LOGAN NOIR
2017, 20th Century Fox, 137 min, USA/Canada/Australia, Dir: James Mangold

“Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made it last too long.” Set in a bleakly familiar near-future, the latest installment of the X-Men franchise follows the final days of James “Logan” Howlett (Hugh Jackman, giving the performance of a lifetime), formerly known as Wolverine. Hiding in Mexico with a decrepit Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Logan is just trying to keep his head down and disappear. But when you’re a super-healing mutant with adamantium claws, trouble always seems to find you, and this time it comes in the form of a little girl named Laura (newcomer Dafne Keen). Bloody and graceful, dystopic yet hopeful, thrilling and profound, LOGAN is the superhero movie we always knew was possible, one that takes the source material seriously while still finding its own voice.


PRISONERS
2013, Warner Bros., 146 min, USA, Dir: Denis Villeneuve

With his six-year-old daughter and her friend missing, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) turns to the police, and the lead detective on the case (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests a suspect – the driver of an old RV that had been parked on Dover’s street. But after the man is released for lack of evidence, the desperate father takes matters into his own hands. This tense drama boasts an all-star cast including Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano.


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