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The Program (2015)

The-Program---posterDirector: Stephen Frears

Writer: John Hodge (screenplay), David Walsh (book)

Cast: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet, Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace, Dustin Hoffman

Cert: 15

Running time: 103mins

Year: 2015




The lowdown: Lance Armstrong’s rise and fall as the 7 times champion and most notorious cheat of the Tour de France makes for high gear entertainment. Using flash, bang and intelligence, director Stephen Frears and Trainspotting writer John Hodge bring the larger than life story and characters racing onto the screen. Even for those familiar with Alex Gibney’s The Armstrong Lie this is a great ride, with Ben Foster capturing the merciless drive of the hubristic Armstrong and Chris O’Dowd impressive as the journalist who refused to believe the myth.

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The full verdict: A wor...

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The-Hobbit---The-Battle-of-the-Five-Armies---posterDirector: Peter Jackson

Writer: Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh, Guillermo Del Toro

Cast: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Lee Pace

Cert: 12

Running time: 144mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Peter Jackson brings his unexpected trilogy to a close (bar the inevitable DVD extended edition next year) with a triumphant bang. Following on literally from The Desolation of Smaug’s cut-to-black ending, this boasts a treasure trove of excitement and adventure that will leave both Tolkein-heads and action movie fans panting with delight...

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug - banner posterDirector: Peter Jackson

Writer(s): Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro

Cert: 12

Running time: 161mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: If The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was a wobbly start to Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug is where the saga finds its (hairy) feet. Darker in tone, with less slapstick and (thank God) no singing, it is an epic adventure through a dazzlingly realised, thrilling world. Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen and joined by LOTR alumnus Orlando Bloom as Legolas and newcomer Evangeline Lilly as warrior Elf Tauriel. And Smaug, the lethal dragon voiced with mellifluous menace by Benedict Cumberbatch, is set to become one of cinema’s best baddies.

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The full verdict: Who knows how much of it was planned an...

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