HONEST THIEF (15)
★★★★★ BANK robber Tom Carter (Liam Neeson, pictured) coolly executes heists over holiday weekends, amassing a little over $9m in cash from 12 banks in seven states.
During a visit to Aurora Self Storage to rent a locker, Tom meets Annie Sumpter (Kate Walsh) and falls head over heels in love. He contemplates a normal life with Annie and decides to confess his sins to FBI Agent Sam Baker (Robert Patrick), promising the return of the stolen money in exchange for a reduced sentence.
Two members of Baker’s team, agents John Nivens ( Jai Courtney) and Ramon Hall (Anthony Ramos), probe Tom’s assertion that he is the In And Out Bandit. The corrupt agents greedily confiscate a cardboard box full of cash for their retirement funds and prepare to cover their tracks.
Honest Thief is hardwired to underline Neeson’s screen brand as a no-nonsense man of few words and outlandish actions.
MAX WINSLOW AND THE HOUSE OF SECRETS (12A)
THE brilliant mind behind a billion-dollar tech company announces a Willy Wonka-style competition to win the keys to his home in Sean Olson’s teen-oriented adventure.
Max Winslow (Sydne Mikelle, pictured) feels more comfortable communicating in lines of computer code than face-to-face with another human being. She attends Bentonville High School where, during lessons, school alumnus Atticus Virtue (Chad Michael Murray) broadcasts a video message to every classroom announcing an “experimental competition” to win his hi-tech mansion. Five lucky students – including Max – are chosen to compete for the grand prize.
The teens are chauffeured to Virtue Manor and face a series of games judged by the resident artificial intelligence, Home Automated Venture aka Haven (voiced by Marina Sirtis). As the night unfolds, the quintet discovers the price of failure.
TWO BY TWO: OVERBOARD! (U)
THIS computer-animated sequel continues to expand the biblical story of Noah. After 147 days at sea aboard the ark, food supplies are dwindling, jeopardising the peace between pairs of carnivores and herbivores.
The boat’s head chef, Nestrian father Dave (voiced by Dermot Magennis), hopes to avoid a bloodbath by making a little go a long way.
During a visit to the ship’s food store, Dave’s young son Finny (Callum Maloney), pictured, and hyena-like Grymp best friend Leah (Ava Connolly) tumble into the sea. Leah is marooned on an island with a tentacled new pal, Jelly (Carly Kane).
Meanwhile, Finny is embraced by a colony of fellow Nestrians led by Patch (Mary Murray), who has foolishly established her community on the sea floor in the shadow of a rumbling volcano...