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Focus

  • Rated as: 3/5

If Will Smith’s recent remorse over the failure of 2013 sci-fi disaster ‘After Earth’ fooled you into thinking we were about to witness the all-guns-blazing rebirth of the original Fresh Prince, think again. His spiral into blandness continues with ‘Focus’... 

Cinderella

  • Rated as: 3/5

Enough with the feminism. Disney has clearly had enough of these uppity princesses getting all empowered and messing with their fairytales. After ‘Frozen’, and ‘Into the Woods’, it’s back to the basics of being a princess in director Kenneth Branagh’s lavish, sappily sweet version of ‘Cinderella’... 

Still Alice

  • Rated as: 5/5

Alzheimer’s disease is a Greek tragedy: preordained by genetics, the neurodegenerative disorder is an unfathomably cruel death march down a tunnel that disappears behind you and gets darker with every step. 'Still Alice', adapted by married couple Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland... 

Blackhat

  • Rated as: 4/5

‘The Insider’ and ‘Collateral’ director Michael Mann tackles an unusually timely topic with his latest thriller: computer hacking. And he wants us to take it seriously, as ‘Blackhat’ begins with a series of those tired shots that cruise along wires and through flashing microchips until we see a nuclear reactor’s cooling fans go belly-up...

Big Eyes

  • Rated as: 2/5

Forget about the big eyes and wonder instead at the even bigger size of Christoph Waltz’s overplayed performance in this peculiar, disappointing true-life drama from Tim Burton, better known for the bigger-budget likes of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Here Burton ditches his special-effects toolkit... 

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

  • Rated as: 2/5

What a waste of Shailene Woodley the ‘Divergent’ franchise is turning out to be. As butt-kicking Tris, the ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ actress is the best thing about this second film of Veronica Roth’s monster-selling YA novels. After the lifeless first film, ‘Insurgent’ finds a pulse...

Selma

  • Rated as: 5/5

This 1960s-set, US civil-rights drama works brilliantly as both expert historical re-creation and a powerful reflection of what’s happening in the world right now. As recent events in Ferguson, Missouri show, there’s nothing ‘finished’ about the issue of racism in America or beyond... 

The Voices

This is ‘Persepolis’ director Marjane Satrapi’s third live-action film and her first to be made in the US, following 2011’s ‘Chicken with Plums’. For ‘The Voices’, the Iranian-born filmmaker has pulled in an impressive cast ­ Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver for an eccentric-sounding tale with a strong fantasy element... 

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