The Lost City
Out in cinemas 21 April (Available at Shaw Theatres)
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe
A successful novelist, Loretta (Bullock), and the male model who graces the covers of her books, Alan (Tatum), are thrust into a real-life adventure when a kooky billionaire, Fairfax (Radcliffe), kidnaps her in search of a fabled “lost city” and its treasure. Convinced that Loretta’s latest literary creation is fact, not fiction, the wealthy villain leads Loretta and a misguided Alan, trying to prove that he is as heroic as he has pretended, into a far-flung jungle, where they have to brave the elements and dangers that lurk.
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Channing Tatum: Taking the step up
Though he looks suited to playing tough guys, the model-turned-actor has relied on his dancing skills to achieve his greatest successes.
With his athletic build and tough exterior, it’s no wonder that Channing Tatum has often played all-action roles, such as those of policemen, criminals or soldiers.
He was a cop in 21 Jump Street and White House Down, a criminal in Public Enemies and Logan Lucky, and a soldier in Stop-Loss, two GI Joe movies and the space opera Jupiter Ascending.
His most recent film, Dog, has him playing an Army Ranger who develops a bond with a traumatised military animal while taking care of it.
An active sportsman and martial artist growing up, Tatum would turn his back on playing American football in college to pursue a career in entertainment. He would then be discovered as a model before embarking on an acting career.
However, his biggest career breakthroughs would not come with him playing some big, brash action star; instead, they happened when he took to the dance floor.
Tatum’s first big box-office hit was the little 2006 romantic dance film, Step Up, where he played a petty criminal who finds love and salvation through a dance duet.
And of course, the most noteworthy role of his career is that of Michael Lane, a male stripper at the centre of the Magic Mike movies, which are based on Tatum’s real-life experiences as a stripper and dancer before he headed to Hollywood.
Tatum first played Magic Mike in 2012, in a comedy that was a surprise hit and is now a cult classic. In more recent years, he has proven himself to be a versatile performer, able to handle both dramatic roles as well as comedic ones.
He can next be seen in the adventure-comedy The Lost City, opposite Sandra Bullock, which is reminiscent of films such as Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. Tatum will also reprise his “magical” role of a lifetime in the upcoming sequel, Magic Mike’s Last Dance.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Out in cinemas now (Available at Shaw Theatres)
Stars: Ben Schwartz, Idris Elba, Jim Carrey
Following the events of the first movie, the hero of this sequel is still a blue, anthropomorphic hedgehog named Sonic (Schwartz), who can run really fast and has decided to use his special powers to fight crime. While he’s exploring his new career, Sonic’s old enemy Dr Eggman (Carrey) returns to Earth scheming to steal a powerful green gem, the Master Emerald. When Sonic tries to stop him, he meets his match in Dr Eggman’s partner, a super-strong and combative echidna called Knuckles (Elba).
Out in cinemas 21 April (Available at Shaw Theatres)
Stars: Rakel Lenora Flottum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Sam Ashraf
Two young sisters, Ida (Flottum) and Anna (Ramstad), move to a new home in suburban Norway in the summertime. Left mostly to their own devices, the sisters each make new friends in a largely deserted neighbourhood, as most of the families there have gone for their holidays. Unobserved, Ida meets Ben (Ashraf) while the often-unresponsive Anna, who has autism, meets Aisha. Ben starts showing Ida that he has telekinetic powers, while Anna and Aisha realise that they can hear each other’s thoughts.
Out now, Apple TV+
Stars: Gary Oldman, Jack Lowden, Kristin Scott Thomas
A disgraced MI5 agent, River (Lowden), finds himself stuck in an administrative branch of the British secret service after a botched training exercise. He and his fellow agents there are now nicknamed “slow horses”, rejected operatives who are consigned to boring, paper-pushing tasks while their acerbic boss, Jackson (Oldman), offers a running commentary about their once-promising careers grinding to a halt. Things change, however, when this downtrodden bunch are called upon for an off-the-books mission.
Out 15 April, Prime Video
Stars: Josh Brolin, Lili Taylor, Noah Reid
In rural Wyoming, Royal Abbott (Brolin) is a rancher fighting to keep his livelihood going and his family safe. One day, the Abbotts’ idyllic existence on the edge of wilderness is shattered when Royal’s daughter-in-law, Rebecca, goes missing. Meanwhile, the neighbouring ranchers, the Tillersons, make a play for his land. To add even more tension, an inexplicable black void has arrived on the west pasture of that land. Struggling to make sense of things, Royal asks for a divine sign to reveal what is going on.
Out 28 April, Netflix
Stars: Jun Shison, Riria, Alice Hirose
Some time in the future, an unlikely apocalypse has engulfed Tokyo and cut it off from the rest of the world. The laws of gravity no longer apply as they once did, as the city lies partially submerged, after bubbles had rained down and changed everything. A group of young people, who have lost their families, now engage in parkour team battles as they leap among buildings and floating debris. Among them are Hibiki (Jun) and Uta (Riria), who hear a strange sound that could alter the world as they now know it.
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