1st July: Out This Week In Cinemas

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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Cert: 12A

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 9+

Running Time: 154 mins

Year Produced: 2010

Director: Michael Bay

Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Duhamel, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Hugo Weaving, Leonard Nimoy, John Turturro

The Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action, taking on the evil Decepticons, who are determined to avenge their defeat in 2009s Transformers Revenge of the Fallen.

In this new movie, the Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends.

There’s new characters too, including a new villain in the form of Shockwave, a longtime “Transformers” character who rules Cybertron while the Autobots and Decepticons battle it out on Earth.

Related films: Transformers 1 & 2, X-Men First Class, Pirates of the Caribbean, I Am Number Four, Iron Man, Avatar

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The Conspirator

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Cert: 12A

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 11+

Running Time: 123 mins

Year Produced: 2010

Director: Robert Redford

Cast: Robin Wright Penn, James McAvoy, Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson

The name John Wilkes Booth is synonymous with the dramatic assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, which took place in a crowded theatre in the dying days of America’s Civil War.

This is no surprise, since it was Booth who pulled the trigger – but this film takes us into the lesser-known story of Mary Surrat, the only woman charged as a co-conspirator in the trial that followed.

Brit James McAvoy stars as Surrat’s reluctant defence lawyer, and this worthy if slightly static courtroom drama asks some powerful questions about the meaning of justice – which are no less relevant than they were in 1865.

Related films: The Assassination Of Richard Nixon (2004, 15), Milk (2008, 15), All The President’s Men (1976, 15), JFK (1991, 15), Glory (1989,15)

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Larry Crowne

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Cert: 12A

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 11+

Year Produced: 2010

Director: Tom Hanks

Cast: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston, Wilmer Valderrama, Pam Grier

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks tries his hand at directing (as well as starring) in this light-hearted tale of a middle-aged man left twiddling his thumbs when he’s made redundant.

In a bid to reinvent himself, he enrolls at his local college, where he finds plenty of others in the same boat following the financial recession. He also finds himself falling for his married teacher Mercedes (Julia Roberts), much to his surprise – although you might be less taken aback by the twists and turns in this likeable but not exactly original Hollywood drama.

Related Films: The Terminal (2004,12), Tokyo Sonata (2008, 12), Freefall (2009, 15), Inside Job (2010, 12), Bombon El Perro (2004,15)

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