It had to happen. Matt Damon bounds back into the Bourne franchise in his fourth outing as the amnesiac spy-assassin. A decade on from his last appearance in the role, Damon finds himself in the thick of a plot pegged on contemporary concerns of big data, social media privacy and information leaks. All that aside, the techy backdrop can’t hide the fact this is a good old-fashioned action thriller.
They found Nemo thirteen years ago, now they’ve lost Dory, the blue tang fish from the first movie. This animated adventure is a sequel in the best possible sense; rather than treading water Pixar have delved deeper into the colourful and magic underwater seascapes that new processes have made possible. Ellen DeGeneres voices the titular hero, while Albert Brooks returns as Nemo.
A daring experiment in collective living pushes a middle-class couple’s relationship into an unexplored territory in this drama by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg. The film is set in the 1970s so you can expect plenty of chunky jumpers, facial hair and smoking – but the story isn’t as predictable as you might assume. A powerful and personal drama from one of the head boys of the Dogme class of ‘95.
Lauded once but mostly forgotten, Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 adaptation of Thackeray’s 19th-century novel was a lavish, ambitious movie made by a director at the top of his game. The film, now restored and re-released by the BFI, is an austere and authentic period piece about the travails of an Irish youth set against the backdrop of English aristocracy and the Seven Years War.
JT LeRoy was a HIV+ trans hustler who made a big splash in literary circles in the 90s – until she was exposed as a fictional entity. This documentary is actually the story of Laura Albert, the Brooklyn writer who invented and maintained Leroy’s persona up to the point when she was rumbled in 2006. Was she a simple fraudster or was there something more profound at stake? This documentary, directed by Jeff Feuerzeig, strives to prove the latter. In any case, it’s an intriguing story.
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