At The Flix: The Happytime Murders, Yardie & Upgrade

The Happytime Murders (16)

Starring:    Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph

Director:   Brian Henson

Genre:  Action, Comedy, Crime

Release Date: 27th August

When the puppet cast of an '80s children's TV show begin to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.


Yardie (16)

Starring: Stephen Graham, Aml Ameen, Mark Rhino Smith

Director: Idris Elba

Genre:   Crime

Release Date: 31st August

Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he's not seen since she was a baby. He also hooks up with a soundclash crew, called High Noon. But before he can be convinced to abandon his life of crime and follow "the righteous path", he encounters the man who shot his brother 10 years earlier, and embarks on a bloody, explosive quest for retribution - a quest which brings him into conflict with vicious London gangster Rico (Stephen Graham).


Upgrade (16)

Starring:  Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo, Steve Danielsen

Director: Leigh Whannell

Genre:    Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Release Date: 31st August

Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem.

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