Film preview: Straight Outta Compton (15)

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SHOWCASE CINEMAS PETERBOROUGH, FROM FRIDAY

Ice Cube and Dr Dre have produced this music bio-drama based on legendary LA-based rap group NWA – Cube (played by his son O’Shea Jackson Jr), Dre (Corey Hawkins) Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr) and MC Ren (Aldis Hodge) – who controversially revolutionised hip-hop culture in the early nineties with iconic hits like F*** The Police.

F Gary Gray, who directed Cube in hit-comedy Friday, helms this US box-office smash, which has already garnered an impressive $110m in less than ten days – and there’s already talk of a spin-off sequel that could deal with the West Coast’s other star rappers.

It’ll be intriguing to see whether this extremely well-reviewed – but very American-orientated – film has the ability to reach an international audience.