Satirical TV presenter Jon Stewart lands on his feet directing his feature debut, an assured depiction of the Kafka-esque trials of Iranian Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari (played by Gael García Bernal).
The third film from French director Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies, Tomboy) has got a lot of people talking about what it means to be a woman in today’s France. Newcomer Karidja Touré plays the outsider who finds a home with other suburban dropouts in Paris.
Fans of the long-running TV drama will be purring at the extended length of this feature spin-off, which mixes faces old (Peter Firth, Lara Pulver, Tim McInnerny) and new (Kit Harington) in a terrorism story, but it’s neither as clever as Smiley nor as gripping as Bond.
Betrayed US President Samuel L Jackson has to rely on a Finnish teenager in this old-fashioned adventure story. It only comes off because young Onni Tommila has enough presence to match Jackson, not to mention the stunning locations.
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