This Week’s Movie Menu (22 – 28 April 2024)

When it comes to this week’s releases, which include a steamy tennis romance, a fantastical trope satire, and a documentary on all things Irish, it’s a clear victory in 16 straight sets!

Movie of the Week

 

Challengers (2024, dir. Luca Guadagnino)

CAST: Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, Mike Faist, Jake Jensen, Nada Despotovich, Naheem Garcia, A.J. Lister, Connor Aulson, Alex Bancila

CREW: Luca Guadagnino (director, producer), Justin Kuritzkes (writer), Rachel O’Connor, Amy Pascal and Zendaya (producers), Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (composers), Sayombhu Mukdeeprom (cinematographer), Marco Costa (editor)

PLOT: Tashi Duncan (Zendaya) is a tennis prodigy until a career-ending injury sees her become a professional coach. One of her clients is her husband Art Donaldson (Faist), a fellow tennis player who is experiencing a losing streak, but Tashi’s strategy to turn her husband’s career around takes an unexpected turn when Art finds himself up against his former best friend Patrick (O’Connor), who also happens to be Tashi’s ex-boyfriend…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • In director Luca Guadagnino’s anticipated sports movie, the art of tennis have never looked or felt so seductive
  • Zendaya delivers a lead performance of utter power and control, in addition to also serving as a producer alongside the Call Me By Your Name filmmaker
  • She’s got fiery options to choose from in the film’s central love triangle, including The Crown’s Josh O’Connor and West Side Story breakout Mike Faist
  • There’s plenty of excitement on the tennis courts, with cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom finding energetic ways of shooting all the serves and foul balls
  • Both a romantic drama that’s bound to get you all hot and bothered, and a compelling sports thriller that gets you heavily invested in who wins and loses, Challengers has everything it needs to get that match point

Challengers is showing in cinemas from Friday 26 April 2024

What’s Showing in Cinemas This Week?

 

I.S.S. (2024, dir. Gabriela Cowperthwaite)

CAST: Ariana DeBose, Chris Messina, John Gallagher Jr., Masha Mashkova, Costa Ronin, Pilou Asbæk

CREW: Gabriela Cowperthwaite (director), Nick Shafir (writer), Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon (producers), Anne Nikitin (composer), Nick Remy Matthews (cinematographer), Richard Mettler and Colin Patton (editors)

PLOT: A team of American and Russian astronauts, including Dr. Kira Foster (DeBose), are working together onboard the International Space Station, but when a sudden nuclear war erupts between the two nations back on Earth, suspicions and tensions rise between them as they accuse one another of acting on orders to take control of the station…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • This tense sci-fi thriller has some chilling moral dilemmas at play, as well as a number of terrifying circumstances
  • Oscar-winner Ariana DeBose leads a limited cast that also includes Chris Messina, John Gallagher Jr. and Pilou Asbæk
  • The script, by Nick Shafir, was included on the 2020 “Black List” of best unproduced screenplays, which suggests there are plenty of engaging twists and turns throughout
  • There are some haunting images of nuclear war that are shown from well above the planet’s atmosphere, adding an extra layer of terror on top of the claustrophobic nightmare in space
  • It leads to a surprising ending that may not offer easy answers, but delivers a satisfying gut-punch that will leave you utterly compelled

I.S.S. is showing in cinemas from Friday 26 April 2024

 

Boy Kills World (2024, dir. Moritz Mohr)

CAST: Bill Skarsgård, H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Rothe, Michelle Dockery, Brett Gelman, Isaiah Mustafa, Andrew Koji, Famke Janssen, Sharlto Copley, Yayan Ruhian, Quinn Copeland

CREW: Mortiz Mohr (director), Tyler Burton Smith and Arend Remmers (writers), Zainab Azizi, Wayne Fitzjohn, Dan Kagan, Alex Lebovici, Roy Lee, Stuart Manashil, Sam Raimi and Simon Swart (producers), Ludvig Forssell (composer), Peter Matjasko (cinematographer), Lucian Barnard (editor)

