Tom Cruise returns as Lee Child’s taciturn hero who’s forced to let his fists do most of his talking. In this action-packed sequel, Reacher is forced to go on the run when he’s falsely accused of murder. Sounds like another Mission: Impossible, only minus the gadgets.
The popular children’s toys get their own animated adventure that sees the cutely coiffeured critters sing songs while trying to avoid the unsavoury attentions of nasty giants. Catchy numbers, knowing irreverence and a recognisable voice cast (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Russell Brand and John Cleese) mean this is just the film for a half-term break.
The humdrum married life of a suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) is turned upside down to hilarious effect when sexy new neighbours, the Jones (played by Mad Men star Jon Hamm and Wonder Woman Gal Gadot), move in next door. No prizes for guessing what they are really up to, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had finding out in this action comedy.
In the year of the 50th anniversary of his ground-breaking TV drama Cathy Come Home, director Ken Loach proves he still has his finger on the pulse when it comes to the ills that beset those on the breadline in contemporary Britain. The story of a carpenter who just wants to work after a heart attack but is hamstrung by government intransigence, is another typically low-key, humorous but powerful declaration from a film-maker still at the top of his game.
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