21 Jump Street (15)
(Phil Lord, Chris Miller, 2012, US) Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson. 109 mins.
As with comic books, now that all the big titles have gone, it's down to TV's B-list to feed Hollywood's appetite for ready-made movie concepts. Based on the show that first traded on Johnny Depp's youthful good looks, it stars Hill and Tatum – a great odd-couple anchor – as two low-flying cops who are sent back to high school to infiltrate a drugs ring. The premise is an almost pitifully obvious excuse to aim for broad-appeal paydirt with a mix of fratboy crudity, teen-movie romance and crime-flick action, but for all the box-ticking, it has intermittently hilarious results.
(Baltasur Kormákur, 2012, US) Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi. 110 mins.
Mark Wahlberg sticks to what he's good at, which is muscled, breathy and slightly high-pitched posturing in a brooding action thriller. Here he plays a smuggler lured out of retirement for one last job, carrying counterfeit bills out of Panama City.
We Bought A Zoo (PG)
(Cameron Crowe, 2011, US) Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church. 119 mins.
Crowe brings his hard-to-resist sentiment to bear on this story of an LA hack (Damon) who buys a rundown zoo after his wife dies and tries to get it up to legal standards. A fluffy, melancholy romcom.
Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (15)
(Nuri Bilge Ceylan 2011, Tur/Bos-Herz) Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan. 158 mins.
Ceylan's latest is his most ambitious yet, a slow-burn procedural as an arrested man searches in the Turkish wilderness for the body of a man he is said to have killed. It's long, rigorous, with many loose ends, but rewarding for those brave enough to take the challenge.
Booked Out (12A)
(Bryan O'Neil, 2012, UK) Sylvia Sims, Mirren Burke, Rollo Weeks. 86 mins.
Small-scale Brit movie about a lonely illustrator. Tries to be a charming homegrown Amélie, but resembles more a goofy US indie.
Four Horsemen (NC)
(Ross Ashcroft, 2012, UK) 97 mins.
Somewhat doom-mongering doc with its sights on the global power elite.
The Devil Inside (15)
(William Brent Bell, 2012, US) Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman. 83 mins.
Cheap Last Exorcism rip-off about a late-80s possession case that suggests some "found footage" shouldn't be spared the bin.
Bill Cunningham New York (12A)
(Richard Press, 2010, US/Fra) 84 mins.
Amiable doc on the veteran fashion photographer; one to file next to The September Issue.
How To Re-Establish A Vodka Empire (15)
(Daniel Edelstyn, 2011, UK/Ukr) 75 mins.
Easygoing doc about a Jewish Londoner seeking to explore his family's roots as Ukrainian manufacturers of premium-brand vodka.
In Darkness (15)
(Agnieszka Holland, 2011, Pol/Ger/Can) Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska. 144 mins.
Poland's own Oscar-nominated Schindler's List tells the true story of a sewer worker who saved Jews from the Nazis.
Out from Friday
Battle Royale meets Twilight in this hyped teen action flick based on the bestselling books.
Coming-of-age drama dealing with thugs, drugs and deadbeat dads in the shadow of the Olympic stadium, starring Charlie Creed-Miles.
A cast of real-life Navy Seals star in a fictional kidnap drama-thriller.
The Dardennes brothers bring their latest nuanced, realist drama, a hit at Cannes 2011.
Hindi action spy thriller.
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