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The Catholic Church took a beating from the film industry last week, as two severely different films worked to criticise it as an institution. From a comedy on horny historical nuns to a documentary accusing a priest of sex crimes and murder, it just couldn’t catch a break.
But first, spies.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
The trailer for the second instalment in the Kingsman franchise comes at you in a blur that’s hard to follow even at 0.25 speed.
There’s a lot happening, but most important is the inclusion of Julianne Moore as a villain and Channing Tatum as a cowboy. Oh, and the promise of a “proper spy movie.”
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is in theatres September.
The Little Hours
This trailer boasts that the Catholic League labelled it “pure trash,” and that’s all you really need to know about it.
Supposedly based on Boccacio’s masterpiece of classical Italian prose The Decameron, this comedy has a star-studded cast of Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Nick Offerman, John C. Reilly, Fred Armisen and more.
“Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry,” its description reads.
The film premiered at Sundance in January, and is set for theatrical release 30 June.
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger
Marvel meets Pretty Little Liars in Freeform’s latest series about superhero teen angst and romance.
“Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson [are] two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another,” the description reads. “Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness.”
The series premieres in 2018.
If you’re capable of separating Dylan O’Brien from Teen Heartthrob, then give American Assassin a try.
After a terrorist kills his fiancee, Mitch Rapp trains to become an assassin to take him down.
The film seems like a difficult watch because O’Brien already feels miscast, and US films chronicling the war on terror usually only allow one side of the story.
But if it’s right up your alley, catch American Assassin in theatres 15 September.
In this reflectively solemn trailer, Bryan Cranston plays a man who abandons his family to live in their garage attic and watch as the world spins on without him.
“As the days of self-imposed isolation stretch into months, Howard begins to wonder: is it even possible to go back to the way things were?”
With some referring to it as Gone Boy, the film explores what it means to “walk away from it all.”
Catch Wakefield in cinema 19 May.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The lovable and naive Kimmy is back — and this time she’s off to college.
If you didn’t like the show before, this season probably isn’t going to flip the switch. Titus still thinks it’s the nineties, but did a reenactment of Beyonce’s Lemonade with the lyrics “I ain’t playing with your meatball.”
But if you’re a fan, this season looks to thrill just the same.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s third season will be streaming on Netflix 19 May.
The Keepers is a Netflix documentary series on the murder and subsequent cover-up of a nun in 1969.
The show tells the story of a group of women determined to get the truth on the priest who allegedly committed sex crimes and killed Sister Cathy Cesnik to keep her quiet.
Find out if justice is served on 19 May.