Dir: Ben Wheatley (15, 91 mins)
Ben Wheatley, the director of off kilter but entertaining curios Kill List and Sightseers and less successful art house indulgences A Field in England and High Rise, returns with his most mainstream film to date. Essentially a shoot-em-up in a warehouse, this has a stellar cast, 70s fashion and dark comedy, but remains a B-movie that doesn’t fully deliver on its promise. 12 men and one woman take part in an arms deal that goes terribly wrong. Oscar winner Brie Larson is the woman, and the various hotheaded men for whom the gun is an obvious symbol of inadequacy include Armie Hammer, South African accented Sharlto Copley, IRA man Cillian Murphy, and Wheatley regular Michael Smiley. Once the first bullet is fired after 30 minutes of banter, Wheatley presents the rest of the violence in a mostly Tom and Jerry fashion. People are glibly injured and killed Tarantino style, some of the bullet choreography is confusing but it’s mostly irreverent, insubstantial fun.