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TOP 20 FILMS IN RELEASE AT A GLANCE

TOP 20 FILMS IN RELEASE AT A GLANC 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.

AND SO IT GOES
(US, 2014) Dir: Rob Reiner. Stars Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton. "The easy going charms of Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton blend beautifully in this discerningly funny rom-com with a pedigree…. Douglas combines wise cracks with savoir faire while Keaton is her emotionally vulnerable and expressive self. Together they have a playful spark and unbridled energy," says Louise.

BEGIN AGAIN
(US, 2014) Dir: John Carney. Stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, Catherine Keener. "Music is the driver of this utterly charming film about songs, lost stars and being alone in New York City. Like different instruments that express their own statement as they play together, the characters each have a sound of their own, forming an orchestra of emotions, complete with harmonies, discords, textures and cadences," says Louise.

CALVARY
(Ireland/UK, 2014) Dir: John Michael McDonagh. Stars Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly. “Plaiting strands of drama with gentle black humour, McDonagh has created a solid platform for the superlative Gleeson whose soulful, grounded presence is a compelling guide for a rich insight into the small coastal village inhabitants’ sins and virtues,” says Louise.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
(US, 2014) Dir: Matt Reeves. Stars Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee. “It's the ape in the man and the man in the ape that's at the heart of this dazzling sequel spectacular, whose sheer scale and extraordinary effects match the voracity of the film's essence,” says Louise.

DELIVER US FROM EVIL
(US, 2014) Dir: Scott Derrickson. Stars Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn. “The audience’s favourite moment will surely be when an unknowing cop walks into the viewing room of an interrogation suite and sees through the one way mirror the extended exorcism taking place,” says Andrew.

EXPENDABLES 3, THE
(US, 2014) Dir: Patrick Hughes. Stars Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas. "Thank goodness for Mel Gibson, who injects life in the third film of the Expendables franchise, which otherwise is a tired, turgid affair," says Louise.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
(US, 2014) Dir: James Gunn. Star Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, voices of Bradley Cooper & Vin Diesel. "Not since Han Solo and Chewbacca hit the galaxy has there been as much raucous energy and sheer fun as in this blast of a sci-fi fantasy involving a daredevil adventurer and a mysterious orb," says Louise.

HERCULES 2D & 3D
(US, 2014) Dir: Brett Rattner. Stars Dwayne Johnson, Irina Shay, Rebecca Ferguson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewell. "It’s the humanising of Hercules - demigod, mercenary and legend - as he combats betrayal, treachery and revenge that gives this big budget spectacular an appealing point of difference," says Louise.

HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, THE
(US/UK, 2014) Dir: Lasse Halstrom. Stars Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon. "I loved the book with its incongruous elements of food, culture clash and dreams, but the film is nothing but a schmaltzy saccharine shadow constructed with commercial realities in mind," says Louise. "Disappointingly, the talented Lasse Hallström has reduced the poignancy and earthiness to cinematic dross," says Andrew.

LUCY
(France, 2014) Dir: Luc Besson. Stars Scarlett Johansson, Analeigh Tipton, Morgan Freeman. “It might be too bizarre for some, but Luc Besson’s high concept exploration of the meaning of life as it deals with the human brain and its capacity, is wildly fascinating and blatantly sensational… an audacious film that stimulates and tantalises both visually and intellectually. Impossible to categorize, it’s a crime thriller cum sci-fi roller coaster…” says Louise.

THE LUNCHBOX
(India, 2013) Dir. Ritesh Batra. Stars Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazddin Siddiqui. “Sometimes the wrong train will get you to the right station is a key expression in this rich relationship tapestry as it weaves its textures of loneliness through culinary pleasures. In this case, it’s the wrong lunch that reaches the right recipient and writer director Ritesh Batra in his debut feature, stirs his flavours gently, allowing the delicate aromas of human interaction to blossom unexpectedly in a heart-warming romance,” says Louise.

POSTMAN PAT: THE MOVIE
(UK/US 2014) Dir: Mike Disa. Voices of Stephen Mangan, Jim Broadbent. "There’s a TV talent quest, an ambitious efficiency expert, an army of postman robots and an endearing protagonist worth rooting for. It’s a colourful adventure filled with charm and humour that the whole family will love," says Louise.

SEX TAPE
US, 2014) Dir: Jake Kasdan. Stars Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel. "Sex sells they say, but here, it's the Diaz factor that holds all the aces, elevating this rather smutty concept into a mostly playful affair with some unexpected laugh-out-loud moments," says Louise.



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