At cinemas: Fighting rock with rock

It would be insidious of you to miss it

 

There’s something for everyone this week at the cinemas – if typical summer fare floats your life-raft, then you’re likely to plump for San Andreas, an American disaster film starring ex-WWF champ Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) as a search and rescue helicopter pilot desperately trying to locate his estranged daughter amid a devastating earthquake in California. Whether or not the film itself is a disaster remains to be seen, but trailers promise plenty of spectacle to quench your thirst for large-scale destruction. Some might question the timing of this release, with an opening in Nepal looking to be unlikely.

Leigh Whannell returns to the successful horror franchise he helped create for Insidious 3, a prequel-sequel three-quel that switches focus from the Lambert family and onto the early years of Elise Rainier, the heroic psychic medium from the previous films.

Lastly there’s While We’re Young, the latest indie comedy from Noah Baumbach, the director of The Squid & The Whale and occasional Wes Anderson collaborator. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts star as a couple ageing gracelessly – see this week’s review.

Over at Cinemateket, the comprehensive John Ford series continues alongside Made in China – a series of recent Chinese smash hits never before seen on Danish shores.

Also starting this week is a look at the work of Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, who recently won the enviable task of helming the much-anticipated follow up to Blade Runner. So, for a sense of what that might turn out like, you should check out his filmography screening over the next few weeks. The best place to start is the Oscar-nominated Incendies at 16:00 on Saturday, which follows the emotionally devastating journey taken by Canadian twins to the Middle East as they uncover their family history and fulfil their mother’s dying wish.

At Huset you can uncover more secrets thanks to their revealing and insightful two evening event Films From North Korea (Thur 28 – Fri 29). Starting at 19.30, you can see two films for 50kr.





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