Well-known comic characters go to the movies

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TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES (PG)

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies pokes gentle fun at the glut of superhero films, which clog up multiplexes and earnestly expand the mythologies of well-known characters torn from the pages of comic books.

A nimble script, co-written by the TV series’ creators Michael Jelenic and Horvath, takes aim at predictable targets: The avoidable tragedies in superheroes’ pasts, Stan Lee’s obligatory cameos, that instantly forgettable Green Lantern film starring Ryan Reynolds.

Fleeting verbal gags, including a spoof of the Marvel Comics flip book title sequence, are complemented by knowing, self-referential dialogue that gleefully draws attention to the film’s own shortcomings including a big reveal about the identity of the chief villain.

DAMASCUS COVER (15)

A highly trained Mossad operative compromises his undercover mission by falling in love in director Daniel Zelik Berk’s thriller based on a novel by Howard Kaplan.

Damascus Cover resets the book to late 1980s Germany just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Israeli spy Ari Ben-Zion (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) returns home in disgrace after he botches an important mission. His boss Miki (John Hurt) is duly unimpressed so Ari vows to repair the damage by travelling to Syria under a false identity in order to smuggle an important chemicals weapons scientist and his family out of Damascus. To carry out this delicate plan, Ari poses as a German carpet salesman and Nazi sympathiser, which allows him to befriend Franz Ludin (Jurgen Prochnow), whose maid Yael (Neta Riskin) is a relative of the scientist. The carefully calibrated plan threatens to fall apart when Suleiman Sarraj (Navid Negahban), pays a visit to his friend Ludin and voices concerns about Ari’s cover story.