Based on the hit BBC TV show and riding a wave of nostalgia for WWII, we take another look at a clearly incompetent company of Home Guard irregulars. Set as the war is reaching its end, there’s no rest for England’s last line of defence. A radio signal has been transmitted from sleepy Walmington-on-Sea towards Berlin, so Captain Mainwaring’s unit of old duffers and chancers must stumble into action.
The cast features heavyweights like Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Courtenay, Sarah Lancashire, Alison Steadman, Bill Paterson, Annette Crosbie and original series cast member Ian Lavender. So, even if the story isn’t up to much the performances will be divine.
Weds 10 Feb
Break out the morph-suit, because it’s superhero time once more. Wade Wilson is a former Special Forces operative undergoing an experimental cure for his terminal illness. He’s left disfigured and unstable, with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humour. With these abilities and a new identity, he starts to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Ryan Reynolds plays the lead in this reboot of a beloved antihero, bringing with him the comic’s habit for having this complicated character address the audience directly. Part of 20th Century Fox’s ‘X-Men’ cinematic universe, ‘Deadpool’ heralds a dark new series of action films from the Marvel stable.
Fri 12 Feb
Despite the original setting a standard for every ‘buddy’ film since 1991, some bright spark thought it time to remake this classic. A young FBI agent goes undercover, with a group of extreme sports types suspected of a string of sophisticated heists. It’ll be interesting how the narrative evolves to cope with modern technology.
Directed by Ericson Core (‘Invincible’, ‘Daredevil’ and ‘The Fast and the Furious’), written by Kurt Wimmer (‘Total Recall’, ‘Salt’ and ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’) and starring Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey and Ray Winstone, it’s underwhelming on paper. Yet still worth a look – especially if you’re an adrenaline junkie. “Little hand says it’s time to rock and roll!”
The ever-reliable Will Smith heads a terrific cast featuring Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Albert Brooks in this true story. It follows the work of the Nigerian-born Dr Bennet Omalu, as he tries to alert the world about health concerns in American football.
This brilliant forensic neuropathologist made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought to spread the truth. Suddenly he finds himself on an emotional quest, which puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world.