Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Film

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Film

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REVIEWS FILM FOCUS (15) Nicky Spurgeon (Will Smith) is a master of misdirection, who can sweet-talk cynical targets into falling for his moneymaking schemes, aided by a large crew of pickpockets and accomplices. During carnival season, he operates out of New Orleans and becomes amorously entangled with novice Jess Barrett (Margot Robbie). After a major sting, Nicky acknowledges his distracting feelings for Jess and terminates the relationship. Three years later, Nicky is in Buenos Aires at a race car circuit for a scam involving team owners Garriga (Rodrigo Santoro) and McEwen (Robert Taylor). The stakes are high and Garriga is protected by a straight-shooting bodyguard called Ownes (Gerald McRaney). Just as Nicky is poised to initiate his elaborate scheme, Jess reappears and throws the veteran con man into an emotional tailspin.

IT FOLLOWS (15) An air of doom pervades the opening frames in which a nameless teenager flees her home and screeches away into the night in her family's car. The next morning, the girl is dead - her bones snapped and limbs contorted into a horrific tableaux. The focus shifts to virginal 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), who has decided to give herself to her boyfriend Hugh (Jake Weary). A first night of passion culminates in Hugh restraining Jay. "You're not going to believe me but I need to you to remember what I say," he barks, informing Jay that she is now the target for a manifestation that can take the form of family, friends or total strangers. Back home, Jay's sister Kelly (Lili Sepe) and friends Yara (Olivia Luccardi) and Paul (Keir Gilchrist) console her but are reluctant to believe Hugh's outlandish story. When the youngsters clash with the sexually transmitted menace, they acknowledge the deadly threat and go on the run to concoct a plan of action.

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (PG) Sonny (Dev Patel) and business partner Muriel (Maggie Smith) travel abroad to seek investment for a second hotel and return to India, mindful that funding is dependent on a review from a secret inspector. …

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