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Life (18)
“Lost in space” seems to be a trend in Hollywood right now. Hot on the heels of Passengers and not long after Interstellar and Gravity, the twin talents of Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds tackle another stratospheric disaster movie.
The premise of Life, though, offers more comparisons with Alien than those wide-open-space adventures.
It revolves around the crew of the International Space Station who have been tasked with capturing a probe sent out to Mars and studying the samples that is has retrieved from the surface.
As the title implies, what they discover in the canisters is an organism, and one that rapidly gains in both size and intelligence – “all muscle, all brain” in the words of crew member Miranda Bragg (Rebecca Ferguson) – before deciding it really rather dislikes its new companions.
When they suspect it was behind the eradication of life on Mars, the crew become locked in a battle to keep it from entering the Earth’s orbit, where more havoc would undoubtedly ensue.
Cue pictures of cast with their children. It’s pretty functional, predictable stuff, with plenty of action-movie tropes – at one point Ryan Reynolds really does bellow “I’m going in!”.
But like the best movies in this genre, it blends the claustrophobic with the agoraphobic; the suffocating tube-like corridors of the space station in which
much of the action takes place contrasts with the vastness of the universe and their unnerving distance from home.
The horror that unfolds is doubly inescapable; like being confronted with a fire on the 48th floor of a skyscraper. The only thing worse than being inside is being outside. And the alien feels much the same way.
In cinemas from March 23

Shepherds And Butchers (18)
When a South African prison guard kills seven black men, the verdict seems certain. Until, that is, lawyer John Webber (Steve Coogan) uncovers the barbarity in the country’s penal system – which affects the perpetrators almost as much as the victims.
In cinemas from March 23

 

Vengence: A Love Story (18)
Nicholas Cage also stars as a lawyer in a film that channels both Law Abiding Citizen and The Equalizer. His failure to convict a gang of the brutal assault of a woman and her 12-year-old daughter leads him to take justice into his own, battle-tested hands.
In cinemas from March 23

 

 

A United Kingdom (15)
David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike star in this moving true story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana (Oyelowo) and his marriage to Ruth Williams (Pike), a white Londoner. Their courtship in the late 1940s caused turbulence and dissent in the UK and Africa.
In cinemas from March 23

 

 

Phillauri (18) 
A folkloric comedy about a young man (Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma) who is “Mangalik”, or born under an unlucky astrological sign. To overcome this impediment, he marries a tree, which is home to Anushka Sharma’s friendly spirit.
In cinemas from March 23

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