Over a decade after The Office closed its doors on BBC2, Ricky Gervais slips back into the role that made him a household name. He also puts on a leather jacket and tours the pubs of Reading with his band in a drastic career change. But will his music bring the house down, or simply the crowd?
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS ★★★★
In the days before Facebook and Twitter, kids played outdoors in the summer, as evidenced in this update of the 1929 Arthur Ransome adventure set in the Lake District. Of course the next best thing to being there is sitting in a darkened room and watching a cinematic reconstruction. LOL.
LIGHTS OUT ★★★
Everyone knows that ghosts only come out in the dark, but the makers of this supernatural thriller keep hitting the light switch. The buzz around this one has been growing ever since director David F Sandberg first presented the idea as an online short. It went viral and Hollywood came a-knocking.
Robert Pattinson pops up in period coattails here as a young diplomat helping to negotiate the Treaty of Versailles in 1918, but the real star of the show is Tom Sweet as the nine-year-old who will grow up to be a dictator. This isn’t mainstream popcorn fare, but in context of the current shift towards rightwing extremism, it’s probably scarier than your average horror movie.
Sounds like a barrel of laughs, doesn’t it? But while this documentary about the world of “competitive endurance tickling” does start off as a bit of a lark, it develops into something quite dark and sinister and the journalists who made it have been threatened with legal action. Talk about ruffling feathers…
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ALMOST HOLY ★★★
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NINE LIVES ★★