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Bad Neighbours 2, Florence Foster Jenkins in cinemas this week

We round up this week’s batch of new cinema releases.

Bad Neighbours 2
Credit: Universal

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.

 

Bad Neighbours 2

What’s it about? This follow up to the 2014 box office smash, Bad Neighbours, once again finds 30-something couple Mac and Kelly at war with a group of rowdy college kids. This time however, instead of a bunch of frat boy bros with six packs living next door, they have to deal with a gaggle of bikini clad sorority sisters.

Expect more of the same gags that we saw in the first film, with plenty of improvisation thrown in to hopefully keep it fresh. Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne make a great screen couple, and most of the best material will no doubt come from their interactions and desire to still be young and cool.

Based on the trailers and TV spots, fans of Zac Efron’s torso should be happy.

Who’s in it? Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kiersey Clemons, Beanie Feldstein, Selena Gomez

 

I Saw the Light

What’s it about? A biopic of country music legend Hank Williams, charting his rise to fame and the incredible body of work he created in his all too brief and tragic life. By all accounts the film covers some well-worn material, following the young musician as he sings and boozes his way to the top.

There’s certainly an element of “seen this all before”, as the familiar plot points of the “genius biopic” are ticked off one by one. This perceived lack of originality in the script is reflected in the mixed reviews the film has so far received.

That being said, any film featuring Tom Hiddleston getting drunk and singing country and western songs has got to be worth watching.

Who’s in it? Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, Cherry Jones, Maddie Hasson, Wrenn Schmidt

 

Florence Foster Jenkins

What’s it about? Another musical biopic out this week, but at a completely different end of the spectrum. Florence Foster Jenkins was an heiress and New York socialite, completely in love with music, opera and the arts. So much so that she dedicated much of her later life to becoming an opera singer and performing recitals of famous arias. This despite possessing very little in the way of actual vocal talent.

Her story is being played mostly for laughs in this film adaptation starring Meryl Streep as Jenkins, and Hugh Grant as St.Clair Bayfield, her manager and common law husband. Directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen), this looks to be a sentimental and crowd-pleasing film, with something for everyone.

Who’s in it? Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson

 

Knight of Cups

What’s it about? Written and directed by Terrence Malick, Knight of Cups is an experimental all-star ensemble, focusing on the life of a depressed Hollywood screenwriter on a quest to find his self, and the strange encounters he has with people along the way.

If that all sounds a little too naval-gazing and narcissistic for you, just wait, it gets even better. The film is divided into eight chapters, seven of which are named after tarot cards. Each chapter is devoted to an encounter with someone in the main character’s life. Is your patience being tested yet?

Seriously though, this is going to divide audiences. Even fans of Malick may be pushed to the limits of tolerability by this one. Others will no doubt be blown away by its artistic beauty (the film was shot by 3 time Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki) and philosophical musings. If you’re looking for something a little more cerebral from a cinema experience this week, this could be the film for you.

Who’s in it? Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer, Freida Pinto, Imogen Poots

 

Also Out

These Final Hours
Robinson Crusoe 3D
Evolution
Johnny Guitar (reissue)
Arabian Nights Volume 3: The Enchanted One

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