Following Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, here comes another big-budget biblical epic. Director Ridley Scott puts his spin on the story of Moses, with Christian Bale as the outcast destined to set the slaves of Egypt free. With a little help from the Almighty, naturally.
Berberian Sound Studio director Peter Strickland’s tale of two women’s S&M affair couldn’t be further removed from Fifty Shades of Grey if it tried. An evocative soundtrack from Cat’s Eyes (the side project of Horrors singer Faris Badwan) adds to the compellingly strange atmosphere.
It’s 21 years to the month since Kirt Cobain took his own life, so this rock doc is no quickly assembled, cynical cash-in. Running to over two hours, it charts the Nirvana frontman’s life and music from the perspective of those who knew him best.
This retelling of the musical may not have gone down well with fans of the stage production (or for that matter, the previous film versions), but those coming to it fresh will love the songs and the performance of young Quvenzhané Wallis as the orphan moppet given hope of a new life.
British documentary film-maker Kim Longinotto here turns her camera on Brenda Myers-Powell, who turned her own life around from being a drug addict and prostitute in Chicago to helping other vulnerable women in the city. It’s a challenging but inspirational portrait, and won Longinotto a directing award at Sundance.