Director: Steven Spielberg. Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon. USA 1977. 137 mins.
For its 40th anniversary, Steven Spielberg’s genre-defining masterpiece returns to cinemas in a dazzling 4K restoration of the director’s cut to win over audiences all over again. This brilliantly paced tale follows two groups of people driven by the prospect that humans are not alone in the universe. The first is a team of scientists on a trail of mind-boggling evidence that leads them to the eventual landing site of alien visitors; the other a group of ordinary people who gravitate to the same spot, plagued by strange visions after close encounters with extra-terrestrial life. The opening sequences masterfully evoke a sense of foreboding, but as the film builds towards its stunning climax, fear gives way to wonder. It’s a tone shift that set Spielberg’s idealistic vision apart from all other big-screen alien encounters at the time, and raised the bar for every first-contact film that would follow.
Audiences will also be treated to a short about the making of the film, which
includes an all-new interview with Steven Spielberg.
Director: James Mangold.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen. USA 2017. 137 mins.
In 2029, mutants have been all but wiped out. The world-weary Logan has gone into hiding. But when a young girl with similar powers to his own appears, with a sinister organisation not far behind, he reluctantly agrees to take her to a refuge near the Canadian border. It’s a long road to safety, but one that brings deliverance for both of them.
Not since The Dark Knight has a superhero film subverted the genre code as powerfully as Logan. Director James Mangold shuns the capes and CGI for something altogether more human: a gritty, neo-Western road movie that slowly sinks its claws into the heartstrings and doesn’t let go.
In the new black-and-white cut, Logan’s noir and Western qualities shine. The monochrome visuals are fitting for a film with such a strong nostalgic undertow, and that’s why Logan Noir is a perfect companion piece to the colour release that won over audiences earlier this year.