Poor pre­quel no cut above

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Leather­face (18)

The no­to­ri­ous masked psy­chopath gets an un­nec­es­sary back story in this ill-ad­vised se­quel­pre­quel.

Stephen Dorff is in de­cent form as a re­lent­less sher­iff, but the rest of the cast strug­gle with the bonkers ma­te­rial.

And you can also see the ma­jor plot ‘twist’ com­ing from a mile away.

Be­yond Sky­line (15)

A se­quel no­body wanted ac­tu­ally im­proves on its shoddy, bizarre pre­de­ces­sor.

The cast is def­i­nitely an up­grade, with Frank Grillo and Iko Uwais trad­ing barbs and blows.

The vis­ual ef­fects are su­pe­rior too, but it all mat­ters lit­tle given the wafer-thin story and dodgy di­a­logue.

Detroit (15)

No stranger to emo­tion­ally-charged film­mak­ing, Kathryn Bigelow di­rects her first full-length fea­ture in five years.

Bigelow painstak­ingly shoots the Al­giers Mo­tel in­ci­dent from 1967 in as­tound­ingly tense real-time, tak­ing in both sides of the racial di­vide.

The di­rec­tor has pre­vi­ous for coax­ing awards-bait­ing per­for­mances and there’s no weak link among her lat­est eye-catch­ing ensem­ble cast.

Light­ing is dim and sweat drips from fore­heads as we are taken right into the epi­cen­tre of the shock­ing in­ci­dent and its con­se­quences.

What pre­vents Detroit from nail­ing in­stant clas­sic sta­tus, though, is the rushed han­dling of the clos­ing court case scenes.

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