First off the mark this week is ‘Baby Driver’, Edgar Wright’s action thriller starring Ansel Elgort as a young getaway driver trying to get out but pulled back in by crime boss Kevin Spacey. There’s the return of those lovable minions in ‘Despicable Me 3’, and laughs aplenty as Will Ferrell & Amy Poehler open an illegal casino to win back their daughter’s college fund in ‘The House’. Emma Thompson & Brendan Gleeson play cat-and-mouse in Nazi Germany in ‘Alone in Berlin’, plus the true, untold story of rapper Tupac Shakur in ‘All Eyez on Me’. Read about all of the the week’s releases here…
Baby Driver (15)
Action | Crime | Thriller
Dir. Edgar Wright, UK/US, 2017, 113 Mins
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm
A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life,
When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love, and freedom.
A Man Called Ove (15)
Comedy | Drama
Dir. Hannes Holm, Sweden, 2015, 116 Mins, Subtitles
Cast: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg
59 year old Ove is the block’s grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighbourhood with an iron fist.
When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove’s mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools.
Biography | Drama | Music
Dir. Benny Boom, US, 2017, 140 Mins
Cast: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Kat Graham, Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg
The true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.
The film follows Shakur from his early days in New York City to his evolution into being one of the world’s most recognised and influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25.
Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mind-set propelled him into becoming a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his passing.
Dir. Vincent Perez, UK/France/Germany, 2017, 103 Mins
Cast: Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl, Brendan Gleeson
Berlin, 1940. The City is paralysed by fear.
Otto (Brendan Gleeson) and Anna Quangel (Emma Thompson) are a working-class couple living in a shabby apartment block trying to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule.
But when their only child is killed fighting at the front, their loss propels them into an extraordinary act of resistance. They start to drop anonymous postcards all over the city attacking Hitler and his regime.
If caught, it means certain execution. Soon their campaign comes to the attention of the Gestapo inspector, Escherich (Daniel Brühl), and a murderous game of cat-and-mouse begins.
Based on the incredible true story and best-selling book by Hans Fallada.
Comedy | Drama
Dir. Harry Michell, UK, 2016, 89 Mins
Cast: Harry Michell, Augustus Prew, Isabella Laughland
Oscar thinks he’s special. He isn’t. He thinks it’s everyone else’s fault. It’s not. Moving to London, he gives himself a year to break into showbiz, but ends up waylaid by the same old problems: friendships, flings, and finding ultimate fulfilment.
Say what you like, but it’s tough being Chubby Funny.
Animation | Action | Adventure
Dirs. Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, US, 2017, 96 Mins
Cast: Jenny Slate, Miranda Cosgrove, Kristen Wiig
The team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters – Margo, Edith and Agnes – and the Minions. Despicable Me 3, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon,
Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.
Dir. Andrew Jay Cohen, US, 2017, 88 Mins
Cast: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jeremy Renner, Nick Kroll
After Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) lose their daughter Alex’s college fund, they become desperate to earn it back so she can pursue her dream of attending a university.
With the help of their neighbour Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), they decide to start an illegal casino in his house.
Dir. Ceyda Torun, Turkey/US, 2016, 79 Mins, Subtitles
Cast: Bülent Üstün
Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame — and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.
Critics and internet cats agree — this cat documentary will charm its way into your heart and home as you fall in love with the cats in Istanbul.
Dir. Laura Poitras, Germany/US, 2016, 92 Mins
Cast: Julian Assange, Sarah Harrison, Jacob Appelbaum
From Academy Award winner Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR). Filmed over six years including through the 2016 presidential election and up to the present moment, RISK takes viewers closer than they have ever been before to Julian Assange and those who surround him.
With unprecedented access, Poitras give us the WikiLeaks story from the inside, allowing viewers to understand our current era of massive leaks, headline-grabbing news, and the revolutionary impact of the internet on global politics. RISK is a portrait of power, principles, betrayal, and sacrifice when the stakes could not be any higher. It is a first-person geopolitical thriller told from the perspective of a filmmaker immersed in the worlds of state surveillance and the cypherpunk movement.
RISK confirms Poitras’ directorial ability to record history as it unfolds on camera, and craft narratives at the highest level.