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Straight Outta Compton

Straight-Outta-Compton-final-posterDirector: F. Gary Gray

Writers: Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff

Cast: Jason Mitchell, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins, Paul Giamatti, R. Marcos Taylor

Cert: 15

Running time: 147mins

Year: 2015

The lowdown: Energetic and self-aggrandising, the story of legendary rap outfit N.W.A arrives with all the posturing and anger befitting the group who lit a fire under 1980s pop culture. Following the standard rags-to-riches biopic plotline, the police discrimination and re-enactments of the post-Rodney King LA riots nonetheless pack a 9mm punch due to their on-going relevance. But, for characters this larger-than-life a warts n’ all telling of their story would have been spicier than merely printing the legend.

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The full verdict: With Ice Cube, Dr...

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 poster - Andrew GarfieldDirector: Marc Webb

Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Ocri, Jeff Pinker

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Denis Leary, Paul Giamatti, BJ Novak, Embeth Davidtz, Campbell Scott

Cert: 12

Running time: 142mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: Aptly named director Marc Webb spins a sequel superior to his déjà-vu afflicted 2012 reboot. A fresh story, new villain courtesy of Jamie Foxx’s Electro, enhanced action set-pieces and Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone’s chemistry make this reminiscent of Sam Raimi’s original trilogy. Shame that a lurch into ill-advised darker territory scuppers much of the good work, leaving you feeling you’ve been duped into caring about all the brightly coloured motion and emotion.

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The full verdict: Note to filmmakers...

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12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave - Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, quad posterDirector: Steve McQueen

Writer: John Ridley

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong’o, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti

Cert: 15

Running time: 133mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: Extraordinary, compelling and appalling, 12 Years a Slave sets the bar high for cinema in 2014. Recounting the true story of Solomon Northup, a free African American kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Louisiana of the antebellum South, it may stand as the definitive cinematic statement on the slave experience. An electric cast headed up by Chiwetel Ejiofor as Northup and including Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch, vividly bring this tragic chapter in America’s history to life.

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The full verdict: After the hollow Hunger and the farcical Shame British director Steve...

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Saving Mr Banks

Saving Mr Banks - Hanks, Thompson, UK posterDirector: John Lee Hancock

Writers: Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith

Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Colin Farrell, Jason Schwartzman, B J Novak

Cert: PG

Running Time: 125mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: All right ladies an’ gents! Step right up as Essential Media, BBC Films and Walt Disney Studios present for your viewing pleasure a less amicable Australian-Anglo-American partnership. Heading-up an all-star cast, Emma Thompson is terrific as Mary Poppins author P.L Travers and Tom Hanks dazzles as Disney. The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock skilfully explores the battle to bring the no-nonsense Super Nanny to the big screen. There’s only one word for it…

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The full verdict: Who doesn’t love Mary Poppins? The Oscar winning blend of charming performances, an...

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