Film: Friends with Kids
Jennifer Westfeldt writes, directs and stars in this relationship comedy about two singeletons who decide to have a child together, hoping their plutonic-only love will sidestep the negative affect kids have on relationships. It’s a tad overlong, but witty, funny and shrewdly observed, nonetheless.
On general release from June 29
Film: Killer Joe
Matthew McConaughey is typically the abbed pin-up star of rom coms such as Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past: the good-looking guy who saves the day and gets the girl. He is not, usually, the maniacal, predatory hitman, with a penchant for young girls, and a general disregard for life and morals. Yet he excels in exactly that role in William Friedkin’s gloriously twisted comedy thriller.
McConaughey is Detective Joe Cooper, who’s hired as an assassin by Emile Hirsch’s drug dealer, Chris, to kill his mother so he might claim an inheritance. Predictably, though, things don’t go to plan, and Joe begins a dubious relationship with Chris’s younger sister Dottie, as part of his ‘retainer’ until he is paid in full. Adapted by Tracey Letts’ from her own novel, this is a sleazy trailer park tale, loaded with double crosses by dumbasses whose incompetence is the only thing for which they can be relied upon.
Film: Your Sister’s Sister
US indie-cinema darling Lynn Shelton follows up her Sundance-award-winning Humpday with this low-key comedy-drama. Mark Duplass retreats to best pal Emily Blunt’s remote island holiday home after his brother’s death, only to find her sister has had the same idea. A warm, funny and touching exploration of relationships and how complicated they can be.
On general release June 29.
Comedy: Shappi Khorsandi
Khorsandi’s new show Me And My Brother In Our Pants, Holding Hands tells the story of two siblings who were best friends but who also, as brothers and sisters often do, enjoyed beating each other up. Expect Shappi’s insightful observations and zany, spirited delivery to keep you amused all show long.
Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE
June 25-28. £15+
Tube | Oxford Circus
Never quite got round to reading F Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby? This eight-hour production – that begins with a frustrated office worker with a frozen computer and turns into a word-for-word re-enactment of the classic novel – demands huge commitment, but sucks you into its story of a dying era.
Noel Coward, WC2N 4AU.
Until July 15. £37.50+
Tube | Leicester Square
Theatre: Torch Song Trilogy
David Bedella makes a convincing Arnold Beckoff, a husky-voiced, gay, New York drag queen looking for love and contented domesticity, in this adaptation of Harvey Fierstein’s award-winning 1978 production. A heartfelt and slimmed-down revival, it mixes sentiment with snappy one-liners.
Menier Chocolate Factory SE1 1RU.
Until Aug 12. £29.50
Tube | London Bridge
Exhibition: Climate Changing Stories
A look at the changing climate through man’s invention and response to it. It includes the first electric car, which appeared on our streets back in 1887, surprisingly, and a look at man’s reluctance to embrace change, as shown by our past unwillingness to shift from the gas lamp to light bulb. Simpler times, indeed.
Science Museum SW7 2DD
Free. Until June 2013
Tube | South Kensington