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Wrath of the Titans

Wrath of the Titans

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WRATH OF THE TITANS (12A)

Despite largely negative reviews, Louis Leterrier’s 2010 bombastic remake of Clash Of The Titans generated considerable box office interest, spawning this inevitable sequel. Jonathan Liebesman takes over the director’s chair, integrating live action and digital effects as demi-god Perseus (Sam Worthington) returns to his fishing village with his son, hoping to put his monster-slaying days behind him. Alas, war looms because the humans have relinquished their devotion to the gods including brothers Zeus (Liam Neeson), Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston). Consequently, the imprisoned Titans, led by their father Kronos, are gaining in strength and threatening to escape from the cavernous prison of Tartarus. Once again, Hades schemes to overthrow Zeus by forging an alliance with Kronos, unleashing hell on Earth. Rating: 6/10

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THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS (U)

Queen Victoria (voiced by Imelda Staunton) has declared war on all pirates. The Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) is the leader of a ragtag group of laughing stock seadogs. To prove the naysayers wrong, he sets out to capture a Bank of England treasure ship but inadvertently captures a young Charles Darwin (David Tennant) and his primate manservant, Mister Bobo. Will it stop him winning the coveted Pirate Of The Year prize? Rating: Yo ho ho without the rum - 7/10

STREETDANCE 2 (PG)

Street dancer Ash seizes his one shot at glory during a high-profile competition but falls flat on his face in front of a booing crowd and reigning champions Invincible. Dusting himself off, he meets wise-cracking Eddie (George Sampson), who suggests they join forces to create a crew from around the world with the potential to dethrone Invincible. So the young men criss-cross Europe, seeking out the most imaginative, daring and supple performers to fill the ranks of their ramshackle squad. Rating: Did we ask for an encore? 5/10

the hunger games (12A)

Teenagers compete in a futuristic battle to the death in an eagerly awaited adaptation of the best-selling book by Suzanne Collins. North America has been destroyed and in its place is the powerful Capitol and 12 surrounding, poorer districts. Every year, one boy and one girl are selected from each district to take part in a televised fight to the death. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and baker’s son Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) are groomed for this year’s fight. Rating: Already a blockbuster - 7.5/10

21 JUMP STREET (15)

Morton and Greg enrol at police academy and work together but life as cops turns out to be quite dull and their first bust ends in embarrassment. Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) 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 (Ellie Kemper), who would love to give him some one-on-one tuition. Rating: Decent new spin on old theme - 7/10

THE DEVIL INSIDE (15)

On October 30, 1989, Maria Rossi telephones the police to confess to slaying three members of her church group during her exorcism. She is spirited away to Centrino Mental Hospital in Rome where 20 years later her daughter Isabella makes a documentary about exorcisms to better understand the dark forces that supposedly took hold of her mother. A film-maker follows her there and befriends two priests who are undertaking illegal exorcisms on unfortunate souls. Rating: A grim reaper - 4/10

WE BOUGHT A ZOO (PG)

Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) is trying to be strong for his teenage son Dylan (Colin Ford) and precocious young daughter Rosie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) following the death of his wife. So he moves his family into a ramshackle house that comes with a fully functioning zoo, complete with animals and ballsy head keeper Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson). He then sinks all of his money into it, hoping to restore the facility to its former glory in time for an inspection. Rating: Where’s Stephen Tompkinson? 6/10