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  • Coherence
  • Life After Beth
  • Lifeforce
  • Super 8
  • Super 8 (Parent And Baby Screening)
  • The Faculty
  • The House At The End Of Time
  • The Riot Club

Coherence 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama, Science Fiction
  • CastMaury Sterling, Emily Foxler, Nicholas Brendon.
  • DirectorJames Ward Byrkit.
  • WriterJames Ward Byrkit, Alex Manugian.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration89 mins
  • Official site

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Life After Beth 3 stars

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Zach is plunged into grief when his girlfriend Beth is bitten by a snake during a hike and subsequently dies. A few days after the funeral Zach visits Beth's grave and it is empty. He contacts Beth's parents and they confess they have been hiding their daughter, who turned up after the funeral with no memory of the past. Zach is delighted and he rekindles his romance with Beth but her increasingly violent behaviour drives a wedge between them.

  • GenreComedy, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
  • CastDane DeHaan, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon, John C Reilly.
  • DirectorJeff Baena.
  • WriterJeff Baena.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration89 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/LifeAfterBeth
  • Release01/10/2014 (selected cinemas)

Zach (Dane DeHaan) is plunged into grief when his girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza) is bitten by a snake during a hike and subsequently dies. He seeks comfort in the company of Beth's parents Maury (John C Reilly) and Geenie (Molly Shannon) telling them about all of the things he wished they could have experienced had fate not cruelly intervened. A few days later, Zach visits Beth's grave and it is empty. He contacts Maury and Geenie and they eventually confess that they have been hiding their daughter, who turned up after the funeral with no memory of the past. Zach is delighted and he rekindles his romance with Beth but her increasingly violent behaviour drives a wedge between them. Then Zach notices that there are other people in town suffering from similar mood swings...

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Lifeforce 3 stars

Horror.

  • GenreHorror, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastFrank Finlay, Steve Railsback, Peter Firth.
  • DirectorTobe Hooper.
  • WriterDan O'Bannon, Don Jakoby.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration116 mins
  • Official site

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Friday 31st October 2014

Super 8 4 stars

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Teenager Joe Lamb invests him time in making a low budget zombie film with his friends. Just as the camera starts rolling on a night time sequence at the local railway station, the youngsters witness a truck drive onto the tracks and derail an oncoming freight train. As they make a hasty escape, the trespassing teens are oblivious to the monstrous creature crawling free from the twisted wreckage.

  • GenreAction, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastElle Fanning, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso, Ron Eldard, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths.
  • DirectorJJ Abrams.
  • WriterJJ Abrams.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration111 mins
  • Official sitewww.super8-movie.com/intl/uk/
  • Release05/08/2011

In the summer of 1982, an earthbound alien phoned home and audiences wept with joy, cementing Steven Spielberg's reputation as the greatest film-maker of his generation. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial was a cultural phenomenon that spoke to our inner child, envisioning the cruel world through the eyes of Elliott as he risked everything to protect his otherworldly friend from scientists and shadowy government agents.

Almost 30 years later, director JJ Abrams pays homage to Spielberg's fantasy with Super 8, a rollicking adventure with echoes of The Goonies that depicts the rampage of an alien creature in rural 1970s America from the perspective of six children whose worlds have just been rocked by Star Wars and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

In the sleepy industrial town of Lillian, Ohio, teenager Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) is struggling to come to terms with the death of his mother and the strain on his father, Deputy Sheriff Jackson Lamb (Kyle Chandler). The youngster invests him time in making a low-budget zombie film with his friends. Director Charles (Riley Griffiths) bosses everyone around while special effects expert Cary (Ryan Lee) provides the fake gore. Dim-witted leading man Martin (Gabriel Basso) tries to remember his lines to the chagrin of long-suffering sound-man Preston (Zach Mills).

To increase the film's chances of winning first prize in a nationwide competition, Charles persuades classmate Alice (Elle Fanning) to sign up as lead actress and the children head down to the local rail station to shoot a night-time sequence. Just as the camera starts rolling, the youngsters witness a truck drive onto the tracks and derail an oncoming freight train. As they make a hasty escape, the trespassing teens are oblivious to the monstrous creature crawling free from the twisted wreckage.

Super 8 is a delightful nostalgia trip, recalling a bygone era when young protagonists embarked on amazing journeys and emerged from the melee with barely a scratch or bruise. You have to suspend your disbelief throughout Abrams's film but as pure unadulterated entertainment, there is much to enjoy from the amusing banter between the children to the first clear glimpse of the monster as a reflection in a puddle at a gas station while an unwitting attendant listens to Blondie's Heart Of Glass on his exciting new purchase - a Walkman.

