Midweek movie review round-up

Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) and right-hand man Lonny Barnett (Russell Brand) in Rock of Ages.
Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) and right-hand man Lonny Barnett (Russell Brand) in Rock of Ages.
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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.

ROCK OF AGES (12A)

Wannabe singer Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) leaves Oklahoma for the bright lights of Los Angeles where her luggage and prized record collection are stolen the moment she steps off the bus.

She is rescued by aspiring rocker Drew Boley (Diego Boneta) who works as a bartender at The Bourbon Room.

He persuades owner Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) and right-hand man Lonny Barnett (Russell Brand) to hire Sherrie as a waitress. Bare-chested frontman Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) comes between lovebirds Drew and Sherrie, while Mayor Mike Whitmore (Bryan Cranston) and his puritanical wife Patricia (Catherine Zeta-Jones) pledge to clean up the city by shutting down The Bourbon Room.

All featuring wonderful rock classics as a soundtrack.

Rating: Rock your socks off - 8/10.

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FAST GIRLS (12A)

Shania Andrews lives on a London council estate beats fast-rising Lisa Temple in a qualification race to book her spot at the World Athletics Championships.

Lisa is incredulous and her former Olympic gold medallist exerts even more pressure on his daughter.

Coach Tommy Southern invites Shania to join the relay squad and she gels with veterans Trix Warren and Belle Newman and the reserve runners. However, Lisa runs the relay’s anchor leg and Shania gets a crush on her beau.

Rating: Almost Olympic gold - 7/10.

PROMETHEUS 3D and 2D (15)

Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott returns to the ultimate deep space killing machine: Alien.

It’s a prequel of sorts, offering tantalising clues to the origins of the acid-blooded predator and the human race.

In the late 21st century, the Weyland-Yutani Corporation finances an archaeological dig led by Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) to uncover the secrets of an alien race known as the Engineers but the mission is woefully unprepared for the horrors that await them.

Rating: Screaming in space again - 7/10.

JAWS (12A)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, Steven Spielberg’s ruthlessly efficient 1975 thriller swims back into cinemas for another bite at the box office. Based on a novel by Peter Benchley, Jaws was the director’s first blockbuster.

The premise - a monster great white shark terrorises the new England resort of Amity Island - is simplistic but Spielberg directs brilliantly.

John Williams’s inexorable theme sets the mood and sets our nerves on edge even after all this time.

Rating: The water’s still not safe - 8/10.

RED LIGHTS (15)

Dr Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) has devoted her life to probing paranormal phenomena.

She shares her experiences by lecturing university students but her unerring scepticism pits her against Professor Paul Shackleton (Toby Jones), who believes science cannot explain everything.

When her great adversary - spoon-bending blind psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro) - comes out of retirement and embarks on a lucrative theatre tour something has to be done.

Rating: Sally Morgan vs Paranormal - 6/10.

THE PACT (15)

Nicole wanders around her deceased mother’s creepy house in Los Angeles as she makes a video call to her daughter and younger sister Annie, who refuses to step inside the property.

A nervous peek inside the closet that adjoins the lounge is the last we see of Nicole and soon after, biker chick Annie enters the fray, concerned about the lack of contact with her sibling.

Strange noises, flickering lights and an unexplained break-in lead to the realisation that something is terribly wrong.

Rating: More ho hum haunted house - 6/10.

SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN (12A)

Once Ravenna (Charlize Theron) ascends to the throne, she incarcerates Snow White (Kristen Stewart) and plans to attain eternal youth by ripping out her stepdaughter’s beating heart.

But she escapes the clutches of Ravenna and her slimy brother Finn and heads into the Dark Forest.

Ravenna’s magic holds no sway in this enclave so she hires a Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to track her down and deliver the girl to her doom. However, he too falls under the escapee’s spell.

Rating: This ain’t Disney any more - 6/10.