The pick of the week’s films on Sky, Vir­gin & other plat­forms

TV & Satellite Week - - Films -

CULT OF CHUCKY

Killer doll Chucky re­turns to ter­rorise the luck­less Nica (Fiona Dou­rif), now in­car­cer­ated in an iso­lated psy­chi­atric in­sti­tu­tion in this sev­enth out­ing of the lon­grun­ning hor­ror fran­chise. Wri­ter­di­rec­tor and orig­i­nal cre­ator Don Mancini ramps up the scarefac­tor with some elab­o­rate death scenes and stylish cam­era-work that makes at­mo­spheric use of the hos­pi­tal lo­ca­tion. (18, 87min)

THE FATE OF THE FU­RI­OUS

The petrol­head ac­tion-movie fran­chise rolls re­lent­lessly on, as lu­di­crously silly and OTT as ever, with an in­stal­ment that sees Vin Diesel’s car­jacker hero Do­minic Toretto and his out­law band pick­ing up new al­lies and new en­e­mies. Chief among the lat­ter is Char­l­ize Theron’s ice-blonde cy­ber-ter­ror­ist, who black­mails Dom into be­tray­ing his gang and help­ing her ne­far­i­ous mis­silesteal­ing plans. (12,133min)

IT COMES AT NIGHT

PRE­MIERE (Avail­able from Mon) Set in a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic Amer­ica, this grip­ping, in­tel­li­gently spare US in­die thriller fo­cuses on two fam­i­lies try­ing to es­cape a mys­te­ri­ous epi­demic in a re­mote for­est house. But there is plenty of slow-burn­ing ten­sion and men­ace as Joel Edger­ton and Car­men Ejogo’s hus­band and wife, and their teenage son (Kelvin Har­ri­son Jr) un­easily share their refuge with two strangers (Christo­pher Ab­bott and Ri­ley Keough) and their young son. (15, 92min)

A KIND OF MUR­DER

An un­hap­pily mar­ried ar­chi­tect (Pa­trick Wil­son) be­gins stalk­ing a sus­pected wife mur­derer lit­tle re­al­is­ing the con­se­quences that lie in store in this twisty and twisted psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller. Stylishly shot and per­versely grip­ping, the film is based on Pa­tri­cia High­smith’s novel The

Blun­derer, and it is not hard to de­tect echoes of the au­thor’s

Strangers on a Train. (15, 92min)

KING ARTHUR:

LE­GEND OF THE SWORD

Di­rec­tor Guy Ritchie’s take on Arthurian myth is a mash-up of sword-and-sor­cery ac­tion fan­tasy and geezers-on-amis­sion ca­per. Charlie Hun­nam’s Arthur is a Mock­ney badass, duck­ing and div­ing in 5th-cen­tury Lon­dinium un­til he fi­nally gets around to em­brac­ing his destiny as the son of Eric Bana’s King Uther Pen­dragon. (12,126min)

THE MEYEROWITZ STO­RIES (NEW AND SE­LECTED)

Some­times painfully touch­ing and some­times hi­lar­i­ous, this bit­ter­sweet New York com­edy re­volves around a hope­lessly dys­func­tional fam­ily. Adam San­dler, Ben Stiller and El­iz­a­beth Mar­vel play the bick­er­ing adult off­spring of Dustin Hoffman’s pa­tri­arch. San­dler gives his best per­for­mance in years, and his seething ri­valry with his half-brother (Stiller) pro­vides the film’s comic spine. (15,110min)

OUR SOULS AT NIGHT

Al­most 40 years since their last screen pair­ing in 1979’s The

Elec­tric Horse­man, Robert Red­ford and Jane Fonda reunite for a cosy but charm­ing ro­man­tic drama. They play wid­owed neigh­bours in small-town Colorado whose un­ruf­fled lives get shaken up af­ter Fonda’s Ad­die turns up at the door of Red­ford’s Louis with a star­tling pro­posal… (Pg,103min)

PI­RATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: SALAZAR’S RE­VENGE

Johnny Depp’s pi­rate cap­tain Jack Spar­row is back, but his fifth screen ad­ven­ture sees him play­ing a largely pas­sive role in the plot. This time, a younger gen­er­a­tion is at the helm of the story as Bren­ton Th­waites’ Henry Turner, son of Or­lando Bloom’s Will Turner and Keira Knight­ley’s El­iz­a­beth Swann, sets out to free his fa­ther from a wa­tery curse. (12,129min)

THE RED TUR­TLE

This en­chant­ingly sim­ple, qui­etly mov­ing an­i­mated fa­ble ex­plores our re­la­tion­ship with na­ture through the word­less tale of a ship­wrecked cast­away whose ef­forts to es­cape his desert is­land are frus­trated by a giant red tur­tle. (PG, 81min)

TRANS­FORM­ERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

WON­DER WOMAN

Gal Gadot’s lithe Won­der Woman was all con­quer­ing at the global box of­fice this year, em­phat­i­cally show­ing that fe­male su­per­heroes could be more than a match for their male coun­ter­parts. The film is an ori­gins tale, so we see Gadot’s Ama­zon hero­ine Diana grow­ing up on her idyl­lic all-women is­land home be­fore leav­ing it for the first time with Chris Pine’s World War One Amer­i­can spy. (12,141min)

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