THE OLD MAN & THE GUN (12A) ★★★★★
ROBERT REDFORD (right) makes his final screen appearance before retirement in David Lowery’s gently paced crime caper – a (mostly) true story, which is also an unabashed valentine to the charismatic leading man.
The film concentrates on events in 1981 when Forrest Tucker (Redford) pulls off a series of bank robberies, often with ageing associates Teddy (Danny Glover) and Waller (Tom Waits).
“He had a gun... and also, he was sort of a gentleman,” one Dallas bank employee confesses to police after Forrest casually ‘withdraws’ a large amount of bills from tellers’ drawers.
During the getaway from one hold-up, Forrest evades police by stopping to help a stranded motorist called Jewel (Sissy Spacek). Sparks of attraction fly over a cup of coffee.
Meanwhile, Texas detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck) becomes fascinated by Forrest’s far from illustrious career on the wrong side of the law.
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (15) ★★★★★
AUDACIOUS, wildly inventive and frequently uproarious satire about workplace culture, black exploitation and rampant capitalism from Chicago-born rapper Boots Riley.
Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield, above), known to friends as Cash, lives in the garage of his uncle with activist girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson).
Four months behind on the rent, Cash must find alternative accommodation unless he can raise the balance within two weeks.
He hopes a job as a telemarketer will answer his prayers, but Cash’s tentative first efforts to engage customers are failures. That’s until an experienced co-worker (Danny Glover) imparts sage words.
“You want to make some money here, read the script with your white voice,” he whispers.
Sure enough, when Cash (now voiced by David Cross) erases all traces of Oakland from his patter, he secures his first sale... then another.
MORTAL ENGINES (12A) ★★★★★
ADAPTED from the novel of the same title by Philip Reeve, this action adventure sees descendents of those who survived the cataclysmic Sixty
Minute War huddle on mobile metropolises fashioned from scavenged parts that “ingest” the resources of rival cities to feed roaring furnaces.
The largest of these behemoths is London, commanded by Mayor Magnus Crome (Patrick Malahide) with guidance from noted academic Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving).
Masked assassin Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar) tries to assassinate Valentine but apprentice historian Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) intervenes and during the subsequent chase, he tumbles off a gangway and regains consciousness next to Hester in the wilderness.
The fugitives must work together as they encounter pilot Anna Fang (Jihae) and half-human, half-machine warrior Shrike (Stephen Lang).