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THE BEGUILED (15) ..... VIRGINAL beauty is sin deep in Oscar-winning writer-director Sofia Coppola's fable of female empowerment, based on the Civil War era novel by Thomas P Cullinan.

Eleven-year-old Amy (Oona Laurence) stumbles upon an injured Union soldier, Corporal John McBurney (Colin Farrell) in the woods.

She helps him the nearby girls' school where teacher Miss Martha Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman) oversees the education of the remaining charges with the help of Edwina Morrow (Kirsten Dunst, pictured with Farrell). Reluctantly, Martha allows John to stay and tends to his wounds. However, with each passing day, John charms his affection-starved hosts, pitting them against each other.

The Beguiled largely delivers on the promise of the title, casting a heady spell as the females of the species unite in adversity.

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (12A) ..... JON WATTS' slick reboot of the Marvel Comics superhero - the third iteration in 15 years - spins an impressive web of rites-of-passage drama, buddy comedy and bombastic spectacle.

Several months have passed since the destruction of the Avengers headquarters and Peter Parker (Tom Holland, pictured) has managed to conceal his crime-fighting alter ego from Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) with the help of his mentor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr).

When salvage company owner Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) takes flight as a larcenous winged menace called Vulture, Peter foolishly tries to take him on alone.

IT COMES AT NIGHT (15) ..... IF you go down to the woods in writer-director Trey Edward Shults' efficient psychological thriller, you're sure of a nasty surprise.

Set in the aftermath of a viral outbreak that has decimated America, It Comes At Night gradually tightens the thumbscrews until we're prickled with the same paranoia as the characters.

History teacher Paul (Joel Edgerton, pictured) and his wife Sarah (Carmen Ejogo) ride out the storm with their 17-year-old son Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr) in their fortified home in the woods.

When a man called Will (Christopher Abbott) breaks into the house, claiming to be looking for water for his family, Paul must make hard

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Date:Jul 14, 2017
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