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ROCK OF AGES (12) 118 mins, Warner Home Video, musical/comedy/romance, also available to buy DVD PS19.99/Blu-ray PS24.99. Starring: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman, Bryan Cranston, Mary J Blige.

Wannabe singer Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) leaves Oklahoma for the bright lights of Los Angeles. Aspiring rocker Drew Boley (Diego Boneta), who works as a bartender at The Bourbon Room, persuades owner Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) and right-hand man Lonny Barnett (Russell Brand) to hire Sherrie as a waitress. Lovebirds Drew and Sherrie don't stop believing in their dreams, even when bare-chested frontman Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) comes between them. "When my hamster died, your music really helped me through!" Sherrie coos to her idol, just before Mayor Mike Whitmore (Bryan Cranston) and his puritanical wife Patricia (Catherine Zeta-Jones) pledge to clean up the city by shutting down the dens of musical inequity, starting with The Bourbon Room. "Rock 'n' roll is a disease - but it is a disease with a cure!" rages Patricia, and the battle lines are drawn. Punctuated by breathlessly choreographed, show-stopping renditions of Pat Benatar, Europe, Foreigner, Journey and Poison among others, Rock Of Ages is 118 minutes of unabashed joy. Hough is adorable as a naive gal from the Midwest and she harmonises beautifully with Boneta. Cruise embraces the spirit of Axl Rose in his scenes, sparing us only a few blushes in a jewel-encrusted dragon-shaped codpiece and leather chaps. Bow down to the gods of rock.

PROMETHEUS (15) 118 mins, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, science-fiction/action/thriller/ horror/romance, also available to buy DVD PS19.99/Blu-ray PS24.99/3D Blu-ray PS29.99/Prometheus To Alien Blu-ray Box Set PS69.99. Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Logan Marshall-Green, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Rafe Spall, Kate Dickie, Guy Pearce.

In 2089, astrophysicist Dr Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her partner Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) unearth an ancient cave painting that confirms the existence of an extra-terrestrial race known as the Engineers. Wealthy industrialist Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) agrees to finance a voyage to the alien home planet. A spaceship called Prometheus - captained by Janek (Idris Elba) - provides the transport for Weyland company executive Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) and the crew, including geologist Fifield (Sean Harris) and medic Ford (Kate Dickie). …

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