Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is a down-on-her-luck janitor from Chicago who one day finds herself the target of some unsavoury off-world creatures who want her dead. Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered space warrior, intervenes and it slowly becomes clear that Jupe is actually a direct genetic match to the Queen of the Universe and thus entitled to her inheritance.
She is introduced to the three other heirs of the Abrasax family, each of whom has their own murky motives as they seek to protect their vested interests.
After The Matrix series and 2012’s Cloud Atlas, the Wachowskis (brother and sister Lana and Andy) have created another mind-bending film that looks amazing, but will punish you if you lose concentration. The whole thing feels a bit rushed, as an entire universe complete with ancient lore, feuding families and fantastical worlds is crammed into a two-hour movie.
The word “epic” doesn’t even begin to convey the sense of scale in the millennia-spanning story of Jupiter Ascending; we’re talking space opera at its most visually stunning and, at times, baffling. Full credit has to be given for originality, though, and Jupiter Ascending is still well worth a watch.
Review by Matt Blackwell
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The habitually offending Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is given a chance to forsake his life of pretty crime and follow in his late father’s footsteps by becoming a member of an independent international intelligence agency committed to vanquishing the crazed evil genius Valentine. Director Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class) assembles an impressive cast, including Colin Firth, Michael Caine and Samuel L Jackson and this playful pastiche of the British spy genre has enough gadgets to put a bond movie to shame. Great fun.
Set in the 1950s, Big Eyes tells the true story of Margaret Keane (played by Amy Adams), whose paintings became an overnight sensation. She meets fellow painter Walter (Christoph Waltz) and the two form a business relationship to sell her paintings under his name that, while amicable at first, soon deteriorates. With Tim Burton in the director’s chair you can expect several visual flourishes and, as ever, Waltz is mesmerising on-screen. A subdued slow-burner that will captivate audiences as Margaret builds up the courage to confront Walter.
Preview: The Atticus Institute
A found-footage mockumentary set in a psychology lab in Pennsylvania in 1976, where scientists are studying telekinesis, clairvoyance and other psi-related phenomena. Judith Winstead (Rya Kihlstedt) outperforms all other candidates, attracting the attention of the US government, which intervenes and attempts to weaponise her borderline demonic powers, but it soon becomes clear that you don’t make the rules when you dice with the devil.
Varun Dhawan casts aside his romantic, lover-boy image to take on the role of Raghu, a no-nonsense guy on a one-track road to revenge after witnessing the killing of his loved ones 15 years earlier. Directed by Sriram Raghavan, Badlapur promises to be a dark and edgy thriller that not only highlights the conflict between good and evil, but also the grey area in between.
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