PLOT: After his family is murdered by a ruthless family regime, a deaf-mute young man known only as “Boy” (Skarsgård) escapes to the jungle, where he trains to take his brutal revenge…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Get ready for a completely unhinged and extremely fun action movie extravaganza unlike anything you’ve seen before
  • Director Moritz Mohr makes one hell of a debut with some imaginative and unapologetically gory action sequences
  • An all-star cast play some truly memorable roles, from Bill Skarsgård to Michelle Dockery to Sharlto Copley, to even the immediately recognisable vocals of Bob’s Burgers and Archer star H. Jon Benjamin (as the inner voice of Skarsgård’s hero)
  • Among its producers is none other than genre legend Sam Raimi, which in and of itself suggests some truly out-there stuff to rival the filmmaker’s Evil Dead movies
  • It’s a bombastic action epic that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible, and enough times to turn it into a true cult classic

Boy Kills World is showing in cinemas from Friday 26 April 2024

 

The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024, dir. Kobi Libii)

CAST: Justice Smith, David Alan Grier, An-Li Bogan, Drew Tarver, Michaela Watkins, Aisha Hinds, Tim Baltz, Rupert Friend, Nicole Byer

CREW: Kobi Libii (director, writer, producer), Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez and Eddie Vaisman (producers), Michael Abels (composer), Doug Emmett (cinematographer), Brian Olds (editor)

PLOT: Aren (Smith), a young bi-racial man, is recruited into a secret organisation known as The American Society of Magical Negroes, which dedicates itself to a simple but noble cause: making the lives of White people better. Although Aren is at first taken with his new responsibilities, an unexpected romance forces him to question what use the society truly has in his or anyone’s life…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • The oft-used (and criticised) storytelling trope of the so-called “Magical Negro” is flipped on its head in this ingenious fantastical satire
  • Writer-director Kobi Libii dissects every aspect of the concept and pokes fun at how, even to this day, it is used in predominantly White-centric narratives
  • Actors like Justice Smith and David Alan Grier have fun playing into the perceived stereotypes while also pointing out their reductive role in promoting Black agency
  • The emphasis truly is on “magical” as the film introduces an imaginative world that hilariously counterpoints the socio-political themes on display
  • It gives you plenty of themes and topics to ponder while also delivering a smart and layered comedy for anyone that wants to move past such outdated tropes

The American Society of Magical Negroes is showing in cinemas from Friday 26 April 2024

 

Ordinary Angels (2024, dir. Jon Gunn)

CAST: Hilary Swank, Alan Ritchson, Emily Mitchell, Skywalker Hughes, Nancy Travis, Tamala Jones, Drew Powell, Nancy Sorel, Amy Acker

CREW: Jon Gunn (director), Kelly Fremon Craig and Meg Tilly (writers), David Beal, Jon Berg, Johnathan Dorfman, Kevin Downes, Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin, Sarah Johnson, Roy Lee and Dave Matthews (producers), Pancho Burgos-Goizueta (composer), Maya Bankovic (cinematographer), Parker Adams (editor)

PLOT: In 1994 Kentucky, struggling hairdresser Sharon (Swank) finds a new purpose in life when she meets widower Ed (Ritchson), whose young daughter Michelle (Mitchell) is in desperate need of a liver transplant. When a blizzard stands in the way of the young girl’s only hope of receiving the care she needs, Sharon rallies her community to help the family in unexpected ways…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • This powerful and emotional drama may just reaffirm your faith in the goodness of people
  • It is inspired by a true story of compassion and community, which goes to some tender places that will make even the most cynical person warm inside
  • Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank stars opposite Jack Reacher star Alan Ritchson, in roles that are far deeper and more interesting than they seem on the surface
  • The Erwin Brothers, who have a monopoly on faith-based dramas like I Can Only Imagine and I Still Believe, are producers on this film
  • The film promotes good values that all people, regardless of their religious status, should take on board in their own lives

