If you’re lucky enough to be enjoying all the cinematic magic at Cannes Film Festival, spare a thought for those of us left at home. Whilst it’s no French Riviera, the local cinema is a nice place to be this weekend. There’s nostalgia from Linklater, app inspired animation and a spy-thriller starring some of Britain’s finest.
Following on from the critical success of Boyhood in 2014, Richard Linklater’s latest film takes viewers on a retro journey back to America in the 1980’s. Channelling the same spirit as the director’s coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused, Everybody Wants Some!! centres on a group of college baseball players navigating their way through unsupervised adulthood. Starring a young cast of actors including Tyler Hoechlin, Blake Jenner, Ryan Guzman and Zoey Dutch, it promises nostalgia, comedy and a killer soundtrack. We’d expect nothing less from Linklater.
You’ve played the game, now it’s time to watch Red, Chuck, and Bomb in action on screen. A directorial debut for Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly, The Angry Birds Movie sees the three flightless birds going up against mysterious green piggies that arrive on their island home. Reviews of the game adaptation suggest it doesn’t live up to Pixar animation, however it’s bright and inoffensive enough to provide some lightweight weekend entertainment for all the family.
If you enjoyed the BBC One miniseries The Night Manager, you might want to check out Our Kind of Traitor when it hits cinemas today. Based on John le Carré’s novel of the same name, this thriller follows Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris as an English couple who unwittingly befriend a money launderer for the Russian mafia (Stellan Skarsgård) and get caught up in the world of espionage in the process. It’s an inferior le Carré adaptation but it’s saved by a cast of stellar actors that also includes Damien Lewis.
On DVD we have another book to film adaptation to indulge in: Lenny Abrahamson’s independent drama Room. Held captive for seven years in a small space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom and have to learn to adapt to the outside world. Starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, this five star, Academy Award and BAFTA winning masterpiece should be at the top of your watchlist this week.
Next week’s new releases include a return for the X-Men, Tom Hanks in Saudi Arabia and musical drama set in Ireland. Check back with us on Friday to see which movies we’re recommending.