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In cinemas this week: The Jungle Book, Eye in the Sky & more

We round-up the best films coming to the big screen this weekend.

The Jungle Book
Credit: Disney

The weekend is almost upon us again and that means there’s a new slate of films arriving in cinemas.

It can be a tough decision deciding what to go and see, so we’ve pulled together this week’s highlights to help you decide.

Keep reading and decide what movie you’re going to spend your hard-earned cash on…

The Jungle Book

What’s it about? Falling somewhere between Rudyard Kipling’s original stories and the beloved 1967 Disney animation, this new adaptation from director Jon Favreau promises to be a real treat. The film follows the adventures of the orphaned boy Mowgli and his animal protectors as they embark on a dangerous and exciting journey through the jungle. Filmed in a stunning combination of live-action, photo-real 3D CGI and motion capture, with an A-list cast of vocal talent and a few familiar songs too, this is one for the whole family to enjoy.

Who’s in it? Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson

 

Criminal

What’s it about? If Disney isn’t your thing, then why not try Criminal – a super high concept sci-fi action thriller directed by Ariel Vromen. The film is about an ex-con who is implanted with all the memories, skills and abilities of a deceased CIA operative in order to complete an important mission. You’re probably thinking at this point that with a premise that dumb it must star Nic Cage, but you’d be wrong. An all-star cast has been assembled, but can they elevate this outrageously far-fetched material? You’ll have to pay your money and find out.

Who’s in it? Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Alice Eve, Gal Gadot, Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Reynolds

 

Eye in the Sky

What’s it about? Far more serious matters are under consideration in Gavin Hood’s Eye in the Sky. Dealing with the minutiae of modern warfare, and the moral murk surrounding the use of drones. Flying over the world’s poorest countries, piloted remotely from thousands of miles away, and taking orders from bureaucrats in boardrooms, there are no easy answers to be found in this taut and tense thriller. The film is also notable for being Alan Rickman’s final on screen performance.

Who’s in it? Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi

 

Despite the Falling Snow

What’s it about? Based on the novel of the same name and directed by the author Shamim Sarif, Despite the Falling Snow is a romantic cold war thriller. Split across two timeframes, the film tells the story of Katya, a spy in 1960s Moscow, assigned to get close to a politician, but her personal feelings for him get in the way. Then in the post-Soviet era 90s, the niece of the politician returns to Moscow to find out what happened to Katya. What secrets will be uncovered?

Who’s in it? Rebecca Ferguson, Sam Reid, Charles Dance and Anthony Head

 

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