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Also out this week Carancho (15) An idealistic doctor and a lawyer specialising in dodgy traffic accident claims start a romance after meeting over a man she sees as a patient and he as a client. No preview (Fri-Sun, mac; Mon/Tue, Warwick Arts Centre) If Not Us, Who? (15) Following 2008's Baader Meinhoff Complex, a second German biopic of 60s radicals Bernward Vesper and Gudrun Ensslin, their relationship and different approaches to world change. No preview. (Mon-Thu, mac) Irving Welsh's Ecstasy (18) Unceremoniously released with no fanfare or press screenings, this uneven adaptation of Welsh's Edinburgh set drug-romance novel is no Trainspotting no matter how hard it tries.

Lockout (15) Falsely convicted special agent Guy Pearce has to rescue the President's daughter, taken hostage by convicts in an orbiting maximum security prison, while also trying to find the man who can prove his innocence. Basically Escape From New York in space. No previews.

Marley (12A) Previews were unavailable but, taking over the reins after the departures of first Scorsese and then Jonathan Demme, Kevin Macdonald's documentary about the reggae superstar is reputedly a detailed if sometimes contradictory portrait that steers clear of hagiography, though is sadly short on live footage On Release 21 Jump Street (15) Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star as bungling undercover cops posing as high school students to smash a drugs ring in update of the TV series that launched Johnny Depp. Despite too much swearing, raunchiness, and Ice Cube, it's actually very funny with wry genre jokes and inevitable cameo. *** Battleship (12A) Formulaic, predictable Boys Own blowing up stuff as naval officer Taylor Kitsch has to learn responsibility in a hurry when an alien armada invades and he and his crew, Rihanna among them, are Earth's only hope. From the company behind Transformers - and can't you tell - but still action packed fun. **** The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (12A) Assorted Brit OAPs decamp to a retirement hotel in India and discover it's not quite like the brochure but each finds either closure, love, resolution or new beginnings. Touching, funny, well acted and beautifully shot. **** The Marigold The Cabin In The Woods 3D (15) Five teens face zombies as they discover their holiday retreat is part of a covert sacrificial ritual controlled from a high-tech facility. An inventive, gory, blackly comic if ultimately incoherent genre melding mix of The Truman Show and HP Lovecraft with yet another final act Sigourney Weaver cameo. **** Carnage (15) Brilliantly acted wickedly funny latter day Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as, meeting to discuss an incident between their sons, Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet, John C Reilly and Jodie Foster degenerate into a drunken verbal war, childish behaviour and dissection of their imploding marriages. (Thu, Warwick Arts Centre) **** Delicacy (12A) Tonally uneven French office romance souffle that veers between comedy and tragedy as young widow Audrey Tautou falls for a balding, less successful Swedish colleague. The final third's better than the rest, but it rests on how much tolerance you've left for Tautou's overworked pixie charms. (Electric) *** The Devil Inside (15) Predictable found footage horror as a woman witnesses assorted exorcisms in Italy while trying to learn what caused mom to murder three people during her own.* La Grande Illusion (U) Jean Renoir's classic 1937 WWI PoW drama addressing themes of nationality, class and religion. (Wed/Thu, Warwick Arts Centre) **** The Help (12A) In Civil Rights era Mississippi, wannabe writer Emma Stone persuades black maids Viola Wills and Octavia Spencer to reveal how they're treated by their white housewife employers. (Fri-Sun, Warwick Arts Centre) **** The Hunger Games (12A) Jennifer Lawrence volunteers to take her younger sister's place when she's selected to take part in a Battle Royale style annual televised game that pits a boy and girl from each of the 12 districts in a fight to the death. A phenomenal success that delivers on every front. **** Mirror, Mirror (PG) Visually striking but underwhelming, unfunny post-modern rework of Snow White with brigand dwarves on stilts, a bland heroine and Julia Roberts phoning in the snide, sarcastic Evil Queen with her sights on marrying the wealthy prince. ** Man On Wire (12A) Fascinating documentary about Phillippe Petit's death defying wirewalk between the twin towers in 1974. (Wed, mac) *** The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists 3D (U) Aardman return to plasticine stop motion with Hugh Grant voicing the bungling Pirate Captain as he seeks to win Pirate of The Year against his more qualified rivals, teams up with Charles Darwin and winds up facing a ferocious Queen Victoria who wants his Dodo for dinner. It sags midway and it's not as funny as it might be, but the Aardman charm wins through. *** Shame (18) Sex addiction as existential angst metaphor, as Michael Fassbender's confronted with his self-destructive urges when damaged sister Carey Mulligan moves in and both lives spiral out of control.

The performances are fearless but its clinical detachment lacks emotional heat. (Tue-Thu, Warwick Arts Centre) *** Streetdance 2 (PG) Lacklustre, plotless sequel in which streetdancer Ash enlists the help of flamenco expert Eve to help his crew beat their rivals in a major contest. Dull, poorly written and woodenly acted, even the dancing barely excites. ** Exotic Hotel.

Take Shelter (15) Bleak allegorical psychological drama about contemporary dread as slowly unravelling Michael Shannon starts having visions of a coming apocalyptic storm and sinks the money for his deaf daughter's operation into building a shelter. But is he prescient or schizophrenic like his mother? Unfolding on waves of tension, it's astonishing film-making.(Tue, Library Thtr) **** Titanic 3D (12A) The 3D adds little, but reissued for the 100th anniversary of the sinking, Cameron's epic remains a sweeping big screen romance. ***** Wrath of the Titans 3D (12A) Perseus is forced out of retirement when Hades and Ares strike a deal with Kronos and capture Zeus, paving the way for the Titans to break out of prison. No classic but infinitely better than Clash or John Carter with thrilling action and even some real acting. *** Mike Davies


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