CINEMA PREVIEW: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Grudge Match, August-Osage County.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit poster image
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit poster image

The Standard’s resident film reviewer looks at some of the films out at the cinema from this Friday.

○Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (12A): After a decade-long hiatus Star Trek’s Chris Pine brings Tom Clancy’s legendary character – most famously played by Harrison Ford – back to life.

The film chronicles a young Ryan’s fledgling CIA career, as a covert analyst who uncovers a Russian plot to crash the US economy with a terrorist attack in this thriller which stars Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh.

○Grudge Match (12A): If you’ve always wanted to see Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa face off against Robert De Niro’s Jake La Motta well now you can (well kind of).

They star as a pair of ageing boxers who are coaxed out of retirement for one final bout – 30 years after their last match. It stars fellow screen veteran Kim Basinger, and American comedy sensation Kevin Hart.

○August: Osage County (15): Meryl Streep has picked up her obligatory Best Actress Oscar nomination (even though she’s a long shot) in this darkly comedic tale about a dysfunctional family in America’s Midwest.

Julia Roberts has also picked up a Best Supporting Actress nomination, alongside an all-star cast, which also boasts Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper and Benedict Cumberbatch.