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THE A TEAM *** Dir: Joe Carnahan (12A, 118 mins) Do you love it when a plan comes together? More 80s retro thinking from Hollywood as the team of mercenaries with a very cool van hit the big screen. Back in the mid- 80s, Saturday tea times were ruled by Hannibal Smith, B. A. Baracus, Faceman and Howling Mad Murdock, four soldiers framed for a crime they didn’t commit and on the run from the law, while also helping out melon farmers and the like. After years of development hell, the cinematic reboot hits the screens with the formula pretty much intact: nonsense. Liam Neeson fills George Peppard’s loafers as Hannibal, Bradley Cooper takes off his shirt as Face, UFC fighter Quinton Jackson does the Mohican as BA and the excellent Sharlto Copley fromDistrict 9 does mad Murdock. On their tails are dodgy CIA man Patrick Wilson and Face’s ex Jessica Biel; however, the plot is coincidental, as one outlandish stunt moves on from the last with breath- less rapidity and bursts of banter. Cameos from Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schulz ensure the baton is passed on. Director Carnahan has crafted a big, broad action film that nods heavily towards the TV series while seriously upping the stunt work – a tank/plane dogfight being the silliest. Crazy fool! Opens July 30

TWILIGHT: ECLIPSE *** Dir: David Slade (12A, 124 mins)

The tween vampire franchise rolls out another sequel ready for the summer holidays, as even more brooding, heavily-cheekboned teenagers stare at each other and then run about. A string of killings in Seattle unsettles Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson); she has been granted the right to become im- mortal, but now finds herself having to choose between lover Edward and ‘friend’ and werewolf Jacob, the strangely-faced Taylor Lautner. A vampire army is on the rise and the werewolves may have to join forces with some of the befanged to do battle. Meanwhile, a vengeful Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) wants to destroy Ed- ward and Bella after losing her beau. Gosh. Helmed by David Slade, who directed superior adult vampire thriller 30 Days Of Night, Eclipse could be the scariest and most gripping of the trilogy, and a step up from the toothless New Moon. Kristen Stewart, who was great in Adventureland, remains the accessible heart of the film, surrounded by testosterone and dodgy CGI wolves. A blockbuster without ques- tion, the fanbase rabid for Stephenie Meyer’s words made celluloid, let’s hope it’s a passable film as well as an opportunity to swoon over R-Patz. Opens July 16

SPLICE *** Dir: Vincenzo Natali (15, 104 mins) The Frankenstein story comes bang up to date via some disturbing special effects, an initially serious story, and inevitable monster movie mayhem. Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley play pioneering scientists and lovers who create a hybrid animal gene. Polley clandestinely mixes it with human DNA and an animal/human hybrid is created known as Dren. This disturbing amalgam given CGI life is mesmerising, winged, three fingered and with a tail, and it grows at an accelerated rate into the terrifying mutated form of Delphine Cheneac, bald, birdlike and with a sexual appetite. Brody and Polley find themselves surrogate parents but their unholy birthchild has designs on them. The story advances into humdrum fare, spoiling the initial intrigue and the skills of Sarah Polley. Natali conjures up some gruesome body horror and initial suspense before the scares become obvious and visceral rather than creepily psychological. Opens July 12

SHREK FOREVER AFTER *** Dir: Mike Mitchell (U, 93 mins) The Shrek franchise goes 3D in this further adventure that hopefully will end the strangely accented ogre’s reign. Shrek The Third lacked the pizzazz, wit and invention of its earlier sequels, and this fourth instalment although bet- ter, again feels rather tired and forced. This time we have an alternate reality Shrek, who, undergoing a midlife crisis now he has a wife and kids and no one fears him anymore, accepts a deal with Rumpelstiltskin. He will give Shrek a day’s peace in return for one day out of his life. He chooses Shrek’s birthday. Now Shrek has never existed – very It’s A Wonderful Life – and he encounters his friends again, all different without his influence. Fiona is a feisty freedom fighter rebelling against Rumpelstiltskin, Puss N Boots has let himself go, and Donkey’s friendship has to be wooed once more. There are a smattering of funny moments, and the 3D isn’t unnecessarily distracting, but it feels like it’s time for Shrek’s storybook to close. Opens July 2

LEAVING *** Dir: Catherine Corsini (15, 85 mins)

Kristin Scott Thomas reminds us again that she’s a great actress in French as well as English. Following the excel- lence of I’ve Loved You So Long, Scott Thomas here plays a wife who falls for a Spaniard, Sergei Lopez, illegally enlisted by her rich husband to renovate his house. When the builder suffers an injury, Thomas has to drive him back to Spain, and a series of erotic couplings begin. She tries to free herself from her tyrannical husband, Yvan Attal, but how far is he prepared to go to ruin her happiness? Scott Thomas is fantastic as the downtrodden wife given a chance of escape from her claustrophobic existence, lending weight to the slight and often over- wrought tale of marital discord. The sex scenes are gritty, the supporting cast solid, but Thomas anchors director Corsini’s film, lifting it above its potential soap opera storyline. Opens July 9

results. THE TOURNAMENT (18) Bit of a straight-to-DVD feel about this action film. Deadly assassins gather to kill each other in a fight to the finish. Very Jean Claude Van Damme. GAINSBOURG (15) Biopic of the French sauce magnet. Je’t’aime. SOUTH OF THE BORDER (12A) More Chile documentaries from Oliver Stone. PSYCHOSIS (18) UK horror about a serial killer who unleashes his blood lust at a remote environmental-camp. THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (15) An affair between a politician and a ballerina is affected by mysterious forces.

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