Ordinary Angels is showing in cinemas from Friday 26 April 2024

 

Kidnapped (2023, dir. Marco Bellocchio)

CAST: Enea Sala, Leonardo Maltese, Paolo Pierobon, Fausto Russo Alesi, Barbara Ronchi, Andrea Gherpelli, Samuele Teneggi, Corrado Invernizzi, Filippo Timi, Fabrizio Gifuni, Alessandro Fiorucci, Alessandro Bandini

CREW: Marco Bellocchio (director, writer), Susanna Nicchiarelli (writer), Beppe Caschetto, Paolo Del Brocco and Simone Gattoni (producers), Fabio Massimo Capogrosso (composer), Francesco Di Giacomo (cinematographer), Francesca Calvelli   and Stefano Mariotti (editor)

PLOT: In 19th century Italy, young Jewish boy Edgardo Mortara (Sala) is forcibly taken from his family on the orders of Pope Pius IX (Pierobon), after it transpires that he was secretly baptised and thereby inherently Catholic. Mortara is subsequently raised by the Church, as the scandal surrounding his circumstances spreads across Europe…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Veteran Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio brings to life a shocking historical tale of religious totalitarianism in 19th century Europe
  • The story was originally sought after by Steven Spielberg, whose own project ultimately stalled when the legendary director struggled to find the right young actor to play the controversially displaced Edgardo Mortara
  • In addition to covering the Mortara scandal, the film looks at the final years of the Papal States, where the Catholic Pope oversaw all religious influence and effectively controlled most of Italy
  • It competed for the Palme D’Or prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, where Bellocchio was awarded an Honorary Palme D’Or in 2021 for his impressive body of work
  • You’ll be deeply saddened by the ruthlessness that a supposedly peaceful religion imposes onto other religions, especially in an age where religious persecution is depressingly more common

Kidnapped is showing in cinemas (and will be available to rent exclusively on Curzon Home Cinema) from Friday 26 April 2024

 

Scarygirl (2023, dir. Ricard Cussó)

CAST: Jillian Nguyen, Rob Collins, Remy Hii, Tim Minchin, Deborah Mailman, Liv Hewson, Mark Coles Smith, Dylan Alcott, Anna Torv, Sam Neill

CREW: Ricard Cussó (director), Craig Behenna, Matt Everitt, Les Turner and Polly Watkins (writers), Nadine Bates, Sophie Byrne, Ryan Greaves and Kristen Souvlis (producers), Ack Kinmonth (composer), Michelle McGilvray, Courtney Teixera       and Matt Villa (editors)

PLOT: Arkie (Nguyen), a young girl with one eye and a tentacle for an arm, lives with her overprotective octopus father Blister (Collins) on an isolated peninsula. After Blister goes missing, Arkie embarks on a perilous journey to the City of Light to rescue her father and discover her true power…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • The popular video game is adapted into a fun-filled animated adventure for the whole family
  • The Australian production features some recognisable voices among the cast, including musician Tim Minchin and Jurassic Park icon Sam Neill
  • As in the game, you can expect plenty of strange visuals that appeal greatly to fans of Tim Burton
  • Younger viewers can easily warm to the main character, and her quest to not be defined by her physical disabilities
  • With imaginative locations and lots of silly gags, it is ideal family viewing for anyone looking for an alternative movie to show their younger ones

Scarygirl is showing in cinemas from Friday 26 April 2024

 

Elaha (2023, dir. Milena Aboyan)

CAST: Bayan Layla, Hadnet Tesfai, Derya Durmaz, Nazmi Kirik, Slavko Popadic, Armin Wahedi, Cansu Leyan, Beritan Balci, Homa Faghiri, Réber Ibrahim

CREW: Milena Aboyan (director, writer), Matthias Greving, Janina Sara Hennemann, Kirsten Lukaczik and Mina Smajic (producers), Kilian Oser (composer), Christopher Behrmann (cinematographer), Elias Engelhardt (editor)

