Four new films to see this weekend

The Devil All the Time and White Riot on demand, Rocks and Nocturnal on release

Jason Clarke and Riley Keough in The Devil All the Time

Jason Clarke and Riley Keough in The Devil All the Time

 

THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME ★★★☆☆
Directed by Antonio Campos. Starring Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Riley Keough, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson. Netflix, 138 min
Adaptation of an acclaimed novel by Donald Ray Pollock plays like a parody of all southern Gothic tropes. Pattinson is a preacher with a passion for tender flesh. Keough is a twisted young woman who, in the company of her even more deranged husband (Clarke), lures young men into her car and shoots them dead. Set beside all these, Holland’s religious maniac seems positively sane. Don’t come for sociology. Come for top actors enjoying a weekend off the leash. It’s mad, but compelling. DC

WHITE RIOT ★★★★☆
Directed by Rubika Shah. Featuring Dennis Bovell, Red Saunders, Mykaell Riley. VOD, 80 min

An archival image from White Riot
An archival image from White Riot

Smashing doc on Rock Against Racism. From 1976-1982, that organisation brought together all kinds of musicians – punk, post-punk, reggae, ska – to protest a rising swell of racism in Britain. There seemed, in those dangerous times, a real chance that the National Front could become a legitimate force in politics. RAR helped stem the tide while relaying some excellent music. Nicely edited. Excellent archival footage. Cool graphics. What more could you want? Bondage, up yours? DC

ROCKS ★★★★☆
Directed by Sarah Gavron. Starring Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, D’angelou Osei Kissiedu, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson, Ruby Stokes, Tawheda Begum, Anastasia Dymitrow. Limited release, 93 min

Bukky Bakray (centre) and friends in Rocks
Bukky Bakray (centre) and friends in Rocks

Rocks (played by the brilliant Bakray) is a British-Nigerian 15-year-old returning to school with her loud and lively friends Sumaya, Agnes,, Yawa, Khadijah and Sabina. The ethnically diverse group are as tight as they are apt to stage a food fight in home economics. Director Gavron workshopped for more than a year and cast from comprehensive schools in East London to create this electrifying teen drama. Those preparations tell in a film that feels as authentic as it is boisterous. TB 

NOCTURNAL ★★★☆☆
Directed by Nathalie Biancheri. Starring Cosmo Jarvis, Lauren Coe, Sadie Frost, Amy Griffiths, Yasmin Monet Prince. 15A cert, limited release, 85 min

Lauren Coe and Cosmo Jarvis in Nocturnal
Lauren Coe and Cosmo Jarvis in Nocturnal

Dublin-born Coe is impressive as a friendless 16-year-old who has returned from Ireland to the Yorkshire seaside town where her mother (Frost, reminding us all how good she is) grew up. She’s running on the track when she attracts the attention of a 33-year-old odd-job man (Jarvis). At 85 minutes, Biancheri’s debut feature feels a little slight. But Nocturnal remains an impressive piece of work, anchored by a two-step between the smart-mouthed teen and her painfully awkward adult chum. TB

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