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Ben Falk

10 Aug 2015

As summer starts to fade and September kicks into gear, we’ve got two Tom Hardy performances, cliff-top action and new Woody…



Starring: Tom Hardy, Taron Egerton, Emily Browning

Hardy gives himself two shots at awards glory (maybe he’ll be up against himself?) as the notorious British gangster twins, Ronnie and Reggie Kray.

Written and directed by the guy who scripted the movie version of LA Confidential, this is a grittier take on the villains who terrorised London during the Fifties and Sixties, as well as capturing the pop culture zeitgeist. Those of you who love the Kemp brothers’ version will be disappointed.

Still Hardy is as magnetic as ever and there’s able support.



Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin

Based on the terrifying 1996 accidents that befell various summit expeditions (immortalised in Jon Krakauer’s book Into Thin Air), this star-studded cast retraces the steps of the unlucky (and other more fortunate) climbers who got caught in a massive storm that killed several people.

Focusing more on character than high-altitude action pics like Cliffhanger, this nevertheless contains some jaw-dropping visuals, especially if watched in 3D.

What’s more, the real-life tragedy adds layers of poignancy, expertly wrung out by a superb cast.

Irrational Man


Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey

Woody Allen returns with his new movie, one of the more ‘serious’ ones featuring Phoenix as a bored academic who finds a new lease of life when he decides to murder a stranger.

There’s lots of the usual Allen themes at work here – nerdy bloke sleeping with hot girls, especially those younger than him, clever wordplay, murder-mystery – so how much you enjoy it will likely depend on a) your level of obsession with Woody and b) your enjoyment of Joaquin Phoenix. The latter certainly remains one of the most compelling on-screen presences around.

The Transporter Refueled


Starring: Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol

Whereto Jason Statham? Unfortunately, the Stath has passed on the mantle here – yes, in the world of endless reboots, even a B movie like The Transporter gets reset.

That said, it was always a successful – if idiotic – franchise and newbie Brit Skrein makes a decent fist of playing the laconic action hero.

No date movie, sure, but if you’re allowed an evening pass with your mates, you could do worse.

No Escape


Starring: Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan

Wilson tries on the action hero hat for size, playing a family man who finds that the country he is newly posted to is undergoing a coup. Cue a frantic escape to the US Embassy.

You’re always half-expecting Wilson to crack a joke, but the supporting cast here – Brozzer and the always-great Bell as Wilson’s missus – carry the whole thing along.

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