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  • 22 Jump Street
  • Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
  • Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes 3D
  • How To Train Your Dragon 2
  • How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Subtitled)
  • How To Train Your Dragon 2 3D
  • Maleficent
  • Mariinsky On Screen: La Bayadere
  • Mariinsky On Screen: War And Peace
  • Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie
  • Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie (Subtitled)
  • NT Live: Skylight
  • Tammy
  • The Fault In Our Stars
  • The Love Punch
  • Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy
  • Transformers: Age Of Extinction
  • Transformers: Age Of Extinction 3D
  • Transformers: Age Of Extinction 3D (Subtitled)

22 Jump Street 4 stars

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Police officers Morton Schmidt and Greg Jenko continue to be a liability to the public and each other so Captain Dickson recruits them for another undercover operation. This time, they will pose as college students and expose the key players in drug dealing on campus. Morton and Greg quickly discover that higher education has changed significantly since they were studying and they have to work hard to blend in.

  • GenreAction, Comedy, Thriller
  • CastChanning Tatum, Ice Cube, Jonah Hill, Peter Stormare.
  • DirectorChristopher Miller, Phil Lord.
  • WriterOren Uziel, Michael Bacall, Rodney Rothman.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration112 mins
  • Official sitewww.22jumpstreetmovie.com
  • Release06/06/2014

With a knowing wink and a profusion of expletives, 22 Jump Street abides by the conventions of a sequel and condemns its dim-witted yet lovable protagonists to relive the plot of the original on a vastly inflated budget. That's no bad thing. Tongue-in-cheek, self-referential playfulness abounds in Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's uproarious action-packed comedy, which adheres unabashedly to a winning formula and gleefully colludes with us for various in-jokes and sight gags.

Thus when Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) tells officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) they must return to undercover duties, the latter cutely asks, "What if we went to the Secret Service and had to protect the White House?"

Wonderful on-screen chemistry between the leads powers the picture through the occasional lull and the scriptwriters have a ball increasingly the homoerotic undercurrents of the central bro-mance into an unstoppable flood.

"Maybe we should investigate different people," contemplates Tatum, flashing those big doe eyes at his partner.
"Are you saying you want an open investigation?" replies Hill heartbroken.

22 Jump Street opens with Schmidt and Jenko investigating criminal mastermind The Ghost (Peter Stormare) and continuing to be a liability to the public and each other. After a sting to capture The Ghost goes bad, Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) recruits the pair for another hare-brained undercover operation.

This time, they must pose as college students and unmask the suppliers of a drug called W.H.Y.P.H.Y. (Work Hard? Yes! Play Hard? Yes!). The narcotic has claimed the life of one girl on campus and Dickson wants to prevent W.H.Y.P.H.Y. spreading across the country.

So Schmidt and Jenko adopt their unlikely cover identities and infiltrate different student cliques. Buff and athletic Jenko becomes a star player on the football team and forges a fraternal bond with kindred spirit Zook (Wyatt Russell). "We're like Batman and Robin. But we're both Batman!" gushes Zook.

Meanwhile, Schmidt dabbles with slam poetry and becomes attracted to spunky student Maya (Amber Stevens), who lives across the hall from the dead girl with her creepy roommate Mercedes (Jillian Bell).

22 Jump Street is as preposterous and laugh-out-loud funny as its predecessor, engineering new perils for the dunderhead double-act as they solve the case with characteristic toe-curling awkwardness.

Plot twists aren't entirely unexpected but predictability doesn't spoil our enjoyment one bit as we marvel at Hill and Tatum's willingness to endure bruising physical pratfalls for our amusement. Of course, there is a smattering of raunchy gags involving sex toys and male appendages but the script's sweetness always trumps crudity.

Hilarious cameos are peppered throughout, even in an extended end credits sequence that suggests Schmidt and Jenko might have a couple more undercover cases in them yet.

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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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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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Saturday 12th July 2014
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How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Subtitled) 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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Thursday 17th July 2014

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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Saturday 12th July 2014
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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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Sunday 13th July 2014

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Mariinsky On Screen: La Bayadere 3 stars

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Monday 14th July 2014

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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Wednesday 16th July 2014

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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Saturday 12th July 2014
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Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie (Subtitled) 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
  • CastJennifer Gibney, Brendan O'Carroll, Nick Nevern, Robert Bathurst, 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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Tuesday 15th July 2014

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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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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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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The Love Punch 3 stars

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Richard Jones and his ex-wife Kate are crippled by loneliness as they lead unfulfilled separate lives. Shortly after the couple's daughter Sophie flies the nest for university, Machiavellian French businessman Vincent Kruger plunders the pension fund of Richard's company, leaving the Joneses on the brink of financial ruin. A trip to Paris to confront Kruger ends badly so Kate suggests they steal the hulking diamond necklace, which Kruger's unsuspecting fiancee is set to wear on their wedding day.

  • GenreAction, Comedy, Romance
  • CastEmma Thompson, Tuppence Middleton, Pierce Brosnan, Louise Bourgoin, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie.
  • DirectorJoel Hopkins.
  • WriterJoel Hopkins.
  • CountryFr
  • Duration94 mins
  • Official site
  • Release18/04/2014

Opening with a barman preparing a martini - shaken not stirred - The Love Punch is a ham-fisted caper that nods affectionately to leading man Pierce Brosnan's years of service as James Bond. Indeed, the film's centre-piece jewel theft would have been effortlessly executed by 007 in mere minutes.

However, writer-director Joel Hopkins's third feature isn't concerned with the finer points of pilfering a 10 million diamond from a heavily guarded mansion on the Cote d'Azur. His script is intentionally divorced from reality.

