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Subtlety is fine, but sometimes it’s fun to just go all out. That’s what we get this week with heists, westerns, romantic comedy and whatever it is you classify Crimson Peak as. So enjoy.

There’s no expense spared when it comes to rounding up talent for heist thriller Triple 9. Director John Hillcoat (The Road & The Proposition) has at his disposal the likes of Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus and even Kate Winslet and Woody Harrelson. The story follows an elaborate heist that goes off the rails when a cop comes back from the dead to track them down. It’s big, brash and hopefully a lot of fun.

Following similar sensibilities comes Bone Tomahawk. A western/horror/comedy hybrid, S. Craig Zahler’s directing debut sees the town of Bright Hope come under attack from a killer branch of Native Americans after a burial ground is disturbed. Kurt Russell’s Sheriff leads a posse of Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins to rescue kidnapped townsfolk. The action is thrilling, the blood gory, and the comedy as dark as midnight.

Rounding off a week of releases painted in primary colours comes romantic comedy How to Be Single. Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann come together to struggle through the intricacies of dating, and more importantly work out how to be happy on their own, in New York. A by-the-numbers genre outing in the end, the quality of the cast gives it enough kick to get over the line.

In the world of home entertainment, Crimson Peak, Guillermo del Toro’s psychological/horror/romance mash-up arrives on DVD. Indulging his gothic tendencies, Mia Wasikowska is put through the ringer when she marries Tom Hiddleston’s English baronet, moving from America to his decrepit rural home in the old country. Living with her new husband and his sister Jessica Chastain, she stumbles on a sinister plot or two, and the occasional ghost to liven things up. All about the atmosphere, it’s sometimes scary, sometimes romantic, and always beautiful.

That’s all for now. See you next week when Grimsby comes under fire.

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