See what’s happening at the cinema this week…
Monsters: Dark Continent
Starring: Joe Dempsie, Johnny Harris, Sofia Boutella
The original Monsters came out of nowhere – a weird, dreamy, clever indie drama, the effects for which were composed almost entirely on the laptop of director Gareth Edwards. He has now parlayed that into the Star Wars universe, but the sleeper success of the first film meant an inevitable follow-up. The new filmmakers have gone the Aliens route here, making the leads military as well as expanding the universe (and the action). It’s not the same kind of film, but is interesting on its own merits.
Starring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi
Guaranteed to make any teen think twice about what they think is a random hook-up, this trippy horror sees Jay (Monroe, great in last year’s The Guest opposite Dan Stevens out of Downton) plagued by visions and more after a one-night stand. There’s a quirky, abstract element to proceedings, so it’s not your typical slasher flick, but if you don’t mind that, there’s a lot to get frightened by.
The Boy Next Door
Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Kristin Chenoweth
J.Lo goes full yummy mummy in this thriller about a recently-divorced teacher who has an ill-advised fling with her hot, young neighbour, only to find that he’s not so willing to let it go. Lopez has gone off the boil lately – at least on-screen – so she’ll be hoping this psychological drama will redress the balance, while it might make some members of the audience worry about that good-looking teen on their road who doesn’t close his curtains.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Starring: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere
It’s not much of a surprise that there’s a sequel to one of 2012’s most successful British films, especially since it appealed to an audience so often ignored by the film industry (more fool them). While the title is perhaps a little unflattering, it builds on the first movie with most of the cast returning – and the Indian locations look lovely.