Movie of the Week: Midnight Special

Starring that guy from that thing

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With this and 10 Cloverfield Lane, we’re in the middle of a mini-boom in solid sci-fi where the less you know going in, the better. Frustratingly, this quality makes them tricky to review without diluting their pleasures, but take it from your pals at ICB: this is a decent, decent film, and then some. Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton are on the road with Shannon’s young son, who’s being pursued by both the US government and a Waco-esque cult whose beliefs may carry more weight than most - let’s just say things take a turn for the cosmic. The classy cast is excellent – Adam Driver especially, as a thoughtful fed - and the genre trappings, while intriguing, are secondary to a beautiful exploration of parenthood. Times

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