He shot TV’s the Trip to Italy around the same time in the same locations, but this feature from Michael Winterbottom is a completely different proposition. The spectre of the Meredith Kercher trial looms large over the story of a film-maker (Daniel Bruhl) offered the chance to document a murder case. Kate Beckinsale and Carla Delevingne co-star.
With the kids summer holidays upon us once more, here’s something to keep the little ones amused (at least until they demand to see Inside Out). Rihanna voices the fiesty female heroine of this quirky alien-invasion story, in which she reluctantly buddies up with a colourful (if annoying alien) who puts the Earth in jeopardy.
He’s best known for his intense dramatic roles, so this action vanity project is a bit of a departure for Sean Penn. Showing off a pumped physique and brandishing some serious firepower, he stars as a former assassin forced to go on the run. Taken’s Pierre Morel is running the show, so Penn’s midlife crisis is at least in safe hands.
The name Stephen Greene may be on the credits, but this screwball comedy was directed by Silver Linings Playbook director David O Russell – until he abandoned the project unfinished. The result is an obvious salvage job with a few narrative inconsistencies, but fans of director’s I Heart Huckabees will enjoy its playful quirkiness.
The winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes last year, this French-Canadian drama tells the story of a put-upon single mother and her teenager son, whose unpredictable and sometimes violent behaviour simply adds to their woes. But help is at hand when they befriend a kindly neighbour, and her presence has a transformative effect on all three people.
Tom Six’s gross-out horror trilogy reaches its disgusting climax here, as the stomach-churning-conga concept is applied to inmates in a remote jail. The film does make a few pointed satirical jibes, but that’s probably not what its intended audience will be seeking it out for.
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