Cinemas: What’s on this week

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Your guide to the films on general release now

Cedar Rapids (15)

Nice guy Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) works for an insurance firm which has won the coveted Two Diamonds award for excellence in customer service for the past two years. Gregarious agent Roger Lemke (Thomas Lennon) is the chief reason for the firm’s success and every year, he travels to a conference to compete against rival insurance firms for the glittering industry standard. After Roger dies, boss Bill Krogstad (Stephen Root) asks Tim to represent the company at the conference, making it clear that his future depends on the Two Diamonds award. So Tim nervously flies to Iowa where he room-shares with lovable Ronald Wilkes (Isiah Whitlock Jr) and party animal Dean Ziegler (John C Reilly). The men introduce Tim to sassy agent Joan Ostrowski-Fox (Anne Heche) and to conference leader Orin Helgesson (Kurtwood Smith), who ultimately decides which agency claims the prize.

Rating: Four stars

Thor (12A)

In the fantastic realm of Asgard, ruled by Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Frigga (Rene Russo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is an arrogant heir to the throne. He acts first and thinks later, endangering the lives of his trusty companions Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), Sif (Jaimie Alexander), Hogun (Tadanobu Asano) and Fandral (Joshua Dallas) by launching a suicidal attack on the Frost Giants led by the menacing Laufey (Colm Feore). Odin strips his son of his powers and his legendary war hammer, and dispatches him to Earth as punishment, where the fallen god befriends scientist Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard), protegee Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and intern Darcy (Kat Dennings). The spark of attraction between Thor and Jane is palpable but without his powers, the fallen god must face the same trials and tribulations as any other mortal.

Rating: Three stars

Insidious (15)

Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Renai (Rose Byrne) move into a new house with sons Dalton (Ty Simpkins) and Foster (Andrew Astor). Late one night, Dalton hears a strange sound in the attic and foolishly goes to investigate. He glimpses a shadow and lets out a blood-curdling scream. The next morning, Foster tries to wake his brother but the boy has slipped into a coma. Three months Renai senses something terribly wrong in the home and Foster adds to Renai’s discomfort when he whimpers about an intruder. So Josh’s mother Lorraine (Barbara Hershey) invites her supernaturally gifted friend Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) to survey the property.

Rating: Three stars

Fast and Furious 5 (12A)

Former cop Detective Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and lover Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) spring her brother Dominic (Vin Diesel) from a prison bus then criss-cross borders, eventually hiding out in Rio with Dom’s childhood friend, Vince (Matt Schulze). The fugitives are double-crossed by drug lord Reyes (Joaquim De Almeida) and they vow revenge by plotting to steal 100 million dollars of the corrupt businessman’s ill-gotten gains. On their trail is federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), who flouts the rules but always gets results. He amasses a top crew to bring Brian, Dominic and Mia to justice.

Rating: Four stars