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A ROYAL NIGHT OUT ★★ Di­rected by Ju­lian Jar­rold. Star­ring Sarah Gadon, Emily Wat­son, Ru­pert Everett, Jack

Reynor, Bel Powley A Royal Night Out imag­ines that, on the last night of the war in Europe, sen­si­ble Princess El­iz­a­beth (Gadon) and dim-wit­ted Princess Mar­garet (Powley) es­cape a party at the Ritz and launch them­selves into West End lowlife. It’s not a ter­ri­ble idea for a film. But Royal Night Out is dragged down by shal­low stag­ing, hugely broad char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion and some un­evenly matched strug­gles be­tween ac­tor and ac­cent. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 97 min DC THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WA­TER

★★★★ Di­rected by Paul Tib­bitt, Mike Mitchell. Star­ring An­to­nio Ban­deras. Voices of Tom

Kenny, Clancy Brown Ban­deras’s fast-food live-ac­tion pirate se­cures the se­cret for­mula for Krabby Pat­ties. To avert con­comi­tant apoca­lypse in Bikini Bot­tom, SpongeBob takes the wrongly ac­cused Plank­ton on a quest that brings them to a fu­ture ruled by Bub­ble the mag­i­cal dol­phin (voiced, pre­dictably bril­liantly, by Matt Berry). The lat­est out­ing for the res­i­dents of Bikini Bot­tom is as an­ar­chi­cally hi­lar­i­ous as ever. G cert, gen re­lease, 92 min TB SPOOKS: THE GREATER GOOD ★★★ Di­rected by Bharat Nal­luri. Star­ring Peter Firth, Kit Har­ing­ton, Jen­nifer Ehle, Elyes Ga­bel, Lara Pul­ver, Tim

McIn­nerny Har­ing­ton, star of Game of Thrones, leaves aside his sword to join the spies in this be­lated big- screen take on a popular BBC TV se­ries. The film passes the time per­fectly tol­er­a­bly, but it is no more com­fort­able in this less in­ti­mate medium than were an­cient movie ver­sions of The Sweeney and Cal­lan. En­thu­si­asts for the genre will be de­lighted to hear that the phrase “What hap­pened in Ber­lin?” is both bel­lowed and whis­pered at regular in­ter­vals. Proper spy dia­logue. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 103 min DC

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