Guide to what’s on at the cinema this week:
Love Is All You Need (15)
Heroine Ida (Trine Dyrholm) has undergone chemotherapy as part of her breast cancer treatment. Ida returns home from a check up to find her oafish husband Leif (Kim Bodnia) in flagrante delicto with blonde accountant Tilde (Christiane Schaumburg-Muller). It’s a devastating blow and Ida leaves him to catch a flight to Sorrento, where their daughter Astrid (Molly Blixt Egelind) is due to marry her handsome fiance Patrick (Sebastian Jessen). In the airport car park, Ida absent-mindedly backs into a car being driven by English widower Philip (Pierce Brosnan), who has thrown himself into his work - fruit and vegetable wholesale - following the death of his wife. It transpires that Philip is Patrick’s father and is also heading to the ceremony. Her tenderness and honesty are a real tonic, kindling a spark of attraction between the strangers.
Olympus Has Fallen (15)
Following a tragedy on his watch, grizzled Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is reassigned to a desk job at the Treasury Department. It’s a far cry from his former detail, guarding US President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and son Connor (Finley Jacobsen). A high-profile visit by the prime minister of South Korea, Lee Tae-Woo (Keong Sim), descends into carnage when terrorists storm the most iconic building in Washington, DC. The militia kills almost the entire presidential security detail and takes Asher hostage in a nuclear-proof bunker with Vice President Charlie Rodriguez (Phil Austin) and Secretary of Defence Ruth McMillan (Melissa Leo). Without a second thought for his own safety, Mike races to the scene and infiltrates the shattered ruins of the White House, determined to protect the president and atone for past mistakes.
Evil Dead (18)
David (Shiloh Fernandez), his girlfriend Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore) and friends Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) and Olivia (Jessica Lucas) are cocooned in a rundown log cabin to support David’s little sister, Mia (Jane Levy), as she goes cold turkey to kick her drug habit. A strange smell in the basement leads the friends to a book bound in leathery human skin, which Eric studies in his room.
Ignoring various scrawled warnings of impending doom, Eric utters aloud an incantation from one of the pages, thereby unleashing the dark forces that possess poor Mia. Dismissing her portentous ranting as the hallucination of a recovering addict, the friends curb their natural instinct to escape and eventually turn on each other in a brutal battle for survival.
Promised Land (15)
Steve Butler (Matt Damon) travels from town to town with colleague Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand) persuading cash-strapped communities to sign lucrative leases that grant their energy company, Global Crosspower Solutions, the right to drill for natural gas. Steve expects a quick turnaround in his next target, the close-knit Pennsylvania farming town of McKinley. Residents elect to put the GCS proposal to a public vote and Steve feels confident these hard-working people will respond favourably to his terms. Then beloved high school teacher Frank Yates (Hal Holbrook) and a vociferous out-of-town environmentalist Dustin Noble (John Krasinski) cast doubts on the safety of fracking, and spearhead a campaign to drive GCS out of McKinley.
Rating: Three stars