UK FILM TOP 10
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1. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (15)
Director matthew Vaughn’s highoctane spy caper sequel opens with a digitally enhanced bang: an outlandish fight sequence inside a London taxi, aptly choreographed to prince’s foot-stomping anthem Let’s Go Crazy. Kingsman: the Golden Circle quickly accelerates into the same preposterous groove as its 2015 predecessor. the sole zinging addition is elton John, playing a deliciously potty-mouthed exaggeration of himself.
2. It (15)
Director Andres muschietti’s adaptation of stephen King’s hefty tome portrays the fictional town of Derry, maine, as a hotbed of exploitation, abuse and degradation committed by adults on the young. menace leaches from every frame.
3. Victoria & Abdul (PG)
set during the final five years of Queen Victoria’s turbulent reign, the picture touches upon some of the same themes as Dame Judi Dench’s earlier portrayal in mrs Brown, albeit with more humour.
4. Mother! (18)
Darren Aronofsky’s twisted psychological thriller’s highlight is an emotionally wrought lead performance from oscarwinner Jennifer Lawrence as a young wife whose poet husband (Javier Bardem) is crippled by writer’s block.
5. The Emoji Movie (U)
Computer-animated adventure set inside a boy’s mobile phone, with a city where these tiny text message icons live. neatly summed up with one emoji: poop.
6. The Jungle Bunch (U)
A maniacal koala bear with delusions of grandeur threatens the safety of creatures great and small in the Jungle Bunch. Based on a hit French tv series, director David Alaux’s jaunty computer-animated adventure follows in the paw prints of the likes of Zootropolis, sing, the secret Life of pets and Kung Fu panda. Could this be animal magic too? sadly not.
7. American Assassin (18)
At a spanish resort, chillingly reminiscent of the 2015 tunisian beach attack, mitch rapp (Dylan o’brien) proposes to his sweetheart Katrina (Charlotte Vega) shortly before she is killed by merciless gunmen on a crowded beach. over the next 18 months, mitch metamorphoses into a gym-toned angel of death in order to infiltrate the terrorist cell responsible for Katrina’s death.
8. Despicable Me 3 (U)
the third chapter relies heavily on the minions and giggles are provided by their lingo of esperanto meets gobbledygook, plus the introduction of Gru’s twin brother.
9. Dunkirk (12A)
Christopher nolan crafts a mosaic of stories of hard-fought triumph and agonising defeat against the sprawling backdrop of the largest evacuation of Allied forces during the second World War.
10. American Made (15)
American made reunites director Doug Liman and leading man tom Cruise after their successful collaboration on the sci-fi thriller edge of tomorrow but despite Cruise’s best efforts, he can’t resist adding a sheen of likeability to his portrayal of a money-driven family man, who was exposed as a pivotal figure in the Iran-contra scandal.