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TRON: LEGACY (PG)

A 3D return to the digital realm of Steven Lisberger’s cult 1982 adventure in Joseph Kosinski’s high-tech reboot.

Set in the present day, Tron: Legacy journeys back into the mainframe where battles are resolved using razor-sharp discs strapped to the characters’ backs.

Video-game addicts will be in their element, immersed in the frenetic action as the camera zooms around computer-generated arenas and landscapes.

STAR RATING: **

BURLESQUE (12A)

IF THE scripts for Chicago, Coyote Ugly, Dreamgirls, Glitter and Showgirls were put through a shredder and then the tangle of musical clichés taped back together, you’d probably end up with Burlesque.

Clumsy, garish and permanently in danger of falling flat on its powdered face, Steve Antin’s rags-to-riches fairytale cannot muster a single sequin of originality.

The glitzy song and dance numbers draw inspiration, choreography and production design from the aforementioned gems of the genre, with a nod to Cabaret for good measure.

STAR RATING: **

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. By day, Jack keeps himself busy by constructing a custom-made weapon for mysterious client, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten). By night, he enjoys the carnal delights of local prostitute, Clara (Violante Placido). As Jack's paranoia takes hold, he seeks counsel from local holy man, Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli).

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 magically 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) aboard The Dawn Treader. It transpires that Caspian is on a quest to locate the swords of seven lost noblemen and the Pevensie children pledge their support, encountering the White Witch (Tilda Swinton) and the majestic lion Aslan (Liam Neeson) along the way.

STAR RATING: ***

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