Cinemas: What’s on this week

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Your guide to the latest films on general release now

Green Lantern (12A)

The Green Lanterns maintain peace and justice in the universe using superpowers granted to them by magical rings When an old adversary called Parallax re-emerges in the Lost Sector, venerated Green Lantern warrior Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison) is fatally wounded in the ensuring melee and his ring chooses United States Air Force test pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) as a worthy successor. Hal is blessed with empathy and he slowly comes to terms with his superpowers, spurred on by sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively). Standing in Hal’s way is eccentric scientist Dr Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard), who is exposed to a drop of Parallax’s otherworldly powers and mutates into a hideous harbinger of doom.

Rating: Three stars

The Beaver (12A)

Businessman Walter Black (Mel Gibson) presides over a toy company that desperately needs one innovative product to revive its ailing fortunes. While the VP (Cherry Jones) holds the business together, Walter self-implodes with depression, making life unbearable for his wife Meredith (Jodie Foster), teenage son Porter (Anton Yelchin) and youngest boy Henry (Riley Thomas Stewart). Eventually, Meredith is forced to kick out her husband, hoping he will get professional help. Following a failed suicide attempt, Walter returns to the homestead with a beaver glove puppet, through which he addresses the family as part of a bizarre form of therapy.

Rating: Four stars

Bad Teacher (15)

Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) is a booze-addled wreck, draining her drippy, rich boyfriend dry until he finally musters the courage to dump her. She reluctantly returns to her teaching job at a high school run by Principal Wally Snur (John Michael Higgins). Rebuffing the advances of oafish PE master Russell Gettis (Jason Segel), Elizabeth sets her sights on handsome new teacher Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake), who has an expensive watch on his wrist. Unthinkably, Scott resists her flirtations and begins a romance with the school’s prim and proper teacher, Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch). Elizabeth is used to getting her own way and she declares war on Amy.

Rating: Three stars

Swinging With The Finkels (15)

Martin Finkel (Martin Freeman) and his wife Sarah (Mandy Moore) are stuck in a rut and clueless about reinvigorating their stagnant marriage. Best friend Peter (Jonathan Silverman) and his wife, Janet (Melissa George), are no use since he’s about to confess to an affair. So fashion designer Sarah turns to her gay assistant, Andrew (Edward Akrout), who suggests she should sleep around. Sarah nervously mentions the idea to Martin, who eventually agrees to get the marriage back on track. Richard (Angus Deayton) and his wife Clementine (Daisy Beaumont) fit the bill and the Finkels break their vows of fidelity in the hope that forbidden passion will provide the missing spark.

Rating: Two stars

Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)

Overweight panda Po (voiced by Black) is living his dream as an all-action bear, honing his skills under the watchful eye of mentor Shifu (Dustin Hoffman). However, he is haunted by fragmented memories, which eventually reveal how his father came to be a goose called Mr Ping (James Wong). It transpires that an evil peacock Lord Shen (Gary Oldman) is the cause of Po’s deep emotional wounds. Spurred on by a dire warning about pandas from an elderly soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh), Shen and his army of snarling wolves are on a collision course with Po. Thankfully, Po can always rely on The Furious Five - Crane (David Cross), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Tigress (Angelina Jolie) and Viper (Lucy Liu) - to avert disaster.

Rating: Four stars

Honey 2 (PG)

The sequel opens in Brooklyn Juvenile Detention Centre, where Maria Ramirez (Katerina Graham) wiles away the hours in dance battles with the other detainees. Released into the care of Connie Daniels (Lonette McKee), Maria finds herself drifting back towards bad boy Luis (Christopher ‘War’ Martinez), whose 718 crew are vying to retain their title on the televised Dance Battle Zone. When it becomes clear that Luis will just drag her down again, Maria aligns herself with blonde adonis Brandon (Randy Wayne) and his ungainly dance crew. As the televised heats begin, Maria faces her biggest test: to keep her new crew together and ignore the taunts from Luis and the 718.

Rating: Two stars

Mother’s Day (18)

Ike Koffin (Patrick Flueger) and his brothers Addley (Warren Kole) and Johnny (Matt O’Leary) bungle a bank heist and head for their childhood home, which they intend to use as a hideaway from the cops. However, the Koffin boys are unaware that Daniel (Frank Grillo) and Beth Sohapi (Jaime King) have snapped up the property in a foreclosure sale. The robbers burst into the house in the middle of a party thrown by the Sohapis and take everyone hostage. Soon after, matriarch Natalie Koffin (Rebecca De Mornay) arrives with her daughter Lydia (Deborah Ann Woll) in tow and the confines of the home become a blood-stained prison.

Rating: Three stars

X-Men: First Class (12A)

This action-packed prequel sees Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) hunting down power-hungry Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon). Aided by telepath Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), shape-shifter Raven Darkholme (Jennifer Lawrence) and five gifted mutants - Angel (Zoe Kravitz), Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Darwin (Edi Gathegi) and Havok (Lucas Till) - Erik must stop Shaw, who intends to spark nuclear war aided by mutant sidekicks Emma Frost (January Jones), Azazel (Jason Flemyng) and Riptide (Alex Gonzalez).

Rating: Four stars

Prom (U)

Straight-A student Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden) has masterminded her school’s forthcoming prom only for a fire to destroy all of the decorations. So she has three weeks to make the decorations from scratch, aided by bad boy Jesse Richter (Thomas McDonell). The pair put their differences to one side to deliver a prom that everyone will remember. Meanwhile, music-loving best friends Lucas (Nolan Sotillo) and Corey (Cameron Monaghan) swoon over Lucas’s lab partner (Danielle Campbell) and classmate Lloyd (Nicholas Braun) tries to pluck up the courage to ask someone to be his date for the night.

Rating: Three stars