Now showing: other films including: Bodies Bodies Bodies, See How They Run, Tad The Lost Explorer And The Curse Of The Mummy, Crimes Of The Future, Beast, Fisherman’s Friends: One And All, Orphan: First Kill, Nope, Bullet Train, DC League Of Super-Pets, Where The Crawdads Sing, The Railway Children Return, Top Gun: Maverick, Minions: The Rise Of Gru and Elvis
BODIES BODIES BODIES (15)
When a children’s game in the dark spirals wildly out of control with tragic consequences, screenwriter Sarah DeLappe provides no clear instructions about who we should trust.
Her script brilliantly captures the vapidness of a self-absorbed generation, which lives and dies by social media and its own relentless self-promotion.
The gnarly resolution of a central whodunnit is less satisfying, relying on coincidence and some questionable logic to deliver a final narrative gut-punch.
SEE HOW THEY RUN (12A)
Director Tom George’s comical 1950s-set murder mystery is a frightfully jolly jape that simultaneously venerates and pokes fun at the musty conventions of popular whodunnits.
Chappell’s script skilfully conflates facts about The Mousetrap and fanciful fiction without ruining the play’s closely-guarded secret.
There is unabashed fun in the film’s stylish execution and some terrific performances.
TAD THE LOST EXPLORER AND THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY (U)
The accident-prone hero faces creatures from the Egyptian underworld in a third big screen mission helmed by Spanish director Enrique Gato.
CRIMES OF THE FUTURE (18)
Cinematic provocateur David Cronenberg’s audacious solution to microplastics is a queasy, futuristic nightmare in which evolved humans consume the plastic they manufacture and discard.
Idris Elba pits himself against a murderous lion in director Baltasar Kormakur’s blood-soaked survival thriller.
The murderous big cat in Beast is the sole survivor of a night-time massacre by poachers and scriptwriter Ryan Engle wastes little time feeding the gun-toting villains to the ferocious feline shortly after one thug examines a paw print and surmises, “He’s a big one. Better get him or he’ll come after us!”
However, the king of the jungle meets his match in Elba.
FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS: ONE AND ALL (12A)
Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft’s sequel to the 2019 fish-out-of-water drama comedy Fisherman’s Friends takes bass notes of fact and adds rousing choruses of fanciful melodrama and romance. It’s heart-warming, feelgood entertainment, filled and crimped to the same wholesome design as its predecessor.
ORPHAN: FIRST KILL (15)
Murder is child’s play in director William Brent Bell’s prequel to the 2009 horror Orphan about a thirtysomething psychiatric patient (Isabelle Fuhrman) with a rare gland condition that stunts growth, allowing her to pass as a young girl and infiltrate unsuspecting families.
Oscar-winning writer-director Jordan Peele’s latest is a close encounter of the second-hand kind, imagining first contact with extra-terrestrials as a stand-off between species.
BULLET TRAIN (15)
Deadpool 2 director David Leitch’s outlandish comedy thriller, based on Kotaro Isaka’s novel Maria Beetle, gleefully appropriates a bullet train’s key feature – speed – before it reaches the end of the line with an orgy of cartoon violence.
Action set-pieces, including bone-crunching brawls in different carriages, are breathlessly choreographed.
DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETS (PG)
DC League Of Super-Pets enthusiastically goes for walkies with familiar characters including Superman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman but shifts focus to the motley crew of furry critters who will join the Justice League as valiant sidekicks.
WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING (15)
Director Olivia Newman’s slow-burning film adaptation of Delia Owens’ international bestseller.
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN RETURN (PG)
Aptly-titled sequel to writer-director Lionel Jeffries’ cherished original, the follow-up this time is set against the backdrop of World War II, and sees the return of Jenny Agutter as Bobbie Waterbury (now a headstrong grandmother).
It’s a charming confection anchored by strong performances.
TOP GUN: MAVERICK (12A)
Smash-hit follow-up to the famous 80s action blockbuster, Tom Cruise’s latest star vehicle has won strong reviews from fans of the original and newcomers left stunned by the real-world stunt flying, and the film’s mix of emotional scenes returning favourite characters and high-speed derring-do.
MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU (U)
Another caper starring Gru and everyone’s favourite Minions. This fifth instalment of the Despicable Me saga delivers the breathless entertainment and escapism we have come to expect with casual ease.
Director Baz Luhrmann delivers another visually extravagant cinematic spectacle – this time a biopic of Elvis Presley (Austin Butler).
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