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FRANK (15) THIS film taps into the appeal of other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart as it dramatises the efforts of a group of misfits to record an album. Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender spends almost the entire film encased within a giant fibreglass noggin, inset, concealing his emotions from us as well as the other cast.

FRANK (15) THIS film taps into the appeal of other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart as it dramatises the efforts of a group of misfits to record an album. Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender spends almost the entire film encased within a giant fibreglass noggin, inset, concealing his emotions from us as well as the other cast.

The unlikely narrator though is Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a musically challenged, socially awkward young man, who composes lyrics in his bedroom. During a walk along the beachfront, he encounters a band called the Soronprfbs.

The unlikely narrator though is Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a musically challenged, socially awkward young man, who composes lyrics in his bedroom. During a walk along the beachfront, he encounters a band called the Soronprfbs.

"Can you play, C, F and G?" asks the band's manager Don (Scoot McNairy) and Jon is hastily enlisted to play a gig that night where he must gel seamlessly with theremin player Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal), French bassist Baraque (Francois Civil), percussionist Nana (Carla Azar) and quixotic lead singer Frank (Fassbender). The concert is a disaster but Jon keeps his place and joins the band on a rural Irish retreat to record an LP.

"Can you play, C, F and G?" asks the band's manager Don (Scoot McNairy) and Jon is hastily enlisted to play a gig that night where he must gel seamlessly with theremin player Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal), French bassist Baraque (Francois Civil), percussionist Nana (Carla Azar) and quixotic lead singer Frank (Fassbender). The concert is a disaster but Jon keeps his place and joins the band on a rural Irish retreat to record an LP.

SABOTAGE (15) ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER plays John Breacher, the cigar-chewing ringleader of a team of undercover DEA agents, who infiltrate criminal organisations and destroy them from the inside.

SABOTAGE (15) ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER plays John Breacher, the cigar-chewing ringleader of a team of undercover DEA agents, who infiltrate criminal organisations and destroy them from the inside.

Their latest target is a drug cartel safe house, where team member Lizzy (Mireille Enos) has gathered vital intelligence about a stockpile of cash. Breacher and his bad lads use the raid as a smokescreen to steal $10m from the cartel. Unfortunately, the stolen loot vanishes, leaving the DEA agents out of pocket and facing tough questions from department chief Floyd Morgan and internal affairs.

DEA agents out of pocket and facing tough questions from department chief Floyd Morgan and internal affairs.

In the absence of physical proof, the team returns to active duty. One by one, an unseen adversary picks off the DEA agents and Breacher accepts help from ballsy detective Caroline Brentwood (Olivia Williams) to identify the culprit.

In the absence of physical proof, the team returns to active duty. One by one, an unseen adversary picks off the DEA agents and Breacher accepts help from ballsy detective Caroline Brentwood (Olivia Williams) to identify the culprit.

Michael Michael BLUE RUIN (15) MACON BLAIR is homeless drifter Dwight, who lives in a rusted blue Pontiac. He scrounges for scraps of discarded food in dumpsters and occasionally breaks into vacant homes to savour a splash of hot running water.

BLUE RUIN (15) MACON BLAIR is homeless drifter Dwight, who lives in a rusted blue Pontiac. He scrounges for scraps of discarded food in dumpsters and occasionally breaks into vacant homes to savour a splash of hot running water.

One morning, Dwight learns that Will Cleland (David W Thompson), the man who is serving time for murdering his parents, is poised to re-emerge into the outside world.

One morning, Dwight learns that Will Cleland (David W Thompson), the man who is serving time for murdering his parents, is poised to re-emerge into the outside world.

Eddy's revelation shakes Dwight out of his self-pitying fug. He tidies his appearance and drives back to West Virginia to wait nervously outside the prison and watch as Will emerges from incarceration.

Eddy's revelation shakes Dwight out of his self-pitying fug. He tidies his appearance and drives back to West Virginia to wait nervously outside the prison and watch as Will emerges from incarceration.

Dwight's quest to dole out what he perceives as justice to Will and his hillbilly brethren imperils Dwight's estranged sister Sam and her two children. Thankfully, old school pal Ben has a stash of firearms and some pithy words of wisdom about killing in cold blood. "No big speeches," he advises. "You point the gun, you shoot the gun."

killing in cold blood. "No big speeches," he advises. "You point the gun, you shoot the gun."

POMPEII 3D (12A) A PROLOGUE set in Northern Britannia AD62 introduces a boy called Milo, who witnesses the murder of his parents at the hands of corrupt Roman senator Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland) and sadistic henchman Proculus.

POMPEII 3D (12A) A PROLOGUE set in Northern Britannia AD62 introduces a boy called Milo, who witnesses the murder of his parents at the hands of corrupt Roman senator Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland) and sadistic henchman Proculus.

Seventeen years later, Milo (now played by Kit Harington) has blossomed into a merciless killing machine in the gladiatorial arena. He catches the eye of slave master Graecus and is dragged to the Pompeii city undefeated champion Atticus. There his rock hard abs induce a lusty swoon in Cassia (Emily Browning), the daughter of wealthy merchant Severus. Unfortunately, Corvus has his beady eye on Cassia and the scheming senator demands her hand in marriage in return for Pompeii's rejuvenation under Emperor Titus.

Seventeen years later, Milo (now played by Kit Harington) has blossomed into a merciless killing machine in the gladiatorial arena. He catches the eye of slave master Graecus and is dragged to the Pompeii city undefeated champion Atticus. There his rock hard abs induce a lusty swoon in Cassia (Emily Browning), the daughter of wealthy merchant Severus. Unfortunately, Corvus has his beady eye on Cassia and the scheming senator demands her hand in marriage in return for Pompeii's rejuvenation under Emperor Titus.

As the games begin, Vesuvius erupts and Milo and Atticus use their physical prowess to escape with terrified Cassia in tow.

As the games begin, Vesuvius erupts and Milo and Atticus use their physical prowess to escape with terrified Cassia in tow.

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