Midweek movie review round-up

Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) in The Five-Year Engagement.

Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) in The Five-Year Engagement.

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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.

THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGMENT (15)

Chef Tom (Jason Segel) meets psychology graduate Violet (Emily Blunt) at a party. A year later he pops the question with help from his best friend Alex (Chris Pratt).

Tom’s parents and Violet’s mother are thrilled and at the subsequent engagement party, bed-hopping ladies’ man Alex has an encounter with Violet’s emotionally volatile sister, Suzie that he will never forget.

Soon after, Violet secures a doctoral position at Michigan University and Tom selflessly sacrifices his career to follow her to the frozen Midwest.

However, the move puts the relationship under intolerable strain and Tom and Violet contemplate breaking off the engagement to pursue their career ambitions in separate states.

Rating: Best part of breaking up - 6/10

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LAY THE FAVOURITE (15)

Beth Raymer (Rebecca Hall) sheds her clothes for beer-swilling punters in the privacy of their trailer parks until she packs up and heads to the bright lights of the Nevada desert where bookmaker Dink Heimowitz (Bruce Willis) introduces her to the thrills of illegal sports gambling.

She becomes a good luck charm for his co-workers but generates friction with his vampy wife, Tulip (Catherine Zeta Jones).

Things look bad until a romance with kind-hearted and trusting journalist saves the day.

Rating: Strong cast, weak story - 5/10

CHERNOBYL DIARIES (15)

Chilling horror about a group of tourists who quickly regret their decision to venture off the beaten track.

Six thrill-seekers are looking for the kind of excitement that you can’t find in a guide book.

They hire a tour guide to take them to the abandoned Ukrainian town of Pripyat, which was home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor.

The community was decimated by fallout from the disaster but as night falls, the tourists soon realise that they are not alone.

Rating: Blair witch zombies? - 5/10

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER (15)

As a boy Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) witnesses his mother fall victim to vampire Jack Barts (Marton Csokas).

He swears revenge and is tutored in vampire extermination but gradually embarks on a political course as a fervent abolitionist, using words as weapons rather than his trusty axe.

He marries Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and they raise a family but chief vampire Adam (Rufus Sewell) and his sister prepare to stop his crusade for equality for all men.

Rating: Confused vampire genre spin - 4/10

ROCK OF AGES (12A)

Wannabe singer Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) heads for the bright lights of Los Angeles where her luggage and prized record collection are immediately stolen.

Rescued by aspiring rocker Drew Boley (Diego Boneta) she’s hired as a waitress but bare-chested frontman Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) comes between the lovebirds while the Mayor and his puritanical wife Patricia (Catherine Zeta-Jones) pledge to clean up the city All featuring wonderful rock classics as a soundtrack.

Rating: Better than it sounds - 8/10

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

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