Cinemas: What’s on this week

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Your guide to the films on general release now

True Grit (15)

“I was just 14 years of age when a coward by the name of Tom Chaney shot my father down and robbed him of his life,” explains Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) in her opening voiceover. “You must pay for everything in this world, one way and another. There is nothing free, except the grace of God,” she adds. And so Mattie seeks out marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) and hires him to help her track down Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), who has taken up with Lucky Ned Pepper (Barry Pepper) and his gang. A tenacious Texas Ranger called LeBoeuf (Matt Damon), who has been on Chaney’s trail for some time, joins the hunting party.

Rating: Four stars

Never Let Me Go (12A)

The film opens in 1978 at Hailsham boarding school, where classmates Kathy (Izzy Meikle-Small), Tommy (Charlie Rowe) and Ruth (Ella Purnell) follow the dictates of headmistress Miss Emily (Charlotte Rampling). New guardian Miss Lucy (Sally Hawkins) eventually tells her wide-eyed students that they will become adults only briefly and will donate their vital organs, completing their short lives with the third or fourth harvest. As they grow up, Kathy (now played by Carey Mulligan) keeps a watchful eye on Tommy (Andrew Garfield), but her affections are thwarted when Ruth (Keira Knightley) pairs off with the lad. The trio moves to the Cottages in 1985, a residential complex which allows contact with humans. Ruth, Tommy and Kathy’s complex relationship becomes strained, reaching its conclusion in the mid 1990s when Kathy becomes a carer and watches her fellow pupils at Hailsham fulfil their original design.

Rating: Four stars

Gnomeo and Juliet 3D (U)

Gnomeo (James McAvoy) is a blue, living on one side of the drive with mischievous sidekick Benny (Matt Lucas) and his mute best pal, Shroom. His mother, Lady Blueberry (Maggie Smith), keeps a close eye on the ceramic bunnies that festoon the lawn and on her rival Lord Redbrick (Michael Caine), who presides over the garden next door. He is determined to protect feisty daughter Juliet (Emily Blunt) by consigning her to the top of a castle-shaped garden feature, from where she rebuffs the advances of sweet and unassuming Paris (Stephen Merchant). A chance encounter between Gnomeo and Juliet sows the seeds of true love but her bully boy cousin, Tybalt (Jason Statham), would rather mow down a blue than see the two families united.

Rating: Three stars

Just Go With It (12A)

Danny Maccabee (Adam Sandler) is a wealthy plastic surgeon with a feisty assistant, Katherine (Jennifer Aniston), who is single-handedly raising two precocious kids, Maggie (Bailee Madison) and Michael (Griffin Gluck). At a party, Danny meets schoolteacher Palmer Dodge (Brooklyn Decker) and the connection is immediate... until she discovers the wedding ring in the pocket of his jeans. So he makes up a lie about an impending divorce from a beastly wife and persuades Katherine to pose as the soon-to-be ex. The little white lies keep on coming and Maggie and Michael pose as Danny’s fake children, Kiki and Bart, with matters coming to a head on a dream vacation in Hawaii.

Rating: Three stars

Yogi Bear 3D (U)

Yogi Bear (voiced by Dan Aykroyd) and pal Boo Boo (Justin Timberlake) live in a cave in Jellystone Park, from where they mastermind the ingenious thefts of food using spring-loaded picnic tables. Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) struggles to keep the double-act in check, and already has his hands full with an ambitious assistant, Ranger Jones (TJ Miller). However, these are mere distractions compared to the underhand plans of Mayor Brown (Andrew Daly), who intends to sell off the park and auction logging rights to the highest bidder. The only way to raise the money and save Jellystone is to throw a 100th anniversary party. Documentary film-maker Rachel (Anna Faris) offers her support but Mayor Brown and his snivelling chief of staff (Nathan Corddry) have found the perfect fall guy to sabotage party preparations.

Rating: Three stars

The Fighter (15)

Micky (Mark Wahlberg) is a talented boxer from Lowell, Massachusetts, but he has always languished in the shadow of his half brother Dicky (Christian Bale), who famously knocked down Sugar Ray Leonard then lost everything to the ravages of drugs and crime. Trained by Dicky and managed by his monstrous mother, Alice (Melissa Leo), Micky accepts lacklustre fights for scant rewards until he is persuaded to cut himself loose from his loved ones and punch above his weight for the first time in his life. New girlfriend Charlene (Amy Adams), who works in a local bar, encourages Micky to follow his dreams, incurring the wrath of the rest of the Ward clan, who resent outsiders from interfering in family business. Sure enough, Micky tastes victory and as his confidence grows, he faces the possibility of a shot at the world light welterweight title.

Rating: Four stars

Sanctum 3D (15)

In Papua New Guinea’s deadly Esa’ala cave system, expert diver Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh) and his team, including Crazy George (Dan Wyllie) and Jude (Allison Cratchley), search for the path to the sea. They are under pressure to deliver results and adrenaline junkie financier Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd) arrives at the dive site with his girlfriend Victoria (Alice Parkinson) to spur Frank on before a storm system forces the divers to return to the surface. Sure enough, the cyclone catches everyone off guard, trapping Frank, his headstrong 17-year-old-son Josh (Rhys Wakefield), Carl, Victoria and the rest of the team.

Rating: Three stars

A Little Bit of Heaven (12A)

Marley Corbett (Kate Hudson) is a vice president at an advertising agency in New Orleans. Full of energy and surrounded by great friends including sassy gal pal Sarah (Lucy Punch) and heavily pregnant Renee (Rosemarie DeWitt), Marley has everything to life for - except that she doesn’t. A routine check up at the local hospital reveals she has cancer and the disease has spread too far for chemotherapy to have any positive effect. Supported by handsome doctor, Julian Goldstein (Gael Garcia Bernal), Marley comes to terms with impending death, sharing the diagnosis with her clucky mother (Kathy Bates) and emotionally distant father (Treat Williams). Thankfully, Julian is a tower of strength and as Marley prepares for her passing, she falls hopelessly in love with her medic.

Rating: Three stars