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Far from the Madding Crowd

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Thomas Vin­ter­berg’s pol­ished adap­ta­tion of Thomas Hardy’s clas­sic novel fea­tures another sharp turn from Carey Mul­li­gan.

Her charm­ing heiress copes well as she is pulled from pil­lar to post by three would-be-lovers.

Class wars abound and while it falls short of the 1967 ver­sion, it’s en­gag­ing and vis­ually scrump­tious through­out.

Pres­sure (15)

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This claus­tro­pho­bic sub­ma­rine-set thriller suf­fers in com­par­i­son to last year’s sim­i­larly-themed Black Sea.

Danny Hus­ton and Matthew Goode head up a cast that are never any­thing less than watch­able.

But they’re sad­dled with un­like­able char­ac­ters and a se­vere lack of truly meaty, taut sto­ry­lines to chew on.

Mon­sters: Dark Con­ti­nent (15)


Set 10 years af­ter the events of the orig­i­nal, Dark Con­ti­nent moves on from an in­ven­tive flip­ping of Amer­i­cans try­ing to cross the Mex­i­can bor­der to a bom­bas­tic “war on terror”.

Don’t go in ex­pect­ing full-on man ver­sus beast shoot-outs, though; if you thought the tit­u­lar crea­tures were sec­ondary in the first film, pre­pare your­self for even worse here.

This is a war movie, pure and sim­ple, play­ing out like Bat­tle LA with a lit­tle more thought be­hind the story.

Di­rec­tor Tom Green – mak­ing his cin­e­matic bow – does show prom­ise with some in­ven­tive vi­su­als.

But it’s not enough to save this dis­ap­point­ing, frus­trat­ing fol­low-up that feels like false advertising at its worst.

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