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6 movies to see in the UAE this week



Cinema – Deadpool (PG18)
As you can tell from this week’s cover, Ryan Reynolds is back. He pushed to get a Deadpool film off the ground since his much-unloved version in X-Men. This time round, they got it right: there’s plenty of violence, blood and bad language.
For those unfamiliar, Deadpool is Wade Wilson, a soldier-turned-mercenary who falls in love with a teenage mutant shapeshifter. After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Wilson leaves and volunteers to be experimented on as part of the government’s mysterious Weapon X programme (also responsible for Wolverine’s claws), in the hope that it might result in a cure. Instead he leaves with accelerated healing powers.
He is also the snarkiest, sweariest Marvel creation, which makes this – with Reynolds at the helm – a riotous, clever and eminently quotable movie, and one that offers a darker antidote to the generic action sludge of the Avengers series. Between this, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad, 2016 is already shaping up to be a big hitter. Peak superhero? Never.
In cinemas from February 18

Hail, Caesar! (15)
There is a case to be made that the films of Joel and Ethan Coen offer diminishing returns these days. Where once you would rush to the cinema to see what the makers of Fargo and Oh Brother! Where Art Thou? had come up with, there’s now the trepidation that you’ll be wading through another Inside Llewyn Davis. This, though, is an homage to old Hollywood that is both about 1950s cinema and a passable pastiche of it – packed with of-the-time techniques and colours. The cast of Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, George Clooney and his Burn After Reading co-star Tilda Swinton also underline its worth.
In cinemas from February 18
Neerja (15)
This is the real-life story of the Pan-Am purser Neerja Bhanot, who was killed by terrorists as she shielded children from a hail of gunfire as they sought to escape a hi-jacked flight during a stopover in Karachi, Pakistan. Sonam Kapoor, the daughter of Anil, is in the title role, and manages to offer a believable portrayal of a normal woman acting with considerable fortitude in a terrifying situation. Importantly, it just manages to stay the right side of mawkish in a story that is now familiar to all Indians.
In cinemas from February 18

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In cinemas from February 18
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (15)
Jane Austen’s middle-England marriage yarn gets a very welcome visit from the undead.
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