You can boil this sci-fi spectacle down to Transformers vs Godzillas, but with Del Toro at the helm it's the thinking person's big, dumb blockbuster: an unironic, city-stomping smash-up mixing state-of-the-art effects with curiously antiquated action-movie dynamics.
Pacific Rim (12A)
(Guillermo del Toro, 2013, US) Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi. 131 mins
There's just enough human interest to sustain it, but this is all about giant machines, giant aliens and deafening destruction.
Monsters University (U)
(Dan Scanlon, 2013, US) Billy Crystal, John Goodman. 110 mins
Animal House for pre-schoolers? The college setting is questionable and the originality scarce, making this an acceptable, colourful prequel rather than another Pixar triumph.
The Deep (12A)
(Baltasar Kormákur, 2012, Ice) Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jóhann G Jóhannsson. 93 mins
Visceral but unsensational rendition of a shipwrecked fisherman's miraculous survival in freezing Icelandic waters.
(Pablo Berger, 2012, Spa/Fra/Bel) Maribel Verdú, Macarena Garcia. 105 mins
A retro silent in The Artist vein, this Spanish curiosity puts a 1920s bullfighting spin on Snow White.
Trap For Cinderella (15)
(Iain Softley, 2013, UK) Tuppence Middleton, Alexandra Roach. 100 mins
An amnesiac burns victim attempts to piece together her past in this twisty low-budget thriller.
The Moo Man (U)
(Heike Bachelier, Andy Heathcote, 2013, UK) 98 mins
A caring local dairy farmer is posited as an endangered alternative to industrialised food production, in this year-in-the-life doc.
We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (15)
(Alex Gibney, 2013, US) 130 mins
A polished take on the Assange/Manning saga that compensates for the absence of its two subjects with key interviewees, rigorous research and Brass Eye-level graphics.
(Ciaran Foy, 2012, Ire/UK) Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo, Wunmi Mosaku. 85 mins
Are hoodies the spawn of Satan? This social-realist horror asks the question after an attack on Barnard's pregnant wife leaves him a paranoid single dad, and potential victim.
(Joseph L Mankiewicz, 1963, US) Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison. 251 mins
50th-anniversary reissue for the mythically bloated Egyptian epic.
(Ruben Östlund, 2011, Swe/Den/Fin) Kevin Vaz, Anas Abdirahman, Johan Jonason. 118 mins
Swedish race/immigration issues are broached in this controversial reconstruction of a petty youth crime, which prefers to observe rather than judge.
Les Invisibles (15)
(Sébastien Lifshitz, 2012, Fra) 115 mins
Older French gay and lesbian couples look back on their lives, providing a window on a more oppressive era, and a tribute to enduring love.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (PG)
(Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, 2013, Ind) Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor. 188 mins
Inspirational biopic of 1960s runner Milkha Singh, AKA "The Flying Sikh".
Out from Friday
Reissue of the 1988 Manga classic.
Out from Sat
Guy Pearce stars in Drake Doremus's intimate drama.
The World's End
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in Edgar Wright's comedy.
Groundbreaking Saudi film about a girl.
The Frozen Ground
John Cusack is a serial killer? Nicolas Cage thinks so.
Jamie Chung heads up a 1990s-set sex-trafficking thriller.
Suspension Of Disbelief
Mike Figgis returns with a teasing London noir.
Hit Swedish crime thriller centred on a high-class drug dealer.
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck's classy European romance.
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