Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Film in Cinema /Also Showing

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Film in Cinema /Also Showing

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THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD (15) The heady musk of bromance pervades as Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds wedge tongues firmly in cheek to play the hitman and his protector in Patrick Hughes's high-octane action comedy.

The Hitman's Bodyguard is a fitfully entertaining, testosterone-saturated romp that borrows the basic premise of the 1977 Clint Eastwood thriller The Gauntlet and orchestrates mayhem around the fractious on-screen chemistry of its two leads.

Reynolds and Jackson relish the potty-mouthed dialogue but it's co-star Salma Hayek who sinks her painted talons deepest into every scene.

She is a delirious delight as the latter man's snarling, sex-charged wife, who makes her entrance by severing a carotid artery with a beer bottle and spits choice expletives from her perfectly glossed lips.

She perfectly embodies the film's outlandish, knockabout spirit.

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER (PG) A few minutes into Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen's tub-thumping sequel to the Oscar-winning 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, it becomes apparent that there is one renewable energy source the world has yet to harness: former United States vice president Al Gore's boundless determination to prick consciences about the effects of global warming.

The avuncular messiah of the modern age loudly bangs a drum for action and words on climate change, spreading his message during a turbulent period of political upheaval including the election of Donald Trump, who lambasted global warming as a "very expensive hoax".

Like its predecessor, the film incorporates segments from Gore's slide-show lectures.

Breathtaking images of the statesman atop a rapidly melting glacier in Greenland are intercut with snappy soundbites that anoint Gore as the lone voice of reason capable of deviating us from self-destruction.

THE DARK TOWER (12A) Based on Stephen King's compelling series of fantasy novels, The Dark Tower illuminates a titanic battle between good and evil in parallel universes, seen through the eyes of a conflicted 11-year-old boy (Tom Taylor).

A sprightly running time leaves no room for character development, and the emaciated script fails to make explicit the stakes or repercussions for the young hero as he blunders through thrill-starved set-pieces including a showdown with a computer-generated scorpion-like predator.

Jake Chambers (Taylor) is traumatised by the death of his firefighter father.

He stumbles through a portal to a post-apocalyptic realm called Mid-World where a mysterious man named Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) hankers for revenge against evil sorcerer Walter Padick (Matthew McConaughey), who intends to destroy a tower at the centre of the universe.

The apocalypse beckons and it can't come quickly enough.

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING (12A) Based on Nicola Yoon's young adult novel, Everything, Everything is a relentlessly cute teen romance between two neighbours, whose path to true love is obstructed by cruel fate. …

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