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Now showing at Bussey Building/The CLF Art Cafe 133,Rye Lane,Peckham,London,London SE15 4ST 020 7732 5275

  • Alien
  • Green Room
  • Spiceworld - The Movie

Alien 5 stars

Seminal sci-fi slasher in which a wily xenomorph systematically stalks the members of a deep space expedition.

  • GenreAction, Classic, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastSigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Ian Holm, John Hurt.
  • DirectorRidley Scott.
  • WriterDan O'Bannon.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration116 mins
  • Official site

The old dark house scenario gets blasted into deep space with this horror sci-fi classic where the crew of an industrial vessel battle an ever-growing alien terror, brought onto the ship attached to doomed John Hurt. Director Ridley Scott's stylish, much-imitated assault on the nerves is brilliantly sustained and truly terrifying, while Sigourney Weaver is perfect as one of sci-fi's few true heroines. The special effects are a tour-de-force of gore and HR Giger's jaw-dropping designs, including the infamous dinner table scene in which the foetal beastie burst from John Hurt's chest, sending a million tubs of popcorn flying towards the cinema floor. James Cameron almost unthinkably delivered a superior sequel, Aliens, but the third and fourth instalments in the ongoing franchise - Alien3 and Alien: Resurrection - were poor imitations of the first two films.

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Thursday 30th June 2016

Green Room 3 stars

The four members of the punk band the Ain't Rights - posturing lead singer Tiger, bass player Pat, drummer Reece and guitarist Sam - head into the wilderness to play a gig at a roadhouse frequented by Neo-Nazis. As the Ain't Rights make their exit, they stumble upon the dead body of a girl in the green room. Club manager Gabe locks Tiger, Pat, Reece and Sam in the room with the dead girl's friend Amber, while he summons club owner Darcy and his heavies to silence the witnesses.

  • GenreHorror, Thriller
  • CastImogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Alia Shawkat.
  • DirectorJeremy Saulnier.
  • WriterJeremy Saulnier.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration95 mins
  • Official sitewww.greenroom-movie.com
  • Release13/05/2016 (selected cinemas)

Punk rock's not dead, but the young musicians who hope to revive the anarchic spirit of the 1970s, are an endangered species in Jeremy Saulnier's horror thriller. Set largely within the confines of a roadhouse in the backwoods of Oregon, Green Room pits four members of a punk band against a gang of Neo-Nazis, who unleash snarling pit bulls to rip out the throats of witnesses to their crimes. Splashes of lurid crimson are plentiful in Saulnier's script from the moment one lovable character's wrist is taped back into place after a savage assault leaves the joint exposed as ragged flesh and bone. Patrick Stewart relishes the opportunity to tap into the dark side of the human psyche as the film's chief antagonist. His accent might not be consistent, but the menace he exudes is, ordering the slaughter of innocent bystanders in order to protect his booted brotherhood from justice. The four members of the Ain't Rights - posturing lead singer Tiger (Callum Turner), bass player Pat (Anton Yelchin), drummer Reece (Joe Cole) and guitarist Sam (Alia Shawkat) - play a concert organised by blogger and fan Tad (David W Thompson). Almost no one turns up, leaving the band out of pocket and low on petrol. By way of an apology, Tad organises another gig for the band at a club where his brother Daniel (Mark Webber) works. "Play your early stuff," Tad advises Tiger and co before they head into the wilderness and prepare for a sound check at a rowdy social club managed by Gabe (Macon Blair). The band antagonises the crowd by playing a cover version of a potty-mouthed 1981 Dead Kennedys hit, which results in a barrage of half-empty beer bottles. As the Ain't Rights make their exit, they stumble upon the dead body of a girl in the green room. Gabe locks Tiger, Pat, Reece and Sam in the room with the dead girl's friend Amber (Imogen Poots), while he summons club owner Darcy (Patrick Stewart) and his heavies to silence the witnesses with their arsenal of guns and knives. Cranking up tension in a similar fashion to writer-director Saulnier's previous feature, the revenge thriller Blue Ruin, Green Room is a brutal battle for survival that fully warrants the 18 certificate. Make-up and prosthetics, courtesy of Jessica Needham and her team, achieve a level of stomach-churning realism, accompanied by squelching sound effects that conjure nightmarish images of horrors taking place off-screen. Yelchin and his co-stars add flesh to the bones of their malnourished characters, especially London-born actress Poots, who is mesmerising as an unlikely angel of death caught in the midst of a bloodbath. The grim resolution to hostilities fails to live up the nail-biting promise, but Saulnier doesn't deviate from the relentlessly grim task at hand, tempering the carnage with mordant humour.

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Wednesday 29th June 2016

Spiceworld - The Movie 3 stars

The Fab Five play themselves in this musical comedy with a host of cameos from leading figures in the worlds of music, film and TV.

  • GenreComedy
  • CastThe Spice Girls, Meatloaf, Richard E Grant, Roger Moore.
  • DirectorBob Spiers.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration92 mins
  • Official site

As a piece of mindless nonsense, few films can beat this expertly marketed musical comedy in which the Fab Five don a variety of frocks, sing, pout, wink knowingly at the camera and impersonate each other. A host of cameos (Richard E Grant, Meatloaf, Roger Moore) do their best to keep a straight face.

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Tuesday 28th June 2016