict Josh Brolin ('Labor Day')... 

Wake in Fright

  • Rated as: 4/5

This nightmarish vision of Aussie manhood from 1971 has been described by Nick Cave as the ‘best and most terrifying film about Australia in existence’. In the fierce, sweaty heat of a remote Australian mining town, school teacher John Grant (Gary Bond) stumbles into a personal hell of drunkenness, gambling and enforced blokiness...

Paddington

  • Rated as: 4/5

Anyone with fond memories of the books or a dusty Paddington Bear sitting on a shelf in their childhood bedroom can rest easy: this first-ever movie take on Peru’s furriest export is a cuddly, thoughtful triumph. The beauty of this winning film from ‘Harry Potter’ producer David Heyman and writer-director Paul King is that it’s charmingly simple...

Mr Turner

  • Rated as: 5/5

Twice before, first with 'Topsy-Turvy' and then with 'Vera Drake', Mike Leigh has punctuated his bittersweet studies of contemporary life with period dramas. With 'Mr Turner' he takes us back to the 19th century and the later years of the celebrated, groundbreaking painter JMW Turner. Sad and joyful, 'Mr Turner' offers a wonderfully rich tapestry of experience...

God Help the Girl

  • Rated as: 3/5

‘Some thought should be put into the matter of what to wear.’ This snippet of dialogue is basically a mission statement for Stuart Murdoch’s impeccably styled indie musical. Indeed, the Belle and Sebastian frontman’s directing debut is so preoccupied with aesthetic that it’s difficult to take the characters seriously...

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