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FILMS [Birmingham Mail (UK)]

July 19, 2013


GRAHAM YOUNG'S GUIDE TO WHAT'S ON THE BIG SCREEN On general release unless otherwise stated.

BLACK SABBATH ?15?.Three horror stories in one anthology, this is the Boris Karloff film which, released in 1964 in the UK, gave rise to the name of Birmingham's own heavy rock band fronted by Ozzy Osbourne. Part of the Electric Cinema's annual Shock & Gore festival which includes sneak previews of Kiss of the Damned, Would You Rather and John Dies At the End, plus: Evil Dead I & II, The Spiral Staircase, Gremlins I & II and much more.

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA ?15?.Michael Douglas is Liberace in the year's best performance. Bromsgrove Artrix, Wed /Thu. Francis Ozon's In The House (15) is showing Mon/Tue. DESPICABLE ME 2 3D ?U?.Animation sequel with Steve Carell returning as the voice of Gru. He's turned his back on skulduggery but a threat to global peace then sees the year's best film tagline kicking in: 'When the world needed a hero, they called a villain'.

EASY MONEY ?15?.A 2010 Swedish thriller suddenly getting a UK release. Vue Star City / Showcases. Review page 28.

THE FROZEN GROUND ?15?.New Nicolas Cage serial killer drama based on a true story. Review page 28. Vue Star City / Showcases Dudley and Coventry.

THE INTERNSHIP ?12A?.Comedy with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson going for work exprerience at Google.

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN ?U?.Live action fable about a boy with leaves on his legs. With Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton. Senior screen, Dudley and West Bromwich Odeons and Odeon New Street, Thu 11am, Pounds 3 inc refreshments. Also at Coventry and Birmingham Broadway Plaza Odeons, Tue 11am.

MACBETH ?12A?. Kenneth Branagh stars in a production of Shakespeare's tragedy set in a deconsecrated church in Manchester. Screenings include Cineworlds, Showcases, Empire Great Park and MAC Birmingham - Saturday, 8.30pm.

MAN OF STEEL ?12A?.Directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen / 300), the latest reboot of the Superman series features British star Henry Cavill showing off his six pack while we spend 143 minutes wondering if Krypton's last son can protect Earth from invaders eager to find the 'codex' . The answers lie amid a welter of destructive special effects.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 3D ?U?.New Pixar animation. See review, page 29.

NOW YOU SEE ME ?12A?.A conjuror, an escapologist, a street magician and a mentalist (Woody Harrelson) are known as The Four Horsemen. And they are planning to pull off an illusion that will stun the world in this silly action thriller which reminds us once too often that if we get too close we won't see anything at all.

PACIFIC RIM ?12A?.Guillermo del Toro directs. See page 29.

SONG FOR MARION ?12A?.Terence Stamp learns to sing. Empire Great Park and Sutton Coldfield, Wed 11am.

THIS IS THE END ?15?.Seth Rogen tries to party through an apocalypse along with other stars playing themselves. Rude, but fun and with good effects in Hollywood's own alternative to The World's End.

THE WORLD'S END ?15?.New sci-fi horror comedy with Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. See review, page 28.

WORLD WAR Z ?15?.This new Brad Pitt thriller lacks emotion and structure, but the panoramic scenes of destruction - and zillions of zombies resembling an Hieronymus Bosch version of 'The Ant Hill Mob' - are impressive.

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