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Thriller: The Babadook

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Director: Jennifer Kent
Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman
Duration: 92 mins Rating: M – Horror themes, violence, sexual reference and coarse language
Release Date: 22 May, 2014

Stephen A Russell says: “Premiering at the Midnight section of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent’s debut feature, the stark and stylish The Babadook, found itself an instant critical darling. Boldly eerie visuals And Davis’ compelling performance distract from the generic plot.”

Chick flick: Sunshine on Leith

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Director: Dexter Fletcher
Cast: Peter Mullan, Jane Horrocks, George MacKay, Kevin Guthrie
Duration: 100mins
Rating: PG – Mild themes, violence and sexual references
Release Date: 22 May, 2014

We say: With a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes already, this upbeat musical set to the songs of The Proclaimers is touching and family friendly. A lighthearted weekend pick-me-up.

Action: X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence
Duration: 131mins
Rating: M – Science fiction themes, violence and infrequent coarse language
Release Date: 22 May, 2014

Stephen A Russell says: “The best X-Men movie yet. Epic and intimate superhero fare…and there’s a glorious post-credit teaser for bad times to come that frankly can’t come soon enough.”