Midweek movie review round-up

Scarlett Johansson as Black Window in Avengers Assemble.
Scarlett Johansson as Black Window in Avengers Assemble.
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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.

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE (12A)

A must for all fans of Marvel comics -– and a choice of 2D or 3D too. When a dangerous new enemy threatens the safety of mankind, Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson), director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D, scours the globe in search of the ultimate team of superheroes.

Aided by fellow agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Fury recruits Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to save the day. At first, it proves difficult to get these strong personalities to meld, especially with Thor’s evil brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) causing mischief.

But evil must be vanquished and the heroes come together in humanity’s hour of greatest need. Rating: It’s simply Marvel-ous 7/10

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SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (12A)

Dr Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor) is asked to strengthen Anglo-Arab relations by helping realise the impossible dream of Sheikh Muhammad (Amr Waked) and introduce British salmon to the Middle East. When the PM’s press secretary catches wind of the plans, she sees past the impracticalities and focuses on the feel-good aspect of the story to distract attention from the recent bombing of an Afghan mosque. When Alfred meets the Sheikh, he is won over by the statesman’s passion. Rating: Better than it sounds - 7/10

BATTLESHIP (12A)

Inspired by the classic children’s game of the same name, this is a big-budget battle for planet Earth. Naval officer Lieutenant Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) is assigned to the USS John Paul Jones, captained by the universally feared Captain Shane (Liam Neeson), who is also the deeply disapproving father of his beautiful fiancee, physical therapist Samantha Shane (Brooklyn Decker).

When an alien race lands out at sea, the navy is scrambled into action. And so is Rihanna! Rating: The kids’ game in overdrive - 6/10

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: The year’s biggest blockbuster - 7.5/10

TITANIC (12A)

To coincide with the centenary of Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage, James Cameron has revisited his masterpiece and lovingly converted it to 3D. Hi-tech treasure hunter Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) meets 101-year-old survivor Rose DeWitt Bukater (Gloria Stuart) who recalls her burgeoning romance with spirited artist Jack Dawson (DiCaprio) aboard the luxury liner and how fate intervenes to mix and match the classes as everyone fights for their lives as the ship takes on freezing water and sinks. Rating: A Titanic success again - 9/10

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (15)

Cabin? Woods? College students? Oh, when will they ever learn. Bookish college student Dana (Kristen Connolly) is looking forward to a jaunt into the great outdoors with blonde friend Jules (Anna Hutchison) and her jock boyfriend Curt (Chris Hemsworth), and bong-smoking slacker Marty (Fran Kranz).

Curt invites along his shy and sensitive buddy Holden (Jesse Williams), principally as a date for Dana, and the five thrill-seekers head into the mountains to a remote log cabin. Rating: Formulaic thrills galore - 6/10

LOCKOUT (15)

In space, everyone can hear you scream – so it seems in this action romp that follows a similar plot to 1981 classic Escape From New York.

Hard-bitten ex-CIA operative Agent Snow (Guy Pearce) is framed for murder by the men he planned to expose but is offered a chance at redemption if he agrees to spearhead a suicide mission to rescue the president’s daughter Emilie Warnock (Maggie Grace) from a 21st century Alcatraz during a mass breakout of the prison population. Rating: Escape from deja vu - 6/10