Latest movies: The Jungle Book, Eye in the Sky, Criminal, Despite the Falling Snow

Animal magic, drone wars, identity crisis and love in a Cold War climate

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THE JUNGLE BOOK ★★★★

Disney’s 1967 animated classic is often cited as the definitive version of Kipling’s stirring coming-of-age story but Iron Man director Jon Favreau should be commended here for blending live-action, CGI-wildlife and a few familiar songs into a fabulous family entertainment. Bill Murray (as Baloo) and Christopher Walken (as King Louie) would seem to be perfect voice casting. 

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EYE IN THE SKY ★★★★

Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman bring their acting A-game to a “ripped from the headlines” thriller that puts our current reliance on drone military warfare into terrible context. Rickman’s last on-screen performance adds extra poignancy to the film’s powerful message.


CRIMINAL ★★★

The memories of a dead CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds) are implanted into the brain of a crazy convict (Kevin Costner) to complete a mission in this action-infused thriller. Like John Woo’s terrific 90s shoot-’em-up Face/Off, it’s utterly ludicrous but with a cast including Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones, just enjoy the ride.


DESPITE THE FALLING SNOW ★★★

Rebecca Ferguson smoulders seductively as a Cold War spy who falls in love with her assignment, a young Russian politician. The mystery thickens, however, when years later her now old lover (played by Charles Dance) investigates her disappearance. If you are still pining for The Night Manager, it could fill a gap.


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THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT ★★★

EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO ★★★★

OUR LITTLE SISTER ★★★★

THE SWEENEY: PARIS ★★★


 

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