Trolls (2016). Read my review for why I gave the latest Dreamworks animation 3/5 stars.

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Film review by Jason Day of Trolls, the Dreamworks animation about a Troll princess and her companion who set out to rescue a friend from being eaten by their nemesis. Featuring the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake.

Animation

3stars Good worth watching

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New fims released in the UK on Friday 2 September 2016. Use our list to start planning your movie weekend.

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A list of the new films released across the UK, from Friday 2 September 2016. The big releases are Ben Hur and Sausage Party. Use the Find Any Film website for details of which cinema nearest to you will show these movies.

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Ben Hur

Released across the UK on Wednesday 7 September in 3D, this big-screen remake of William Wyler’s multi-Oscar winning 1959 epic and Fred Niblo’s equally esteemed 1926 silent version, has a high-class pedigree to live up to.

The making of the first two films has cemented their places in Hollywood lore, so will director Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter), tackle them head on, or kneel in their presence? Was it wise to splash $100 million on a Roman-era epic when the genre has long been out of fashion?

Jack Huston, in the title role, has what seems an insurmountable task in taking on Charlton Heston and Ramon Novarro, as does Toby Kebbel in the old Stephen Boyd/Francis X. Bushman role of Messala. It will be showing in almost all UK cinemas. See the official Paramount website for more.

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Finding Dory (2016). Read my review for why this Pixar film wasn’t ‘anyfin’ special.

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Film review by Jason Day of the Disney/Pixar animated film about a fish called Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) attempting to find her long lost family, with the help of assorted marine life in this sequel to Finding Nemo.

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Director: Andrew Stanton. 102mins. Disney/Pixar. (U).

2stars - Fair/passes the time

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Ice Age: Collision Course (3D)…and the trials of taking a 5 year old to the multiplex

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Film review by Jason Day of the 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky animated feature set during the last Ice Age about a group of animals dealing with a meteor about to hit the Earth, voiced by Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah and John Leguizamo.

Directors: Mike Thurmeier, Galen T. Chu.

Animation

3stars Good/worth watching

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Zootropolis (2016). Do you want a deep, awesome Disney film? Read our review for more.

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Film review, by Claire Durrant, of the latest Disney animated film, that depicts an animal metropolis and the anthropomorphic inhabitants that live within it.

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Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore. (108mins). Walt Disney Pictures. (PG)

Animation

5stars Excellent genius a classic

 
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Anomalisa (2015). Rated by some, so read why I thought this wasn’t all that.

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Film review of the Oscar-nominated stop-motion animated film by writer-directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, about a motivational speaker dealing with a personal crisis about his love-life and his relationship with the world.

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Director: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman. (90mins). Paramount Animation/Starburns (15)

Animation

3stars Good worth watching

 

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Films out in the UK Friday 11 Mar – which new movie will you see?

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A list of the new films being released across the UK, from Friday 11 March 2016. Use the Find Any Film website for details of which cinema nearest to you will show these movies.

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Among the Believers

This documentary looks at the ideological battles shaping Pakistan and the Muslim world, looking at the radical Islamic school Red Mosque in Pakistan, which trains legions of children to devote their lives to jihad, or holy war, from a very young age. See the official website to get more information, including screening locations (limited run only).

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