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.
Everybody Wants Some!!
What’s it about? After the massive critical, commercial and awards strewn success of Boyhood, writer/director Richard Linklater is back with a new comedy about college baseball players in 1980. Seen as a spiritual successor to his 1993 classic Dazed and Confused, his latest film adopts that same laid back and meandering style. We hang out with the characters, get caught up in 70s/80s nostalgia, and rock out to the amazing soundtrack.
It’s unlikely to reach the same levels of acclaim, or make the sort of cultural impact that Boyhood achieved, but fans of Linklater will be in heaven.
Who’s in it? Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Glen Powell, Temple Baker, Ryan Anthony Guzman, Juston Street, Zoey Deutch
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
What’s it about? Tina Fey leads an all star cast in this adaptation of Kim Barker’s warzone memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Fey plays Barker (renamed as Kim Baker for some reason), a cable news journalist who agrees to take an assignment as a war correspondent in Afghanistan. The film captures the comedic absurdity of reporters trying to live and work in a warzone, whilst also exploring the wider and more serious concerns of the conflict.
Who’s in it? Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, Christopher Abbott, Nicholas Braun, Stephen Peacocke, Sheila Vand, Evan Jonigkeit, Billy Bob Thorton
What’s it about? Following up his sensational 2013 thriller Blue Ruin, writer/director Jeremy Saulnier returns with the violent and brutal horror, Green Room. Is this part two of a new Three Colours Trilogy? We can but dream. Anyway, Green Room tells the story of an American punk band who play a gig at a backwoods bar in the Pacific Northwest, and find themselves under attack from the locals. The locals just happen to be a gang of Neo-Nazi skinheads.
This hokey, 70s era, exploitation style premise is given a surprising twist via the casting of the bars owner – it’s none other that Sir Patrick bloody Stewart! There’s a lot to recommend in this film. Saulnier is an outrageously talented director, and seeing his take on this sort of pulpy material is hugely exciting. It has a terrific cast, and has been widely lauded ever since it debuted at Cannes last year. But forget all that. If the idea of Patrick Stewart playing a maniacal Nazi can’t drag your arse to the cinema, then sorry, but you’re a lost cause!
Who’s in it? Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner
What’s it about? Remember 5 years ago, when you were sat on the toilet at work, playing that game about flinging little red birds at fortresses belonging to little green pigs? Well someone thought that would make a great idea for an animated film. And someone else spent $80m actually making it into an animated film. And now we’re expected to go and watch it. Hmmm.
Who’s in it? Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph
Our Kind of Traitor
What’s it about? A British couple on holiday find themselves embroiled in the dangerous world of international espionage following an encounter with a Russian oligarch. The film is based on the novel by John le Carré, whose work is very much in the zeitgeist at the moment, following the recent hugely popular BBC adaptation of The Night Manager. The same team behind that show produces Our Kind of Traitor, so it’s probably not a huge leap to say if you were a fan of The Night Manager, you’re probably going to enjoy this.
Who’s in it? Ewan McGregor, Damian Lewis, Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Mark Stanley, Alicia von Rittberg, Mark Gatiss
Turkish drama starring Güneş Şensoy and directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Supernatural Horror starring Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell, and directed by Greg McLean.
Sci-Fi action horror starring Vanessa Kirby, and directed by Steven Gomez
Remake of the 2002 horror film. Directed by Travis Zariwny, and starring Gage Golightly and Matthew Daddario