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Aladdin (PG) ***

With: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott Runtime: 128 minutes IF a blue genie emerged from a magic lamp and granted me three wishes, I'd contemplate using the first to overhaul the unconvincing digital trickery in Guy Ritchie's musical fantasy, a live-action remake of the Oscar-winning 1992 Disney animation. Fantasy and reality are at loggerheads…

Booksmart (15) ****

Booksmart (15)**** Dir: Olivia Wilde With: Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Billie Lourd, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis Runtime: 102 minutes TWO High School teens determined to have one last hurrah before graduation and going their separate ways in life. How many times have you sat through that movie before? But don’t be too quick…

Alison Rowat reviews: Rocketman (15)****

Taron Egerton as Elton John, Bryce Dallas Howard as Sheila and Richard Madden as John Reid. PA Photo/Paramount Pictures/David Appleby AFTER Sunshine on Leith and Bohemian Rhapsody, this musical biopic of Elton John makes it a hugely entertaining three for three for director Dexter Fletcher. It is not just the music and performances that are…

Alison Rowat reviews: The Vanishing (15)***

DEAR reader, you might want to sit down for this Gerard Butler-related news. Despite being best known as a hunk-a-hunk of burning beefcake in popcorn potboilers and gloopy romcoms, the boy from Paisley is (are you ready for this, breakable objects out the way, easily scared pets in another room?) a pretty darn fine actor…

Rocketman and the rise of Elton John – ‘the fat boy from Pinner’

Often when filmmakers direct a biopic, the subject is no longer around. In the case of Rocketman, telling of the rise of singer-pianist Elton John, he was right there. Even at the world premiere in Cannes last week, when he sat with director Dexter Fletcher, actor Taron Egerton, who plays him, and his long-time lyricist…

Damon Smith’s Film View

Blame it on the beagle. In 2014, Keanu Reeves revitalised his post-Matrix career with John Wick, a blood-soaked action thriller about a grief-stricken hit man, who exacts eye-watering revenge for the butchery of his beloved hound Daisy. Chad Stahelski’s relentlessly brutal film was a giddy delight and three years later, a testosterone-pumped sequel continued the…

Film spotlight: Keanu Reeves returns as John Wick

Keanu Reeves reprises his role as a deadly assassin in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. He lays down his weapons to tell Laura Harding he's just happy to be doing the work. Keanu Reeves has been beating people up on screen for two decades. It's hard to believe it has been 20 years since…

Breakthrough (12A)**

Chrissy Metz, familiar to television audiences for This is Us, makes her mark in Breakthrough Breakthrough (12A)** Dir: Roxann Dawson With: Chrissy Metz, Marcel Ruiz, Topher Grace Runtime: 116 minutes “WE don’t do God,” Alastair Campbell, former spin doc to Tony Blair, once ruled when the boss was asked by an interviewer about his faith.…

Beats (18)***

With: Lorn Macdonald, Cristian Ortega, Brian Ferguson Runtime: 101 minutes KIERAN Hurley’s play about the rave scene in Scotland comes to the screen with enough energy to light up the national grid. It is 1994 and Johnno and Spanner (Cristian Ortega and Lorn Macdonald), best friends from childhood, are heading in different directions. Johnno’s family…

Alison Rowat reviews: John Wick 3 (15)***

Keanu Reeves in action in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. PA Photo/Lionsgate Films/Niko Tavernise IN the first ten minutes of Keanu Reeves’s actioner the man in a designer black suit has been shot at, stabbed, beaten to a pulp and run over twice. By the time he jumps on a horse and battles assassins…

Anne Hathaway on how having a baby helped her finally let go

After years of worrying about her movie choices, Anne Hathaway is embracing having some fun as she plays a con artist in new film The Hustle. She tells Laura Harding how having a baby helped her finally let go. Anne Hathaway has a really good laugh. Deep and throaty, it's the kind where she throws…

Damon Smith’s Film view

A son unravels the mystery of his father’s murder in Pokemon Detective Pikachu, a rollicking fantasy adventure which milks every drop of delicious deadpan humour from Ryan Reynolds as the voice of the titular rodent-like critter, who can be trained to emit an electric discharge. A script credited to four writers including director Rob Letterman…

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