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Alpha | Review

★★★★

Albert Hughes’ first solo venture – finally apart from his brother and usual co-director Allen after a couple of false starts – is a remarkable cinematic achievement. Visually stunning from open to close, Alpha sees Hughes weave three familiar tales together – a son trying to appease his father, the bonding of boy and canine and the quest to journey home – into a captivating whole.

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Chickens and Scandal! What the Inbetweeners did next…

‘Unfortunately this is it.’ So said Simon Bird at the premiere of The Inbetweeners 2, seemingly marking the end of an era for the crude antics of the boys from North-West London.

From 2008 to 2014, Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison leant their talents to the roles of Will, Simon, Jay and Neil – aka ‘the inbetweeners’ – for three television series and two hit films, all under the gleeful eyes of series-creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley.

Coinciding with the series – which exploited the grim realties of British state school adolescence for smutty humour – reaching its tenth anniversary, Morris and Beesley have teamed up with Thomas for a new project, albeit one not a million miles from The Inbetweeners in tone.

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The Darkest Minds | Review

★★★

An illness has killed ninety per cent of the world’s children. Only a special few remain. Sound familiar? The Darkest Minds is a new entry into the lineage of dystopian teen adventures to be adapted from a successful young adult novel. It is a could-be franchise that probably won’t be, due to talented cast and crew not quite managing to stand out in the cluttered dystopian field.

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The Meg | Review

★★★

Whilst the world waits eagerly for Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, its top-tier action stars have been whetting appetites with individual projects. This year, the Rock has delivered Rampage; now it’s the Stath’s turn with Jon Turteltaub’s The Meg. The question is: whose behemothic, Godzilla-inspired, uber-beast is bigger? There’s only one way to find out…fiiight!

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Damascus Cover | Review

★★

The Cold War has become an unwieldy metaphor. Particularly it’s notional finale: the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. This is the setting for Daniel Zelik Berk’s Damascus Cover – a relocation for the Howard Kaplan popular book, upon which the film is based. It’s a neat shift, offering an enticing premise, but delivers nothing of note. Berk can see the promise of his link but it hovers just out of reach.

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Teen Titans Go! To the Movies | Review

★★★

The Teen Titans are yet another B-team super-gang from the D.C. back catalogue. Justice League lite and a whole lot more colourful. Reimagined for a 2013 television series, this animated big-screen upscale pits the characters as hyperactive minors. From the studio most famous for Bugs Bunny, think of them as DC’s equivalent to the Baby Looney Tunes. The animation is styled somewhere between Top Cat and the Power Puff Girls, the humour is kid-friendly Deadpool meta and the soundtrack is My Little Pony inane.

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Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation | Review

★★

This third in the garish Hotel Transylvania franchise is surprising in only one way. Its cast and director are the same as before, whilst its plot resides in largely familiar territory. What’s harder to believe is that it’s taken Genndy Tartakovsky and company three films to finally introduce Dracula’s infamous foe Professor Van Helsing to the mix.

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