This week’s movie releases

Guillermo del Toro gets back in the director's chair to oversee monster epic Pacific Rim

A Kaiju takes the Sydney Opera House by storm in Pacific Rim.
A Kaiju takes the Sydney Opera House by storm in Pacific Rim. © Warner Bros / courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection

Giant creatures from another dimension rise up from the depths of the ocean to wreak destruction in Pacific Rim, the first film Mexico’s Guillermo del Toro has directed since 2008 Hellboy II: The Golden Army. To fight the Kaijus, as they are known, humankind devises a series of monster robots, called Jaegers and operated by two pilots whose brains are synched together. But after years of fighting, the world lies on the brink and a maverick team comprising a washed-up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and inexperienced newcomer (Rinko Kikuchi) becomes the only thing keeping Earth from annihilation. An epic special-effects-splattered mix of Transformers and Godzilla, it also features Idris Elba and Del Toro regular Ron Perlman.

In RED 2, the past comes back once again to force former CIA black ops operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) out of retirement, this time to hunt down a portable nuclear device. Fellow aging agents John Malkovich and Helen Mirren return from the first film, as does love interest Mary-Louise Parker, while Welsh duo Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones join the cast. Galaxy Quest’s Dean Parisot directs.

With shades of Fernando Trueba’s recent The Artist and the Model, Renoir zeros in on the last years of the life of the Impressionist painter in Provence during World War I as he encounters his final muse, the model Andrée Heuschling, who would go on to appear in the early films of his future moviemaker son Jean Renoir. Gilles Bourdos’ film stars Michel Bouquet as Auguste Renoir, Christa Theret as Heuschling and Vincent Rottiers as Jean.

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