THE HUSTLE (12A)
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.