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Also Released: Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters, In The Line of Duty, Amanda

Documentary filmmakers Anthony and Claire Bueno have penned a heartfelt valentine to the original Ghostbusters.

:: CLEANIN' UP THE TOWN: REMEMBERING GHOSTBUSTERS (Certificate TBC, 122 mins). Released January 7 in selected cinemas

IN 1984, director Ivan Reitman unleashed the original Ghostbusters with ground-breaking visual effects and a theme song by Ray Parker Jr which topped charts around the world.

Thirty-five years after Dr Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Dr Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), Dr Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) faced a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man on the streets of Manhattan, documentary filmmakers Anthony and Claire Bueno pen a heartfelt valentine to Ghostbusters.

Their retrospective draws on 12 years of painstaking research and production, including interviews with Reitman and leading cast members Aykroyd, Hudson, Ramis and Sigourney Weaver about the picture and its enduring impact on popular culture.

:: IN THE LINE OF DUTY (15, 97 mins)

AARON Eckhart plays a police officer in search of redemption in a high-stakes thriller directed by Stephen C Miller.

Chief of Police Volk (Giancarlo Esposito) is distraught when Max Keller (James Hutchison) kidnaps his 11-year-old daughter Claudia (Nichelle Williams) and holds her hostage in a confined space.

Volk works with his team to apprehend Max but the operation goes sour and world-weary officer Frank Penny (Eckhart) kills the suspect, eliminating the only hope of rescuing little Claudia.

Frank is stripped of his badge and publicly castigated for his actions.

Consumed with guilt, Frank teams up with ambitious reporter Ava Brooks (Courtney Eaton), who is live-streaming the search, to locate the stricken girl.

Their quest is complicated when Max's brother Dean (Ben McKenzie) enters the fray to avenge his fallen sibling using deadly force.

:: AMANDA (15, 107 mins)

YOUNG love is cruelly corrupted by tragedy in director Mikhael Hers's heart-rending drama, co-written with Maud Ameline.

David (Vincent Lacoste) lives in Paris, where he juggles two jobs without any clear sense of the direction his life is heading.

He is an affectionate uncle to a young niece, Amanda (Isaure Multrier), whose single mother Sandrine (Ophelia Kolb) is an English teacher in the French capital.

A terrorist attack in a Parisian park robs little Amanda of sole protector and clueless David is compelled to become the girl's guardian, with perfunctory support from his aunt (Marianne Basler).

As he struggles to come to terms with the death of his sister and Amanda's needs, David adds to his heavy emotional burden by falling in love with Lena (Stacy Martin), one of the survivors of the atrocity.

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