Behind the scenes of the British film industry, post-Dunkirk, is the setting for this gentle romantic comedy, in which Gemma Arterton’s spirited Welsh typist “shoots up the ranks” to write scripts for wartime propaganda films. The cast, including Richard E Grant, Helen McCrory and Eddie Marsan, is terrific but Bill Nighy (not for the first time) provides the titters (and steals the picture) as a self-absorbed ham.
The real-life wartime story of the Polish couple who hid Warsaw ghetto Jews among the animals of their zoo is the meat of this drama from Whale Rider director Niki Caro. It’s no Schindler’s List but Jessica Chasten is her usual convincing self in the title role.
Warren Beatty returns as actor/director for the first time in nearly 20 years to play tycoon Howard Hughes, who’s out to obtain the attentions of Lily Collins’s virginal ingenue. Trouble is, she’s fallen for the more youthful charms of the chauffeur hired by the obsessive, old eccentric to drive her around Hollywood. It’s great to see Beatty back making movies and with a top-notch cast to support him – Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, Steve Coogan, Annette Bening – but Scorsese’s The Aviator looms large as the definitive take on the billionaire movie-maker and aircraft designer..
A normal day at the office takes a nasty turn when all the employees in a corporate high-rise are shut in and ordered to kill each other or be killed. Carnage ensues but it is written by James Gunn (director of imminent Marvel blockbuster Guardian of the Galaxy Vol 2) so expect a smidgen of tongue-in-cheek humour among the blood-letting.