Out Now – 30th May 2014

Edge of Malificent

Apologies for the lateness of this post and the general slow pace of the blog of late. Life has been busy. Back to normal service ASAP.

Maleficent
Angelina Jolie transforms into the baddie from Sleeping Beauty with the help of prosthetic cheeks and a lot of lipstick. Think of this as the Sleeping Beauty version of Wicked with no songs but an equal amount of defying gravity. Reviews are mixed so you’re on your own.

Edge of Tomorrow
Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, and time travel nonsense co-star in an action sci-fi thriller that completely ruined traffic in London last year when filming necessitated the closing of Trafalgar Square. While I am ambivalent about Cruise I love a bit of time travel nonsense so will be giving this one a look.

A Million Ways to Die in the West
Seth MacFarlane is best known for his erratic TV comedies in which jokes are thrown at you with enough force and frequency to keep you amused for 20 minutes. Now he his starring in, alongside writing/directing, a comedy set in the old west and his comedic approach will be stretched to almost two hours. I don’t want to prejudge (because we never ever do that) but the resulting film looks awful. Some forms of comedy work best as a cartoon and don’t manage the transition to live action well.

Jimmy’s Hall
The trailer to Jimmy’s Hall to my mind makes it look like a remake of Footloose set in 1930s Ireland. At the climax of the film Kevin Bacon holds a prom in Jimmy’s hall surrounded by glitter and balloons…

Mariachi Gringo
Mariachi

Gringo

Venus in Fur
An actress tries to convince a director to hire her in a play adaptation directed by Roman Polanski. You remember Roman Polanski; he comes somewhere between Woody Allen and Bryan Singer on the scale of “I love your work but hate the sex crime you allegedly committed”.

Heaven Is for Real
Adaptation of the non-fiction Christian book in which a four-year-old boy claims to have been to heaven after a near death experience. My research shows that the original book has been criticised by Christians and atheists alike so approach with caution.

Downhill
“Four old school friends reunite to attempt the epic coast to coast walk, across the United Kingdom. As their journey unfolds, this comically incompatible foursome walk full tilt into their mid-life crises.”

Miss and the Doctors
French drama in which two brothers fall in love with the same woman. The brothers are doctors. THIS IS ALL I KNOW.

Mr. Jones
“A young couple moves to the woods and soon finds their nightmares and reality colliding.” This kids is why you should never just move to the woods. Move to a house in the woods sure but the woods is just a little to vague a place to live.

Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys
“One year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. A study of hard work, hard-earned leisure, and an intricate bond between man and nature.” And the eternal search for the one with a very shiny nose; if you ever saw him, you would even say it glows.

Battle Company: Korengal
Korengal picks up where Restrepo left off; the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war.” Starting to feel like I need to have seen Restrepo for this to make any sense.

Omar
“A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he’s tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier’s killing.”

For No Good Reason
“Johnny Depp pays a visit to Ralph Steadman, the renown artist and the last of the original Gonzo visionaries who worked alongside Hunter S. Thompson.”

A Farewell to Arms
Deliberately avoiding any kind of amputee humour here. Re-release of 1930s war romance drama.

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