New movies in-store this week, all of the film and tv releases that get the fopp stamp of approval in one handy place.
Check out all of our favourites below.
There was a time when you could fall over Jessica Chastain every time you went to the cinema; The Tree Of Life, The Help, Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar… her work since continues in the same vein, largely smart, studio financed drama.
Miss Sloane is very much in keeping with that strategy – an Aaron Sorkin-style talky, walky piece in which Chastain plays a steely Washington lobbyist who pits herself against the gun lobby. Director John Madden assembles a strong supporting cast – John Lithgow, Mark Strong, Michael Stuhlbarg – but it’s Chastain who dominates, doing her best armour-plated turn in this murky, political thriller.
Tonally, first time screenwriter Jonathan Perera veers between West Wing insider business and House Of Cards-style off-the-scale political chicanery. A stunning performance, certainly, from Chastian.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus – and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction.
Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
A British drama, set in rural Essex, where two brothers live in a dilapidated caravan.
They are the volatile Polly (Morgan Watkins), and his gentle younger sibling Richard (Scott Chambers), who has learning difficulties. The chicken, meanwhile, is Fiona; Richard’s solo friend until he meets Annabel (Submarine’s Yasmin Paige), whose family are new owners of the land they live on. Like Pawel Pawilikowski’s My Summer Of Love, Chicken is a coming of age drama set in the British countryside.
It is a confident debut from director Joe Stephenson, who captures something of the below-the-breadline desperation of the brothers’ plight – scrabbling for a fiver here, committing petty theft & scavenging food. He also shoots the landscape well; the countryside bursting into summer. It is well acted, too, especially by Chambers who never makes his condition his defining quality.
My Life As A Courgette
Nominated for a golden globe and academy award for Best Animated Feature, My Life As A Courgette is a vibrant stop-motion animation from director claude barras and writer Céline Sciama (Girlhood, Tomboy).
After losing his mother, nine-year-old Icare (nicknamed “Courgette”) befriends Raymond, a police officer who takes him to a foster home to live with other kids his own age. Although he has trouble finding his place at first, courgette quickly meets new friends, and with their help he learns to love and trust those around him, all the while finding a new family of his own.
Brought to life through unforgettable characters and beautiful animation, this is the perfect film for audiences both young and old.
Arrow: Season 5
In Season Five, newly appointed Mayor Oliver Queen finds himself challenged as he fights on two fronts for the future of Star City. With his right hand, John Diggle, back in the military and his sister Thea adamant about hanging up her vigilante hood as Speedy, Team Green Arrow is down to just Oliver and Felicity – but they’re no longer the only vigilantes in town.
Green Arrow’s public defeat of Damien Darhk at the end of Season Four has inspired a new crop of masked heroes to step up and defend the city, though their painful inexperience makes them obstacles rather than allies in the field.
The arrival of a deadly new adversary will force Oliver to confront questions about his own legacy, both as mayor and as the Green Arrow.
also out this week
Jean-Luc Godard/Jean-Pierre Gorin: Five Films: 1968-1971
Journey To The Center Of The Earth
Ken Loach Collection: Riff Raff/Raining Stones/Ladybird Ladybird
Life Is Sweet/Running Jump
Lubitsch In Berlin: Masters Of Cinema