A feud between two families in Colombia ratchets up the tension in Birds of Passage; John Wick is back with a third instalment of the avenging dog lover; and space becomes the ultimate prism in High Life - here's what's in the cinema this weekend
Birds of Passage *****
The broodingly incendiary Birds of Passage will keep you captivated until the exhausted conclusion as a feud between two families of the Wayuu people of Colombia ratchets up the drama to breaking point.
The proud Wayuu people live out on the isolated Colombian plains, fiercely attached to their ancient traditions, customs and rules of behaviour. The action, based on actual events, begins in the mid-1960s as the young bachelor Raphayet (José Acosta) seeks the hand of Zaida (Natalia Reyes).
To win her, this serious, doggedly determined young man must assemble a valuable dowry, involving herds of goats and valuable necklaces . . . Read our full review here
John Wick 3 **.5
In a recent interview with Empire magazine, Keanu Reeves said there was no comparing him to Tom Cruise because the Mission: Impossible mogul "is on another level".
In terms of physicality, the John Wick star is doing himself a disservice, but when it comes to sequel satisfaction, Reeves has hit the bullseye. Six movies in - and counting - Cruise's franchise delivered its best yet with 2018's Fallout. After half that number John Wick is running out of ammunition . . . Read our full review here
Pokémon Detective Pikachu ****
Detective Pikachu is very much a kids' film but there are enough in-jokes for older Pokémon fans and one-liners for parents that it's a bit of fun for all the family.
When Tim's (Justice Smith) estranged detective dad is presumed dead following a fiery car accident, Tim travels to Ryme City, a place where humans live side-by-side with Pokémon. Battles and trainers are no more, and each person has a Pokémon partner . . . Read our full review here
High Life ****
Written and directed by French director Claire Denis, this pretty downbeat sci-fi tale is the 73-year-old's first film in the English language and was co-written by her long-time collaborator Jean-Pol Fargeau.
Basically, a group of death row criminals are sent on an alternative energy-finding mission in space to potentially source from a black hole. The mission has no chance of making it back to Earth, so the ship is effectively a death sentence for all aboard anyway . . . Read our full review here
Chris Addison’s directorial debut is a gratingly vapid and clunky misfire of seen-it-before set-ups that never settles on whether it’s a parody or a homage.
This gender-swapped remake of 1988’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which was a remake of 1964’s Bedtime Story, is so ill-considered and erratically realised that it can only aspire to stupidity in its characters and in itself . . . Read our full review here