This week in cinemas – The Big Short, Ride Along 2, The 5th Wave

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by John Nugent |
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This week, in cinemas: financial apocalypse in The Big Short; political apocalypse in Our Brand Is Crisis; and teen-dystopian alien apocalypse in The 5th Wave.

The Big Short


What it’s about: Nobody saw the 2008 recession coming – except for a handful of sneaky investors, who bet against the market and exposed the holes in the system. Adam McKay’s comedy-drama makes a boring subject fun; features the best cameo from a teen pop star since the Jonas Brothers in Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian.

What we thought: “witty, absurd and far more entertaining than it has any right to be.”

Read our review of The Big Short.

Ride Along 2

Ride Along 2

What it’s about: Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, truly this century’s ‘Little and Large’, reunite for another buddy comedy about getting a lift.

Our review of Ride Along 2 will be online soon.

The 5th Wave

Chloe Grace Moretz in The 5th Wave


What it’s about: Another adaptation of a dystopian YA bestseller with franchise aspirations. This one stars Chloë Grace Moretz as the heroic teenager who must battle future woes. Is this a new Hunger Games? Or will it head down Divergent paths?

What we thought: “there’s a dark familiarity that we haven’t seen... This twisted tone does not last, sadly.”

Read our review of The 5th Wave.

Our Brand Is Crisis

Our Brand Is Crisis


What it’s about: There has already been a film called Our Brand is Crisis; the first one, released in 2005, was a documentary about a presidential election in Bolivia. This is a fictionalised version of that nonfiction film, for people who prefer glossy Hollywood celebrities over the real thing.

What we thought: “the grim cynicism of modern politics adds subversive weight to the film’s screwball comedy stylings.”

Read our review of Our Brand Is Crisis.

The Assassin


What it’s about: As the title really rather heavily implies, The Assassin is about an assassin – specifically, one from 8th century China, highly adept in martial arts. This one has earned huge plaudits from the critical community; the chin-strokers at Sight & Sound magazine named it their favourite film of 2015.

What we thought: “beguiling yet baffling.”

Read our review of The Assassin.

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