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THE AMERICAN (15)

FOLLOWING a bungled assassination attempt in Sweden, hit man Jack (George Clooney) decides to abandon the killing game once and for all. He telephones handler Pavel (Johan Leysen), who suggests that Jack should lay low in the Italian town of Castelvecchio. The hit man drives to the remote community and on the spur of the moment, he disobeys orders and sets up camp in nearby Castel Del Monte.

STAR RATING: ***

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER (PG)

LUCY (Georgie Henley) and Edmund Pevensie (Skandar Keynes) are consigned to a miserable stay with stuffy cousin, Eustace Scrubb (Will Poulter). During a fight between Edmund and Eustace, a painting in the guest bedroom transports all three children to Narnia and on to the titular vessel captained by Drinian (Gary Sweet). Eustace is aghast but Lucy and Edmund settle in quickly as Narnian royalty, reuniting with King Caspian (Ben Barnes) and Reepicheep (Simon Pegg). Caspian is on a quest to locate the swords of seven lost noblemen and the Pevensie children pledge their support.

STAR RATING: ***

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 (12A)

THIS follows on from the shocking events of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince with Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) facing the renewed threat from Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and the Death Eaters. The nefarious Lord Voldemort and his followers continue to grow in power, threatening everything that Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) and his followers hold dear. With Hogwarts in disarray, Harry, Ron and Hermione embark on a perilous quest to track down the mysterious Horcruxes and stop the forces of darkness from taking a stranglehold over the wizarding world.

STAR RATING: ****

MEGAMIND 3D (PG)

MEGAMIND is a fast-paced computer animated adventure that asks if a villain could become a hero when the entire world is pitted against him. Megamind (voiced by Will Ferrell) is separated from his alien parents as a child and crash-lands on Earth, where he grows up in the Metro Prison For The Criminally Gifted. Megamind destroys rival Metro Man, allowing him and his loyal henchman, Minion (David Cross), to take charge of Metro City but he soon finds life is empty with no-one to fight.

STAR RATING: ***

MONSTERS (12A)

SIX years previously, a NASA probe returning to earth with samples of an alien life form, crashed over Central America. Following the crash, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as a infected zone. Newspaper photographer Andrew (Scoot McNairy) agrees to help his boss's daughter, Samantha (Whitney Able), return home. Andrew and Samantha have no choice and head off into the wilderness. As they near the US border and freedom, the couple encounter the gargantuan beasts close-up and discover that the real monsters might just be mankind.

STAR RATING: ****

SOMEWHERE (15)

FILM star Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) has taken up permanent residence in room 59 of the Chateau Marmont hotel and breaks up the tedium of his days off set by going for a drive in his black Ferrari. Out of the blue, Johnny's old flame dumps their daughter Clio (Elle Fanning) at his door, just as he is poised to leave for Milan to accept an award. As he spends time with the youngster, Johnny realises the emotional vacuum in his so-called life.

STAR RATING: ***

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