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IN 2016 hor­ror The Con­jur­ing 2, a pair of para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tors are haunted by a de­monic nun called Valak, who they even­tu­ally con­sign to the fiery pits of Hell.

Corin Hardy di­rects this ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated pre­quel, which re­veals the ori­gins of the hideous holy sis­ter.

In 1950s Ro­ma­nia, a young nun (Bon­nie Aarons) takes her own life at an abbey. Novi­tiate Sis­ter Irene (Taissa Farmiga, above) ex­pe­ri­ences dis­turb­ing vi­sions of the nun and the Vat­i­can dis­patches her to Ro­ma­nia in the com­pany of an ex­pe­ri­enced Catholic priest, Fa­ther Burke (Demian Bichir).

Aided by a lo­cal vil­lager called Frenchie (Jonas Blo­quet), Fa­ther Burke and Sis­ter Irene un­earth the or­der’s dark se­crets and con­front a malev­o­lent force that lurks in the shad­ows, wait­ing to pounce on un­sus­pect­ing vic­tims.

YARDIE (15) ★★★★★

IDRIS ELBA’S fea­ture di­rec­to­rial de­but opens in 1973 Kingston, Ja­maica – a cap­i­tal city stained with the blood of in­no­cent by­s­tanders caught in the cross­fire of the ri­val Tap­per and Spicer gangs.

Ten-year-old Den­nis Camp­bell, aka D (Ant­wayne Ec­cle­ston), lives with his older brother and idol, Jerry Dread (Ever­aldo Creary), who is de­ter­mined to end the bit­ter feud through the power of mu­sic.

Jerry or­gan­ises a block party on neu­tral ground, which mo­men­tar­ily unites the war­ring fac­tions.

A gun­shot rings out and D watches in hor­ror as Jerry be­comes the lat­est ca­su­alty of the turf war.

A decade later, D (now played by Aml Ameen, above) works for mu­sic im­pre­sario King Fox (Shel­don Shep­herd), who dis­patches his best man via plane to Eng­land with a con­sign­ment of drugs.

D senses some­thing is awry at the han­dover and flees the lair of hardman Rico (Stephen Gra­ham), seek­ing refuge with his es­tranged wife and their child.

In a cruel twist, Jerry’s mur­derer is also in Lon­don and D scents an op­por­tu­nity to avenge his brother.


PHIL PHILIPS (voiced by Bill Bar­retta) is a disgraced for­mer cop in present-day Los An­ge­les who ac­cepts cases on be­half of fel­low pup­pets, who are treated as sec­ond-class cit­i­zens be­cause they are felt rather than flesh and bone. When his older brother Larry (Vic­tor Yer­rid), who starred in pop­u­lar 1980s TV show The Hap­py­time Gang, is tar­geted by a psy­chopath, Phil re­unites with hu­man for­mer part­ner De­tec­tive Con­nie Ed­wards (Melissa McCarthy, above) from the LAPD to crack the case.

His old flame Jenny (El­iz­a­beth Banks) is also in the killer’s sights along with co-stars Goofer (Drew Massey), Lyle (Kevin Clash) and the twins Cara (Colleen Smith) and Ezra (Ted Michael).

Con­trary to the ti­tle, The Hap­py­time Mur­ders in­spires lit­tle joy.

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