Five of the best latest releases
Prisoners is a provocative thriller about a father (Hugh Jackman) who takes justice into his own hands when his little girl Anna is abducted.
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.
Thanks For Sharing (15)
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Directed by Stuart Blumberg, Thanks For Sharing is a sensitively handled drama comedy that address the thorny subject of sex addiction through the eyes of three men, who are at constantly war with their physical desires. There's a lot of frank discourse in the script, co-written by Matt Winston, and vivid scenes of characters succumbing to temptation in front of their computer screens. While the online fantasises are undeniably X-rated, Blumberg's film aims for something less lurid, balancing brash comedy with tearful confessions.
Runner Runner (15)
An enjoyable yet lightweight tale of corporate skullduggery that lacks both directorial brio and verbal fireworks.
Justin Timberlake loses his top in early scenes, for no obvious reason other than to shamelessly appeal to his fan base, and Ben Affleck looks like he's still shell-shocked from winning the Oscar for Argo and dials in a minimal performance.
There's no dramatic tension since Timberlake's hero never seems to be in serious jeopardy so the film reduces to not if Richie will steal the pot, but when.
During the 1970s, rubber burnt and tempers frayed between two very different Formula 1 drivers: charismatic ladies' man James Hunt and incredibly ambitious Austrian speed fiend Niki Lauda.
Their incredible story of courage and resilience is dramatised in Rush, Ron Howard's superb biopic that charts the rivalry between Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) from their early days through to the glamour of the Formula 1 circus.
About Time (12A)
Set in London, with occasional forays to the Cornish coast, this bittersweet rom-com – purportedly Richard Curtis's last as director – concerns not only saying goodbye to the people you love, but also bidding farewell to childhood.
About Time is a treat. Cast in the everyman role usually reserved for Hugh Grant, Domhnall Gleeson's Tim is a loveable hero and his chemistry with Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy is wonderful.
Laughter abounds, tempered by the poignancy of sequences between Tim and his father, which are among Curtis's finest work on the page.