Cap earns his stripes

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Cap­tain Amer­ica: The Win­ter Sol­dier (12)

The pa­tri­otic hero re­turns in a su­pe­rior se­quel packed with breath­less ex­cite­ment.

Chris Evans’ Cap gets a lit­tle lost in the shuf­fle but shares nice chem­istry with Scar­lett Jo­hans­son and the sup­port­ing cast is top drawer.

Mix­ing hu­mour with dark­ness to great ef­fect, this is one of Marvel’s best out­ings yet.

The Love Punch (12)

If the idea of Emma Thomp­son and Pierce Bros­nan traips­ing around France try­ing to steal a di­a­mond tick­les your funny bone then fair enough.

But the rest of us are forced to en­dure a pre­dictable, lazy and, at times, down­right an­noy­ing ‘com­edy’.

The cast are game for a laugh but let down by a hugely sloppy script.

The Quiet Ones (15)

U.S. Mar­shals and Ghost Ship writer John Pogue makes his big screen di­rec­to­rial bow with this av­er­age sev­en­ties-set su­per­nat­u­ral hor­ror.

Jared Har­ris plays a pro­fes­sor try­ing to cre­ate a pol­ter­geist and things get off to a promis­ing, tense start.

Alas, The Quiet Ones never lives up to the Ham­mer name (it was pro­duced by the newly re­booted hor­ror stu­dio) as it quickly gets bogged down in shaky cam­era work and familiar ‘found footage’ ma­te­rial.

There are one or two effective jump scares and Olivia Cooke gives a com­mit­ted turn in a Regan-from-The Ex­or­cist-lite role.

It’s just a shame Pogue chooses to turn up the noise in­stead of stick with quiet chills.

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