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IN­TI­MATE drama about mid­dleaged mar­ried cou­ple Joan (Lesley Manville, right, and Tom (Liam

Neeson), who have slowly come to terms with the death of their daugh­ter and set­tled back into a rou­tine un­der their cloud of grief.

They make reg­u­lar pil­grim­ages to the grave and keep fit by walk­ing side by side along a busy road.

In the shower af­ter one stroll, Joan feels a lump in her left breast and the cou­ple make an ur­gent ap­point­ment at the lo­cal hos­pi­tal, where she is di­ag­nosed with can­cer.

Joan be­gins treat­ment, re­ly­ing on Tom to drive her to and from ap­point­ments as clumps of hair fall out and her body weathers crash­ing waves of nau­sea and ex­haus­tion. Their mar­riage feels the strain and Tom strug­gles to ar­tic­u­late his feel­ings of im­po­tency. Mean­while, Joan finds a cheer­leader in fel­low can­cer pa­tient Peter (David Wil­mot).


SLOW-BURN­ING crime thriller star­ring Ed­ward Nor­ton (right), who also writes, di­rects and pro­duces.

Nor­ton plays Li­onel Ess­rog, an or­phaned kid grow­ing up on the mean streets of Brook­lyn who is taken un­der the wing of pri­vate de­tec­tive Frank Minna (Bruce Wil­lis).

Li­onel is a lonely fig­ure who has Tourette’s syn­drome, but he doesn’t let his con­di­tion stand in the way of his work. When Minna dies on a job, Li­onel takes it upon him­self to find out what hap­pened – re­sult­ing in a deep dive into trou­bling po­lit­i­cal is­sues across the city.

Along the way, he meets al­lur­ing com­mu­nity ac­tivist Laura (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). How­ever, when Li­onel un­rav­els se­crets about prop­erty de­vel­oper Moses Ran­dolph – the most pow­er­ful man in the city – Laura is left in se­ri­ous dan­ger. ■ Re­view by Ge­or­gia Humphreys.


DI­REC­TOR Noah Haw­ley’s drama – loosely based on the true story of Nasa astro­naut Lisa Nowak – opens with Lucy Cola (Os­car win­ner Natalie Port­man, pic­tured), star­ing into the star at the cen­tre of our so­lar sys­tem from space.

“You go up there, see the uni­verse, then come back home and it all looks so small,” she rues, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a crush­ing sense of dis­ap­point­ment back on terra firma with her mild-man­nered hus­band Drew (Dan Stevens) and teenage daugh­ter Blue Iris (Pearl Amanda Dick­son).

De­ter­mined to earn her spot on the next space mis­sion, Lucy throws her­self into train­ing and risks last­ing dam­age to out­per­form younger ri­val Erin Ec­cles (Zazie Beetz).

Alas, Lucy’s men­tal state frac­tures and, im­pul­sively, she seeks com­fort in the arms of fel­low astro­naut Mark Good­win (Jon Hamm).

When Lucy learns that Mark has also taken a fancy to Erin, jeal­ousy takes hold, pro­pel­ling the en­raged wife down a dan­ger­ous and vi­o­lent path.

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