Logan leads the new cinema releases and trailers March 3rd 2017

Logan This week, there are EIGHT new films out for you to choose from: Wolverine’s journey comes to an end… maybe… in Logan, The Raid‘s Iko Uwais kicks ass in Headshot, a botched art heist in France is the setting for low-budget movie Blood Money, a high school student is having a tough time of it all in Russian drama The Student, Hugh Bonneville appears in more Downton Abbey-style nonsense in Viceroy’s House, Irish travellers get on everyone’s wick in Trespass Against Us, there’s tedious drama in Certain Women, and Ice Cube and Charlie Day are teachers having a fist fight in… Fist Fight.

Logan (aka Wolverine – Hugh Jackman) takes places in the near future, where the aging Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and the always-old Professor X (Patrick Stewart) have to protect a young female clone of Wolverine, Laura Kinney, from an evil organisation led by a man called Nathanial Essex.

At this point in time, Logan’s healing abilities are regressing, while Xavier is suffering from Alzheimer’s forcing him to forget. Logan must defeat Nathaniel Essex with the help of a young girl named Laura Kinney, a female clone of Wolverine.

Directed by James Mangold (The Wolverine, Knight and Day), the film also stars Boyd Holbrook, Doris Morgado, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Stephen Merchant, Richard E Grant and ER‘s Eriq La Salle. Wonder if he’ll do that air-fist-punch thing in the film, like he did in the ER opening credits? Probably not.

However, is this the final X-Men-specific film? Well, I think we’ve had of them enough by now.

However, I am very much looking forward to this, especially since it’s an uncut 15-certificate!

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Headshot stars Iko Uwais (The Raid) in a delicate period drama… nah, who am I kidding… he punches and kicks a lot of people.

He’s a young amnesiac who washes ashore, with a serious head injury whose past comes back to haunt him, shortly after being nursed back to health by a young doctor. Violence ensues. Sweet, sweet violence… says the billing.

Directed by Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto, the film also stars Julie Estelle, David Hendrawan and Chelsea Islan, this looks better than most things out this week, albeit predictable.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Maybe!

Blood Money

After a botched art heist in France, a group of friends are left with a body on their hands and the police hot on their trail. They hide the body and make a plan to sell the painting and return home. But as they wait for the chance to escape from their secluded holiday home, they realise the body has gone missing. Paranoia and fear sets in and the friends begin to turn on each other. Soon it is clear there’s a killer in the house and the group must figure out who is responsible before they all suffer the consequences.

Directed by Luke White, from a script by Rosy Deacon and starring Klariza Clayton, Ollie Barbieri and Scott Chambers, I can see this is clearly a low-budget film but I wasn’t grabbed from the trailer and we’ve seen this kind of thing a number of times before.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

The Student (aka (M)uchenik)

The Student is set in contemporary Russia where a high school student becomes convinced that the world has been lost to evil, and begins to challenge the morals and beliefs of the adults around him.

Directed by Kirill Serebrennikov, who co-wrote this with Marius von Mayenburg, the film stars Viktoriya Isakova, Yuliya Aug and Pyotr Skvortsov, but I wasn’t grabbed by what I saw.

Below is both a trailer and a clip from the film.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

Viceroy’s House

Hugh Bonneville in more Downton Abbey-style nonsense, this time as Lord Mountbatten in India.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

Trespass Against Us stars Michael Fassbender and Brendon Gleeson as travellers, parking up their caravans and annoying everyone, but the former wants to get out of this life and rejoin civilised society.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

Certain Women looks at the lives of three females (Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern), which intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.

Written and directed by Kelly Reichardt, based on stories by Maile Meloy, I completely lost the will to live while watching all two minutes-or-so of this.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

Fist Fight

Ice Cube and Charlie Day are teachers who have a fist fight after school. No-one cares.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!


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