It's a busy week in cinemas with something for every part of the family including animation, action and one of the most tip top horrors of the year.
Kubo and the Two Strings
Those stop motion masters at Laika follow up Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls with this Eastern spiced adventure that's full of heart, amazing visuals and a lot of music. A boy goes on a quest to find out what happened to his father. With the voices of Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey and Ralph Fiennes.
The classic reimagined for a whole new generation as the man who walked at the same time as Jesus gets into some familar bother. English actor Jack Huston is the main man Judah with his nemesis reimagined as his best friend/adoptive brother played by Toby Kebbell. And it's all reimagined from Lew Wallace's influential book by none other than Timur Bekmambetov- who helmed Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter! No vampires this time, sadly...
Irish fellas Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy star as real life Czech soldiers who worked behind the scenes during World War 2 in an attempt to assassinate a high ranking Nazi officer. This true story is written for the screen and directed by Sean Ellis, known for Cashback and The Broken.
Viggo Mortensen stars in this intense family dramedy as a father who has raised his kids in the wilderness but is forced to return to civilisation because of reasons-which-would-be-spoilers. And so they have to try to integrate into society, but no one is making that easy.
There's a simple set up here- some teens break into a house to steal money from a blind guy. And then all hell breaks loose. This is one for true horror fans with an incredible sense of tension throughout and some visceral shocks. Stephen Lang is the blind fellow here and you might recognise him from Avatar. He's even scarier here.
Hell or High Water
Scottish director David Mackenzie deserves to be a huge deal with past efforts like Perfect Sense and Starred Up- maybe this will be the one that really puts him on the map. It stars Chris Pine and Ben Foster as brothers who get into the bank robbing game, while lawman Jeff Bridges follows just behind. From the writer of Sicario.