DOWNSIZING
2017, Paramount, 135 min, USA, Dir: Alexander Payne

This sci-fi satire imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small. People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world. With the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha for a new downsized community, taking the irreversible leap that will trigger life-changing adventures when they become small.


THE STUFF
1985, New World, 93 min, USA, Dir: Larry Cohen

A newly popular food - the gooey "stuff" of the title - turns out to contain a deadly virus in Larry Cohen's sly combination of horror movie and social satire. Cohen regular Michael Moriarty stars, along with Garrett Morris, Paul Sorvino, Danny Aiello and, in a cameo, Brooke Adams.


LOGAN
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.


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