Edge of Tomorrow (M, 113 mins, ★★★☆) Read Philippa Hawker's full review
This is an entertaining alien invasion movie with neat narrative wrinkles and glancing references to some classic SF-action films. Its scenario is impending doom, in a very near future that has some curious historical echoes – of a planned landing in Normandy, for one. At times, it takes a playful approach to desperation and annihilation, and it also takes liberties with our expectations. Tom Cruise, for example, doesn't start out as the action hero with Mission: Impossible abilities. He presents as a fairly dubious character – a cynical military spin doctor with the rank of major who has never seen a minute of combat, and doesn't intend to. Emily Blunt – not an obvious Amazon – makes a plausible super-warrior.
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A soldier fighting in a war with aliens finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, though he becomes better skilled along the way.
The Rover (MA15+, 103 mins, ★★★) Read Paul Byrnes' full review
David Michod's second feature, after the superb surprise of Animal Kingdom, is once again about the darker side of humanity, but this time, he doesn't bother explaining his characters or their predicament. Three criminals (David Field, Tawanda Manyimo, Scoot McNairy) are on the run in a ''post-collapse'' Australia after a shootout. We don't know what they stole or why they shot a soldier. They grab a car belonging to a wizened and limping Guy Pearce. There's a great and funny shot as the bad guys' original car skids past the cafe window at speed on its roof. That's as close as the film comes to humour.
The Fault In Our Stars (M, 126 mins, ★★☆) Read Jake Wilson's full review
There's a pleasing straightforwardness to this teen cancer drama, especially in the earlier, more upbeat scenes. As romance blossoms, the film literally brightens, with swathes of the cheery primary colours you might expect to see in an actual teen cancer ward. Needless to say, the director, Josh Boone, is softening us up for the final act, designed to tug at our heartstrings extensively, repetitively and without remorse. I felt my own heart hardening by the time of the third tear-jerking setpiece but sniffles all round me continued to the end. The emotional manipulation would be harder to take if not for Shailene Woodley, who has quickly and deservedly become a new "young adult" star.
Omar (M, 98 mins, ★★★☆) Read Jake Wilson's full review
This punchy social melodrama from Palestinian writer-director Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) grabs attention from its first scene. The long-limbed young protagonist Omar (newcomer Adam Bakri) is shown in wide shot, using a rope to scale the separation wall running through the West Bank. When he reaches the top, gunshots sail past him: blam, blam! Quick as he can, he slides down the rope on the other side and flees. Only when he's safe does he pause to look, ruefully, at his bloodied palms. The symbolism is typical of Abu-Assad's bluntly ingenious approach: Omar will soon have blood on his hands in another sense.