Cinemas: What’s on this week

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Your guide to the films on general release now.

Tangled (PG)

Once upon a time princess Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) is abducted from a castle by the scheming Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy), who covets the girl’s magical hair. The golden locks shimmer with the secret of eternal youth but must never be cut - or else the hair will lose its power and turn brown. Gothel confines the girl to a tower and convinces the child that she must never leave the high-rise fortress for fear that she will fall victim to the evils of man. Then as Rapunzel celebrates her 18th birthday, swaggering outlaw Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) happens upon the tower in the secluded clearing and climbs into Rapunzel’s bedroom. At first, the young woman is wary of the intruder but he eventually convinces the fair maiden to disobey Gothel and travel to the castle to witness the annual display of fire lanterns.

Rating: Four and a half stars

Hereafter (12A)

French television anchorwoman Marie Lelay (Cecile de France) is on holiday in south-east Asia with her boyfriend when a tsunami rips through the community. Marie is knocked unconscious and almost drowns in the deluge, glimpsing bright white light and blurred figures before she is resuscitated. In San Francisco, psychic medium George Lonegan (Matt Damon) turns his back on his so-called gift, which he views as a curse. Across the Atlantic in London, Marcus and Jason (George and Frankie McLaren) fend for themselves on a working class housing estate while their drug-addict mother (Lyndsey Marshal) wrestles with her demons. When an accident on the streets tears the family apart, Marcus searches for respite from his grief. Hereafter brings together the main characters for the briefest of moments, before their paths diverge again.

Rating: Four stars

The Mechanic (15)

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is one of the best assassins in the business: Clean, efficient and completely ruthless, he kills on demand and foregoes messy personal relationships by enjoying sex with high class prostitute Sarah (Mini Anden). Out of the blue, Arthur receives a call from Dean (Tony Goldwyn), who needs the hit man to eliminate a traitor in the organisation. The target is Arthur’s mentor, Harry (Donald Sutherland). Having put his feelings to one side and successfully completed his mission, Arthur crosses paths with Harry’s grief-stricken son, Steve (Ben Foster), who implores Arthur to find his father’s killer. Consumed with guilt, Arthur decides to take on Steve as an apprentice, training him in the art of assassination.

Rating: Three stars

John Carpenter’s the Ward (15)

Kristen (Amber Heard) is incarcerated in North Bend Psychiatric Hospital for setting fire to an abandoned farmhouse. She is remanded to the isolation ward under the care of Dr Stringer (Jared Harris) and immediately clashes with dour Nurse Lundt (Susanna Burney) and orderly Roy (Dan Anderson). Kristen soon meets the other patients: Self-abusive Emily (Mamie Gummer), talented artist Iris (Lyndsy Fonseca), flirtatious Sarah (Danielle Panabaker) and babyish Zoey (Laura-Leigh). Late one night, Kristen glimpses a ghostly face staring at her through the window and she senses that something is terribly awry at North Bend. Sure enough, the hospital conceals a shocking secret about a former patient and as Kristen searches for clues, she discovers why no one leaves Dr Stringer’s care alive.

Rating: Three stars

Black Swan (15)

Artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) presides over a ballet company at New York’s Lincoln Center, all too aware that his productions have lost their edge. So he very publicly terminates the services of prima ballerina Beth Macintyre (Winona Ryder) and chooses Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) as her replacement to lead an erotically charged new staging of Swan Lake. Nina is technically gifted but she struggles to express her emotions on stage, which causes friction with Thomas. Soon after, sensual ballerina Lily (Mila Kunis) is cast as understudy to the lead role and Nina feels threatened, as if the new girl is trying to usurp her. Harangued by her mother (Barbara Hershey), a former dancer who gave up everything to raise a family, Nina wrestles with fear and paranoia, teetering on the brink of an emotional breakdown.

Rating: Four and a half stars

Morning Glory (12A)

Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is one of the brightest stars at Good Morning New Jersey but her efforts are rewarded with redundancy. Unperturbed, the young producer calls every TV network searching for a job. Thankfully, New York network manager, Jerry Barnes (Jeff Goldblum), offers her the poisoned chalice of Daybreak, the station’s breakfast show which ranks a lowly third in the ratings. Arriving on set, Becky discovers that co-anchors Paul McVee (Ty Burrell) and Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton) are at loggerheads. So Becky bravely fires Paul and pursues Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford) as a replacement.

Rating: Four stars