PLOT: Elaha (Layla) is a young Kurdish-German woman who is weeks away from getting married. Since she is convinced that she needs to restore her supposed innocence before her wedding, or else bring great shame to her family, Elaha looks into having an expensive procedure to reconstruct her hymen. Soon, though, she begins to consider whether or not she even needs to go through with it…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Filmmaker Milena Aboyan invites the viewer to dive into a thoughtful and gentle study of what it is to be a woman trapped within tradition
  • Young actor Bayan Layla gives a magnetic lead turn as a young woman wrestling with her family’s expectations and her own individual feminine identity
  • The film, produced in Germany, blends the local language with Kurdish customs to create an all-encompassing look at modern womanhood
  • It questions certain aspects of the culture and how they clash with more modern ideas of female agency
  • Some of the turns it ultimately makes are daring and ultimately progressive in its ideas as well as its themes

Elaha is showing in cinemas from Friday 26 April 2024

 

That They May Face the Rising Sun (2023, dir. Pat Collins)

CAST: Barry Ward, Anna Bederke, Ruth McCabe, Lalor Roddy, Sean McGinley, Phillip Dolan, John Olohan, Brendan Conroy

CREW: Pat Collins (director, writer), Eamon Little (writer), Brendan J. Byrne and Tina O’Reilly (producers), Irene Buckley and Linda Buckley (composers), Richard Kendrick (cinematographer), Keith Walsh (editor)

PLOT: In 1980s Ireland, Joe (Ward) and Kate (Bederke) have relocated from London to a rural lakeside community, where they spend the next year of their lives encountering several people who add to the overall drama…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • This captivating slice-of-life Irish drama makes plentiful use of the secluded atmosphere deep within the countryside
  • It is based on the final novel by acclaimed Irish author John McGahern, who became known for his closer look at life in rural Ireland within books like The Barracks, The Dark and Amongst Women
  • A number of colourful and intriguing characters make up the main cast, with strong performances by the likes of Barry Ward, Anna Bederke and others
  • Covering a year in the lives of these central characters, the story tells a unique story of community and humanity with some stunning filmmaking by director Pat Collins
  • It has an unmistakably warm heart that will enliven anyone in dire need of something life-affirming to keep them going

That They May Face the Rising Sun is showing in cinemas from Friday 26 April 2024

 

Quintessentially Irish (2024, dir. Frank Mannion)

CAST: Pierce Brosnan, Jeremy Irons, Andrew Scott, Jessie Buckley, Randal Plunkett, Dr. Michael Smurfit, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Michael D. Higgins, Joe Biden, Emma Dabiri, Sharon Horgan, Bob Geldof, Siobhán McSweeney, Stephen Hogan, Kingsley Aikins, Lisa O’Doherty, Niall Horan, Kinou Cazes-Hachemian, Veronique Dausse, Rory Guinness, Anna Haugh, Riyadh Khalaf, Aine Lawlor, Marty Morrissey, Daniel Mulhall, Alex Thomas

CREW: Frank Mannion (director, writer, producer), James Jones (composer), Matt Everett (cinematographer), Charlie Emseis (editor)

PLOT: A celebration of Ireland and its many eccentric, timeless customs…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Anyone with Irish blood in them will no doubt feel some pride as they watch this commemorative documentary that celebrates all things Ireland
  • Filmmaker Frank Mannion dives into the history of Irish culture and how it continues to resonate to this day
  • A real who’s who of Irish talent are interviewed about their own perception of Ireland, from screen stars like Pierce Brosnan and Andrew Scott, to politicians such as Irish President Michael D. Higgins and current US Commander in Chief Joe Biden
  • Some gorgeous shots of numerous iconic locations throughout the country are enough to make you want to visit Ireland for yourself
  • If you’re up for celebrating Irish customs and traditions at your local cinema, then what better film to do that with than this one?

