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Movies: Y’s Weekly Guide to What’s On

Barely Lethal 

In the one high school chick flick that you won’t have seen before, 16-year-old Megan Walsh (Hailee Steinfeld) is an international assassin trained from birth, along with several of her sisters-in-arms, by the no nonsense Hardman (Samuel L Jackson).

After faking her death to lead a normal life, the accomplished agent finds that high school is the one mission her training didn’t prepare her for and the battles of international espionage are nothing when compared to those of the classroom and playground.

Despite having Teen Vogue and Mean Girls on hand as her briefing materials, Megan finds that leaving her old life behind is easier said than done after a viral video exposes her to her arch enemy Victoria Knox (Jessica Alba).

Barely Lethal provides a refreshing change as the girls call (and fire) the shots for once as opposed to the guys and the physicality from the young Steinfeld is impressive during the action scenes.

The high school spy comedy drama is firmly aimed at a young teen audience, who will most likely lap it up, while Jackson is on hand in a variety of amusing guises to offer something for older viewers.

Verdict: 3/5

The Age of Adaline

Blake Lively plays Adaline Bowman, a 107-year-old trapped in the body of a 29-year-old after a freak car accident left her immune to the ravages of time. Keeping her unique condition secret in fear of ridicule, Adaline shuns those who get too close to her, knowing it will only end in heartbreak. All this changes when she meets the charismatic Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman), who may have the power to reignite her passion for life and love. Providing you suspend your disbelief of the film’s time-defying set up, this is a melodrama that will charm, thanks in no small part to Lively’s subtle and expressive performance.

Verdict: 3/5

Danny Collins

As a rocker from the 1970s, Danny Collins (Al Pacino) compromised his values and sold his musical soul at a young age, swapping heartfelt lyrics for easy hits. When his manager discovers a 40-year-old undelivered letter written by John Lennon, Danny decides to change course and sets out to find true love and family. The film is as light and bouncy as one of Collins’ tunes, with a charismatic and endearing performance from Pacino, who has great chemistry with the cast around him.

Verdict: 4/5

Preview: Backcountry 

When an urban couple Jenn (Missy Peregrym) and Alex (Jeff Roop) lose their trail on what was meant to be an idyllic camping trip amid Canada’s overwhelming natural beauty, they soon find themselves alone, without food and water, lost in the territory of the predatory black bear. This tense nature horror-thriller promises to do for camping trips what Jaws did for late night swims.

Bollywatch: Dum Laga Ke Haisha

A romantic comedy that follows the fate of newly wed couple Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar) and Prem (Ayushmann Khurrana) as they slowly come to terms with their arranged marriage. Relations are initially frosty, as the slightly chubby Sandhya attempts to find a connection with the reluctant bridegroom, but slowly things begin to warm up over time.