Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Byline: Charlotte O'Sullivan

KNIGHT OF CUPS Cert 15, 118 mins A GORGEOUS-looking LA story from Terrence Malick which involves a sonorous voice intoning things such as "once the soul was perfect and had wings". Christian Bale (as a possibly dying screenwriter), Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman (as women the screenwriter half loves) don't so much interact as waft tensely in the same vicinity. Sometimes you feel as if you're stuck in the world's longest perfume ad.

Malick seems to be wondering if glamour can co-exist with fresh air. All I can say for sure is that if you enjoyed the Nic Roeg film The Sound of Claudia Schiffer then Knight of Cups will seem very bracing.

EVOLUTION Cert 15, 82 mins LUCILE Hadzihalilovic's French sci-fi/ horror drama centres on an island where women raise boys for a purpose that can only be described as icky. As in Never Let Me Go, some lives are less important than others. And there's a love story of sorts, between inquisitive artistic Nicholas (Max Brebant) and the redheaded nurse Stella (Roxane Duran), who shows him kindness and, later, her bare back.

Ultimately, Hadzihalilovic is less interested in words than the fact that bodies harbour gorgeous horrors (the widescreen cinematography is extraordinary). All her bodies are foreign. Which is maybe why Evolution feels like a perfect fable for our times.

ROBINSON CRUSOE Cert PG, 90 mins A KIDS' romp from the Belgian animation team behind House of Magic (a dull film that has electrified every child of my acquaintance). Basically this is the Defoe story told from the point of view of the island's animals, principally a parrot called Mak. Many of the jokes fall flat but the 3D effects are top notch.

THESE FINAL HOURS Cert 15, 87 mins AN OCCASIONALLY jolting (and, especially at the start, extremely gory) Australian apocalypse thriller. It's the end of the world and two-timing hero James (Nathan Phillips, who in closeups has an unfortunate habit of looking like Peter Andre) plans to embrace oblivion. Instead, he winds up taking care of sweet, 10-year-old Rose (Angourie Rice).

The acting and plotting are patchy but sequences involving Lynette Curran as James's laconically bitter mum and Sarah Snook as a crazy lady who does something shocking to Rose make time fly as it should. …

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