Cake, Blackhat, The Duke of Burgundy: this week’s cinema releases reviewed

Jennifer Aniston gets all serious, Chris Hemsworth tackles cybercrime, and an S&M relationship that makes Fifty Shades look tame

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CAKE ★★

Jennifer Aniston attempts to leave Rachel from Friends and a string of romcoms behind with this depressing tale of a woman with chronic pain and an addiction to prescription drugs. Aniston is excellent, but the tacky, manipulative story just isn’t.

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BLACKHAT ★★

Director Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral) takes on cyberterrorism in an espionage tale that looks great and has plenty of action, but falls down thanks to bland leading man Chris Hemsworth and a dodgy plot.


THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY ★★★★★

Not for the more conservative viewer, this is a lush, surreal and sexy tale of two women in an S&M relationship (one of whom just happens to be Borgen star Sidse Babett Knudsen). It manages to say a lot about the nature of human interactions while homaging 70s soft porn.


THE WEDDING RINGER ★★

Kevin Hart’s the go-to man for gormless grooms in this vulgar bromance. He helps chubby Josh Gad prepare for his nuptials, and while there are plenty of gross-out moments, the laughs are few and far between.


ALSO RELEASED THIS WEEK:

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER ★★★★

KUNG FU KILLER ★★★

MAIDAN ★★★★

PREDESTINATION ★★★

PROJECT ALMANAC ★★★


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