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The biggest and best new films in cinemas this weekend

Posted at 2:30 pm, June 5, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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It’s a solid, rather than spectacular week at the movies, with one very enjoyable spy spoof, a fistful of above-average indie dramas and a clutch of niche-interest documentaries.The big movie is ‘Spy’, in which America’s funniest woman, Melissa McCarthy, teams up with local talents Jason Statham, Jude Law and Miranda Hart (it’s the dream team!) for a goofy, feminist-friendly rifle through James Bond’s favourite espionage cliches. It’s not about to set the world on fire, but ‘Spy’ is a hoot while it lasts.

Lower profile but higher quality, two indie flicks caught our attention this week. ‘Second Coming’ marks the big-screen debut of London-based playwright Debbie Tucker Green, and stars Idris Elba as an ordinary family man struggling with extraordinary circumstances. Meanwhile, ‘Listen Up Philip’ sees Jason Schwartzman harking back to his breakthrough role, the bristly intellectual nerd Max Fischer in ‘Rushmore’, as he plays an egocentric New York writer hungry for fame and fortune.

Or if fiction isn’t your bag, there are three new docs on offer: the best is ‘1971’, about an FBI whistleblowing scandal back when Edward Snowden was just a glint in the postman’s eye. ‘Electric Boogaloo’ makes a hash of great subject matter – the life and times of mad exploitation cinema producers Cannon Films – while ‘Gascoigne’ sugarcoats the life story of a British footballing institution.

Here’s the full list of this week’s new releases. Click the links for our review and film times:

Spy – ★★★☆☆

Second Coming – ★★★★☆

Listen Up Philip – ★★★★☆

Survivor – ★☆☆☆☆

Queen and Country – ★★★★☆

1971 – ★★★☆☆

Black Coal, Thin Ice – ★★★☆☆

Four Corners – ★★★★☆

Electric Boogaloo – ★★☆☆☆

Gascoigne – ★★☆☆☆

Shooting for Socrates – ★★☆☆☆

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