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5 of the Best St E Be

October 16, 2013


Captain Phillips (12A) Tom Hanks charts a steady course towards a deserved sixth Oscar nomination for his tourde-force portrayal of an unlikely hero in Paul Greengrass's nerveracking thriller. Based on the book A Captain's Duty by Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty, this expertly crafted picture dramatises the true story of an American seaman, whose cargo ship was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009.

Prisoners (15) Prisoners is a provocative thriller about a father who takes justice into his own hands when his little girl Anna is abducted. Explosions of violence are graphic, justifying the 15 certificate. Hugh Jackman's mesmerising as a protector willing to ignore his moral compass to reunite his fractured family. Jake Gyllenhaal invests his rebellious cop with an array of twitches and ticks that hint at rage bubbling beneath the surface, while Paul Dano's both pathetic and creepy as a man-child, whose innocence remains shrouded in doubt until the tricksy closing frames.

Turbo 2D & 3D (U) From the makers of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, Turbo is a high-velocity 3D comedy about a snail who dares to dream big - and fast. After a freak accident infuses him with the power of super-speed, Turbo kicks into overdrive and embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the seemingly impossible: competing in the world's fastest race, the Indianapolis 500.

Blue Jasmine (12A) Cate Blanchett is strongly tipped to receive her sixth Oscar nomination for her tour-de-force portrayal of a cuckolded wife in this emotionally wrought comedy drama. The statuesque Australian's in almost every frame of Woody Allen's entertaining film, delivering his zinging dialogue with split- second timing and reducing herself to a blubbering wreck as her heroine's privileged life in New York crumbles after her husband is arrested for his dodgy business dealings. Distinguished by Blanchett's raw and bleakly funny performance, Blue Jasmine is one of Allen's best films on US soil for some time.

Sunshine On Leith (PG) Playwright Stephen Greenhorn drew inspiration from the lyrics of The Proclaimers for his critically acclaimed 2007 stage musical, Sunshine On Leith, which actor turned director Dexter Fletcher now brings to the big screen. George MacKay, Kevin Guthrie, Antonia Thomas and Freya Mavor sing their parts with conviction and charm, while Peter Mullan and Jane Horrocks lend emotional gravitas as a longtime married couple in emotional crisis. Musical sequences are delivered with gusto including a beer-soaked rendition of Let's Get Married in a bar, which is countered by Hate My Love as young dreams turn sour.

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