Quintessentially Irish is showing in cinemas from Friday 26 April 2024

 

Omen (2024, dir. Baloji)

CAST: Marc Zinga, Lucie Debay, Eliane Umuhire, Yves-Marina Gnahoua, Marcel Otete Kabeya, Denis Mpunga, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Guetty Lembe, Linda Ikwa, Chimène Barthez, Romain Ndomba, Mordecaï Kamangu, Dylan Mata, Olive Mfumu Ntonto, Manacé Kashala

CREW: Baloji (director, writer), Benoit Roland (producer), Joachim Philippe (cinematographer), Bertrand Conard and Bruno Tracq (editors)

PLOT: Koffi (Zinga), a Congolese man living in Europe, returns to his birth country with his pregnant White fiancé Alice (Debay), years after he was disowned by his family and ostracised by his community for bearing the marks of evil. As Koffi attempts to make peace with his ancestry, he discovers that his cultural roots may never leave him…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Belgian musician Baloji makes a striking filmmaking debut with a dark and unnerving tale of cultural tradition
  • It was a truly international production, with countries like DR Congo, the Netherlands, France, Germany and South Africa all laying claim to this movie alongside Belgium
  • Some haunting yet visually compelling imagery challenges traditional filmic storytelling methods with a unique outcome
  • The film won the New Voice Prize at last year’s Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival, and was even put forward as Belgium’s submission for this year’s International Feature Film Oscar
  • It is a daring and provocative entrance for a bold new voice in filmmaking that should not be swept under the rug

Omen is showing in cinemas from Friday 26 April 2024

 

Jericho Ridge (2023, dir. Will Gilbey)

CAST: Nikki Amuka-Bird, Solly McLeod, Zack Morris, Michael Socha, Capital T, Olivia Chenery, Philipp Christopher, Zachary Hart, Aidan Kelly, Simon Kunz, Alex Tate, Pippa Winslow

CREW: Will Gilbey (director, writer), Harvey Ascott, Mark O’Sullivan and Alex Tate (producers), Christopher Benstead (composer), Ruairí O’Brien (cinematographer), Sarah Peczek (editor)

PLOT: When a remote Sherriff’s Office is targeted by murderous attackers, Deputy Tabby Temple (Amuka-Bird) must fight for her life when she finds herself trapped without backup…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • This intense crime thriller pays tribute to John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 with its own twist on violence at a police station
  • British thespian Nikki Amuka-Bird makes for a compelling lead as she does whatever she can to survive a deadly assault
  • It is the feature directorial debut of Will Gilbey, the screenwriter and editor best known for his work on the British gangster epic Rise of the Footsoldier
  • Some harsh cinematography emphasises the bleak situation that these cops and other civilians find themselves in
  • Your nails will be fully bitten off by the time this suspenseful movie reaches its bittersweet conclusion

Jericho Ridge is showing in cinemas from Thursday 25 April 2024 (and will be available to rent/buy on digital platforms from Monday 29 April 2024)

 

There’s Still Tomorrow (2023, dir. Paola Cortellesi)

CAST: Paola Cortellesi, Valerio Mastandrea, Romana Maggiora Vergano, Emanuela Fanelli, Giorgio Colangeli, Vinicio Marchioni, Francesco Centorame, Lele Vannoli, Paola Tiziana Cruciani, Yonv Joseph, Alessia Barela, Federico Tocci, Priscilla Micol Marino, Maria Chiara Orti, Silvia Salvatori, Mattia Baldo, Gianmarco Filippini, Gabriele Paolocà

CREW: Paola Cortellesi (director, writer), Furio Andreotti and Giulia Calenda (writers), Lorenzo Gangarossa, Mario Gianani and Vindhya Sagar (producers), Lele Marchitelli (composer), Davide Leone (cinematographer), Valentina Mariani (editor)

