Only God Forgives, The Heat, Paradise: Hope: this week's new films

The Drive dream team are back together in Bangkok, but those hoping for a cute Gosling droolathon will be disappointed.

Only God Forgives (18)
(Nicolas Winding Refn, 2013, Fra/Thai/US/Swe) Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Tom Burke. 90 mins

This is more a cinematic slab of red meat: lean, raw, bloody and blunt, but with much to savour. Executed with great formal rigour, it's a stylised revenge story centred on Gosling's almost mute gangster, his terrifying mother (Scott Thomas) and an even more terrifying Thai cop (Pansringarm).

The Heat(15)
(Paul Feig, 2013, US) Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demián Bichir. 117 mins

Buddy sparks inevitably fly when Bullock's uptight FBI agent is partnered with McCarthy's foul-mouthed Boston cop, in a comedy that serves up plenty of female-oriented crudity, even if there's barely a story to pin it on.

Paradise: Hope(15)
(Ulrich Seidl, 2013, Aus) Melanie Lenz, Verena Lehbauer, Joseph Lorenz. 92 mins

Seidl ends his trilogy with another unsettling, ironically titled study of modern grimness, this time following an adolescent girl at an Austrian fat camp, where she faces greater challenges than simple flab.

The Conjuring (15)
(James Wan, 2013, US) Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor. 112 mins

This haunted house horror sends a duo of demonologists into a troubled 1970s homestead, where the bejesus is reliably scared out of all concerned.

RED 2 (12A)
(Dean Parisot, 2013, US) Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren. 116 mins

Back by no special demand, the retired assassins hop the globe on another fitfully amusing adventure, enlivened considerably by some great guest stars, including Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

My Father And The Man In Black(15)
(Jonathan Holiff, 2012, US) 87 mins

In this documentary, Holiff constructs a family memoir around the secret archive of his deceased, largely absent father Saul, former manager of Johnny Cash. It's a fresh angle on the Cash mythology, a long way from Walk The Line.

From Up On Poppy Hill (U)
(Goro Miyazaki, 2011, Jap) Sarah Bolger, Anton Yelchin, Christina Hendricks. 92 mins

The animation is up to their usual high standard, but compared to Studio Ghibli's grander fantasies (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke) this story is pretty ordinary: a nostalgia-tinged teen romance set in 1964 Yokohama.

The Smurfs 2 (U)
(Raja Gosnell, 2013, US) Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Katy Perry. 105 mins

The blue irritants get up to slapstick mischief in Paris in an animation that's only suitable for children and collectors of embarrassing celebrity cameos.

Heaven's Gate(15)
(Michael Cimino, 1980, US) Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt. 216 mins

The notorious western is up for reappraisal with a restored "director's cut". There are plenty of plus points – the gorgeous images and epic scope – to make up for the minuses.

Out from Friday

Alan Partridge: Alpha PapaA siege situation in Norwich brings Steve Coogan's comedic alter ego to the big screen at last.

Out from Wed

Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters

Logan Lerman and his teen demigod pals set sail for another classical adventure.

Out from Wed

Chennai Express

Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in a Tamil Nadu-set romance.

Out from Thu


Girls form a gang in this 50s tale of smalltown defiance.

The Lone Ranger

Can Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer revive the vintage cowboy avenger?


Docudrama following an Irish sound recordist returning home.

David Bowie Is Happening Now

A filmed tour of the V&A's closing Bowie exhibition.

Grown Ups 2

Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and co are back with more juvenile comedy for adults.

Looking For Hortense

Kristin Scott Thomas and Jean-Pierre Bacri lead a French ensemble drama.

Coming soon

In two weeks ... Costumed justice is served in Kick-Ass 2 … Denzel and Wahlberg buddy up in action comedy 2 Guns

In three weeks ... Matt Damon starts a sci-fi class war in Elysium … Amanda Seyfried lives the 70s porn life in Lovelace

In a month ... Teenage summer holiday pains in comedy The Way, Way Back … Shane Carruth's sci-fi headscratcher Upstream Colour

Powered by article was written by Steve Rose, for The Guardian on Saturday 3rd August 2013 06.00 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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