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Wiener-Dog Todd Solondz is not known for his pos­i­tiv­ity, with can­ni­bal­ism, de­pres­sion and abu­sive phone wank­ing be­ing the norm in his movies. But Wiener-Dog could be the in­die di­rec­tor’s bleak­est, weird­est and most blackly comic movie yet, fol­low­ing the tit­u­lar dachs­hund as it’s passed among peo­ple deal­ing with their own cold-hearted dra­mas. Danny De­vito, Greta Ger­wig, Julie Delpy and more pop up in short sto­ries about life, death and cos­mic frus­tra­tion. While the grander pic­ture never quite co­a­lesces, and the tone is un­de­ni­ably sin­gu­lar, Solondz fans will lap it up.

Ja­son Bourne Paul Green­grass and Mert Der­mern re­unite to cor­rect the wrongs of 2012’s pseudo-se­quel, and all is once again good with the world of bru­tal spy thrillers. Clev­erly dove­tail­ing plots in­volv­ing head­line-ap­ing dig­i­tal es­pi­onage and Bourne’s own past en­sure it’s si­mul­ta­ne­ously zeit­geist-y and emo­tion­ally com­pelling, while the cast are the the stunts that will leave you wowed, with a mo­tor­cy­cle chase through a riot and a Las Ve­gas car de­mo­li­tion derby putting hearts well and truly in mouths. Bourne’s back to his best.

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