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WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY HOLIDA (12A) GORDIE McLeod (Billy Connolly) is poised to celebrate his 75th birthday in the Scottish Highlands. His selfobsessed son Gavin (Ben Miller) is hosting the lavish party to impress the neighbours and hopefully secure the captaincy of the local golf club.

As the party beckons, Gavin's less successful brother Doug (David Tennant) and his wife Abi (Rosamund Pike), pictured, arrive with their three children in tow: 11-year-old Lottie (Emilia Jones), who scribbles repeatedly in her notebook so she can remember which lies she is supposed to tell; six-year-old Mickey (Bobby Smalldridge), who is obsessed with Vikings; and five-year-old Jess (Harriet Turnbull), whose best friends are two rocks christened Eric and Norman.

The birthday celebrations are unexpectedly thrown into disarray and a media scrum descends on the family's doorsteps along with an interfering Social Services officer called Agnes (Celia Imrie), who casts doubt on Doug and Abi's ability to nurture their dysfunctional brood.

THE EQUALIZER (15) ROBERT McCall (Denzel Washington) has turned his back on his past as a covert government operative and has fashioned an unre markable life in suburbia.

By day, he earns a decent wage in a Home Mart, by night, McCall works his way through a list of 100 books everyone should read while at his local diner, where he befriends a sassy prostitute called Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz) When she is battered by controlling Russian pimp Slavi (David Meunier), McCall exacts revenge.

MAPS TO THE STARS (18) PRECOCIOUS child stars don't come more lucrative than 13-year-old Benjie Weiss (Evan Bird), the prepubescent prince of the box office, carefully managed by his mother Christina (Olivia Williams).

Back at home, Benjie's father, self-help guru Dr Stafford Weiss (John Cusack), realigns the chakras of wealthy clientele including fame-hungry actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore).

While Havana awaits news on a big role, she employs a new personal assistant, a "disfigured schizophrenic" called Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), whose sardonic take on Hollywood attracts limo driver Jerome Fontana (Robert Pattinson).

Meanwhile, Benjie succumbs to the green-eyed monster when a young co-star steals his thunder and Stafford prepares a defence to counter slurs on his reputation: "Worst case scenario: I go on Oprah again, do the whole Lance Armstrong thing."

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 5, 2014
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