Woody’s back again with a story of medium mirth - and you can catch Turtles in Royston, too

PUBLISHED: 15:28 20 November 2014

Colin Firth and Emma Stone in Magic In The Moonlight

Colin Firth and Emma Stone in Magic In The Moonlight

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It’s hard to keep up with the prolific Woody Allen, and you never quite know what’s coming next – light or dark, period or contemporary, sparkling or deeply dull?

After the Oscar-tipped angst of Blue Jasmine, a modern day tale of tangled relationships set in metropolitan America, it’s a change of gear for Magic In The Moonlight, a frothy period piece starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone.

He’s the famous magician dedicated to exposing fraudulent mediums – shades of Houdini – while she is the Ouija-board botherer who, try as he might, he can’t unmask.

Could she be the real thing, or is she just too cunning to be caught out by his questioning?

Cue snappy dialogue, gorgeous scenery and costumes as the pair flit across Europe in the 1920s, as well as crackling sexual tension – although the leads are too far apart in terms of the age gap for comfort, particularly when you consider the director’s complicated private life.

You can catch it at Royston’s Picture Palace on Saturday night, starting at 7.30pm.

There’s nothing complicated about this week’s other presentation, the latest take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Megan Fox the eye candy for older boys and sundry anonymous but athletic actors hidden in the famous shell suits.

The film dashes around like a three-year-old who has necked a family pack of Haribo, making too much noise and making no sense at all, and with plenty of energetically violent fight scenes that sometimes make you wonder how they got away with a 12A rating. It’s showing on Saturday afternoon at 3.30pm.

Book tickets for both shows at www.roystonpicturepalace.org.uk.

The big multiplex release of the week boasts a title that demands a deep breath before you ask for a ticket – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

Jennifer Lawrence is back front and centre as the team turning the hit teen thrillers into blockbuster movies split the final instalment into two in order to get double bubble at the box office.

Fans of the first two films will be wasting no time in feasting their eyes on the latest adventures of all-action heroine Katniss Everdean as she battles to survive in a future world determined to see the back of her, and those who can’t get enough will be pencilling in next year’s final instalment in their diaries.

There’s also gritty Tommy Lee Jones/Hillary Swank frontier tale The Homesman and James Brown biopic Get On Up with Chadwick Boseman – who also starred in 42, the biopic of baseball star Jackie Robinson, as the Godfather of Soul. Get down!

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