Alien spacecraft fetch up on Earth in a sci-fi epic that’s grounded in cogitation rather than annihilation, as boffins Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner fly in to have a chinwag with our extraterrestrial visitors. Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) keeps a cool hand on the directorial tiller, which bodes well for his sequel to 80s landmark Blade Runner (out next year).
Ewan McGregor makes his directorial feature debut with this adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, in which a father searches for a daughter radicalised into protest and destructive action by US participation in the Vietnam War. The Scot does double time starring as the dutiful dad, and there’s top-class support from Jennifer Connelly as his wife and Dakota Fanning as the rebellious runaway.
An accident puts a disparate cast of characters (Idris Elba’s womanising rugby star, Ken Stott’s old thespian, Franz Drameh’s tearaway teenager) on a collision course in a contemporary urban drama set in one square mile of west London. Like 2004 Oscar-winner Crash, only set in Blighty.