Midweek movie review round-up

21 Jump Street - staring Jonah Hill as (Morton Schmidt), Channing Tatum as (Greg Jenko) and Ellie Kemper as (Ms Griggs).

21 Jump Street - staring Jonah Hill as (Morton Schmidt), Channing Tatum as (Greg Jenko) and Ellie Kemper as (Ms Griggs).

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A round-up of the latest film releases to help you decide what to watch at the cinema, plus you can view the latest trailers.

21 JUMP STREET (15)

Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko ( Channing Tatum) both enrol at police academy and work together to ensure they complete the physical and academic elements of the final exam. Life as cops turns out to be quite dull and their first bust ends in embarrassment. They are sent in disgrace to Captain Dickson (Ice Cube), who orders the pair to pose as sibling students at the local school where drugs are rife. Morton becomes a popular member of the student body thanks to his brains and sensitivity while lumbering hunk Greg is viewed as an idiot by everyone except his teacher Ms Griggs (Ellie Kemper), who would love to give him some one-on-one tuition. While Morton engages in a tender romance with drama student Molly (Brie Larson), the cops identify and try to bring down student drug supplier Eric Molson (Dave Franco). Rating: 7/10

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THE RAVEN (15)

A Baltimore detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) investigates a double murder in a supposedly locked room and recognises the similarity to a heinous crime described in lurid detail in a collection of short stories by Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack). So Fields approaches the writer to help him get inside the tortured mind of the killer. When a second victim is slain and the perpetrator targets Poe’s sweetheart Emily (Alice Eve), the writer gladly accepts the challenge.

Rating: Bloodthirsty but imaginative. 6.5/10

JOHN CARTER 3d (12A)

Young Edgar Rice Burroughs (Daryl Sabara) is summoned to the home of his uncle and former Confederate soldier John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who has perished in mysterious circumstances. Leafing through his cherished journal, Burroughs learns that his uncle sought sanctuary from Apaches in a cave and was magically transported to the Red Planet. There, he was captured by a savage race of 15ft tall green warriors with tusks protruding from their mouth

Rating: Random red planet romp. 5/10

THIS MEANS WAR (12A)

CIA agents FDR and Tuck are sent to to apprehend crimelord Heinrich (Til Schweiger), leading to a high profile shootout. When the buddies return to HQ to face the music, ladies’ man FDR decides to lighten the mood by helping shy and gallant Tuck dip his toes back into the dating pool. Enter Lauren (Reese Witherspoon), who is recovering from a break-up. Tuck is instantly smitten but soon after the date, FDR also encounters Lauren and he falls for her acidic wit. Let battle commence.

Rating: Where’s Brad and Angelina? 5/10

CONTRABAND (15)

Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) and best friend Sebastian Abney (Ben Foster) were “the Lennon and McCartney of smuggling” but both have gone straight. Chris works on the right side of the law, installing security alarms to provide a steady income for his wife Kate and kids. But trouble looms large when he reluctantly agrees to smuggle millions of dollars of fake bills for his brother-in-law from a heavily guarded warehouse in the heart of a grid-locked city.

Rating: No thief like an old thief. 6/10

PROJECT X (18)

Not to be confused with the iconic 1987 film of the same title, this is an adult-oriented comedy about a house party that descends into chaos. Stylised as home video footage, Nima Nourizadeh’s film centres on teenagers Costa (Oliver Cooper) and JB (Jonathan Daniel Brown), who decide to throw an epic shindig for their mate Thomas (Thomas Mann). All three lads are self-confessed losers but they hope that one night of alcohol-fuelled debauchery could cement their popularity with schoolmates.

Rating: No X Factor for low budget fun. 6/10

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (12A)

Widowed Evelyn (Judi Dench) abandons Britain for Jaipur and a grand retirement home. En route, Evelyn meets six other retirees all bound for this “luxury development for residents in their golden years”(Maggie Smith), Penelope Wilton, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Ronald Pickup and Celia Imrie) but when the exhausted travellers arrive at their destination, they discover a building in disrepair and an inexperienced manager struggling to keep the creditors off his back.

Rating: It’s Cocoon with A levels. 9/10