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The Hangover Part III

Hangover 3 posterDirector: Todd Phillips

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, John Goodman, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham, Melissa McCarthy, Mike Epps

Cert: 15

Running time: 100mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: Third time’s unfortunately not the charm as the Wolf Pack returns for one more howl at the moon.  Marginally better than the cynical remake that was Pt II, director Todd Phillips jettisons the “lost night” mysteries of the previous movies for a heist thriller that is big on expensive action set-pieces, low on fun.  The gang all return, joined by alumni from the first two movies and John Goodman adds heavyweight menace as a rival to Ken Jeong’s returning Mr. Chow.  But, it’s time for everyone to pop a couple of aspirin and shake this hangover for good.

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The Place Beyond The Pines

TPBTP posterDirector: Derek Cianfrance

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne, Eva Mendes, Dane DeHaan, Ben Mendehlson, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Emory Cohen, Harris Yulin

Cert: 15

Running time: 140mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Ryan Gosling reteams with Blue Valentine director Cianfrance for a sprawling, ambitious crime story that packs an unexpected emotional wallop. Gosling is a funfair motorbike stunt rider, turning to crime to care for one-time fling Eva Mendes and the son she had by him, while joint lead Bradley Cooper is a rookie cop facing his own battles. Fathers and sons, atonement for past wrongs and the inevitability of history repeating itself across generations is all here in a bold and daring movie likely to end up on a lot of Top 10 of the year lists.

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