Denzel Washington rides out in a remake of the 1960 classic, flanked by Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke (plus four others), when a farming community faces a hostile land-grab. But will the masses come out in force to see a western? The genre went out of fashion almost half a century ago and given the middling reviews, the success of the film will be a test of Denzel’s pulling power.
THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS★★★★
Zombie movies have become like a viral infection in themselves, spreading rapidly and turning our brains to mush. But this one, The Girl with all the Gifts, is different in isolating a little girl who, despite being infected, retains all her faculties. Plus, with Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close and Paddy Considine among the cast, you can be assured the acting will rise above the level of blank stares and drooling.
Daniel Radcliffe has made eclectic choices since laying down his wand in the Harry Potter franchise and this true-life thriller Imperium, in which he goes under cover as a neo-Nazi, is a case in point. When asked if he spent time with such people in preparation, he said, “No, but I know some really f***ing racist people… The most unbelievably racist s*** I’ve ever heard came out of a cab driver’s mouth in London.”
Daniel Radcliffe isn’t the only one musing on the current furore surrounding immigration. Greg Kinnear stars in this indie drama Little Men, exploring the conflict between a Chilean seamstress and the landlord who owns her shop, and while that may not be the most exiting pitch you’ve ever heard, it’s the friendship between their respective sons that really tugs the heartstrings.