Oscar-winning ‘12 Years a Slave’ director Steve McQueen pivots to an expertly plotted crime movie that’s a showcase for tough women.
Take ‘Saving Private Ryan’, mash it together with ‘Wolfenstein’, add in some mutant-zombie Nazis, and you have Julius Avery’s highly entertaining horror-actioner.
You’ll either love or hate this artful horror from ‘Call Me By Your Name’s Luca Guadagnino. We can’t say which, obviously, but we can say that either way, you’ll be talking about it for a while. Tilda Swinton is both elegant and icily terrifying as the head of a Berlin dance school. Thom Yorke provides the score.
The beasts – Nifflers, Thunderbirds, Fwoopers et al – are back in the biggest movie of the month as Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and Albus Dumbledore (Jude Dumble-law) team up to tackle Johnny Depp’s jailbird Dark Wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. This one takes us back to Hogwarts too.
Boiled down by the Coen brothers from the bones of a planned six-part Netflix show, this anthology of six seemingly unconnected fables is set against dusty frontier towns, remote sun-dappled valleys and plodding wagon trains. Expect the siblings to find plenty of opportunities to explore the fickle hand of fate in the Old West.
Like an unusually vengeful Doctor Who, Lisbeth Salander regenerates again this month with Claire Foy following in Rooney Mara and Noomi Rapace’s footsteps to assume the mantle of the punky Swedish hacker. The McGuffin this time involves a rogue computer code that could just cause a nuclear war. Stephen Merchant pops up as a computer boffin.
If you’re itching to see the film that won the hearts of the Cannes jury this year, this is your chance. Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda (‘Like Father, Like Son’, ‘Our Little Sister’) reinforces his status as a modern-day Ozu with a rich humanist drama that picked up the Palme d’Or.
At a distance, this latest take on the famous outlaw looks like it may be operating from the Guy Ritchie playbook of pumped-up period action movies (‘Halberds for show, arrows for a pro’, etc). But it’s directed by ‘Peaky Blinders’ man Otto Bathurst and has a killer cast. The whole stealing-from-the-rich-and-giving-to-the-poor thing never gets old either.
This month’s movie nostalgia comes draped in the Stars and Stripes. Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is back facing off against old foe Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), this time in a cornerman capacity. Of course, this spin-off sequel showcases the talents of Michael B Jordan as gifted young nose-bonker Adonis Creed who takes on Drago Jr in the ring. Don’t forget that Drago Sr killed his dad, so expect it to get pretty personal.
Chile’s Sebastián Lelio pays attention to overlooked female stories – as in his recent Oscar-winning ‘A Fantastic Woman’ and its resilient transgender heroine. The director’s forte is on display as he charts a drama that erupts within a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish community in London. Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola are all on top form.
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