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noah-posterHiring Darren Aronofsky to direct a big budget version of Noah was unlikely to result in a standard blockbuster; just like getting an avowed atheist to make a film about a bible story was never going to please certain religious groups. Turning the tale into an environmental parable, he puts a cast including Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connolly, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins and Ray Winstone through the wringer for close to two and a half hours. But if you see that storm coming, you better start cutting down some trees.

Does the world really need two Jesse Eisenberg’s? After watching The Double, Richard Ayoade’s sophomore feature, the only conclusion is yes. Based on the Dostoyevsky short story and transplanted to a parallel industrial steampunk universe full of British comedy’s finest alongside Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, Ayoade serves up a mind bending treat. It’s frequently funny and permanently clever with a disarming ability to blur the lines between fiction and reality.

Ok, bear with me on this one. There are only 74 images in the entire film. It’s also in black and white with no dialogue. But don’t let that put you off Godfrey Reggio’s Visitors. It opens with a gorilla and closes with a gorilla, and everything in between is up to you to. Supported by a glorious Philip Glass score, Reggio has crafted an experiential masterpiece that lets you ask and then answer your own questions. It’s unlike anything else you’ll see this year.

Jason Statham films are basically made for DVD. And to prove that point, Homefront, his latest bewilderingly stupid action adventure, arrives for your home entertainment viewing pleasure this week. Statham, sadly lacking his trademark suit, gets to scrap with a bunch of rednecks after a playground fight gets out of hand. Bizarrely, James Franco and Winona Ryder also pop up in a mindless but entertaining romp.

Next week, Spider-Man returns and Tom Hardy gets to resolve construction problems while driving down the M1. See you then.

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