A teenage girl falls for a vampire in the first film to be adapted from Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling series of fantasy novels. Kristen Stewart is suitably enigmatic as the heroine, Bella, who’s been sent to a small town in Washington state to live with her dad. There she struggles to fit in at school, until a mutual attraction to handsome Edward (Robert Pattinson) blossoms into a relationship that’s fraught with danger.
This self-deprecating and winningly indulgent cosmic adventure from director/producer/star Clint Eastwood is a complete macho-fuelled fantasy set in the ultra-realistic world of Nasa operations today. With an irresistible premise – four elderly astronauts finally get the chance to go into orbit 40 years after being sidelined by a monkey – this slice of gung-ho wish-fulfilment is an entertaining feel-good pleasure. Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner reveal the true meaning of star charisma and career longevity. Alan Jones
Director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) takes over the reins of the Marvel Comics franchise for this highly enjoyable episode. War looms when a cure for mutants is invented, threatening the future of their kind. The script suffers from a bewildering mass of interpersonal storylines, too many characters and lots of heavy exposition uttered in purple prose. But Ratner’s technically proficient blockbuster is spectacular to a fault, with the best thrill being Magneto manipulating San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to become a highway to Alcatraz.
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