The centrepiece train crash is brilliantly realised and even if the creature design is an anticlimax, the digitally rendered behemoth is seamlessly integrated with the live action. Courtney is a spirited hero of the hour and he milks genuine tears as Joe wrestles with the loss of the woman who brought him into the world. Fanning is equally impressive and there is a lovely rapport between the two young actors and with co-stars Griffiths, Lee, Basso and Mills. Step back in time to 1982.

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Super 8 (Parent And Baby Screening) 4 stars

Teenager Joe Lamb invests him time in making a low budget zombie film with his friends. Just as the camera starts rolling on a night time sequence at the local railway station, the youngsters witness a truck drive onto the tracks and derail an oncoming freight train. As they make a hasty escape, the trespassing teens are oblivious to the monstrous creature crawling free from the twisted wreckage.

  • GenreAction, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastElle Fanning, Noah Emmerich, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Gabriel Basso, Ron Eldard, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Riley Griffiths, Joel Courtney.
  • DirectorJJ Abrams.
  • WriterJJ Abrams.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration111 mins
  • Official sitewww.super8-movie.com/intl/uk/
  • Release05/08/2011

In the summer of 1982, an earthbound alien phoned home and audiences wept with joy, cementing Steven Spielberg's reputation as the greatest film-maker of his generation. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial was a cultural phenomenon that spoke to our inner child, envisioning the cruel world through the eyes of Elliott as he risked everything to protect his otherworldly friend from scientists and shadowy government agents.

Almost 30 years later, director JJ Abrams pays homage to Spielberg's fantasy with Super 8, a rollicking adventure with echoes of The Goonies that depicts the rampage of an alien creature in rural 1970s America from the perspective of six children whose worlds have just been rocked by Star Wars and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

In the sleepy industrial town of Lillian, Ohio, teenager Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) is struggling to come to terms with the death of his mother and the strain on his father, Deputy Sheriff Jackson Lamb (Kyle Chandler). The youngster invests him time in making a low-budget zombie film with his friends. Director Charles (Riley Griffiths) bosses everyone around while special effects expert Cary (Ryan Lee) provides the fake gore. Dim-witted leading man Martin (Gabriel Basso) tries to remember his lines to the chagrin of long-suffering sound-man Preston (Zach Mills).

To increase the film's chances of winning first prize in a nationwide competition, Charles persuades classmate Alice (Elle Fanning) to sign up as lead actress and the children head down to the local rail station to shoot a night-time sequence. Just as the camera starts rolling, the youngsters witness a truck drive onto the tracks and derail an oncoming freight train. As they make a hasty escape, the trespassing teens are oblivious to the monstrous creature crawling free from the twisted wreckage.

Super 8 is a delightful nostalgia trip, recalling a bygone era when young protagonists embarked on amazing journeys and emerged from the melee with barely a scratch or bruise. You have to suspend your disbelief throughout Abrams's film but as pure unadulterated entertainment, there is much to enjoy from the amusing banter between the children to the first clear glimpse of the monster as a reflection in a puddle at a gas station while an unwitting attendant listens to Blondie's Heart Of Glass on his exciting new purchase - a Walkman.

The centrepiece train crash is brilliantly realised and even if the creature design is an anticlimax, the digitally rendered behemoth is seamlessly integrated with the live action. Courtney is a spirited hero of the hour and he milks genuine tears as Joe wrestles with the loss of the woman who brought him into the world. Fanning is equally impressive and there is a lovely rapport between the two young actors and with co-stars Griffiths, Lee, Basso and Mills. Step back in time to 1982.

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Friday 31st October 2014

The Faculty 3 stars

Six high school teens battle extra-terrestrial parasites which are trying to take over their neighbourhood.

