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Snakes On A Plane (15) Samuel L Jackson in a Hollywood action thriller about an assassin who lets loose a crate full of deadly snakes to kill a passenger on a flight over the Pacific Ocean. 2/5 * John Tucker Must Die (12A) Desperate Housewives heartthrob

Snakes On A Plane (15) Samuel L Jackson in a Hollywood action thriller about an assassin who lets loose a crate full of deadly snakes to kill a passenger on a flight over the Pacific Ocean. 2/5

* John Tucker Must Die (12A) Desperate Housewives heartthrob Jesse Metcalf takes the lead in this fairly woeful teen comedy. He's a hunk (surprise surprise) who's broken too many hearts and whose ex-girlfriends are now determined to get someone to break his. 2/5

* Harsh Times (15) Christian Bale is an Iraq war veteran looking for kicks and struggling with his inner rage. 3/5

* Akeelah and the Bee (12A) Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett are the adults in this whimsical tale of a girl trying to get out of the ghetto by winning a spelling competition. 3/5

* Lady in the Water (PG) The excellent Paul Giamatti is unfortunate enough to star in this pretentious offering by Sixth Sense director M Nigh Shyamalan. It's a story about a 'narf', a water nymph and there are some thrills to be had - but not many. 2/5

* The Notorious Bettie Page (18) A brave performance from Gretchen Mol as the eponymous heroine but this film fails to really tell us much about the erotic idol from the 1950s. 3/5

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* Monster House (PG) Three children attempt to get rid of a haunted house which eats up its visitors before it has a feast on trick or treaters at Halloween. Characters you care about and some good dialogue make this gentle animation highly enjoyable. 4/5

* Nacho Libre (12A) One for the true Jack Black fans out there only. The big man stars as a monk who starts a wrestling career in secret. After a promising beginning, it tries too hard to be camp and struggles for laughs. 2/5

* Miami Vice (15) Director Michael Mann's slick style-over-substance approach is put to good effect in the big screen outing for the two maverick cops, played by Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx. A reasonably entertaining piece of Hollywood nonsense. 3/5

* My Super Ex-Girlfriend (12A) Desperately unsuccessful and miscast Uma Thurman/Luke Wilson outing. Thurman stars as a neurotic woman who is actually a superhero. Thurman can't do comedy and even Wilson lacks his usual engaging charm. 1/5

* Cars (PG) A flash and brash racing car, voiced by Owen Wilson, gets stuck in a small town and comes to appreciate the slower pace of life. Not a bad film but it doesn't quite have the magic of Pixar's other CGI tales. 3/5

* The Ant Bully (U) Definitely not a cross-over animation which will appeal to parents as well as little ones, this is nevertheless a sweet tale with lots of action. A little boy who kills ants is shrunk down to their size so he can learn a lesson. Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin provide the voices. 2/5

* The Break-Up (12A) Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn star as a warring couple who refuse to move out of their shared flat. The film is much darker than your average rom-com and there are some fine comic moments. 3/5

* Stormbreaker (PG) Based on an Anthony Horowitz teen spy novel, Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) is recruited by MI6 after his uncle, a spy, dies in mysterious circumstances. 3/5

* Garfield 2 (U) Garfield (Bill Murray) and his owner Jon (Breckin Meyer) travel to London so Jon can propose to his girlfriend Liz (Jennifer Love Hewitt). Taken to live in a life of luxury after being confused with a wealthy cat Garfield becomes the target of a jealous rival. 2/5

* Superman Returns (12A) The man of steel is back in the form of 26-year-old heart throb Brandon Routh. Superman returns after six years away from Earth to discover that things have moved on without him. Lois Lane has a five-year-old child and Lex Luther is intent on causing mischief. 5/5

* Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest (12A) The sequel to Johnny Depp's last film. Wildly silly and over the top, this sees more of Captain Jack Sparrow's misadventures including his battles against villain Bill Nighy's Davy Jones. 4/5

* Over the Hedge (U) Fast-paced CG animation fun with a bunch of furry characters including a racoon voiced by hard man Bruce Willis. Slightly formulaic but entertaining. 3/5

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