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OS­CAR-WIN­NER Anne Hath­away and Pitch Per­fect whirl­wind Rebel Wil­son scam dirty rot­ten scoundrels in a rau­cous com­edy, which marks the fea­ture film di­rec­to­rial de­but of co­me­dian and The Thick Of It ac­tor Chris Ad­di­son.

Skilled con woman Josephine Ch­ester­field (Hath­away) en­coun­ters undis­ci­plined scam artist Penny Rust (Wil­son, pic­tured), who is in dire need of re­fine­ment. Josephine gen­er­ously agrees to take Penny un­der her de­signer la­bel wing and pol­ish away some of the rough edges.

Penny un­der­goes a rig­or­ous regime of phys­i­cal ex­er­cise and men­tal ac­ro­bat­ics so she can suc­cess­fully part­ner Josephine on high-stakes cons.

Their du­plic­i­tous dou­ble-act’s first tar­get is so­cially in­ept tech­nol­ogy mil­lion­aire Thomas Wester­burg (Alex Sharp), who has no clue how to be­have around women.

Josephine and Penny spark a friendly ri­valry to win Thomas’s af­fec­tions. The games of one­up­wom­an­ship grad­u­ally spiral out of con­trol.

LONG SHOT (15) ★★★★ ★

WHEN he was 13, jour­nal­ist Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) fell un­der the spell of his 16-year-old babysit­ter.

Decades later, the girl of his hor­mone-ad­dled dreams, Char­lotte Field (Char­l­ize Theron, pic­tured with Rogen), is Sec­re­tary of State for the United States, who has just been en­dorsed by Pres­i­dent Cham­bers (Bob Odenkirk) as his suc­ces­sor. If Char­lotte wasn’t unattain­able be­fore, she is now, em­broiled in a gru­elling cam­paign with key staff Mag­gie (June Diane Raphael) and Tom (Ravi Pa­tel).

Fred quits his job and drowns his sor­rows with best friend Lance (O’Shea Jack­son Jr) at a party in honour of the World Wildlife Fund, where he is un­ex­pect­edly re­united with Char­lotte.

She needs an ide­al­ist to add ver­bal fire­power to her speeches and asks Fred to join her on the long and wind­ing road to the White House.

TOLKIEN (12A) ★★★ ★★

BIOPIC of The Hob­bit and The Lord Of The Rings au­thor JRR Tolkien.

John Ronald (Harry Gilby) and younger brother Hi­lary (Guil­ermo Bed­ward) are or­phaned at a young age and lodge with kindly bene­fac­tor Mrs Faulkner (Pam Fer­ris).

It’s there that John Ronald be­comes smit­ten with an­other res­i­dent, Edith Bratt (Mimi Keene). At nearby King Ed­ward’s School, John Ronald forms a se­cret so­ci­ety with class­mates Ge­of­frey Bache Smith (Adam Breg­man), Christo­pher Wise­man (Ty Ten­nant) and Robert Q. Gil­son (Al­bie Mar­ber).

As boys be­come men, John Ronald (now played by Ni­cholas Hoult) and Ge­of­frey (An­thony Boyle) lan­guish be­neath the dream­ing spires of Ox­ford while Christo­pher (Tom Glynn-Car­ney) and Robert (Patrick Gibson) be­come proud Cam­bridge boys.

Their stud­ies are in­ter­rupted by war and John Ronald bids farewell to Edith (Lily Collins, pic­tured with Hoult) to serve in the Lan­cashire Fusiliers.

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