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TOP 20 FILMS IN RELEASE AT A GLANCE

Short and sweet (or not) opinions on the most popular current releases. An easy reference for choosing which movie to see tonight ... or tomorrow ... or right now! (Occasionally we also slip in a few of the editors’ favourites if they don’t make the top 20...) This list does not necessarily include new releases this week; for this week’s new releases, please see our FRONT PAGE or the REVIEWS menu.

AMY
(UK, 2015) Dir: Asif Kapadia. Documentary about Amy Winehouse. "Amy is a powerful film. Like the lyrics of her songs, it’s the personal nature of this fly-on-the-wall documentary about singer Amy Winehouse that makes it so special," says Louise.

ANT-MAN
(US, 2015) Dir: Peyton Reed. Stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale. "Refreshingly simple and loads of fun, Ant-Man maximizes on its point of difference of its smallest super-hero by coating it with lots of laughter and a likeable vibe," says Louise.

FAR FROM MEN
(France, 2014) Dir: David Oelhoffen. Stars Viggo Motensen, Reda Kateb. "Donning the mantle of a decent man, Viggo Mortensen is remarkable – in part because of the absence of remarkability of his character: a humble village schoolteacher forced to the crossroads, quietly displaying his despair of killing, respect for humanity and gratitude for living," says Louise.

FANTASTIC FOUR
US, 2015) Dir: Josh Trank. Stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan,Jamie Bell. "Spectacular visual effects and an engaging cast make this Marvel Superhero fantasy into a moderately enjoyable adventure for the fans, although it feels as though we have seen it all before," says Louise.

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
(UK, 2015) Dir: Thomas Vinterberg. Stars Matthias Achoenaerts, Carey Mulligan. "With enigmatic Matthias Schoenaerts solid as the emotional anchor and Carey Mulligan impressive in her best role since An Education, The Hunt director Thomas Vinterberg has woven the complex elements of love, desire, need and greed into a visual and engaging tale, filled with visual and emotional richness," says Louise.

INSIDE OUT
(US, 2015) Dir: Pete Docter. Voices Diane Lane, Rashida Jones, Amy Poehler, Kyle MacLachlan. "Just like Toy Story changed the way we look at toys, this delightful animated charmer from Pixar brings a new perspective to our emotions... Unique, fresh and exhilarating, this is Pixar at its best," says Louise.

JURASSIC WORLD 3D
(US, 2015) Dir: Colin Trevorrow. Stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins. "I jumped out of my seat numerous times in this ripper of a 3D rollercoaster ride; it pushes the boundaries, stimulates, terrifies and is great fun," says Louise.

MAGIC MIKE XXL
(US, 2015) Dir: Stars Channing Tatum, Amber Heard, Andiee McDowell, Jada Pinkett Smith, Joe Manganiello. "Sex continues to be the sizzle in this raunchy road movie that plays out like fun-filled foreplay and in which Channing Tatum has all the moves. It doesn’t matter that the plot is in short supply: this is all about fun and sensual pleasure as good-looking, sculpted bods with quivering abs deliver energetic, innovative and sensual routines," says Louise.

MINIONS
(US, 2015) Dir: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin. Voices Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan. "Wonderfully absurd, brilliantly inventive and totally adorable, the Minions is literally a laugh a minute… You don’t need a kid to see this film," says Louise

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION
(US, 2015) Dir: Christopher McQuarrie. Stars Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg. "Filled with heart-stopping moments, this fifth in the franchise leaps to great heights with thrilling action and a story that feels fresh and vital… The superstar status of its charismatic star Tom Cruise is never in doubt," says Louise.

MR HOLMES
(US/UK, 2015) Dir: Bill Condon. Stars Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker. "Bill Condon, who directed Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters in 1999 (and won the Oscar for best screenplay), has created a film that plays as richly as one of Sherlock Holmes’ cases," says Louise.

PAPER TOWNS
(US, 2015) Dir: Jake Schreier. Stars Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage, Nat Wolff, Cara Buono, Caitlin Carver, Austin Abrams. Breaking through the comfort barrier is the thrust of this enjoyable coming of age film whose trajectory is a surprise, says Louise.

SELF/LESS
(US, 2015) Dir: Tarsem Singh. Stars Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley. "Audacious and intriguing - but ultimately bogged down by its preposterousness, this grand-scale film with themes of immortality is in part body-swap, in part action thriller with a side-romance thrown in for good measure. The moral issues are the most interesting…," says Louise.

TERMINATOR GENISYS
(US, 2015) Dir: Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, Emelia Clarke, J.K. Simmons. "Arnold Schwarzenegger is the best thing in the film, offering generous doses of self-deprecating humour... As for the plot, it’s a muddle; with a mix of some inspired grand scale ideas that mess with our heads, although there’s an aspect that is simply too clever for its own good," says Louise.

TRAINWRECK
US, 2015) Dir: Judd Apatow. Stars Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson. "Fresh and funny, Trainwreck steams into the station, bringing with it high energy, wit, all shades of humour and an endearing brashness common to the Judd Apatow brand of romcom... As for Schumer, she sparkles throughout in her chaotic, brutally honest and unselfconscious way," says Louise.



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Updated August 8, 2015


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