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Amour: Aus­trian film-maker Michael Haneke’s metic­u­lous por­trait of an el­derly cou­ple fac­ing the end of life chron­i­cles a chap­ter that many view­ers ei­ther have ex­pe­ri­enced or are con­fronting. They don’t need to be re­minded of the un­con­sol­ing truths Haneke brings to light – about ill­ness, de­cline, de­vo­tion and grief. In­deed, the ideal au­di­ence for Amour might be those lucky, head-over-heels young cou­ples on the cusp of say­ing “till death do us part”. ★★★★ World War Z: Oddly en­ter­tain­ing, World War Z is an ex­er­cise in ex­pec­ta­tion man­age­ment. For­get those trail­ers sug­gest­ing a rock ’em, sock ’em, blow-it-all-up ex­trav­a­ganza. In­stead, be pre­pared for a rel­a­tively grown-up, mod­estly in­tel­li­gent and re­fresh­ingly un-bom­bas­tic thriller that owes as much to med­i­cal tick-tocks such as Out­break and Con­ta­gion as it does to 28 Days Later and the sem­i­nal works of Ge­orge Romero. ★★★ The Com­pany You Keep: A for­mer Weather Un­der­ground ac­tivist, who has been in hid­ing for 30 years af­ter a vi­o­lent crime, has to go on the run af­ter a fel­low rad­i­cal is ar­rested. It’s a good, solid thriller about a fugi­tive try­ing to clear his name. ★★★

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The In­tern­ship: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wil­son, play­ing their cus­tom­ary char­ac­ters (the mo­tor­mouth and the straight man), are sales­men who lose their jobs and some­how snag in­tern­ships at Google, de­spite their lack of tech knowl­edge. ★★★ I Give It A Year: Snarkier than your aver­age Hol­ly­wood ro­man­tic com­edy, this fit­fully hi­lar­i­ous Bri­tish out­ing seeks to slice up happily-ever-af­ter tropes with a hack­saw. It winds up rather in­el­e­gantly shoe­horn­ing salty hu­mour and abra­sive sen­ti­ment into a genre tem­plate, but an above-aver­age num­ber of laughs com­pen­sate for the

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