You rarely see Emily Blunt going off the rails, but she does a good job of it as the troubled anti-heroine in an adaptation of the bestselling novel. Otherwise, this film is pretty much straight down the track – no great surprises. Cue the chorus of readers who will, no doubt, exclaim: it’s not as good as the book.
BLOOD FATHER ★★★
Mel Gibson becomes the latest in a line of geri-action heroes, clearly having a blast as a boozy ex-con biker trying to protect his daughter from a gang of unsavoury types. You didn’t think Mad Max would ever accept a free bus pass, did you? He’d never catch up with those baddies on public transport.
For years Louis Theroux has been trying to get access to the Church of Scientology but no amount of his trademark amiable bumbling could break down their defences. Instead, he’s come up with this left-field documentary that reconstructs their secretive rituals. Tom Cruise features (sort of…).
WAR ON EVERYONE ★★★★
If you’re a fan of Irish film-maker John Michael McDonagh (The Guard, Calvary) and his specific brand of noirish comedy, you’ll get a kick out of his first American feature, a cop buddy flick starring Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena. They chose policing because “you can shoot people for no reason”.
If you’re up for some ‘90s nostalgia, you’ll want to check out this documentary about the supersonic rise to fame of Oasis. Unlike the band, the feud between Liam and Noel Gallagher is still going strong. Liam recently criticised his brother for not turning up to the premiere. (We won’t repeat what he said.)
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