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rag once ev­ery five min­utes. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 97 min

JURAS­SIC WORLD

Ef­fi­cient, hum-drum fourth episode in the di­nosaur se­ries fea­tur­ing some pass­able squab­bling be­tween Pratt and Howard. Amaz­ingly, the main hook seems to be noth­ing more en­gag­ing than a big­ger, fiercer, ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied Tyran­nosaurus rex. If you are go­ing to break with pseu­do­science and in­vent a new di­nosaur at least give the beast laserblast­ing eyes or or­ganic he­li­copter blades. Kids hud­dle in a car. Prod­uct place­ment looms out­side. A ma­chine for view­ing. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 124 min

LET US PREY

Rachel (McIn­tosh) is the new­est re­cruit to the lo­cal po­lice force in a re­mote west High­lands town. We quickly glean that her par­tic­u­lar sta­tion and this par­tic­u­lar town is pop­u­lated by all kinds of psy­chos. Stay tuned for mu­ti­la­tion, can­ni­bal­ism, may­hem and se­ri­ous Grand Guig­nol. You just have to roll along with Ir­ish di­rec­tor O’Malley’s de­but fea­ture. Just when the viewer thinks things can’t get any more baroque, they do. Just when you imag­ine the peo­ple on­screen couldn’t be more evil, they are. 18 cert, gen re­lease, 92 min TB

THE LONG­EST RIDE

Don­ald Clarke

Which hit fran­chise re­turns next week with a Genisys? Iden­tify the 1994 Kylie film from the pic­ture? Who has been played by Ian Holm, Mar­lon Brando, Dennis Hopper and Rod Steiger? Who links Tony Scott, David Hem­mings, Nag­isa Oshima and Jim Hen­son? On what list did Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, Chi­we­tel Ejio­for, Ed­die Red­mayne, Kevin The much de­layed fourth film in the Mad Max cy­cle turns out to be a com­plete tri­umph. The vi­o­lence is or­ches­trated with great imag­i­na­tion and the an­thro­po­log­i­cal vari­a­tions are left tan­ta­lis­ingly half-ex­plained. Here is the real sur­prise. Mad Max: Fury Road be­longs al­most en­tirely to Theron’s road war­rior. This is partly be­cause it is mainly Fu­riosa’s story (Hardy’s Max ar­rives to help out like David Car­ra­dine in Kung Fu) and partly be­cause the ac­tress eats the op­por­tu­nity alive. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 120 min NEW RE­LEASE MINIONS See re­view, page 10 MOOMINS ON THE RIVIERA/ MUUMIT RIVIERALLA

De­cent an­i­mated ver­sion of a French ad­ven­ture for the adorable Fin­nish troll things. There are quib­bles: Snork­maiden is rather brat­tier than in the books, and Lit­tle My is down­right scary. And this es­capade is per­haps not the Moomins’ finest hour: it has none of the post­war dark­ness that hangs over The Moomins and the Great Flood or the com­pelling in­tro­spec­tion of Spacey and Lesley Manville re­cently find them­selves? Moomin­land Midwinter. Still, mi­nor Moomins are bet­ter than no Moomins at all. Gen cert, gen re­lease, 77 min

MR HOLMES

Con­don’s cosy pic­ture takes us to post­war Suf­folk, where an ag­ing Sher­lock Homes (McKellen) is liv­ing grumpily with Mrs Munro (Lin­ney) and her in­quis­i­tive son (Parker). The piece does come across like de­cent Sun­day evening telly. Not to worry. Just as they did on Gods and Mon­sters (another story of an older ge­nius in re­tire­ment), Con­don and McKellen work hard at build­ing a char­ac­ter that looks to have had a real life out­side the con­fin­ing frames of leg­end. PG cert, gen re­lease, 103 min NEW RE­LEASE THE OVERNIGHT See re­view, pages 10-11

PITCH PER­FECT 2

The a cap­pella singers are back to re­store their sul­lied name. No­body would con­fuse Pitch Per­fect 2 with a mas­ter­piece of au­ral har­mony. In­deed, El­iz­a­beth Banks’s se­quel to an agree­able 2012 hit is a chaotic mess. For all

Ian McKellen in Mr Holmes, out now on gen­eral re­lease

that, it turns out to one of the fun­ni­est films we’ve seen this year. Banks, mak­ing her de­but as di­rec­tor, and re­turn­ing writer Kay Cannon do a su­per job of ex­ploit­ing their char­ac­ters’ key comic traits. PG cert, gen re­lease, 114 min

QUEEN AND COUN­TRY Boor­man de­liv­ers a sort of fol­low-up to Hope and Glory with this tale of life in Bri­tain in the dy­ing says of Na­tional Ser­vice. Queen and Coun­try is a small­ish film. It show­cases Boor­man’s great hu­man­ity, but (like Hope and Glory, for that mat­ter) it is al­most en­tirely free of the mild de­range­ment that char­ac­terises his best work. The per­for­mances are all strong – with the weird ex­cep­tion if Jones, who seems to have ar­rived from another planet. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 115 min

SAN AN­DREAS

Ca­cophonous dis­as­ter movie in­volv­ing the de­struc­tion of Cal­i­for­nia by earth­quake. John­son is charm­ing as a he­li­copter pi­lot con­cerned about the plight of his daugh­ter and es­tranged wife. What was it Stalin said? “The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of mil­lions is a statis­tic.” The main prob­lem is the lack of pac­ing. We be­gin with the de­struc­tion of the Hoover Dam and work up from there. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 114 min NEW RE­LEASE SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY

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Is­lamic fun­da­men­tal­ists have taken over the Malian city and are press­ing home a se­ries of rigid cul­tural re­stric­tions. Football is banned, mu­sic for­bid­den. Fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent with a cow, one wan­der­ing fam­ily is drawn into the mad­ness. Sis­sako’s drama has ter­ri­ble things to say, but it con­ceals them within a nar­ra­tive that swells with ten­sion and hu­mour. Maybe the fam­ily are a lit­tle too ide­alised, but that’s a small thing. 12A cert, Light House, Dublin, 96 min

TO­MOR­ROW­LAND

Tol­er­a­ble, mud­dled sci-fi ad­ven­ture with a plot that de­fies easy sum­mary. The trou­ble with To­mor­row­land, de­spite its alt.uni­verse ge­nioc­racy, is that it doesn’t re­ally know (or care) any­thing about science at all. We’re in­tro­duced to a class of tick­ing dooms­day doohickey that can­not be stopped by things like “science” or “in­tel­lect”. In­stead we’re told the Earth can be saved by pos­i­tive think­ing. Yay! Po­lar ice caps melt­ing? Send a cheer­leader! Nat­u­ral dis­as­ter? Try some woolly think­ing! 12A cert, gen re­lease, 130 min

TWO BY TWO Two by Two brings us digi­tised beast­ies and a plot that will seem aw­fully fa­mil­iar to any­one who has watched Ice Age. Hap­pily, it has enough charm to carry off a lit­tle deriva­tion. The an­i­ma­tion cap­tures such tricky things as fur and wa­ter very well. And the film com­pen­sates for Isn’t-that-Scar­from- The-Lion-King? deja vu with some gen­uinely orig­i­nal cre­ations. G cert, gen re­lease, 96 min NEW RE­LEASE THE WRECK­ING CREW

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