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The biggest and best new films in cinemas this weekend

Posted at 5:00 pm, April 17, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
child 44

The highest-profile new movie release this weekend is also by far the worst – though how a film starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Paddy Considine and Jason Clarke could be quite this bad is something we’re still trying to figure out. Based on a bestselling novel and set in post-war Russia, ‘Child 44’ follows Hardy’s Soviet cop as he tracks a serial killer despite the indifference of his superiors. It’s possible that Hardy may have met a Russian once, but he presumably had his fingers in his ears at the time because his accent is completely awful (but then, so is everyone else’s).

Elsewhere, it’s a fairly lacklustre lineup. Mads Mikkelsen rides the range in so-so western ‘The Salvation’, Kate Winslet is the best reason to see kind-of-okay regal gardening drama ‘A Little Chaos’, and horse-racing doc ‘Dark Horse: the Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance’ tells a fascinating true story in scrappy but enjoyable fashion. The only new film to get really excited about is ‘Home From Home’ – and that’s only if you think you can face four hours of German history. From Edgar Reitz, director of the epic ‘Heimat’ series, it’s a lengthy but immensely rewarding melodrama.

Child 44 – ★☆☆☆☆

The Salvation – ★★★☆☆

A Little Chaos – ★★★☆☆

Dark Horse – ★★★☆☆

Last Knights – ★★☆☆☆

Glassland – ★★☆☆☆

Cry of the City – ★★★★☆

Home From Home – ★★★★★

The Town That Dreaded Sundown – ★★★☆☆

Gente de Bien – ★★★☆☆

Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend Ends – ★★☆☆☆

The Invisible Life – ★★★★☆

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