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SPECTRE AND THE REST OF THE MOVIES OUT THIS MONTH

Bond is back! And he’s wearing cool ski goggles! Inevitably, 007 dominates the movie calendar for the rest of October, but there is also potential family fun in the shape of a Peter Pan prequel and vampire cartoon for you to check out at the cinema

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Spectre

Starring: Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Christoph Waltz

In what looks likely to be Craig’s last outing as Bond, the stakes are incredibly high following the death of his beloved M in Skyfall. The trail of her murder leads to a place which re-opens old wounds for 007, courtesy of a mysterious villain played by Waltz. The additions of Seydoux as the Bond girl and Dave Bautista (best known as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy) as a meaty henchman – plus the return of director Sam Mendes, ensure this is a thrilling ride.

Pan

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Starring: Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Rooney Mara

There have been dozens of Peter Pans over the years, filmmakers endlessly drawn the JM Barrie’s timeless story of Neverland. This new version by director Joe Wright is a prequel, which sees Captain Hook as a goodie and Peter (Miller) taking on the evil pirate Blackbeard (Jackman). Clearly intended as a possible franchise, expect huge effects, sweeping visuals and some hammy performances.

Crimson Peak

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Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowski

Writer/director Guillermo Del Toro returns to what he does best – making spooky, little haunted house movies rather than nonsensical big-budget nonsense. This has echoes of Jane Eyre and Rebecca as a young newlywed arrives at a country house to find siblings Hiddleston and Chastain share more than just some embarrassing childhood photos in the bath.

Hotel Transylvania 2

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Starring: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi The kids might like to return to the vampiric hostelry, which once again plays home to Dracula and co. This time, they’re trying to make sure that Mavis (Gomez), who is threatening to leave now she’s married, stays at the hotel.

The Program

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Starring: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Jesse Plemons The story of Lance Armstrong is so complex and so rich in drama that it was almost inevitable it was turned into a narrative movie. Foster is the disgraced cyclist, while O’Dowd plays dogged journalist David Walsh, a man who almost lost his reputation and livelihood (he certainly lost a libel case for something that turned out to be true) in his pursuit of claims about Armstrong’s drug use. The movie is based on his book.

 

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