Robin Hood (12A)

Dir: Otto Bathurst

With: Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Eve Hewson

Runtime: 116 minutes

THE men are far from merry in director Otto Bathurst's action adventure. "Forget what you think you know. This is no bedtime story," booms a superfluous voiceover which accompanies the derring-do. Action set pieces are reminiscent of Assassin's Creed video games, employing slow-motion to excess as leading man Taron Egerton (Kingsman) performs bone-crunching somersaults while firing arrows with his trusty bow. Unlike its dashing hero, Bathurst's film doesn't hit all of its intended targets but it comes close enough to entertain. Eve Hewson is squandered as Marian, the sole female character with a voice.

Assassination Nation (18)**

Dir: Sam Levinson

With: Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Bill Skarsgard

Runtime: 108 minutes

WELCOME to Salem, a town that goes crazy after a series of computer hacks exposes the private texts and emails of its residents. Assassination Nation has the seed of a good idea at its core, but as a satire on social media and Donald Trump’s intolerant America it is about as subtle as a laptop falling on your head from a great height. Hailing from a well-connected cast and crew that includes writer director Sam Levinson (son of Barry “Rain Man” Levinson), Maude Apatow, daughter of Judd and Leslie Mann, and Bill Skarsgard, son of Stellan, it has a few smart moments but on the whole it's a self-indulgent mess.