This week’s movie releases
Chloë Grace Moretz takes Stephen King's Carrie into the smartphone era Sly and Arnie concoct their Escape Plan
Stephen King’s debut novel Carrie has already taken on a variety of onscreen guises. We’ve had Brian De Palma’s exemplary 1976 adaptation. We’ve had 1999’s The Rage: Carrie 2. We’ve had a 2002 TV movie and we’ve even had Carrie: The Musical. Where left for Hollywood to turn, then, but back to the 1974 original? Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce is the filmmaker chosen to bring the tormented teenager with telekinetic powers kicking and screaming into the smartphone era. The role Sissy Spacek made her own in the De Palma version goes to Chloë Grace Moretz while Julianne Moore plays her ultra-religious ma.
Also channeling past glories are Sylvester Stallone and fellow Expendable Arnold Schwarzenegger in Escape Plan. Sly plays a prisons expert specializing in testing maximum security jails who agrees to try to break out of a top-secret, high-tech facility known as the Tomb, only to realize he has been tricked and trapped. Along with fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger), he has to concoct a plan to spring himself from the world’s most inescapable jail. Sweden’s Mikael Hafström directs.
British romantic drama Le Week-End stars Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan as two married academics who head back to their honeymoon destination of Paris to celebrate their 30th anniversary and inject a bit of fizz back into their marriage. The film marks the fourth collaboration between Notting Hill director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi after TV series The Buddha of Suburbia (1993) and the movies The Mother and Venus.
After dressing Sean Penn up like The Cure’s Robert Smith and dragging him round America in This Must Be the Place, Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino returns to Rome and regular star Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty. A Fellini-esque romp round the Eternal City’s chic nightlife, it stars Servillo as a prominent journalist taking stock of his life as he celebrates his 65th birthday.
A winner at this year’s Cannes festival, Spanish director Diego Quemada-Díez’s Mexico-produced drama The Golden Cage relates the perilous adventures of three young migrants — two boys and one girl disguised as a boy — as they attempt to make it from Guatemala to the US.
3 bodas de más is a knockabout comedy from Spaniard Javier Ruiz Caldera (Spanish Movie) that stars Inma Cuesta as a singleton scientist forced to endure the weddings of three ex-boyfriends in the space of a month. With Martín Rivas, Quim Gutiérrez, Paco León and Berto Romero.