Cinemas: What’s on this week

Undated Film Still Handout from The Tourist. Pictured: Angelina Jolie as Elise Clifton-Ward and Johnny Depp as Frank Tupelo. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Optimum Releasing. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.
Undated Film Still Handout from The Tourist. Pictured: Angelina Jolie as Elise Clifton-Ward and Johnny Depp as Frank Tupelo. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Optimum Releasing. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.
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Your guide to the films on general release now.

The Tourist (12A)

Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp) is a mathematics teacher from Wisconsin haunted by tragedy. On a train from Paris’s Gare de Lyon to Venice, Frank encounters the beguiling and extremely seductive British femme fatale, Elise Clifton-Ward (Angelina Jolie). Unable to resist her obvious charms, Frank accompanies Elise to the luxurious Hotel Danieli where they enjoy a kiss on the balcony, which thrusts the hapless American tourist into the midst of a deadly game of cat and mouse with Scotland Yard Inspector John Acheson (Paul Bettany), and underworld kingpin Reginald Shaw (Steven Berkoff). They mistakenly believe Frank is Elise’s old flame, a criminal called Alexander Pearce, who stole millions from Shaw. Both men will stop at nothing to retrieve the missing money, even if that means hurting Elise.

Rating: Three stars

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.

Rating: Three stars

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.

Rating: Four stars

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.

Rating: Four stars

Monsters (12A)

Six years ago 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. The ports are about to close and Andrew is told he must pay an extortionate fee to get Samantha on the last boat before the borders are locked down. The only other option is to pay a smuggler to shepherd them through the infected zone where the tentacled aliens roam. 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.

Rating: Four stars

Secretariat (U)

Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery, with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin, manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in twenty-five years with colt Secretariat.

Rating: Four stars