Selma, Jupiter Ascending, Shaun the Sheep Movie: this week’s cinema releases reviewed

Martin Luther King's civil rights struggle, another sci-fi epic from the Wachowskis, and Aardman's furry friend hits the big screen

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SELMA ★★★★

David Oyelowo gives an outstanding performance in this biopic of civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King. The film focuses on the 1965 marches from Selma, Alabama, and is a searing and powerful dramatisation of the life of an icon.

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JUPITER ASCENDING ★★

The Wachowskis follow up Cloud Atlas with another epic sci-fi adventure, but it’s definitely no Matrix. A human woman (Mila Kunis) discovers she’s actually an interstellar queen, and with a little bit of help from Channing Tatum as a wolf-man hybrid, takes on an OTT Eddie Redmayne as a one-percent-style alien ruler. There are some great visuals, but the story is irredeemably confusing.  


SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE ★★★★

Aardman’s furry friend (and RadioTimes readers’ favourite BBC children’s character) hits the big screen with plenty of wit, joy and sheep puns. Shaun and his pals have to make it in the big city in this delightful comedy adventure.


THE INTERVIEW ★★★

James Franco and Seth Rogen head to North Korea for this dumb but mostly fun comedy. There was controversy around the film’s release in the States, and it angered the North Korean authorities, but that’s really the most noteworthy thing about it.


STILL LIFE ★★★

Eddie Marsan gives an exemplary performance in this touching, low-key British drama about a council worker who devotes himself to those who have died alone.


ALSO RELEASED THIS WEEK:

AMOUR FOU ★★★

THE RENDLESHAM UFO INCIDENT ★★

THE TURNING ★★★


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