A bank holiday line-up to kill for
It's back to Frank Miller's urban hellhole for the likes of Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Powers Boothe, Bruce Willis and Rosario Dawson as the comic book creator hooks up with director Robert Rodriguez for more ultra-stylised sex and bloodshed in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.
Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ray Liotta join the cast of the 2005 for four more hard-boiled yarns from the monochrome metropolis. But it's Eva Green who makes the most arresting entrance as the nakedly ambitious femme fatale of the title.
Scarlett Johansson also makes an impact as the unstoppable heroine of Luc Besson's mind-blowing sci-fi thriller Lucy. She's the innocent American who's shanghaied by a vicious drug gang, only to develop superhuman abilities when the experimental drug they sew into her belly enters her system. Morgan Freeman takes care of the science bit.
There's unnatural mayhem of a different kind in Deliver Us From Evil, the latest demonic chiller from the director of Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Eric Bana stars as Ralph Sarchie, a New York cop who hooks up with a young priest after making an unholy connection between three disturbing events. It's based on real incidents as reported by Sarchie himself. So it must be true.
Being a bank holiday week, everyone's attention is on the weather, so the timing is perfect for meteorological disaster epic Into The Storm. The action focuses (or not, given that it's a found-footage movie) on a documentary team who gear up when a series of tornadoes hit the American midwest. Expect flying debris and rocketing insurance premiums.
Appearing in Sky Store at the same time as cinemas, Two Days, One Night is another riveting human drama from Belgium's award-winning Dardennes brothers.
The Dark Knight Rises star Marion Cotillard shows the class that earned her an Oscar (for La Vie En Rose) as a working woman who faces redundancy unless her colleagues vote to keep her on. The catch is that anyone who takes her side will lose their much-needed bonus.
UK BOX OFFICE TOP TEN
The perennial adolescents are proving to be more irresistible than they think as The Inbetweeners 2 tops the box office for a second week.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy also refuse to shift from second spot, despite competition from Sly Stallone's ageing army in The Expendables 3, this week's highest new entry in third place.
With animated fare holding firm for the holidays, the only other new release to break into the top ten is Simon Pegg's comic quest Hector and the Search For Happiness, nudging in at number nine.
1 The Inbetweeners 2
2 Guardians of the Galaxy
3 The Expendables 3 (New)
4 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
5 How To Train Your Dragon 2
6 Secret Cinema: Back to the Future
7 Planes 2: Fire & Rescue
8 The Nut Job
9 Hector And The Search For Happiness (New)
Here's a whirlwind video rundown of the current UK Top Ten:
[Chart updated 21/8/14]