PLOT: In mid-40s Rome, Delia (Cortellesi) is the long-suffering housewife of abusive husband Ivano (Mastandrea). When their teenage daughter Marcella (Vergano) becomes engaged to the well-off Giulio (Centorame), Delia realises that her daughter is about to enter a marriage that’s as unhappy as hers, and she soon becomes inspired to commit a rebellious act against the patriarchal rule…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • The Italian comedy-drama that became a critical and audience hit in its home country now makes its way to international crowds that can judge it for themselves
  • Director, co-writer and lead actor Paola Cortellesi tells a moving story of empowerment in post-war Rome that hits some powerful chords
  • It became the top-performing film of 2023 in Italy, out-grossing the likes of Barbie, Oppenheimer and The Super Mario Bros Movie, as well as coming in first at the box office for seven weeks in a row
  • The filmmaker seamlessly blends the neorealist style that was popular in post-war Italy, with postmodern ideas about patriarchal values and female liberation
  • The film is a heartfelt crowd-pleaser that should translate extremely well to audiences all across the world

There’s Still Tomorrow is showing in cinemas from Friday 26 April 2024

 

Spy x Family – Code: White (2023, dir. Takashi Katagiri)

CAST (ENGLISH VERSION): Alex Organ, Megan Shipman, Natalie Van Sistine, Tyler Walker, Phil Parsons, Tyson Rinehart, John Swasey, Stephanie Young, Lindsay Seidel, Anthony Bowling, Dallas Reid, Barry Yandell, Caitlin Glass, Dani Chambers, Ben Phillips

CAST (JAPANESE VERSION): Takuya Eguchi, Atsumi Tanezaki, Saori Hayami, Kenichirō Matsuda, Tomoya Nakamura, Kento Kaku, Banjō Ginga, Yūko Kaida, Ayane Sakura, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Kensho Ono, Kazuhiro Yamaji, Natsumi Fujiwara, Natsumi Fujiwara, Emiri Katō, Shunsuke Takeuchi

CREW: Takashi Katagiri (director), Ichirô Ôkouchi (writer), Yuichi Fukushima, Tetsuya Nakatake, Masaya Saitou, Shôichirô Saitô, Misuzu Tsumura, Takako Yamamori and Miku Yamauchi (producers), Know Name (composer), Akane Fushihara (cinematographer), Akari Saitô (editor)

PLOT: Loid (Organ/Eguchi) is a spy who, for his latest assignment, has created a cover family by adopting young orphan Anya (Shipman/Tanezaki) and marrying a woman named Yor (Van Sistine/Hayami), unaware that Anya is a telepath and that Yor is a professional assassin. When he learns that he is to be replaced on his mission, Loid enters Anya into a cooking contest at her school, in an attempt to impress the director enough to let him stay…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • The popular manga and anime series arrives on the big screen with a fun standalone story
  • It is based on a previously serialised strand by manga creator Tatsuya Endo
  • Fan-favourite characters take on major roles as they face off against a fresh new foe
  • In addition to high-octane spy action, there’s plenty of light-hearted comedy for all to enjoy
  • It’s a delightful treat for longtime fans and relative newcomers to the series

Spy x Family – Code: White is showing in cinemas from Friday 26 April 2024

What’s Showing At Home This Week?

 

Land of Bad (2024, dir. William Eubank)

CAST: Liam Hemsworth, Russell Crowe, Luke Hemsworth, Ricky Whittle, Milo Ventimiglia, Chika Ikogwe, Daniel McPherson, Robert Rabiah, Jack Finsterer

CREW: William Eubank (director, writer, producer), David Frigerio (writer, producer), Adam Beasley, Mark Fasano, Arianne Fraser, Michael Jefferson, Petr Jákl, Nathan Klingher and Ryan Winterstern (producers), Brandon Roberts (composer), Agustin Claramunt (cinematographer), Todd E. Miller (editor)

