Race against time for Kirk and Co

Star Trek Into Darkness. ( PA Photo/Paramount)
Star Trek Into Darkness. ( PA Photo/Paramount)

If you’re off to the cinema, here are few films to c

Star Trek Into Darkness (12A)

In this sequel to JJ Abrams’s 2009 revamp of the Star Trek franchise, Starfleet is rocked by a terrorist attack in London masterminded by the mysterious John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch).

James T Kirk (Chris Pine) who has been stripped of his captaincy and now serves under his mentor, Rear Admiral Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood), becomes embroiled in the hunt for Harrison led by Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller). Predictably, Harrison doesn’t intend to surrender, so Kirk gives chase flanked by Spock (Zachary Quinto), communications officer Uhura (Zoe Saldana), navigator Pavel Chekov (Anton Yelchin), chief medical officer Dr Leonard McCoy (Karl Urban), chief engineer Montgomery Scott (Simon Pegg) and helmsman Sulu (John Cho). The crew races against time to stop Harrison from obliterating everyone they hold dear but success hinges on the ultimate sacrifice.

Deadfall (15)

Addison (Eric Bana), his sister Liza (Olivia Wilde) and an accomplice pull off a casino heist and speed away along treacherous, snow-laden roads, bound for the Canadian border.

The getaway car swerves to avoid a deer and ends up on its roof. Addison and Liza stumble out of the wreckage with the loot, determined to evade the cops by hitchhiking separately to the border. Liza shares a lift with former Olympic boxer Jay Mills (Charlie Hunnam), who has just been released from prison and is heading home for Thanksgiving with his parents Chet (Kris Kristofferson) and June (Sissy Spacek). Addison takes time out from his flight to freedom to help an abused wife deal with her bullying husband. Meanwhile, ambitious Sheriff’s Deputy Hannah (Kate Mara) tracks the fleeing criminals but she is constantly held back by her father, Sheriff Marshall T Becker (Treat Williams).

Dead Man Down (15)

The lifeless body of a henchman conceals a cryptic message and fragment of a photograph from a madman who has been targeting kingpin Alphonse Hoyt’s (Terrence Howard) operation. “719. Now you realise,” reads the scrap of paper. Hoyt doesn’t know who is targeting him, or why, and he places his trust in sharp shooter Victor (Colin Farrell). Little does the kingpin know that Victor is the secret assassin who has wormed his way into the operation and befriended henchman Darcy (Dominic Cooper) to avenge his murdered wife and child.

Having set his trap, Victor returns home alone to his apartment. He stares into a neighbouring block and makes eye contact with a young woman, Beatrice (Noomi Rapace).

The beautician engineers a meeting with Victor and they embark on a nervous first date. At the end of the evening, Beatrice tells Victor that she has evidence of him killing a man and will happily withhold the video footage from police if Victor agrees to kill the drunk driver who badly disfigured her.