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WILD CARD (15) THE action unfolds in Las Vegas, where security expert Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is desperate to leave the Nevada desert for calmer waters around Corsica. But his dream is out of reach since he doesn't have the cash to fund his grand expedition. Old squeeze Holly (Dominik Garcia-Lorido) seeks out Nick after she is raped and brutalised by visiting mobster Danny DeMarco (Milo Ventimiglia) and his two heavies at the Golden Nugget hotel and casino.

She wants him to wreak revenge on her behalf. Hell hath no fury and Nick struggles to pull free from Holly's self-destructive orbit, crossing paths with denizens of the strip including hotel owner Baby (Stanley Tucci), blackjack dealer Cassandra (Hope Davis), diner waitress Roxy (Anne Heche) and software millionaire Cyrus Kinnick (Michael Angarano), who will pay Nick handsomely. Wild Card gambles on Statham's ability to convey Nick's inner torment... and loses.

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THE VOICES (15) JERRY (Ryan Reynolds) works in the warehouse of Fixture And Faucet International in the sleepy town of Milton. Every week, he visits court-appointed psychiatrist Dr Warren (Jacki Weaver), who scolds him for failing to take prescribed medications that should silence the same voices that drove his unstable mother to her death. An awkward first date with co-worker Fiona (Gemma Arterton) ends in grisly fashion and Jerry hides her corpse at home. Sheriff Kristin as Madame in Suite Weinbacher (Stanley Townsend) identifies the likely perpetrator as an early thirties man, white and lower middle class, who has trouble fitting in. Fiona's colleagues Lisa (Anna Kendrick), Alison (Ella Smith), John (Adi Shankar) and Dave (Sam Spruell) become concerned about her whereabouts, while Jerry's mood is poisoned by the talking head in his fridge. The Voices initially passes itself off as a quirky portrait of a lonely man hungry for love, but screenwriter Michael R Perry is diving into far darker waters, unmasking the central character as a serial killer. Rating.....

SUITE FRANCAISE (15) MADAME Angellier (Kristin Scott Thomas), whose son has enlisted, ignores the spectre of war to collect rent from cash-strapped tenants, aided by her daughter-in-law Lucile (Michelle Williams). On the road, they encounter refugees, who have fled Paris in the futile hope of outrunning Hitler's troops. Soon after, the Germans arrive and commander Bruno von Falk (Matthias Schoenaerts) is billeted with the Angelliers. While the Viscount (Lambert Wilson) and Viscountess de Montmort (Harriet Walter) curry favour with the occupying force, farmer Benoit Sabarie (Sam Riley) and his wife Madeleine (Ruth Wilson) suffer the presence of billeted German officer Kurt Bonnet (Tom Schilling), who makes clear his libidinous interest in the wife. Tempers flare at the Sabarie farmhouse while pulses quicken under Madame Angellier's roof as Lucile and Bruno surrender to desire. Rating.....

man... Statham X+Y (12A) MORGAN MATTHEWS' uplifting feature rests heavily on 17-year-old lead actor Asa Butterfield. He plays Nathan, an autistic savant teenager, who struggles to connect emotionally with people around him including his caring mother, Julie (Sally Hawkins). Haunted by memories of his father (Martin McCann), the one person who nurtured Nathan's "special powers", the teenager seeks comfort in complex mathematics. Teacher Mr Humphreys (Rafe Spall) suggests that Nathan should apply for the International Mathematics Olympiad hosted at Trinity College, Cambridge. In order to make the cut, Nathan must travel with other candidates to Taiwan for a training camp, far from familiar surroundings and home comforts. In this alien environment, Nathan remains distant from fellow UK competitors including Luke (Jake Davies), Isaac (Alex Lawther), Rebecca (Alexa Davies) and Ben (Percelle Ascott), under the watchful eye of team leader Richard (Eddie Marsan). Unexpectedly, Nathan experiences powerful feelings for Chinese competitor, Zhang Mei (Jo Yang), that defy logical explanation. The lad must compute the joy of first love without his mother or Mr Humphreys to catch him when he inevitably falls. Rating.....

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 20, 2015
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