Alan Dee’s film preview: Who will win this week’s sequel smackdown?

With the kids on holiday and family-friendly fare normally to the fore, it’s an odd time for The Raid 2 to batter its way on to our screens.

The Raid 2
The Raid 2

Fans of the original cult Indonesian martial arts thriller, directed on a shoestring by Welshman Gareth Evans, won’t need any introduction to the full-on combat thrills that also feature in the follow-up.

There’s a slightly larger stage as the action spreads beyond the tight tower block location of the original, but otherwise it’s violent, visceral business as usual.

A much safer bet for an Easter family outing is Rio 2, which provides another helping of animated adventure for a city bird out of his depth in the deepest jungle.

Star names galore crop up in the voice cast, and it’s a reliable if unremarkable way to pass the time if the kids are clamouring for a cinema trip and they’ve already done The Lego Movie and Muppets Most Wanted.

If you feel moved towards something with a religious theme for Easter, check out comedy thriller Calvary in which the always watchable Brendan Gleeson heads a cast of familiar Irish faces as a priest warned in the confessional that he’s going to be killed and trying to work out who wants to rub him out.

It’s a bit Father Ted and a bit In Bruges, in which Gleeson also excelled, and that can’t be a bad thing.

Also on the horizon is The Quiet Ones, an unexceptional horror offer in which a professor conjures up a poltergeist and quickly regrets it.

It’s based on a real-life incident – aren’t they all? – and it’s another attempt by famous name Hammer Films to join the 21st century.