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GREEN LANTERN (12A, 114 mins)Based on the popular character featured in DC Comics, Martin Campbell's action-packed adventure screens in 2D and 3D and unfolds in a future, which unites humans and a race of intergalactic protectors called the Green Lantern Corps. These soldiers maintain peace and justice in the universe, using the superpowers granted to them by their magical rings to ensure that corruption and cruelty are crushed before they have a chance to take root. When a new evil force emerges from the darkness, the Green Lantern Corps are powerless to stop its spread from one planet to the next and Earth appears doomed. So the Corps breaks with centuries of tradition and recruits a human - United States Air Force test pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds, pictured above) - to join the fold. While he suffers from all of the usual frailties, Hal is blessed with empathy and he slowly comes to terms with his superpowers, spurred on by sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively) and Green Lanterns Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison) and Thaal Sinestro (Mark Strong). Standing in Hal's way is eccentric scientist Dr Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard), son of US senator Robert Hammond (Tim Robbins), who is exposed to a strange meteor which gifts him devastating powers.

POTICHE (15, 102 mins)Screen legends Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu light up the big screen in Francois Ozon's raucous comedy set in the late 1970s when strikes crippled France. Robert Pujol (Fabrice Luchini) manages an umbrella factory, which he inherited from the father of his trophy wife, Suzanne (Deneuve). He lords over the employees as if he built up the company from scratch, inspiring resentment among the overstretched workforce. When they decide to go on strike, Robert attempts a stand-off only for the employees to take him hostage. Suddenly, Suzanne finds herself at the helm of the company and she proves remarkably adept at juggling personal relationships and financial matters, aided by town mayor Maurice Babin (Depardieu), an old flame from her colourful past.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 17, 2011
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