Somehow, the first-time criminals manage to throw grappling hooks up hundreds of feet in order to scale a mountainside in ill-fitting wet suits, then smuggle the gem in a hiding place that would result in horrific injuries for one of the team.

When the couple need sensitive information, they video conference their teenage son (Jack Wilkinson) and call upon his dubious talents as a hacker. Simple.

The Love Punch is not great art and the outcome is achingly predictable, but the on-screen chemistry of Brosnan and Emma Thompson fizzes and there are some hearty laughs amidst the nonsense. Richard Jones (Brosnan) and his ex-wife Kate (Thompson) are crippled by loneliness as they lead unfulfilled separate lives.

He is poised to retire to the golf course with best friend Jerry (Timothy Spall) while she reluctantly agrees to blind dates organised by Jerry's well-meaning wife, Penelope (Celia Imrie). "Taking your laptop into the garden is not 'getting out there'," Penelope reminds Kate.

Shortly after the couple's daughter Sophie (Tuppence Middleton) flies the nest for university, Machiavellian French businessman Vincent Kruger (Laurent Lafitte) plunders the pension fund of Richard's company, leaving the Joneses on the brink of financial ruin.

A trip to Paris to confront Kruger ends badly so Kate suggests they steal the hulking diamond necklace, which Kruger's unsuspecting fiancee (Louise Bourgoin) is set to wear on their wedding day. "What have we got to lose?" wonders Richard aloud. "Our dignity? Our freedom?" replies his former spouse.

Blessed with a wonderful running joke about Jerry's unlikely secret military past, The Love Punch won't be troubling awards committees. It's simplistic, lightweight fluff, which uses the robbery as a plot device to reunite Richard and Kate then stoke the embers that clearly still smoulder between them.

Thompson and Brosnan are an attractive pairing and they bring a veneer of class to proceedings, which is otherwise lacking in the writing and direction.

Both actors appear to be having a blast in the film's sun-baked Riviera locations, and Spall and Imrie add depth to colourful supporting characters, who view their collusion in the theft as a catalyst to re-invigorate their marriage. A candlelit meal for two closer to home would surely be a simpler and cheaper option.

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Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy 3 stars

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Inquisitive fairy Zarina experiments with Blue Pixie Dust with disastrous consequences and flees Pixie Hollow in shame. She aligns herself with the pirates of Skull Island led by the handsome and charming Captain James Hook. Zarina helps them to steal the Blue Pixie Dust in order to make their pirate ship fly. In the absence of the dust, Pixie Hollow is plunged into darkness so Tinker Bell and her fairy chums give chase.

  • GenreAdventure, Animation/Cartoon, Children, Children's, Drama
  • CastTom Hiddleston, Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman, Anjelica Huston, Raven-Symone.
  • DirectorPeggy Holmes.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration78 mins
  • Official sitewww.disney.co.uk/disney-fairies/homepage
  • Release14/02/2014

Hell hath no fury like a fairy scorned in Peggy Holmes's feature-length animated fantasy based on characters created by JM Barrie. Like previous instalments, Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy is set before the Darling children fly towards the "second star to the right, and straight on till morning", chronicling the adventures of the eponymous fairy and her chums in the idyllic realm of Pixie Hollow.

Earlier films were themed around the four seasons but director Peggy Holmes's chapter sketches the origins of one of Neverland's most iconic characters, Captain Hook, and explains how the scurvy scoundrel comes to fear the sound of a ticking clock inside a crocodile's belly.

It's exceedingly sweet and colourful, not to mention achingly predictable, but is perhaps a bit too scary for really young children during the film's louder interludes.

Contrary to the expectations of title, the chief protagonist is a fairy called Zarina (voiced by Christina Hendricks), who has always harboured a fascination with the iridescent Blue Pixie Dust that is essential to life in Pixie Hollow.

She is particularly interested in the colour of Pixie Dust and asks Fairy Gary (Jeff Bennett), the Scottish foreman of the dust-keepers, if there could be other hues. "The day someone finds pink pixie dust is the day I trade in my kilt for trousers!" he quips.

Zarina experiments with the dust with disastrous consequences and flees the kingdom in shame. She leaves behind benevolent ruler Queen Clarion (Anjelica Huston) and fellow fairies Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman), Fawn (Angela Bartys), Iridessa (Raven-Symone), Rosetta (Megan Hilty), Silvermist (Lucy Liu) and Vidia (Pamela Adlon).

At her lowest ebb, Zarina aligns herself with the pirates of Skull Island led by handsome and charming cabin boy, James (Tom Hiddleston).

One year after her inglorious exodus, Zarina covertly returns to Pixie Hollow and helps the salty seadogs steal the Blue Pixie Dust in order to make their pirate ship fly. "Once we're past the second star, the world will be my oyster... and I don't even like oysters!" guffaws James.

In the absence of the dust, Pixie Hollow is plunged into darkness so Tinker Bell and her plucky pals give chase, determined to restore balance to their stricken realm.

Compared to the recent Disney feature Frozen, Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy is incredibly simplistic and the plot is disappointingly linear. However, the scriptwriters are constrained by literary mythology that cannot be subjected to any tinkering.

The film affirms the importance of friendship with every flutter of the fairies' wings and encourages inquisitive young minds to think out of the box. It's a little ironic then, that Holmes's picture allows its own imagination and invention to hibernate for the entire 78 minutes.

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Sunday 13th July 2014

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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Transformers: Age Of Extinction 3D (Subtitled) 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
  • CastTJ Miller, Li Bingbing, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Mark Wahlberg, 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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