X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Fading Gigolo, Heli: this week's new films

X Men

As he did with the first X-Men movies, Singer proves he can handle the serio-comic tone, the lavish effects and the sprawling cast expertly, though he gives himself a lot to do here.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past (12A)
(Bryan Singer, 2014, US) Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart. 131 mins

X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Fading Gigolo, Heli: this week's new films The two generations of X-Men actors are united in a time-travel plot that sends Wolverine back to the 1970s and possibly fans back to their X-Men back issues. It's complicated, but fun.

Fading Gigolo (15)
(John Turturro, 2013, US) John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone. 90 mins

The unlikely prospect of Turturro as a gigolo (and Allen as his pimp) leads to a sensitive, intelligent, even theological comedy rather than Deuce Bigalow 3.

Heli (18)
(Amat Escalante, 2013, Mex/Fra/Ger/Neth) Armando Espitia, Andrea Vergara, Linda González. 103 mins

Innocence and life are easily lost in this brutal drug story from Mexico's frontline, in which a stolen stash keeps the cycle of death and degradation spinning.

Blended (12A)
(Frank Coraci, 2014, US) Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Terry Crews. 117 mins

Could that Wedding Singer romance bloom again? Sandler and Barrymore are single parents thrown together on a disastrous blind date, then on holiday in South Africa.

The Punk Singer (15)
(Sini Anderson, 2013, US) 81 mins

Feminist trailblazer Kathleen Hanna looks back on her time at the sharp end of the 1990s riot grrrl movement, and her forced absence from music.

Run & Jump (15)
(Steph Green, 2013, Ire/Ger) Maxine Peake, Edward MacLiam. 106 mins

An American brain researcher gets close to the wife of a stroke survivor in this warm and lively Irish drama.

Postman Pat: The Movie (U)
(Mike Disa, 2014, UK) Stephen Mangan, David Tennant. 87 mins

The vintage village postie contends with TV talent shows and killer robots – this being a radical, animated, post-privatisation update.

Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return (U)
(Will Finn, Dan St Pierre, 2013, US/Ind) Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer. 88 mins

Corny animated Oz cash-in aimed at those too young to know the original.

Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating The Music Of "Inside Llewyn Davis" (12A)
(Christopher Wilcha, 2013, US) 101 mins

Concert film bringing together generations of folkies, including Marcus Mumford and Jack White.

Beyond The Edge (PG)
(Leanne Pooley, 2013, NZ) 90 mins

Hillary and Norgay's ascent of Everest re-enacted in a detailed, panoramic doc.

Hill Street (NC)
(JJ Rolfe, 2012, Ire) 82 mins

Dublin's skateboarding history documented. Tony Hawk among talking heads.

Top Dog (18)
(Martin Kemp, 2014, UK) Leo Gregory, Ricci Harnett, Vincent Regan. 93 mins

Kemp musters a typical sweary-gangster turf war.

Seven Streets, Two Markets And A Wedding(U)
(2014, UK) 66 mins

Compilation of vintage movies capturing London life, from 1930 to 1980.

Out from Friday

Aatsinki: The Story Of Arctic Cowboys Following Finnish reindeer-herders.

Out from Wed


Will Angelina Jolie be the fairest fairytale villain of all? She sure ain't the cheapest.

Out from Wed

A Million Ways To Die In The West

Seth MacFarlane takes the Blazing Saddles approach to the western.

Edge Of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt lead a time-looping sci-fi battle scenario.

Jimmy's Hall

A community hall disturbs the peace in Ken Loach's Irish drama.

Venus In Fur

Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner in Roman Polanski's latest.


Palestinian thriller focusing on an informer to the Israelis.

For No Good Reason

Documentary about illustrator Ralph Steadman.

Battle Company: Korengal

Sebastian Junger's sequel to frontline Afghanistan doc Restrepo.

Coming soon

In two weeks... Nicole Kidman's Grace Of Monaco… Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill jump for 22 Jump Street

In three weeks... A mixed-race woman in 18th-century England in Belle… Colin Firth in Devil's Knot

In a month... Clint Eastwood adapts Jersey Boys … Juliette Binoche plays sculptor Camille Claudel 1915

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