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Everyone’s favourite superhero family return for a funny, empowering second round of crime fighting - though this time the roles are reversed as Mr Incredible is left at home to look after the children while Elastagirl saves the world...

It might be tempting for some to dismiss Freddie Hutton-Mills and Bart Ruspoli’s latest directorial effort as yet another straight-to-DVD and digital release to hit the bargain bin at your local DVD shop; however, to do so would be to deprive oneself of a unique and enjoyable viewing experience.

The Wall Street Journal published an article in 2013 about a group of school friends who have managed to maintain contact with one another for decades by playing a game of tag every year in the merry month of May.

Writers Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson make the leap from stage to screen with this film adaptation of their successful play.

Sudbury

Despite the reassuring presence of Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, some could be forgiven for being sceptical about whether Stefano Sollima’s sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s dark, arresting thriller Sicario would be as powerful as the original.

Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur, who scaled the dizzy heights of Everest with Jake Gyllenhaal, shows an equally sure footing at sea with this survival story starring Shailene Woodley and Norfolk’s own Sam Claflin.

Adapted from Peter Rock’s novel by Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik and screenwriting partner Anne Rosellini, this is a restrained portrait of the indomitable spirit of backwoods communities through the eyes of a teenage girl and her fiercely protective father.

A mother’s courage is warped by grief and righteous indignation in Fatih Akin’s award-winning drama, which marries on-screen inner turmoil with a powerful score composed by Queens Of The Stone Age front man Josh Homme.

UN Court

Despite a dissatisfying second chapter, Steven Soderbergh’s Oceans trilogy (2001 -2007) was a thrilling and inventive heist series which, following its conclusion with Oceans 13, seemed to inspire little demand for further sequels or re-boots.

Crime pays off again, just about, in latest misadventures of the larcenous Ocean family that ditches George Clooney, Brad Pitt in favour of an all-female lead cast spearheaded by Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.

Taking its title from his short story, this elegiac account of the final years of Oscar Wilde following his incarceration living in exile in France and Italy is a passion project for director, writer and lead actor Rupert Everett.

France

With a star-studded female cast including Helena Bonham Carter, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna, ‘Ocean’s 8’ is the ultimate heist movie - it really has to be seen to be believed.

The fourth, full length feature from English director Andrew Haigh, Lean on Pete tells the story of 15-year-old Charley as he forms an unlikely friendship with a fading race horse.

America

“A new generation’s The Exorcist” reads just one of the glowing endorsements that adorn the poster for Ari Aster’s directorial debut.

Writer-director Ari Aster’s twisted family portrait offers up creeping dread that will sends beads of sweat trickling down your spine by peeling away the layers of darkness and deceit that condemn one grief-stricken family to a grim fate.

Documentary stitches together the life of Alexander McQueen, tortured genius of working class origins, openly gay trailblazer, who challenged the fashion establishment, from his awkward teenage years to global catwalk stardom.

French enfant terrible Francois Ozon returns to the sexually charged delights of his earlier films for this heated psychological thriller of a disillusioned young woman and relationship with her therapist and his twin.

A bone-chilling horror movie will debut in cinemas this week, following a family which unearths the grim reality of their ancestors.

With an ominous new threat on the horizon, The Avengers must reunite to prevent the Mad Titan Thanos from collecting six magical infinity stones that will grant him almost unimaginable power.

For all its visual flair and dazzling set-pieces, Collin Trevorrow’s fourth segment of the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World (2015) failed to match the nerve-shredding tension of Steven Spielberg’s seminal first instalment.

Splicing the creative DNA of Steven Spielberg’s Lost World sequel with the rumbustious 2015 reboot Jurassic World, should roar and rampage but despite some great set-pieces this muscular fifth instalment is too tame to really thrill.

Ross Lynch delivers a chilling performance as the teenage Jeffrey Dahmer in this biographical drama written and directed by Marc Meyers, adapted from a graphic novel by John Backderf about the formative years of the serial killer.

United States

Ivo Marloh’s film didn’t live up to expectations.

Curiosity, it’ll get you every time.

Film review: McQueen

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Michael Joyce thinks the rags to riches story will only appeal to superfans.

Since its publication in 2011, E. L James’ 50 Shades of Grey and its sequels have inspired a seemingly endless slew of films and books, parodying its raunchy prose to varying comedic effect.

Straight from the James-Bond-spoofing credits - complete with an emotive soundtrack, tongue in cheek credits and Deadpool himself being showered in gold paint, you know that this sequel isn’t taking itself too seriously.

Writer-director Bill Holderman’s frothy romantic comedy stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen as life-long friends, who have forgotten what it means to grow old disgracefully.

Real life couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt star in this tense thriller about a family forced to live in silence due to an invasion of alien creatures that hunt by sound.

With Ron Howard stepping forward to replace departing directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and reports of substantial reshoots among its production difficulties, it would be fair to say that the expectation for the latest Star Wars spin-off was less than ecstatic.

Following the surprise success of the original two years ago, Ryan Reynolds brings the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ back to the big screen for Deadpool 2.

The Last Jedi propelled George Lucas’s saga into a galaxy far, far away from the old-fashioned charm of the original trilogy, but this Han Solo origins story directed Ron Howard slingshots at lightspeed in the opposite direction.

Raja Gosnell, director of Beverly Hill Chihuahua, collars a buddy cop movie, which is essentially Miss Congeniality on four legs, with dysfunctional canines replacing the beauty queens.

Terry Gilliam’s modern twist on the 17th classic is flawed but wonderfully wacky.

Spain

With its self-aware humour and ultra-violent fight sequences, Deadpool was one of the biggest hits of 2016, grossing $783,112,979 worldwide and becoming the highest grossing R-rated comedy in box office history.

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