The movie of the moment, this Singapore-set hit takes Kevin Kwan’s much-loved novel and translates all its cultural specificity, acid humour, and couture-y extravaganza into a joyously OTT romcom with heart. A sequel is already on the way. Resistance is futile.
Can an Arnold-less reboot survive our geeky expectations? We’ve got high hopes for several reasons. The first is writer-director Shane Black, still the wiseass screenwriter of ‘Lethal Weapon and, more recently, The Nice Guys. Second, the deep cast makes room for Moonlight’s Trevante Rhodes, as well as such randos as Jake Busey.
You don’t immediately associate ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Spy’ director Paul Feig with thrillers but he’s made one and by all accounts he’s nailed it. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively star as a guileless school mum and a glamorous femme fatale who mysteriously disappears.
Gaspar Noé’s latest collected raves (and an award) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The French provocateur’s boundary-pushing is legendary, his visuals mind-bending and often unforgettable. Bearing in mind ‘Climax’ revolves around a group of hip-hop dancers who accidentally take a load of LSD, this one is unlikely to be any different.
A leading light of the French new wave and a bona fide legend of cinema, Agnès Varda is 90 years old and still turning out essential work. This team-up with enigmatic artist JR (a kind of gallic Banksy) is a road-trip doc that sees the pair travel around France and celebrate its people in the medium of ginormous plaster friezes.
It’s been more than a decade since the release of ‘Paper Planes’, a rifle-cocking, Clash-sampling amalgam that still sounds groundbreaking. The artist behind it, British rapper M.I.A., has burned a trail of controversy and forthrightness ever since. This experimental profile considers the woman behind the pop star.
Novelist Sarah Waters (‘The Night Watch’, ‘Fingersmith’) is one of the best storytellers around and her books tend to make cracking movies and TV shows (see ‘The Handmaiden’ for evidence). So we’re more than a little excited to see what ‘Room’ director Lenny Abrahamson has done with her clammily atmospheric post-war ghost story. Domhnall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson star in this one.
If you enjoy watching men with big beards beating the living heck out of each other, this Irish western should fill the ‘Game of Thrones’ gap in your life. Aussie actor James Frecheville (him from ‘Animal Kingdom’) gets back from Afghanistan in 1847 to the injustices of the Great Famine. Cue violence, vengeance and some hard-edged action.
If you know your ollie from your kickflip, Crystal Moselle’s snapshot of girls in New York’s skateboarding fraternity is definitely for you. Even if you’re a total noob, there’s plenty to love about this follow-up to Moselle’s seriously watchable doc ‘The Wolfpack’.
It’s hard not to wish Glenn Close was offered a few more big-screen roles worthy of her talent. She definitely gets one in this forensic look of a marriage in trouble. Opposite Jonathan Pryce’s self-regarding author, she plays a woman held back by her marriage with restraint and simmering power. Close has been nominated for six Oscars down the years. Seventh time lucky?