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Film reviews: A Field In England | Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer | The Internship

Ben Wheatley’s psychedelic civil war horror about a group of deserters gets a simultaneous cinema, DVD and TV release.

A Field In England (15)

Star rating: * * * *

To say much more would kill some nasty lo-fi surprises. The cast includes The League Of Gentlemen’s Reece Shearsmith.

On general release from Friday

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (TBC)

Star rating: * * * *

A documentary about the feminist punk band who were arrested after a protest in a Moscow cathedral and sent to Siberia. Not the most talented rockers, but certainly the most courageous.

Glasgow Film Theatre, Saturday and 7 July

The Internship (12A)

Star rating: * * *

Eight years after Wedding Crashers, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson reunite to play two watch salesmen who are downsized. Joining Google’s internship programme puts them in competition with younger geeks in a film that shamelessly plugs the search engine behemoth as a workers’ idyll of free food and nap pods. Vaughn and Wilson have a nice bantering chemistry but their material is terribly thin.

On general release from Wednesday

Chasing Mavericks (PG)

Star rating: * *

Gerard Butler stars in a hokey surfing drama about real-life big wave legend Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston) who is taught to Face His Fears when he’s tutored by a gruff father figure called Frosty, who Butler seems to interpret as an excuse for some bleached blond highlights. Michael Apted and Curtis Hanson co-direct a movie that rolls out like a waterlogged Karate Kid. Board-paddlers may enjoy the surfing lessons, but when it’s on dry land this is a beach to watch.

On general release from Friday

Renoir (12A)

Star rating: * * * *

Michel Bouquet’s portrait of the artist shows Pierre-Auguste in later life when he is rich, famous and grumpy but finds fresh inspiration with a young model (Christa Theret). Gilles Bourdos’ biopic is plenty pretty but the drama is a still life.

Glasgow Film Theatre until Thursday; Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Friday until 11 July; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Friday until 
18 July

 

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