Stuck for what to watch at the weekend?
Let Entertainment Focus help you with our handy guide to this week’s new releases.
From the biggest blockbusters to the best in independent and world cinema, we’ve got it covered.
Captain America: Civil War
What’s it about? In the aftermath of another major international incident resulting in collateral damage, the world’s politicians finally intervene with a proposed Superhero Registration Act. The purpose of the act is to try and govern and control superhuman/enhanced human activity.
Everyone’s favourite Avengers, Steve “Captain America” Rogers and Tony “Iron Man” Stark find themselves ideologically opposed, with Steve deeply suspicious of any sort of government oversight, and Tony believing it’s the only way to separate themselves from the bad guys. This divide eventually brings them into conflict, with the remaining Avengers split into warring factions. Needless to say, an almighty scrap ensues.
Full disclosure, there are few films out this year that I am looking forward to more than Civil War. Ostensibly a sequel to both The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron, this is an all-star Marvel feast of delights. If you have even a passing interest in the MCU, this is where you should be spending your money this weekend. It’s time to pick a side. Are you Team Cap or Team Iron Man?
Who’s in it? Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily Vancamp, Martin Freeman
Son of Saul
What’s it about? A harrowing drama set in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in 1944. Saul is a Hungarian Jewish prisoner, and a member of the Sonderkommando, a group of prisoners charged with the duty of leading fellow prisoners to the gas chambers, and then carrying their bodies away to be burned. One day he finds the body of his son, which he smuggles away to be buried properly in secret, a ploy which requires bribery, blackmail and threats. At the same time, an uprising is being planned by other prisoners, who fear that Saul’s actions will get in their way.
This debut film from László Nemes is a remarkable and searing account of the horror of Auschwitz, and rightly won the Academy Award for Best Film in a Foreign Language at this years Oscar Ceremony. This is only being released in key cities, but is well worth seeking out.
Who’s in it? Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn, Todd Charmont, Jerzy Walczak, Sándor Zsótér
What’s it about? From acclaimed director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild) comes this comedy-drama about a man struggling to hold his life together in the aftermath of a tragic accident.
Suffering from post-traumatic stress following the sudden death of his wife, Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) starts to physically demolish every aspect of his old life, including all his worldly possessions, and even his house. Along the way he forms a strange bond with a secretary in the complaints department of a vending machine company, to whom he has been writing letters.
The script for Demolition was on the Black List (the best unproduced screenplays) in 2007. Vallée’s previous two films were both prestige winter releases, up for awards consideration. This has been released in spring, in the same week as Captain America: Civil War. Make of that what you will.
Who’s in it? Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis
Ratchet & Clank
What’s it about? Based on a series of video games that launched on the PS2 back in 2002, Ratchet & Clank is a 3D kids animation film, telling the origin story of how Ratchet (a feline-like mechanic) and Clank (a small, sentient robot) meet, travel the universe, and save it from evil forces.
Public Service Announcement for parents of kids too young to see Civil War – this is what you’re going to see this weekend. Now where did I put that Nelson Muntz “haha” meme?
Who’s in it? Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson, James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Sylvester Stallone
God’s Not Dead 2
Arabian Nights Volume 2: The Desolate One
A Flickering Truth