In cinemas this week: Ricki and the Flash, American Ultra, Miss Julie, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Streep sings, Stewart sulks, Chastain smoulders and a Sundance favourite

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RICKI AND THE FLASH ★★★

Meryl Streep goes from Iron Lady to Iron Maiden. Here, she’s playing an aging wannabe rock star who gets sucked back into domestic disharmony with her ex Kevin Kline and real-life daughter Mamie Gummer.

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AMERICAN ULTRA ★★★

Ultra moody stoners Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are, like, getting high and being thrown into a high-ranking government conspiracy. That’s after Jesse wakes up from the pot fug and recalls his secret agent credentials. Uh. Like. Whatever.


MISS JULIE ★★

Class divisions in 19th-century London provide the obstacles for Colin Farrell to jump over when Jessica Chastain’s impish aristocrat gives him that come hither look. It’s a little bit ‘upstairs and downstairs’, but it’s all very tastefully done, adapted from the classic play by August Strindberg.


ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL ★★★★

One of those quirky indie comedies, except this one has substance to add to the style with a cast of up-and-comers having to deal with the usual growing pains and mortality, too. Cinephiles will also lap up the mini spoofs of classic films, including Nose Ferret 2 (Nosferatu). Boom.


ALSO RELEASED THIS WEEK:
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Bait ★★★★
Bronson ★★★
Buttercup Bill ★★★
Cartel Land ★★★
Dope ★★★★
How to Change the World ★★★
Transporter Refuelled ★★

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