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THE WORLD'S END (15) THE new Simon Pegg and Nick Frost movie could be right up your street if you feel as if it's too hot to go out for a booze up but are up for some laddish atmosphere in an air-conditioned auditorium.

Twenty years after they failed to the reach The World's End, the pair are trying again on the pub crawl to end all pub crawls.

In a story which is at its best exploring the sense of nostalgia we all have for the place where we grew up, the leading characters should be older and wiser than the last time. Which just isn't the case with Gary King (Pegg). He is an unusually unlikeable, immature adult character for the silver screen.

Martin Freeman (Oliver), Eddie Marsan (Peter) and Paddy Considine (Steven) have less developed roles but add to the talent pool along with a former hot shot Hollywood star.

The film starts off brightly doing one thing and then turns into something rather different. While taking a sci-fi detour was obviously tempting in terms of trying to make a crowd-pleaser, fans of the core team will enjoy another night out with their old mates regardless.

THE HEAT (15) IF YOU are fed up with mismatched, male bonding macho cop thrillers, here's an oestrogen-powered equivalent from Paul Feig, the director of Bridesmaids.

No-nonsense Melissa McCarthy is a foul-mouthed Boston cop called Shannon Mullins.

And Sandra Bullock is an uptight FBI Special Agent Sharon Ashburn.

Naturally they are light years apart when they first meet. But having to tackle a ruthless drug lord, the wheels are set in motion for the girls to become bosom buddies.

Full of brutal action, swearing and scenes that will make you wince, our two heroines prove that anything the Bad Boys can do, they can do too.

The Heat opens on Wednesday and will be reviewed in full next Friday.

RENOIR (12A) YOU'LL have to go a long way to see a better looking movie than this one now doing the rounds in art house cinemas. Whether you feel it has enough legs to power the 112-minute running time might depend on your knowledge of the subject matter, but I could have enjoyed this sun-dappled view of the French Riviera all day long.

In the summer of 1915, the 74-year-old Pierre Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet) is recently widowed and riddled with arthritis. He needs to sleep under a frame to keep the bedsheets suspended and has to sit on a cushion while painting. Never did he expect his wife, 20 years his junior, to die first.

Meanwhile, one of his sons, Jean, returns injured from the First World War.

Thanks to a remarkably unselfconscious performance from Christa Theret as Andree Heuschling, we see the model bringing the painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir back to artistic life. And ultimately inspiring his son Jean Renoir (1894-1979) to become a filmmaker worthy of an Honorary Oscar in 1975.


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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jul 26, 2013
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