Latest movies: Ghost in the Shell, Free Fire, Man Down

All hell breaks loose for a cyborg with an identity crisis, Boston gangs with a beef and a traumatised Marine in a dystopian future

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GHOST IN THE SHELL ★★★

Scarlett Johansson adds flesh (so to speak) to Major, the classic manga heroine whose brain is housed inside a totally synthetic body employed as the perfect cyber soldier in a Blade Runner-ish future world. The visuals are undoubtedly eye-poppingly spectacular and immersive (especially on a big screen) but probably best to check out Blade Runner 2049 in October for a more profound philosophical vision of our future. 

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FREE FIRE ★★★

High-Rise director Ben Wheatley’s latest does exactly what it says on the tin, as two gangs in 1970s Boston fall out in a brutal, bullet-ridden extravaganza. Basic stuff, but the 1978 timeframe means a sartorial sucker-punch of moustaches, beards and beige clobber. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLmSZO2D6Ho&showinfo=0


MAN DOWN ★★★

A soldier’s struggle with PTSD after a posting in Afghanistan bleeds into a search for his son in a post-apocalyptic America in this unusual wartime drama. Shia LaBeouf, who’s had a few off-screen traumas of his own, adds to his acting credentials in the title role. 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcvVWFQHfQI&showinfo=0


ALSO RELEASED THIS WEEK

THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE ★★★ (for one night only, 31st March)

DON’T KNOCK TWICE ★★★

GRADUATION ★★★★

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE ★★★

TICKLING GIANTS ★★★

THE VOID ★★


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