Chicago women refuse sex to their menfolk to make them end their gang war. A spectacular reworking of Aristophanes’ ancient Greek play Lysistrata, the told-in-rhyme Chi-Raq is an urgent reminder that Spike Lee is one of the US’s finest modern filmmakers.
A Norfolk teen clashes with his mother’s violent partner. A great little movie of a Fenland redneck summer – stock car race meets, roadside cafes, and gangmasters – with unshowy performances and a palpable sense of threat and place. Big sky and pylons.
A ramshackle scout group camps in the countryside, only to fall foul of something in the nearby woods. Decent little Belgian body-count flick which moves from comedy to existentialist horror effectively, with a couple of appealingly nasty surprises.
Two-thirds okay all-female re-cast reboot, one-third CGI mess that ruins a fine running gag, Busters ’16 is nevertheless an interesting misfire with breakout performances from Jones & McKinnon. A noble-but-daft idea to attempt in the first place.
A burnout Las Vegas hard man gets a shot at redemption. Episodic but fun, this is superior Stathamism, based on a 1980s William Goldman novel, and a minor Burt Reynolds vehicle. Many Vegas tropes played with, some OK action, and a decent Xmas soundtrack.
Biopic of Italian-American boxer Jake LaMotta. Unflinching warts-and-all account of the turbulent life and times of the New York middleweight, based on LaMotta’s autobiography. One of Scorsese’s finest, and thus one of the greatest American films.
A retired assassin returns to the fray. A glorious stylised neo-noir action flick with a neat mythology, splendid choreography, crisp direction, some sly humour, and committed performances all round. The 2014 state of the action movie-making art.