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Marvel looks to tighten its grasp on the cinematic world with Ant-Man. The comic hero may have a small following – literally, he can control ants – but with Marvel’s current run and a strong cast including Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas the movie will no doubt be a success. Rudd offers light relief in his role as conman turned reluctant hero Scott Lang, who must protect the world by stealing the Ant-Man suit. Set after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron it will bridge gaps between that, next year’s Captain America: Civil War and other films in the ever expanding franchise.

A mishmash of sci-fi and action sub-genres, Self/less deals with the enduring quest for immortality. A dying rich businessman has his consciousness uploaded into a healthy young “blank” body, but when the blank starts to recall its own life things are thrown off balance. An interesting idea but never built on, the movie pays too much attention to action set pieces and pads its concept with ideas that feel borrowed.

Mark Wheeler

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