Cap earns his stripes
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.