FILM: RECORDED DELIVERY
After an arresting opening scene - a harrowing yet magnificent nuclear explosion - Mimi Leder's espionage thriller takes an irretrievably downward turn. Nicole Kidman is a nuclear scientist in pursuit of a cluster of hijacked nuclear warheads, while a smarmy George Clooney is the gung-ho intelligence officer dispatched to proffer patronising "on the field" advice. There are gaping holes in the plot, the script is riddled with cliches and the plight of the Eastern Europeans is tragically trivialised. Equality is also supposed to be a pertinent issue here, but things are by no means balanced. Kidman, on whose shoulders this potential nuclear disaster is resting, is left teetering on high heels and poring over the maps while Clooney gets to go to Russia and kick terrorist butt. These two make Demi Moore's GI Jane look smart. H
Alien Resurrection (18) Fox Pathe, rental, 25 May A plodding script fashions this third instalment of the sweaty slasher-in-space series, despite an ingenious plot. After hundreds of years of experimentation, Ripley (a wise-cracking Sigourney Weaver) has been brought back to life to find alien DNA sloshing about in her cells. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's film plays more on our stomachs than on our cerebral fears, offering a veritable feast of glistening guts and blood-splattered debris. For the modest entree, we are presented with a Caesarean birth where Ripley has an alien infant removed from her tummy, and a lavish main course shows Ripley being enveloped by a giant, dribbling, mucus- oozing, mater alien. Perversely entertaining but not a patch on the original. HH
The Winter Guest (15), Film Four, rental, 18 May Real-life mother and daughter Phyllida Law and Emma Thompson valiantly grapple with bereavement in a remote village off the coast of Scotland in Alan Rickman's beautifully photographed directorial debut. Their emotional, though rather monotonous dialogue covers issues of growing, parenting, ageing and death with disappointing brevity. Warmer sub-plots are introduced as Thompson's son is seduced by a local girl, and two schoolboys experiment with the notion that a spot of deep heat in the right area results in greater virility. HHH
Life & Style blogs
What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
iPhone 6s photos leak shows new phone will be thicker than iPhone 6, could make cases defunct
Overly-controlling parents cause their children lifelong psychological damage, says study
Women really are more attracted to men who make them laugh, study finds
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 1 What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
- 2 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 3 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 4 Bob Geldof offers to take four refugee families into his home 'immediately' as he condemns humanitarian crisis as a ‘f**king disgrace'
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
£37040 - £43600 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The UK's export credit agency a...
£25000 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides a compreh...
£16800 - £19500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Would you like to join an organ...
£25000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: In the last five years this com...