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Screenwriter turned director Shane Black (Iron Man 3), who appeared in the original Predator film playing radio operator Rick Hawkins, returns here as director of this modern update. This time around, a commando team led by Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook, Logan) encounter a member of the extraterrestrial species during a rescue mission and manage to bring it home. Bad idea. Turns out the alien isn’t too fond of being kept in captivity and makes his displeasure known in violent fashion. With plenty of nods to the original films – including actor Jake Busey playing the son of Predator 2 character Peter Keyes (who was played by Jake’s real-life dad Gary Busey) – this is a must-watch for fans of the series, and a way into the franchise for those who prefer their film-making ultra-modern.
Predator Box Set
If The Predator leaves you thirsting for more blood-chilling thrills, look no further than this blistering Box Set. With Arnold Schwarzenegger’s muscular 1987 original Predator, Danny Glover’s sequel Predator 2 and the Adrien Brody-led 2010 threequel Predators all included, you can expect an action-packed evening of legendary one-liners and plenty of ominous clicking.
A Simple Favour
Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) spins a brilliant, Gone Girl-esque tale of deception and intrigue in this captivating adaptation of Darcey Bell’s bestselling novel. Throw scintillating performances from Blake Lively (The Age Of Adaline), Pitch Perfect’s Anna Kendrick and Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) into the mix and you’ve got one of the most exciting thrillers of the past year.
Spike Lee is back to his brilliant best with this audacious comedy drama. John David Washington (Monsters And Men) plays detective Ron Stallworth, the first black policeman to work for the Cleveland Police department and – amazingly – infiltrate a division of the Ku Klux Klan. Based on Stallworth’s memoir, this tense but hugely entertaining story follows Ron and his partner, detective Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) as they work to sabotage the plans of group members and former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke (Topher Grace).
In his directorial debut, Idris Elba (Luther) delivers an electrifying crime drama that’ll have you on the edge of your sofa. Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner) gives an impressive performance, playing a young Jamaican man navigating the murky London underworld of the 1980s. Sumptuous cinematography, tense action and stellar performances make this a must-see British thriller.
King Of Thieves
Nearly 50 years after he tore through the streets of Turin with a boot-load of gold in The Italian Job, screen legend Michael Caine trades in his fleet of minis and enlists the help of Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone, Michael Gambon and a host of other suitably geezer-ish British stars to help him rob a bank. Based on the true story of the audacious Hatton Garden heist, the film sees the supremely talented cast combine with James Marsh’s brilliant direction and writer Joe Penhall’s razor-sharp script to deliver a story that’s as thrilling as it is funny.
Crazy Rich Asians
Cultures collide in this groundbreaking romantic comedy from director Jon M Chu, in which an Asian-American professor (Constance Wu, Fresh Off The Boat) travels to Singapore with her seemingly humble boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding). She soon learns that Nick is part of an immensely wealthy family with a fiercely traditional background. Will love find a way? Or will the expectations of Nick’s family tear the couple apart?
One of cinema’s shortest comic talents returns, as star and co-writer Kevin Hart heads back to high school in this side-splitting comedy. After missing out on a top job due to his failure to graduate from high school years before, Hart joins a night class taught by steely, no-nonsense teacher Carrie (Tiffany Haddish). Bursting with gags, explosions, action and even a chicken suit, this is a laugh-a-minute comedy you’d be mad to miss.
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