THE BAD EDUCATION MOVIE AND THE OTHER FILMS OUT THIS FORTNIGHT

We've got fairy kings and trolls, idiotic teachers and rap superstars. Yes, that does sound like a great party, but for now it's just the next two weeks at the movies...

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The Bad Education Movie

Starring: Jack Whitehall, Sarah Solemani, Mathew Horne

The smash-hit BBC3 sitcom takes a page from the Inbetweeners handbook – and will be hoping it manages to be half as successful. Quite how Alfie (Whitehall) hasn’t been sacked yet is anyone’s guess, but he’s playing with fire here as he and his dedicated class go on one wild post-GCSE school trip.

The laughs aren’t high-brow, but teenagers will adore it.

Vacation

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Starring: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth

The trailer for this reboot – well, sequel really since its hero is the son from the original movies – showed itself to be far ruder than the Chevy Chase classics, which put off a generation of families from going on road trips.

Helms plays a grown-up Rusty, deciding to go with his own family to the infamous Walleyworld, scene of some iconic childhood memories.

And it totally goes according to plan, not a single problem ensues…right?

Strange Magic

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Starring: Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth

This was a massive flop when it was released in US cinemas, but if you’re looking for something to appease the youngsters of a rainy day, then it should suffice. What’s particularly bizarre is that the idea came from George Lucas, who in turn was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

It’s pretty frenetic and there are lots of familiar pop songs in it weirdly, but the CGI looks great and there are enough silly characters to while away a morning.

Straight Outta Compton

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Starring: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell

The music industry has changed so much since NWA first broke onto the scene that it’s sometimes difficult to realise quite how seismic their impact was.

This biopic sets to re-address that balance. You learn about how a group of poor black kids found their way together, bound by a desire to change the world, a skill for poetry and a screw-you attitude. What's more, they did it amongst a backdrop of racial hatred and seething rage in the African-American community at how poorly it was being treated. Two of them – Dr. Dre and Ice Cube (in a nifty trick played here by his own son) are now multimillionaire media moguls and one, Eazy-E, is dead. The rest may not be as famous, but influenced hip-hop just as much.

They DID change the world and their music endures.

 

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