The Standard’s resident reviewer Gavin Miller looks at upcoming films.
Robocop (12A): The 1987 cult-classic gets rebooted for this generation.
Virtual unknown Joel Kinnaman (Safe House) takes over the role of Alex Murphy (made famous by Peter Weller) – a loving husband, father and all-round good cop – who is critically injured in the line of duty, and gets turned into a part-man, part-robot police officer by multinational conglomerate OmniCorp.
As the greedy corporation envision a ‘Robocop’ in every city across the world – and billions for their shareholders in the process – they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.
Gary Oldman, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish and Jay Baruchel – and classic robot-villain ED-209 – complete a very impressive looking cast list.
The Dallas Buyers Club (15): Matthew McConaughey (Mud and Killer Joe) cemented his recent hot-streak by snagging a Golden Globe for Best Actor – with this turn as a hustling AIDS victim who plays the system to get life-saving medication.
Looks like it will be a shoot-out with 12 Years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor, after McConaughey notched an Oscar nomination for Best Actor as well.