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Drama erupts on big screen with return of blockbuster Jurassic franchise

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

By Damon Smith

Released in 2015, Jurassic World, the fourth instalment of the blockbuster franchise, became the second highest grossing film that particular year behind Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

A splashy sequel subtitled Fallen Kingdom beckons with Spanish filmmaker J A Bayona in the director's chair and high expectations that dinosaurs will rule the box office this summer.

It has been three years since the Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar welcomed its last guests.

Genetically engineered beasts roam freely, contained on their island sanctuary off the Pacific coast of Central America.

Scientists discover that a volcanic eruption is imminent, which will render all of the dinosaurs extinct. Again.

Former park manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her boyfriend Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) agree to return to the fallen paradise to oversee a rescue mission that will transplant the remaining wildlife to a new facility on the American mainland.

Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), a former business associate of Jurassic Park's founder John Hammond, provides the financial muscle to complete the evacuation before the volcano explodes.

However, external forces are working against Claire and Owen, and a flesh-hungry dinosaur hybrid escapes its enclosure with terrifying repercussions for the nearby human population.

L’Amant Double: Woman torn between twin brothers in French tale of deception and illusion

French enfant terrible Francois Ozon returns to the sexually charged delights of his earlier films for this heated psychological thriller, torn from the pages of Joyce Carol Oates' novel Lives Of Twins, which she penned under the pseudonym Rosamund Smith.

Deception and illusion are key themes of L'Amant Double, which centres on a former model called Chloe (Marine Vacth), who lives alone with her cat in Paris and has been struck down with crippling stomach pains.

She seeks answers from a gynaecologist, who refers Chloe to a handsome therapist called Paul (Jeremie Renier).

Sparks of attraction between healer and patient compromise the effectiveness of the session and Chloe quickly moves into Paul's apartment to begin a passionate, full-blown romance.

However, he remains an enigma and she discovers that her mysterious beau has a doppelganger, a twin brother he refuses to talk about called Dr Louis Delord (Renier again).

But unlike his sibling, Louis is fully in touch with his sexual desires.

He inspires Chloe to embark on an orgasmic journey of self-satisfaction that forces her to choose between the brothers.

My Friend Dahmer: Chilling high school insight into emerging darkness of serial killer Dahmer

Ross Lynch delivers a chilling performance as the teenage Jeffrey Dahmer in this biographical drama written and directed by Marc Meyers, adapted from a graphic novel by John Backderf about the formative years of the serial killer.

Set in the mid to late 1970s, the film focuses on high school student Jeffrey (Lynch) as he develops a crush on local physician Dr Matthews (Vincent Kartheiser), who regularly jogs past the Dahmer family home.

Inside those four walls, Jeffrey struggles to connect to his father Lionel (Dallas Roberts), mother Joyce (Anne Heche) and younger brother Dave (Liam Koeth). At school, Jeffrey is alienated from the other students until classmate John (Alex Woolf) mischievously forms the Dahmer Fan Club with his buddies and encourages Jeffrey to exploit his outsider status by taking part in a series of anti-establishment pranks.

As an unlikely bond grows between the teenage boys, John glimpses the demons that consume Jeffrey and realises that he has strayed dangerously close to the edge of darkness.

Ismael’s Ghosts: Old wounds re-open as missing wife gatecrashes man’s world after 21 years

Arnaud Desplechin's intriguing drama received its world premiere as the opening night film of the 2017 edition of the Cannes Film Festival. It has been 21 years since Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) abandoned her husband Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) and vanished without trace, leaving emotional devastation in her wake. He has slowly rebuilt his life, accepting that Carlotta must be dead. Ismael has a new partner, Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and has rediscovered his creative fire, working tirelessly on a new feature film that will chart the misadventures of a reckless diplomat. Out of the blue, Carlotta reappears and gatecrashes Ismael's ordered world, reopening old wounds and sending her husband into an emotional tailspin.

Art imitates life as the plot of Ismael's film whirls out of control and he struggles to maintain a firm grasp on his sanity.

Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager: Affectionate tribute to the life and career of football legend Bobby Robson

Sir Bobby Robson was a beloved figure on and off the football field.

He guided the England national team to the semi-finals of the 1990 Fifa World Cup, where West Germany won on penalties after extra time.

Robson also took charge of the team in 1986 when Diego Maradona scored his 'Hand of God' goal and led overseas squads to glory before returning home to save Newcastle. Against this backdrop of sporting excellence, Robson publicly waged battles with cancer, supported by his wife Elsie and family.

Co-directed by Torquil Jones and Gabriel Clarke, this affectionate documentary pays tribute to the life and career of the esteemed manager and incorporates previously unseen archive footage, emotional testimony from Lady Elsie Robson and contributions from some of football's most charismatic figures including Sir Ferguson, Paul Gascoigne, Pep Guardiola, Gary Lineker, Jose Mourinho and Alan Shearer.

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