Arts

Also released: Cowboys, Monster and Betrayed

Steve Zahn and Sasha Knight star in Cowboys
Damon Smith

COWBOYS (Cert 15, 85 mins, Blue Finch Film Releasing, available from May 7 on Amazon Prime Video/BT TV Store/iTunes/Sky Store/TalkTalk TV Store and other download and streaming services, Drama)

FOLLOWING screenings at BFI Flare, Glasgow Film Festival and Dublin International Film Festival, Anna Kerrigan's poignant drama saddles up for an extended canter in our homes.

Troy (Steve Zahn) heads into the northern Rockies with his 11-year-old transgender son Joe (Sasha Knight), who is obsessed with cowboys and the great outdoors. Father and boy relish the beauty of their surroundings and the opportunity to eat and sleep beneath the stars.

Meanwhile, Joe's conservative mother Sally (Jillian Bell) reports her boy missing and local police detective Faith (Ann Dowd) investigates as a matter of urgency.

The case becomes increasingly complex as Faith learns about Sally's response to her child's gender identity and reasons why Troy might have felt compelled to spirit his son away to the wilderness.

BETRAYED (Cert 15, 127 mins, Signature Entertainment, available from May 10 on Amazon Prime Video/BT TV Store/iTunes/Sky Store/TalkTalk TV Store and other download and streaming services, War/Thriller/Romance)

EIRIK Svensson directs a harrowing wartime drama of survival against the odds, based on true events.

German troops invade Norway and anti-Semitism takes root in the peaceful Scandinavian nation. On November 26 1942, police forcibly detain hundreds of Jews in the middle of the night. They herd terrified men, women and children to the dock in Oslo where a German cargo ship, the SS Donau, is waiting to transport them to Auschwitz.

Among the throng are Charles Braude (Jakob Oftebro) and his family. Their fates have been sealed simply because they are Jews.

Ripped apart by the tides of war, the Braudes must fight until their dying breaths to survive the German concentration camp.

MONSTER (Cert 12, 98 mins, streaming from May 7 exclusively on Netflix, Drama/Romance)

ADAPTED from Walter Dean Myers's award-winning young adult novel, Monster is a legal drama directed by Anthony Mandler, glimpsed through the eyes of a promising student who pays heavily for one bad decision.

Seventeen-year-old film student Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr) is a popular and talented member of class at his elite high school.

Living in Harlem with his proud parents (Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson), Steve is a glittering example of success through hard work until he is charged with felony murder.

In the blink of an eye, the teenager's world comes crashing down around him and he faces the terrifying prospect of spending the rest of his days behind bars.

As Steve wrestles with the question of whether a single moment should define his life, competing force inside the American justice system decide his fate.

Jennifer Ehle, Tim Blake Nelson and John David Washington co-star.

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