Latest movies: 10 Cloverfield Lane, High-Rise, Rock the Kasbah, Marguerite

What lies beneath, Ballard's block mania and Bill Murray plays star maker

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10 CLOVERFIELD LANE ★★★★

You may think this sci-fi thriller has something to do with fearsome creature feature Cloverfield, but I’m not telling. Suffice to say that John Goodman’s survivalist is monstrous enough as he tries to convince his two bunker buddies that it’s not safe to go outside.

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HIGH-RISE ★★★

Tom Hiddleston’s smooth doctor goes straight to the top in JG Ballard’s satirical class allegory. Nicolas Roeg tried to bring the novel to the screen in the 1970s, but it’s Sightseers director Ben Wheatley who’s done justice to the author’s dystopian masterpiece. Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans play fellow inhabitants. 


ROCK THE KASBAH ★★

Opportunity knocks for Bill Murray’s gone-to-seed music manager when he discovers a teenage singing sensation. Trouble is, she’s living in Afghanistan where women warbling is frowned upon, to say the least. Inspired by the true story of a woman who sang on the Afghani equivalent of American Idol, Barry Levinson’s comedy has a tip-top cast (Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson) if not the laughs.


MARGUERITE  ★★★

This French period drama about a tin-eared aristocrat who believes she sings opera like an angel (but patently doesn’t) owes much to the story of Florence Foster Jenkins (played by Meryl Streep in a biopic released in May). The deluded Marguerite may not hit all the right notes but star Catherine Frot does and earned herself a best actress Cesar earlier in the year.


ALSO RELEASED THIS WEEK

THE BOY ★★

NORM OF THE NORTH ★★

RISEN ★★

THE PEARL BUTTON ★★★★


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