(MA15+) In Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s new film, Christopher Plummer gives an outstanding performance as a 90-year-old Auschwitz survivor who, despite suffering from increasingly severe dementia, sets out on a mission to locate a senior guard from the concentration camp who is believed to be living somewhere in North America. The film is suspenseful for a while, but becomes increasingly implausible as it proceeds.
Angry Birds (PG) This film is based on the successful Finnish smartphone game that won fans young and old. It’s the first-time feature of directors Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly, both long-time studio animators. And that experience shows: the animation is excellent, down to the detail of the birds’ feathers. The game involved firing birds from a slingshot to demolish buildings occupied by pigs. That certainly comes into play in the highstakes climax, but the directors and screenwriter Jon Vitti have created an interesting story first. The actors behind the birds are Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride and a gruffly silent Sean Penn. There are also a few cinematic spoofs, such as a riff on The Shining, but I laughed more at the juvenile jokes.
Green Room (MA15+) A tense thriller from American director Jeremy Saulnier, this caused a buzz when it screened last year in Cannes. Members of a punk band, playing at a remotely located club for NeoNazis, witness a murder and find themselves trapped in the titular green room by a gang of very ruthless villains. Saulnier’s skills at creating suspense are somewhat diluted by his fondness for uber-violence but the film has plenty of merit, not least a solid cast that includes Anton Yelchin ( Star Trek), Imogen Poots ( 28 Weeks Later) and, as the chief villain, Patrick Stewart ( X-Men).
We Will Rock You We Will Rock You is radiantly, fabulously bonkers. In the deep future, Earth is ruled by a technocracy that enforces bland uniformity. Music has been homogenised and most people go with the officially sanctioned flow. But a band of free spirits yearns to break free, people whose speech is littered with quotations from long-lost songs, uttered as sacred poetry. They long for a messiah who