PLOT: During a mission to retrieve an intelligence asset from within enemy territory, an elite US Army special forces unit is suddenly ambushed, leaving only rookie officer Kinney (Hemsworth) left to survive. His only hope lies with Captain Eddie Grimm (Crowe), a remote Air Force drone operator who has less than 48 hours to save Kinney from meeting a gruesome fate…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • The suspense is immense in this action-thriller that leave your heart beating far faster than it should (though if that persists, see a doctor immediately)
  • Liam Hemsworth is thrust into a deadly battle for survival in an impossibly hostile environment, while Oscar-winner Russell Crowe provides plentiful support as a drone pilot with a conscience
  • Director and co-writer William Eubank delivers some truly tense sequences where you’re never sure if anyone, even the main character, is going to make it out alive
  • The action can get pretty gnarly, but as long as you can stomach some raw war violence, you will find yourself becoming incredibly invested in these main characters
  • You’ll be holding your breath up until, and perhaps beyond, an explosive conclusion where happy endings might not be guaranteed

Land of Bad is streaming exclusively on Prime Video from Friday 26 April 2024

 

In the Land of Saints and Sinners (2023, dir. Robert Lorenz)

CAST: Liam Neeson, Kerry Condon, Jack Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds, Sarah Greene, Colm Meaney, Desmond Eastwood, Niamh Cusack, Conor MacNeill, Seamus O’Hara, Mark O’Regan, Valentine Olukoga, Bernadette Carty, Conor Hamill, Anne Brogan

CREW: Robert Lorenz (director), Terry Loane (writer, producer), Mark Michael McNally (writer), Markus Barmettler, Kieran Corrigan, Geraldine Hughes, Philip Lee, Jennifer Ritter, Bonnie Timmermann and Hubert Toint (producers), Diego Baldenweg, Lionel Baldenweg and Nora Baldenweg (composers), Tom Stern (cinematographer), Jeremiah O’Driscoll (editor)

PLOT: In 1970s Ireland, Finbar Murphy (Neeson) leads a quiet life in a small coastal town, where he makes a living as a local contract killer. Finbar is keen to leave his violent life behind once and for all, but the arrival of a group of IRA terrorists forces him into action…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Liam Neeson heads home to his native Ireland for his latest action-packed thriller
  • The star reteams with director Robert Lorenz, who previously worked with Neeson on The Marksman
  • A strong ensemble cast offers fine support, including Colm Meaney, Game of Thrones veteran Jack Gleeson, and Oscar-nominees Kerry Condon and Ciarán Hinds
  • It made its snazzy world premiere at last year’s Venice Film Festival, alongside Oscar contenders like Poor Things and Maestro
  • Said to be one of Neeson’s finest thrillers in ages, this is a smart and seriously tense film that offers plenty of entertainment

In the Land of Saints and Sinners is streaming exclusively on Netflix from Friday 26 April 2024

That’s about it for this week – be sure to come back next week for a whole new set of movies to work up an appetite for!

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Sting (2024, dir. Kiah Roache-Turner)

A mysterious little spider soon grows to terrifying sizes…

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (2024, dir. George Miller)

A young Furiosa attempts to make her way home in a post-apocalyptic wasteland…

The Garfield Movie (2024, dir. Mark Dindal)

The lazy cat Garfield comes face-to-face with his long-lost father…

The Strangers: Chapter 1 (2024, dir. Renny Harlin)

A couple find themselves tormented by masked intruders…

IF (2024, dir. John Krasinski)

A young girl develops the ability to see people’s imaginary friends…

Hoard (2024, dir. Luna Carmoon)

A troubled teen begins a dysfunctional relationship with an older man…

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (2024, dir. Wes Ball)

Many years after the reign of Caesar, an ape-ruled kingdom comes under threat…

The Fall Guy (2024, dir. David Leitch)

A Hollywood stuntman winds up on an epic misadventure during his latest gig…

Tarot (2024, dirs. Spenser Cohen and Anna Halberg)

A group of teenagers find themselves haunted after messing with spiritual tarot cards…

The Idea of You (2024, dir. Michael Showalter)

A 40-year-old single mother begins a relationship with a much younger pop star…

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