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.
STAR RATING: ***
ANNIE (Kristen Wiig) used to own her own bakery but she has fallen on hard times and now works as a jewellery saleswoman. Best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) reveals she is getting married and asks Annie to be maid of honour. Without two dimes to rub together, organising a bridal shower to remember will be tricky for Annie, especially since one of the bridesmaids is socialite wife Helen (Rose Byrne). Fellow bridesmaids Megan (Melissa McCarthy), Becca (Ellie Kemper) and Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey) witness the fallout as Annie and Helen vie for Lillian's affections.
STAR RATING: ****
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.
STAR RATING: ***
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 rely on The Furious Five – Crane (David Cross), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Tigress (Angelina Jolie) and Viper (Lucy Liu).
STAR RATING: ****
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (12A)
JOHNNY Depp embarks on an action-packed adventure directed by Rob Marshall. This time, Jack Sparrow (Depp) joins forces with Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) to locate the Fountain Of Youth: one of the world's last undiscovered treasures. The quest becomes infinitely more perilous when Jack is forced aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge captained by legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), who is also seeking the Fountain, aided by his sexy daughter, Angelica (Penelope Cruz). Using all of his guile, Jack must somehow outwit Blackbeard and Angelica and reach the Fountain before his rivals. En route, he crosses paths with King George II (Richard Griffiths) and his father, Captain Teague (Keith Richards).
STAR RATING: **