War Dogs (15)

three stars

Dir: Todd Phillips

With: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller

Runtime: 114 minutes

TODD “The Hangover” Phillips returns with the comedy-drama tale of two young Americans who stumble into the international arms trade and keep on falling. Based on the Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson, Arms and the Dudes, Miles Teller and Jonah Hill play David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who discover there is money to be made from the misery in Iraq and Afghanistan. As seen in Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street, few play a hustler quite so entertainingly as Hill, and Teller matches him smart line for smart line. Morality does not get much of a look in, mind.

Cell (15)

three stars

Dir: Tod Williams

With: John Cusack, Samuel L Jackson

Runtime: 93 minutes

IF you have ever been driven mad by someone wittering on their mobile you will derive a twisted enjoyment from Tod Williams’s science fiction thriller. Drawn from a Stephen King novel, Cell stars John Cusack as a comic book writer flying home for a visit when the phone system goes haywire, with horrific results. Helping him to cope in this terrifying new world is subway driver Clay Riddell (Samuel L Jackson), a warrior with a set of skills that goes wider than driving. Predictable in a lot of places, but all concerned wisely play things for knowing laughs when the occasion demands (and it often does) and Cusack and Jackson make a grand pairing.

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