Much like the ex-hitman he plays in this thriller, Keanu Reeves has had a quiet few years away from the big action. So all the more reason to celebrate this return to gun-toting form in which he resumes his deadly business after his wife dies and dog is killed. You can only push a seemingly reformed character so far.
The Barden Bellas are back in this sequel to the 2012 hit musical comedy. This time the stakes are higher and the stage a lot bigger, as the a cappella girls set out to win the World Championships. A scene-stealing Rebel Wilson once more gets the best gags (at some physical discomfort), while there are cameos from Snoop Dogg, Pharrell and the Obamas (well, sort of).
A kid from the back of beyond provides the only hope for the leader of the first world in this ludicrous but hard to dislike actioner. After Air Force One is downed in the wilds of Finland by terrorists, the US president (Samuel L Jackson) is found by a teenager (Onni Tommila) out on a solo hunting trip. Pretty soon both their lives are in danger, which is when the movie’s record-breaking budget (for a Finnish production, at least) is really put to use.
You might remember Romain Duris from playing the romantic lead in such frothy French romcoms as Heartbreaker and Populaire. His female fans in particular may therefore be a little taken aback by Francois Ozon’s delightfully odd tale in which Duris lives a double life as “David” and the drag-sporting “Virginia”.
Just so as you aren’t confused, “The Goob” is not a what, it’s a who. Played by newcomer Liam Walpole, he’s a teenage embodiment of broken Britain, with a dysfunctional family and few prospects. But the Goob’s reckless spirit and the chance of romance prevents Guy Myhill’s feature debut from becoming simply a “grim up Norfolk” fable.
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