Reel Reviewer column: A documentary on Lemarr’s Hedy days

Jason Day previews March’s big cinema releases, including Hedy Lamarr, Jennifer Lawrence’s new blockbuster and the remake of Tomb Raider.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (out on March 9)

Actress Hedy Lamarr wasn’t just a sultry glamour puss in her Hollywood heyday, whose most famous movie and biggest hit was the gaudy, lavish box office smash Samson and Delilah (1949).

She was also an inventor who paved the way for mobile phone technology and this documentary, featuring archive interviews with Lamarr and her children, covers her fascinating life and careers.

Red Sparrow (March 1)

This sexy, provocative, beautifully filmed thriller stars Jennifer Lawrence as a honey-trap spy who must seduce Joel Edgerton. Co-starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Charlotte Rampling.

Game Night (March 2)

Interesting to see Jason Bateman, usually found in brash comedies like The Switch Up, in a darkly comic thriller. He’s married to Rachel MacAdams and they join their neighbours for regular game nights.

But Kyle Chandler ups the ante by making the next game a kidnapping which they have to resolve. When armed men storm his house and take him they do nothing, but how much of it is real? The laughs are jet black throughout.

Mary Magdalene (March 16)

Just before Easter comes this timely religious drama, with Rooney Mara in the title role. Cast out by her family, Mary is rescued by Jesus (Joaquin Phoenix) and joins his group of disciples, as the only female member.

Peter Rabbit (March 16)

A star-studded cast (James Corden, Rose Byrne, Margot Robbie) provides the voices in this CGI animated version of the classic tale from children’s author Beatrix Potter.

Tomb Raider (March 16)

Move aside Angelina Jolie, as Alicia Vikander steps into her commodious bra as the allaction antiquities hunter and occasional English aristocrat Lara Croft in this reboot of the massively successful film series based on the smash hit computer games.

This column was published in the March 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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