  • GenreHorror
  • CastElijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Clea DuVall, Robert Patrick.
  • DirectorRobert Rodriguez.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration104 mins
  • Official site
  • Release09/04/1999

You've got to feel sorry for American high school students. If they're not being stalked by masked psychopaths with a penchant for scary movies or hook-handed fishermen they almost killed last summer, they're fighting off extra-terrestrials parasites which are taking over the bodies of their teachers. The Faculty: far-fetched? I think not... Wood, Hartnett, Duvall and co are the six teenagers who manage to avoid the aliens' tentacled advances and do what any dumb teen would do: concoct a cunning plan to stop the alien beasties in their tracks. This involves lots of illegal substances (the aliens, it seems, die if they get dehydrated), and a fine line in witty one-liners. As well as a rising body count and some over-the-top special effects. Robert Rodriguez, whose direction just about kept the sinking ships of Desperado and From Dusk Till Dawn afloat, has a ball with the conventions of the teen horror movie, blitzing the screen with slo-mos and jump cuts to maintain the tension that builds in the first half hour. The cast are all adequate (Wood slightly overplays the geeky sci-fi nerd) and the aliens, when we finally get to see them, are genuinely terrifying. Grange Hill was never like this. Thank goodness.

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Friday 31st October 2014

The House At The End Of Time 3 stars

Mystery drama.

  • GenreDrama, Horror, Thriller
  • CastAdriana Calzadilla, Simona Chirinos, Rosmel Bustamante.
  • DirectorAlejandro Hidalgo.
  • WriterAlejandro Hidalgo.
  • CountryVen
  • Duration101 mins
  • Official site

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Friday 31st October 2014

The Riot Club 4 stars

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Alistair Ryle arrives at Oxford, hoping to emulate his older brother, a former president of an elite dining club at Oxford University. Given his lineage, Alistair is almost certain to catch the eye of Riot Club president James Leighton-Masters. However, it is dashing classmate Miles Richards from more humble stock, who steals Alistair's thunder and arouses the homosexual yearnings of influential club member Hugo Fraser-Tyrwhitt.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • CastDouglas Booth, Natalie Dormer, Sam Claflin, Freddie Fox, Sam Reid, Jessica Brown Findlay, Ben Schnetzer, Gordon Brown, Olly Alexander, Max Irons, Tom Hollander, Matthew Beard, Holliday Grainger, Jack Farthing.
  • DirectorLone Scherfig.
  • WriterLaura Wade.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration107 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/TheRiotClubUK
  • Release19/09/2014

The class war degenerates into foul-mouthed tirades and stomach-churning violence in Laura Wade's robust adaptation of her own coruscating stage play. Posh originated at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2010 and was revived two years later in the West End, painting a vivid portrait of a fictional dining clique akin to the Bullingdon Club at Oxford University, which once included David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson in its notorious ranks.

Lone Scherfig's film, retitled The Riot Club, packs a similar emotional wallop to its stage-bound predecessor, detonating pent-up testosterone and tempers with horrifying repercussions. Wade has fleshed out key protagonists and excised some scenes entirely to reduce the running time by 40 minutes.

There seems to be a greater emphasis on the fledgling romance between the most likable male character and a down-to-earth northern lass (Holliday Grainger), who is dazzled by the dreaming spires and gushes, "Being at Oxford is like being invited to 100 parties all at once - and I want to go to all of them."

The Riot Club is not a party most of us would wish to attend. But that's the point. Alistair Ryle (Sam Claflin) arrives at Oxford, hoping to emulate his older brother, a former president of the titular fraternity.

This hush-hush 10-strong dining club honours the memory of its libidinous 18th century founder by boozing to excess at an annual dinner, trashing the venue and paying for the damages out of their trust funds. Given his lineage, Alistair is almost certain to catch the eye of Riot Club president James Leighton-Masters (Freddie Fox).

However, it is dashing classmate Miles Richards (Max Irons) from more humble stock, who steals Alistair's thunder and arouses the homosexual yearnings of influential club member Hugo Fraser-Tyrwhitt (Sam Reid). Alistair and Miles pass initiation and are inducted into the ranks alongside Harry Villiers (Douglas Booth), Guy Bellingfield (Matthew Beard), Toby Maitland (Olly Alexander), Dimitri Mitropoulos (Ben Schnetzer) and George Balfour (Jack Farthing).

The students head to a country pub run by Chris (Gordon Brown) and his daughter Rachel (Jessica Brown Findlay), who have no idea of the devastation about to be wrought.

The Riot Club is a sobering attack on a culture of inherited privilege and power in Britain. Scherfig's film dissects how our egalitarian society is founded on secret handshakes in wood-panelled rooms far from the madding electorate, and you can almost see the venom streaking down the camera lens when one inebriated club member sneers, "I am sick to death of poor people!"

The Danish filmmaker, who previously helmed the Oscar nominated coming of age story An Education, doesn't spare the morally repugnant characters any blushes. A climactic showdown is just as jaw-dropping in lurid cinematic close-up as it was from the safe distance of the theatre's upper circle.

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Friday 31st October 2014
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