Cinemas: What’s on this week

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Your guide to the films on release now

Helicopter pilot Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes on a train, sitting opposite Christina Warren (Michelle Monaghan). Confusingly, she calls him Sean and a visit to the ballroom reveals that he is trapped inside the body of a teacher called Sean Fentress. Colter wakes almost instantly in a top secret facility under the control of Dr Rutledge (Jeffrey Wright), who needs Colter to identify the bomber. Rutledge orders uniformed officer Colleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga) to send the pilot back into the “source code”, which has been culled from the real Sean Fentress’s memory. Each time Colter is transported back into the parallel reality, he gathers intelligence about his fellow passengers including businessmen Max Denoff (Russell Peters) and student Derek Frost (Michael Arden).

Rating: Four stars

Hop (U)

EB (voiced by Russell Brand) lives on Easter Island with his father (Hugh Laurie). The young rabbit is destined to ascend the throne as master of all that is sugary and ovoid but EB harbours dreams of becoming a drummer in a rock band. So he runs away from the warren and heads for Hollywood, where he finds an unexpected ally in eternal loser Fred O’Hare (James Marsden), who glimpsed the Easter Bunny delivering baskets when he was a boy. Having revealed his true identity to Fred, EB auditions for Hoff Knows Talent in front of judge David Hasselhoff (playing himself). Meanwhile, Fred struggles to win the approval of his parents (Gary Cole, Elizabeth Perkins), who dote on his goody-two-shoes, adopted sister (Tiffany Espensen). Thankfully, older sister Sam (Kaley Cuoco) helps Fred to achieve his potential.

Rating: Three stars

Country Strong (12A)

Kelly Canter (Gwyneth Paltrow) is a woman who is battling her inner demons and the bottle. Following a stint in rehab, she embarks on a three-date tour orchestrated by her husband and manager James (Tim McGraw), that’s supposed to mark her great career comeback. Only things don’t pan out as planned. Canter can’t keep her hands off the spirits, or soulful singer Beau Hutton (Garrett Hedlund), a man she met at rehab and who joins the tour as one of her opening acts. The addition of the young prom queen-turned-singer Chiles Stanton (Leighton Meester), who joins the tour at James’s insistence, only serves to put his marriage under further strain. As the foursome hit the road it soon becomes clear their story is going to be beset by conflict.

Rating: Three stars

The Eagle (12A)

In 120 AD, the entire Ninth Legion disappears without trace in Scotland and its standard, a golden eagle, is lost forever to the eternal shame of Rome. The commander of those soldiers also vanishes and 20 years later, his son, Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum), accepts a posting in Roman-occupied southern Britain in order to learn the truth about his father’s demise. The young soldier is badly injured protecting his men and he recuperates with the help of his uncle (Donald Sutherland) and slave boy Esca (Jamie Bell), whom Aquila saves from certain death in the gladiator’s ring. Once he has regained his strength and mobility, Aquila heads north in search of answers accompanied by Esca, a member of the tribe of savages responsible for slaying the Ninth.

Rating: Three stars

Limitless (15)

Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) has been wrestling with writer’s block for weeks and now his girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) has finally given up on him. At his lowest ebb, Eddie meets his former brother-in-law, Vernon (Johnny Whitworth), who furnishes the struggling writer with a wonder pill called NZT, which reportedly increased brain activity and unleashes untapped creativity. Eddie swallows the clear pill and the next morning, he discovers he has furiously churned out the first 40 pages of his magnum opus. As Eddie becomes addicted to the medication, he metamorphoses from hopeless bum into a suave, ultra-confident and charming man about town, winning back Lindy and earning the respect of powerful Wall Street mogul, Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro). However, Eddie’s supply of pills is finite and in order to continue his meteoric rise, he must acquire a new stash.

Rating: Three stars

Faster (15)

Driver (Dwayne Johnson) is released from prison and he immediately seeks out a fast car and enough firepower to take down the rival gang responsible for killing his brother and leaving him for dead after a bank heist. Eccentric cop (Billy Bob Thornton) intends to stop Driver before he completes his mission. However, the cop’s unconventional techniques are constantly thwarted by lead homicide detective Cicero (Carla Gugino), who believes in following protocol at all times. Meanwhile, an adrenaline-junkie British hit man (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) is hired to stop Driver.

Rating: Three stars

A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures (U)

A greenback sea turtle called Sammy (voiced by John Hurt) proudly looks back on his life. He takes us back to the late 1950s, when the young Sammy (Dominic Cooper) emerged into the world on a Californian beach and struggled to clamber out of the egg chamber. He discovers the love of his life, the beautiful Shelly (Gemma Arterton), only to lose her to the strong tides. Drifting on the currents, he meets a leatherback turtle called Ray (Robert Sheehan) and they become best friends. As the turtles circumnavigate the globe, they encounter deadly piranhas, a scavenging fish eagle and a Parisian cat called Fluffy (Kayvan Novak), who resents being usurped in his hippy owner’s affections.

Rating: Three stars

The Lincoln Lawyer (15)

Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) conducts business from the back of a Lincoln Continental sedan driven by former client Earl (Laurence Mason). The defence attorney is used to representing the dregs of society but he hits the jackpot when bail bondsman Val Valenzuela (John Leguizamo) recommends him as counsel for playboy estate agent Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), who has been accused of assault and attempted murder. Louis vigorously maintains his innocence and Haller and private detective Frank Levin (William H Macy) sift through the flimsy evidence. Cracks appear in Roulet’s testimony. Haller realises he’ll need more than his usual tricks to ensure justice is served.

Rating: Four stars