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LEGEND (18) ON THE mean streets of London, Reggie Kray (Tom T Hardy) and identical twin Ronnie (Hardy again) continue a violent turf war with Charlie Richardson (Paul Bettany) and remain one step ahead of Detective Superintendent Leonard 'Nipper' Read (Christopher Eccleston).

Reggie embarks on a giddy romance with 16-year-old Frances Shea (Emily Browning), sister of his driver Frankie (Colin Morgan), despite vocif-f erous protests from her mother (Tara FT itzgerald). The relationship coincides with Ronnie's turbulent affair with Edward Smith (Taron T Egerton). Sibling rivalry intensifies and Reggie struggles to contain his brother's sadistic impulses and keep Frances on an even keel.

Based on the book The Profession Of Violence by John Pearson, Legend is a brutal portrait of the notorious gangsters, which captures the fashions and sounds of Fifties and Sixties London with aplomb.

The neat gimmick of casting the same actor in dual roles proves an almighty distraction though. Using the visual shorthand of a pair of spectacles to distinguish between the two Krays, Hardy plays Ronnie as d a blackly humorous psychopath, who seems to be one giggle shy of Jack Nicholson's Joker. Reggie, as a dutiful son, always puts family ties ahead of personal desires. "My loyalty to my brother is how I measure myself," he confides.

Helgeland's drama is torn between these two very different faces of the same bloodspattered coin.

PAPER PLANES (U) TWELVL E?YEAR?OLD Dylan (Ed Oxenbould) is a student at Waleup W Primary School in the WestW ern Australian outback. He lives with his father Jack (Sam WorthinW gton), who has given up on life - and Dylan - following his wife's death.

During a lesson at school, Dylan shows a natural flair for making paper aeroplanes and his teacher (Peter Rowsthorn) encourages the boy to take part in national trials for the World P W aper Plane Championships. School bully Kevin (Julian Dennison) becomes an unlikely ally and Dylan wins a place in the Austraalian team.

At the finals in J A apan, Dylan befriends hometown favourite Kimi (Ena Imai), who is a pint-sized sensei when it comes to the art of paper-folding. "Winning W and losing doesn't matter," she advises. "It's about making something beautiful and surprising."

" Paper Planes is a cheesy, life-affirming drama about a grief-stricken boy, who heals his family's wounds with his gift for fashioning airborne missiles out of A4. Oxenbould is an appealing hero and gels pleasantly with WorthiW gton, who mopes around for

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 22, 2016
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