A quick one, then: Chronicle. Scripted by Max Landis (the sequel to John Landis) and directed by the disgustingly young Josh Trank (b. 1984), it’s one of those found-footage thingies, like Cloverfield and Cannibal Holocaust, in which three high-school seniors develop powers of telekinesis (quite how this happens doesn’t really matter – the film is as comically dismissive of this event as it is tenuous in its justification and use of ‘real footage’). The three use these powers at first for horseplay and shenanigans, but soon they develop dangerously beyond their own control etc. etc.
So it’s actually a pretty okay film – tightly plotted, with some clever touches (when the trio over-exert themselves, they get nosebleeds). Obviously it doesn’t do to overthink it – beyond the physics of it all, there are a lot of ‘how did nobody see that’ moments, not to mention the pretty flat characterisation and the Saved by the Bell-level dialogue. But as a smart entertainment, to go and sit and watch with yer popcorn and a vat of cola, it’s perfectly decent. Go and see it.