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ZOOLANDER NO. 2 (12A) BEN STILLER and Owen Wilson gamely throw themselves into the fray as numbskull walking clothes horses in this sequel, flanked by returning cast member Will Ferrell as the film's bouffant archvillain and new additions Penelope Cruz and Kristen Wiig as femme fatales.

In a snappy, tonguein-cheek opening sequence, gun-toting assassins chase Justin Bieber through Rome, before killing him in a hail of bullets.

Agent Melanie Valentina (Penelope Cruz), from Interpol's Global Fashion Division, connects the death of Bieber to similar cases involving Madonna, Usher and Bruce Springsteen and recruits Derek (Stiller) and Hansel (Wilson) to unmask the perpetrators.

Zoolander No. 2 is gormless and charmless, and mustering affection for the lead character is a mission: impossible.

JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS (PG) JERRICA BENTON (Aubrey Peeples) is a talented teenage singer-songwriter, who lives with her aunt, sister Kimberly and two foster siblings Aja and Shana.

Jessica records one of her songs on camera and conceals her identity with a wig and make-up as her alter-ego, Jem. Kimber uploads the video to the web and it garners millions of views.

Company executive Erica Raymond (Juliette Lewis) comes a-knocking and offers Jessica and her sisterhood a lucrative record deal. The girls are engulfed in a whirlwind of image consultations, media briefings and costume fittings to polish the Jem mythology. Erica then sets about her real plan: turning Jem into a solo star. This film bears only passing resemblance to its small-screen predecessor, punctuating the tears and tantrums with slick musical performances.

DEADPOOL (15) FORMER Special Forces operative Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a low-rent assassin who discovers he has inoperable cancer.

A recruiter from an experimental Morena and Ryan star in program known as WeaponX invites Wade to undergo a radical procedure but sadistic program director Ajax and henchwoman Angel Dust transform him into a hideously deformed mutant with the power of self-healing.

Reborn as Deadpool and aided by X-Men - Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead - Wade vows revenge on Ajax and his underlings.

Relentlessly lurid and unapologetically foul-mouthed, Deadpool is a sinful treat.

A BIGGER SPLASH (15) OSCAR.WINNING actress Tilda Swinton plays glam rock doyenne Marianne Lane, who is recuperating from surgery on her vocal chords.

Baccarin Reynolds Deadpool Marianne retreats to a villa with her boyfriend, Paul De Smedt (Matthias Schoenaerts), who has tamed her wild, drug-crazed excesses. During a lazy afternoon, Marianne receives a call from old flame, record producer Harry Hawkes (Ralph Fiennes) who has flown in. It's clear Harry has an ulterior motive - to drive a wedge between the couple - and he has brought along his alluring teenage daughter, Penelope (Dakota Johnson).

A Bigger Splash is energized by Fiennes' unflinching portrayal of an emotional wrecking ball.


Morena Baccarin and Ryan Reynolds star in Deadpool

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Feb 19, 2016
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