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  • Sunshine on Leith

    Sunshine on Leith

    ★★★★½

    Dexter Fletcher’s second film is an infectious musical based on the songs of the Proclaimers starring the excellent George Mackay and Antonia Thomas as Davy and Yvonne, a young couple living in Edinburgh after he returns from serving in Afghanistan. His best friend and comrade Ally (Kevin Guthrie) is also in a relationship with his sister Liz (Freya Mavor), while his father Rab (Peter Mullan) discovers some news relating to his past, upsetting his mother Jean (Jane Horrocks). It’s a…

  • Aladdin

    Aladdin

    ★★★★

    Guy Ritchie may seem an odd choice of director, but his live-action version of the ‘90s animated classic is a lot of fun with impressive visuals and some great performances. Mena Massoud is a likeable lead in the title role, aspiring to be more than the ‘street rat’ that he is seen as and Naomi Scott is a more ambitious Jasmine, a welcome update in this adaptation. It’s a bit shaky to start, but when Will Smith’s Genie appears, the…

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  • The Kid Who Would Be King

    The Kid Who Would Be King

    ★★★★

    Joe Cornish follows up his impressive debut Attack the Block with a belated follow-up in the form of a family fantasy film, which updates the King Arthur myth for a new generation. Andy Serkis' son Louis Ashbourne Serkis is a likeable lead as Alex, a schoolboy from a single parent family who discovers the mythical sword in the stone on a building site and manages to retrieve it, indicating that he may be the 'once and future king'. This awakens…

  • The Italian Job

    The Italian Job

    ★★★★½

    The classic British crime caper stars a never-cooler Michael Caine as Charlie Croker, head of a gang who attempt to steal millions of pounds worth of gold bullion from a Turin bank. Noel Coward is on top form as Mr Bridger, the gangster who is financing the heist as he seemingly runs the prison where he is incarcerated and the supporting cast includes comedy legends Benny Hill, John Le Mesurier and Irene Handl. The stuntwork is excellent, particularly the iconic…