Marchánt Davis, Anna Kendrick, Danielle Brooks, Denis O’Hare, Pej Vahdat

It’s been nine years since Chris Morris made his film directing debut with the thrillingl­y risky, line- crossing jihadist comedy Four Lions. You’d think certain global political, errr, developmen­ts would have given one of Britain’s foremost satirists a wealth of material to work with in the interim. However, this belated comeback film from the Brass Eye creator comes as something of a disappoint­ment. It’s ambitious, yes, and bristling with substantia­l ideas, but neither quite as funny nor quite as punchy as you’d expect. Newcomer Marchánt Davis impresses as an idealistic Miami community activist railing against urban gentrifica­tion, while Anna Kendrick is the devious FBI agent who exploits his cause to make him look like a terrorist. It’s “based on a hundred true stories,” say the credits, but Morris’ writing doesn’t entirely hit home. 11 October

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