The Rudyard Kipling gets a live-action remake, in accordance with Disney’s ever successful release strategy. A young boy is left to fend for himself amidst the scary expanse of the jungle. He grows up under the watchful eyes of a black panther and a bear. Eventually he is forced to leave the world he knows, and begins a journey of self-discovery.
Directed by Jon Favreau and written by Justin Marks, the film introduces Neel Sethi as Mowgli. Voicing the assorted animals is an impressive cast of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken.
WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT
Fri 22 April
Kim Barker’s memoir, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has received a deserved big screen adaptation. Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, it sees Tina Fey take on the lead as a television journalist looking for validation in her career. An assignment as a war correspondent in Afghanistan, covering Operation Enduring Freedom, soon gives her the challenge she’s seeking. But at what cost?
Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Christopher Abbott, Alfred Molina and Billy Bob Thornton all lend their exceptional talents to this story highlighting the dangers of news-gathering in a warzone.
LOUDER THAN BOMBS
Fri 22 April
Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s first English language project is a ruminative look at a family haunted by the legacy of its lost matriarch. Packed with alienation, dark humour and moments of plain weirdness, the film catches a family being forced to confront their demons when an exhibition prompts widespread reassessment of the mother’s work as a war photographer.
Although not a perfect film, it manages to capture the family’s turmoil without becoming too maudlin or sentimental. The husband Gene (Gabriel Byrne) tries to reconnect with his two sons, an angst-riddled teen (Devin Druid) and an uptight student with other things on his mind (Jesse Eisenberg), but it won’t be easy.
The classic platform computer game makes the jump into the cinema, in this action packed 3D CGI science fiction extravaganza. Series creators Insomniac Games have helped with the film’s production, with one of their ex-staffers writing the script, so it should do justice to this popular platformer.
Several cast members from the franchise have returned, along with stars joining the fray, including James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone. The story retells the events of the original game, showing how our plucky protagonists met and fought to save the Solana Galaxy from destruction.