Cinemas: what’s on this week

Undated Film Still Handout from Fair Game. Pictured: Sean Penn as Joe Wilson. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/E1 Entertainment Films. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Undated Film Still Handout from Fair Game. Pictured: Sean Penn as Joe Wilson. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/E1 Entertainment Films. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

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Your guide to the newest movies on general release.

Battle: Los Angeles (12A)

It’s August 12, 2011, and capitals around the world are under attack from a mobilised otherworldly force. We rewind 24 hours and follow events leading to first contact and the subsequent bloodbath. Marine Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) is drafted to spearhead Second Battalion, Fifth Marines based at Camp Pendleton under Second Lieutenant William Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez) – a rising star, who has no active combat experience. Nantz is told to lead his platoon along the coast to a police precinct where survivors are barricaded inside the building, awaiting rescue. Air Force Tech Sergeant Elena Santos (Michelle Rodriguez) joins the search and rescue, and she helps Nantz to shepherd veterinarian Michele (Bridget Moynahan), father Joe Rincon (Michael Pena) and his son Hector (Bryce Cass), plus two children (Joey King, Jadin Gould) to safety.

Rating: Three stars

Fair Game (12A)

Valerie (Naomi Watts), whose CIA status is unknown to almost her entire circle of family and friends, is caught in the crossfire when her husband Joe (Sean Penn) writes a scathing opinion piece for The New York Times. A subsequent article in The Washington Post exposes Valerie and she is shunned by colleagues, including Jack McAllister (Michael Kelly), who need to protect their own identities. Fair Game is a gripping snapshot of the events leading up to the war in Iraq and the subsequent fallout for Valerie, Joe and their family.

Rating: Four stars

Hall Pass (15)

Maggie (Jenna Fischer) and Grace (Christina Applegate) are sick and tired of their husbands Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) ogling other women. So at the suggestion of their friend Dr Lucy (Joy Behar), an advocate of reactance theory - the notion that if you limit someone’s choices, they will rebel and choose what they cannot have - the women grant their spouses ‘hall passes’ for one week. Rick and Fred hit the town with pals Gary (Stephen Merchant), Hog Head (Larry Joe Campbell) and Flats (JB Smoove) in tow, promising seven days of carnal. Meanwhile, Maggie and Grace leave town with the children and babysitter Paige (Alexandra Daddario), and find some pleasing distractions of their own: namely college baseball coach Rick (Bruce Thomas) and big-hitting protege, Gerry (Tyler Hoechlin).

Rating: Three stars

The Resident (15)

Newly divorced ER doctor Juliet Devereau (Hilary Swank) has sworn herself off men after ex-husband Jack (Lee Pace) cheated with another woman. She moves out and is thrilled to find a newly renovated sixth floor apartment with stunning views in her price range, with a hunky yet shy landlord, Max (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), to boot. Max helps her move in and introduces Juliet to his grandfather August (Christopher Lee), who lives in a neighbouring apartment. Over the coming days, Juliet grows close to Max. However, Juliet hasn’t fully recovered from the breakdown of her marriage and she has a nagging feeling that she is being watched.

Rating: Three stars

The Company Men (15)

Times are tough at General Transportation Systems, a company which once proudly built ships to order under the leadership of James Salinger (Craig T Nelson) and Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones). The corporate giant must downsize to keep the shareholders happy and CEO Salinger hires Sally Wilcox (Maria Bello) to identify the thousands of positions that must go to keep the balance sheet in the black. Family man Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck), who has grown accustomed to his Porsche and golf club membership, is axed and bullishly tells his wife Maggie (Rosemarie DeWitt) that he will quickly find another job through his network of contacts. Reality bites and while Maggie economises, Bobby sinks into depression, turning down a job offer from his brother-in-law, Jack Dolan (Kevin Costner).

Rating: Three stars

The Adjustment Bureau (12A)

Matt Damon plays ambitious New York politician David Norris, who has overcome tragedy in his personal life to lead the charge for the US Senate and The White House. On the eve of an important speech, David meets gifted dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) and the spark of attraction is palpable. The chance encounter proves a turning point in David’s potentially glittering future, leading to a startling revelation: he is not the master of his own destiny. Well-suited gents are silently working behind the scenes, ensuring that every human being keeps to a path that has been designed for them. Unfortunately, every once in a while, blind chance causes a blip, and for David, that blip was meeting Elise. An agent called Harry (Anthony Mackie), who has been assigned to monitor David, feels desperately sorry for the politician and conspires to help David.

Rating: Four stars