Latest movies: Bastille Day, Jane Got a Gun, Miles Ahead

A maverick in Paris, Natalie Portman is out for blood and Cheadle channels a jazz legend

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BASTILLE DAY ★★★

A film about Paris under threat from terrorist attack still feels a bit too close for comfort, but with Idris Elba as a Luther-like maverick buddying up with Richard Madden’s hapless pickpocket to catch the bad guys, this action yarn (made before recent events) shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Maybe it’s time to park the trend to blow up the world’s capital cities in the movies, though.

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JANE GOT A GUN ★★

To say this western has had production problems is an understatement (delayed release date, original director and cast depart the project). However, Natalie Portman has stuck to her guns to star as the eponymous heroine who persuades a gunslinging ex to rid her of a brutal bad guy (played by fellow Star Wars alumnus Ewan McGregor).


MILES AHEAD ★★★

Although this biography of Miles Davis is mainly set in the 1970s when the jazz legend was a dangerous man to know, you can’t argue with a labour of love and that’s what star Don Cheadle delivers here with his directorial debut. The music isn’t bad, either.


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