Latest movies: The Dark Tower, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Gunslingers, environmental catastrophe, and Ryan Reynolds in action mode

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THE DARK TOWER ★★

Despite securing the second largest opening weekend for a Stephen King adaptation ever (only marginally falling behind 2007’s John Cusack chiller 1408), Nikolaj Arcel’s blockbusting fantasy epic was deemed a critical and commercial disappointment. Idris Elba stars as the gunslinging anti-hero who battles Matthew McConaughey’s sly sorcerer, but this sequel/spin-off of King’s eight-tome series lacks the necessary thrills to justify the prequel TV series Sony already has in the works. Still, there’s hope for King yet – the adaptation of his clown-horror IT opens in two weeks…

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AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER ★★★

There’s no escaping Donald Trump at the moment, and the current POTUS looms large over this follow-up to 2006’s An Inconvenient Truth, which sees ex-VP Al Gore catching up on all things environmental. There’s shocking stuff in here (witness the shots of tarmac melting on roads in India and floods incapacitating New York), but it’s Trump who has the biggest impact – he was elected while Gore was editing this movie, and it can’t be long before An Inconvenient Threequel tackles his views on climate change head-on.


THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD ★★★★

What happens when you throw two of Hollywood’s wisecracking action heavyweights together? Well, you get this rat-a-tat action thriller, in which Ryan Reynolds’ special protection agent is tasked with guarding Samuel L. Jackson’s deadly assassin as he prepares for his day in court. You’ve seen most of this all before but Reynolds and Jackson’s combined star power keeps things moving at a hell of a lick. And watch out for Salma Hayek in a scene-stealing role as Jackson’s F-bomb-lobbing wife.

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FINAL PORTRAIT ★★★

From action star to indie darling, Armie Hammer has weathered box-office wobbles (The Lone Ranger, The Man from UNCLE) to emerge as one of the finest actors working in independent movies. Here, he plays James Lord, the American author who sits for the last ever painting by Alberto Giacometti (Stanley Tucci, who also directs).


ALSO RELEASED THIS WEEK

NAPPING PRINCESS (Released on Wednesday 16 August) ★★★

DARK NIGHT ★★

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING ★★★

THE ODYSSEY ★★

LA SOLEDAD ★★★

THE UNTAMED ★★


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