Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody – the trio behind the acerbic and hilarious ‘Young Adult’ – reunite for a sharply-scripted mom-com full of wit and wisdom. Theron plays an expecting mother in dire need of a few minutes’ peace and quiet that her two other kids make sure she never gets. A preternaturally helpful night nappy (Mackenzie Davis) may be just the answer.
Coralie Fargeat’s vengeance thriller has been compared to Meir Zarchi’s rape-revenge exploitation classic ‘I Spit on Your Grave’. This means that you can expect, a) one of the most violent movies of the year so far and, b) its vengeful heroine, Matilda Lutz’s vixenish Jen, to take absolutely no prisoners in it.
‘The Artist’ director Michel Hazanavicius charts a year in the life of one of French cinema’s greatest heroes, Jean-Luc Godard (Louis Garrel). Having made New Wave hits like ‘Breathless’ and ‘Pierrot le Fou’, Godard decides to leave his arthouse labours behind and make a movie in which giant robots attack earth. Nah, not really. He disowns his work and joins a cultural revolution.
Like a younger, peppier French cousin to Lesley Manville’s put-upon Mary in ‘Another Year’, Laetitia Dosch’s newly single Parisian woman, Paula, suddenly finds herself struggling in a city that suddenly has nothing to offer her – or her loyal cat – in this bittersweet comedy-drama.
Ever wondered how Han first met Chewie, what kind of mileage the Falcon had on it when he bought, or how he first got into waistcoats? This Star Wars spinoff should provide some answers. Alden Ehrenreich fills the biggest flying boots and leather jacket in the movies.
Sheila Hancock goes full Ray Mears as the title character in this outdoorsy skew on the pensioner-with-newfound-purpose genre. When her husband dies, Edie resolves to climb Suilven, a Scottish peak, and make up for missed opportunities. Expect uplift, eccentricity and Gor-Tex as far as the eye can see.
Ireland’s answer to Studio Ghibli, Cartoon Saloon (‘Song of the Sea’, ‘The Secret of Kells’) revels in hand-drawn tales full of spark and imagination. This one, co-produced by Angelina Jolie, is no exception. The tale of a young girl from Kabul, it captures the grim realities of life under the Taliban and is spiced with a fantastical folk tale that wouldn’t be out of place on the pages of Scheherazade.
Mostly pretty private souls, few actors expose their lives and their craft in the way the great Ian McKellen does in this unusually frank doc. It spans all the way from his childhood in Burnley to his (surprisingly advanced) plans for this funeral, and sees him by turns engaging, forthright and a bit grumpy, yet always hugely entertaining.