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26 September 2014

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The Equalizer sees Denzel Washington step into Edward Woodward’s formidable shoes in a big budget overhaul of the 80s TV favourite.

He and Training Day director Antoine Fuqua deliver a rampage of Old Testament justice that sees Denzel's Washington’s spook/DIY warehouseman declaring war on evil Russian mobsters.

What-We-Did-On-Our-Holiday-2-DIThe team behind TV's Outnumbered bring their comedy genius - coaxing zingers out of their young stars to the big screen in fine style.

In What We Did On Our Holiday, Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) are on the verge of divorce, but keen to keep their troubles from Doug's ailing dad (Billy Connolly) when they get to the Scottish Highlands for his 75th birthday.

The dark heart of Hollywood is ripped open by director David Cronenberg in Maps To The Stars, a blackly comic cinematic strike.

Julianne Moore delivers a bravura performance as a fading star whose desperation to to stay in the spotlight lays bare the toxic dynamic of those around her.

In I Origins, while researching the evolution of the human eye, two biologists (Michael Pitt and Brit Marling) make a breakthrough that tilts the balance in the intellectual battle between science and religion.

The haunting legacy of the Nazi occupation of Poland is encapsulated Ida, a quietly affecting drama set in 1962 and focussing on a young nun discovering her true identiy.

UK BOX OFFICE TOP TEN

The-Boxtrolls-2014Cartoon comedy The Boxtrolls has dumped on the opposition for a second week with only Liam Neeson setting his sights on the top dog with the thriller A Walk Among The Tombstones new at number two.

Sitting proudly at the number three spot for a second week is the excellent comedy-drama Pride, which tells the story of a London gay support group who make common cause with a South Welsh pit during the 1984 miners' strike.

Scarlett Johansson's drug-enhanced superchick Lucy holds firm at number four while privlleged posh kids causing bother (we're looking at you Dave) in The Riot Club is new at number five, dontcha know?

The third new entry is the surreal Nick Cave "life-in-a-day" oddity 20,000 Days On Earth at number eight while the thrillers A Most Wanted Man and Before I Go To Sleep round off the top ten.

1    The Boxtrolls
2    A Walk Among The Tombstones (new)
3    Pride
4    Lucy
5    The Riot Club (new)
6    Sex Tape
7    Guardians of the Galaxy
8    20,000 Days on Earth (new)
9    A Most Wanted Man
10  Before I Go To Sleep