Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (Dogwoof)
Nick Broomfield’s latest documentary is his most personal yet. A heartfelt look at the love story between musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen, Broomfield is also part of the story, given he met this couple in 1968 on the Greek island of Hydra, and briefly became a lover to Ihlen. Offering up a frank look at the hippie existence, and alternate ways of living, this is a love letter to romance and an era now sadly long gone.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon plays rival electricity pioneers Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse in this belated release for Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s period drama, a film that got caught up in the Harvey Weinstein scandal in 2017. A splendid all-round cast includes Tom Holland, Katherine Waterston, Tuppence Middleton and Nicholas Hoult, who brings a flicker of light as Nikola Tesla in what is an otherwise troubled and strangely inert film.
Marking the debut feature by Mexican director Lila Avilés, The Chambermaid is a film of contrasts – the poor neighborhood where Eve (Gabriela Cartol) and her young son live versus the obscene luxury of the five-star hotel where she works. Co-written with Juan Carlos Marquéz, this dispassionate look at the haves and have-nots, and the way those in the service industry are treated as near-invisible, shows Avilés is a director to watch.
A retro idea if ever there was one, Dennis Quaid stars in a thriller that draws from the well of the ‘yuppies-in-peril’ sub-genre that lurked around Hollywood in the late Eighties and early Nineties, with films like Pacific Heights, Bad Influence and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle. Here Quaid is the grouchy widower who sells his property to a cute couple (Michael Ealy, Meagan Good) only to become increasingly unhinged as he begins to interfere with their lives.
The popular Terry Deary books of fact-based fun have already spawned a hit TV series, stage shows and more besides, but this is the first official movie. Focusing on the era of Emperor Nero (Craig Roberts) and Queen Boudicca (Kate Nash), it’s a wealth of silliness that should appeal to the franchise’s core pre-teen audience. Lots of cameos to enjoy, including Nick Frost, Lee Mack and, of course, Rattus, Horrible Histories’ lovable rodent.
All films released by 26 July.
1. Still from The Chambermaid.