French writer and director Julia Ducournau wowed audiences at Cannes Film Festival last year with her first feature film Raw, a coming-of-age story spliced with an exploration of cannibalism. The plot centres around young vegetarian Justine (Garance Marillier) who enrols at veterinary college, where she befriends party-boy roommate Adrien (Rabah Naït Oufella) and reunites with her older sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) who already studies there. After being thrust into the anarchic student lifestyle, she is forced to eat rabbit kidneys as part of a brutal initiation process and reluctantly buckles to peer pressure. This, however, causes a horrible allergic reaction and triggers a craving for meat and an unquenchable thirst for blood.
As modern cinema continues to churn out reboots, remakes and superhero movies, it was inevitable that we would see the Power Rangers reintroduction to the big screen. Adapting the 90s kid’s television series this time around is Dean Israelite, with his second feature in the director’s chair. The plot follows a motley crue of societal outcasts who develop superpowers after a near death experience. Jason (Dacre Montgomery), Billy (RJ Cyler), Kimberly (Naomi Scott), Zack (Ludi Lin) and Trini (Becky G) are led to discover that they will become the next Power Rangers, and with the help of their mentor Zordon (Bryan Cranston) and his robotic assistant Alpha 5 (Bill Hader), they must come together to foil the wicked plans of their nemesis Rita (Elizabeth Banks) to save Angel Grove from destruction.
Of all the arts, anime arguably has one of the largest cult followings so news that one of its quintessential pieces was to be adapted into a live-action picture was met with bated breath by much of the fan-base. Stepping up to the plate to direct science-fiction fable Ghost in the Shell is Rupert Sanders with what is just his second feature. Set in a vibrant dystopian future, the story centres around Major Mira Killian (Scarlett Johansson) who, after narrowly surviving a terrorist attack, has her brain inserted into a robotic body with powerful cybernetic enhancements. Designed to become a crime-fighting soldier by intelligence firm Hanka Robotics, she is assigned to track down and kill a mysterious hacker known only as Kuze (Michael Pitt) who has been infiltrating the company’s systems.
After proving to be more than capable in a number of different genres, Swedish director Daniel Espinosa delves into challenging sci-fi horror territory with Life. The story follows the studies of scientists aboard the International Space Station, on an explorative mission to find life on Mars. Led by Russian commander Katerina Golovkina (Olga Dihovichnaya), the crew consists of Dr David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal), pilot Rory (Ryan Reynolds), quarantine officer Miranda (Rebecca Ferguson), engineer Sho (Hiroyuki Sanada) and biologist Hugh (Ariyon Bakare). The team are initially delighted by their groundbreaking discovery of a living organism, which is later named Calvin, but are soon put in danger when it rapidly grows outwith their control.