This week's new films

Contagion (12A)

(Steven Soderbergh, 2011, Us) Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jennifer Ehle. 106 mins

Much as he did with Traffic, Soderbergh connects the dots of a global issue and makes it look like something authoritative and contemporary rather than a celebrity disaster movie. Here it's a viral pandemic, briskly tracked in forensic detail and techno-backed montages. The response from health authorities and the panicked populace is all too credible, though once the dots are connected, we're too freaked out to remember why we were supposed to be watching.

We Need To Talk About Kevin (15)

(Lynne Ramsay, 2011, UK/Us) Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller. 112 mins

Swinton's fine performance and Ramsay's visual intelligence add up to a devastating portrait of motherhood. After a high-school shooting, a mother's existence becomes a living hell.

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (12A)

(Göran Olsson, 2011, Swe) 96 mins

A trove of rediscovered news footage, along with modern-day commentary and soundtrack,
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