List Film

Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant
  • 2017
  • US
  • 123 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ridley Scott
  • Written by: Michael Green
  • Cast: Michael Fassbender, Demián Bichir, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez

The spaceship Covenant ends up on an unknown planet littered with little egg things, which can’t be good. The latest in the franchise is basically an excuse for Scott’s fantastic visuals and a series of more or less ingenious variations on grisly death, although some will enjoy the spectacle of Fassbender kissing himself.

Mon 29 May
Tue 30 May
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Colossal

Colossal
  • 2017
  • Spain
  • 110 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Nacho Vigalondo
  • Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, Dan Stevens

Jilted, listless, alcoholic writer Gloria (Hathaway) returns to her hometown to be welcomed by childhood friend Oscar (Sudeikis), but reports come in of a giant monster terrorising Seoul. A sensationally strange and sometimes raucously enjoyable combination of slacker indie comedy and monster movie, with a welcome sense of anarchy.

Mon 29 May
Tue 30 May
Wed 31 May

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • 2017
  • US
  • 137 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Gunn
  • Written by: James Gunn
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Glenn Close, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Kurt Russell

The gang are back, with a rollicking plot involving stolen batteries and Ego (Russell) who may or may not be the long-lost dad of Peter Quill (Pratt). It’s very CGI-heavy, sometimes tiringly so, but the humour still charms and the finale picks it up after a sluggish second act.

Mon 29 May
Tue 30 May
Wed 31 May

The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden
  • 2016
  • Korea
  • 144 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Park Chan-Wook
  • Cast: Kim Tae-Ri, Kim Min-Hee, Ha Jung-Woo, Jo Jin-Woong

Thief Sook-Hee (Tae-ri) is hired to pose as a maid to wealthy heiress Hideko (Min-hee) as part of a con trick, but then maid and heiress discover mutual passion. This loose adaptation of Sarah Waters's Fingersmith is bravura filmmaking, but while the emotion between the two women is vibrant, an extended sex scene is exploitative, and the plot is too convoluted.

Mon 29 May
Tue 30 May
Wed 31 May

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
  • 2017
  • United Kingdom
  • 126 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Guy Ritchie
  • Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Annabelle Wallis, Hermione Corfield

Arthur (Hunnam) is the ‘bastard son of a prostitute’, or so he thinks; then he discovers his power when he draws the sword Excalibur from its resting place. Brash, bold and noisy retelling of the myth, with armed elephants, lots of shouting and too much reliance on CGI trickery.

  • IMDb
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Miss Sloane

Miss Sloane
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 132 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Madden
  • Cast: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Elizabeth Sloane (Chastain) is a ruthless Washington lobbyist who is persuaded to work for a lobbying company aiming to make stronger gun control laws. Breakneck, nicely vicious dialogue and a whirldwind performance from Chastain are the best reasons to watch an otherwise above-average political thriller.

Mon 29 May
Tue 30 May
Wed 31 May

The Other Side of Hope

The Other Side of Hope
  • 2017
  • Finland/Germany
  • 98 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Cast: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kousmanen, Ville Virtanen, Kati Outinen

Syrian asylum-seeker Khaled (Haji) meets travelling salesman-turned-restaurateur Wikström (Kuosmanen), and after an awkward start, a beautiful friendship is born. Kaurismaki is back and at the top of his game, with a melancholy, gorgeous-looking, sometimes screamingly funny exploration of the kindness of strangers. How we’ve missed him.

Mon 29 May
Tue 30 May
Wed 31 May

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge
  • 2017
  • US
  • 129 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom

Captain Jack (Depp) and friends are on a mission to obtain the trident of Poseidon before ghoulish Captain Salazar (Bardem) can get his hands on it. A partial return to form for the franchise, with Bardem vigorous as Jack’s nemesis and a winning performance from Scodelario as an astronomer. It’s all too crowded but it manages to stay afloat.

  • IMDb
Mon 29 May
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Wed 31 May

Raphael – The Lord of the Arts

  • 2017
  • Italy
  • 90 min
  • Directed by: Luca Viotto

Exploration of the life and work of Raphael Sanzio.

Tue 30 May

War Machine

War Machine
  • 2017
  • 120 min
  • Directed by: David Michôd
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Emory Cohen, Topher Grace, Meg Tilly

General Glen McMahon (Pitt as a character based on real-life General Stanley McChrystal) is put in charge of leading US forces in Afghanistan, where he thinks he can fix the unfixable. A sometimes sophisticated critique of US warmongering is badly undermined by Pitt’s mannered performance, part Popeye, part Aldo Raine from Inglourious Basterds.

  • IMDb
Mon 29 May
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