Out Now – 11th July 2014

Boyhood
Richard Linklater, the man who made you cry through the entire Before trilogy, has made a low budget epic about one boy and his family that is set and shot over the space of 12 years. It’s lovely that this film is getting as much press as it is and I can’t wait to see it this weekend.

Transformers: Age of Extinction
This came out either last Saturday or yesterday depending on how you fancy treating a five-day preview window that ends when the film comes out. More robots transform with the added bonus of Mark Wahlberg with his perplexed face and flexed muscles.

Begin Again
John Carney, writer/director of Once, return to the genre that he mastered with a romantic musical comedy with a little more sheen than his previous outing. Knightley and Ruffalo star in a film that I suspect is slightly less cringeworthy than it might at first seem.

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
The synopsis is too long and convoluted for me to translate here so let’s just say that it is an Indian romantic comedy drama and be done with it.

Bastards
Moroccan documentary about a woman fighting to get her marriage recognised and earn her daughter legitimate status. “It is also a complex and compelling portrait of Moroccan society and its attitudes to women, female sexuality, their position in society and access to education.”

Goltzius and the Pelican Company
Biopic about Hendrik Goltzius, “a late 16th century Dutch printer and engraver of erotic prints”. Apparently his focus was on erotic illustration of stories from the Old Testament which is not a book I have found particularly sexy in the past.

Mr. Morgan’s Last Love
Michael Caine and Clémence Poésy (forever Fleur Delacour in my heart) star in this drama that utilises that favourite plot device; the unlikely friendship. Can an old man and a young woman really be friends?!?!?

Love Me Till Monday
A phrase that has a varying level of commitment attached depend on when in the week you ask it. British comedy with a female lead! Shame she is focussed on finding herself a man.

Out Now – Valentine’s Day 2014

Her Lego Movie

Cuban Fury
Nick Frost has nuzzled his way into our hearts through his work with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright and so we really do hope that his first lead role serves him well. However… this British dancing comedy looks like it might, just possibly, not be very good. We wait with baited breath to see how it has turned out.

The Monuments Men
George Clooney writes, directs, and stars in a WWII remake of Ocean’s Eleven. Clooney has proven that he can direct in the past but sadly this film is getting universally terrible reviews. The trailer shows a harmless war caper but the reviews scream two star stinker.

The Lego Movie
In stark contrast reviews for The Lego Movie are all embarrassingly glowing. It is hard to say why the film is such good fun but Stephen has had a good go at it. All I know is that at a point halfway through the film I broke down into a giggling fit that I never really recovered from.

Her
I simply cannot contain my high expectations from this latest instalment in the Heavy Knitwear Science Fiction canon. The visionary Spike Jonze brings us the story of a man who falls in love with his operating system. This had better be the best film in the world ever or I am going to need some cake to cheer me up.

Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy
If for some reason you can’t decide whether this animated adventure is for you then let it be known that Tom Hiddleston (your next Benedict Cumberbatch) voices Captain Hook.

8 Minutes Idle
Caught up in a feud between his dysfunctional parents Dan is forced to sleep in the call centre where he works. In a surprisingly good dark comedy Dan struggles with life, love, and a ginger cat. My interview with novelist and screenwriter Matt Thorne can be found right over here.

Endless Love
Tame remake of a 1980s romantic drama. Where RoboCop lost the violence this loses the sex.

Love Is in the Air
“Antoine is a lawyer living in New York. On his way back to France for the final round of a job interview, Antoine finds himself sitting right next to his ex-girlfriend Julie. With a seven-hour flight ahead of them, they are going to have to speak to each other.”

Bastards
“Marco returns to Paris after his brother-in-law’s suicide, where he targets the man his sister believes caused the tragedy – though he is ill-prepared for her secrets as they quickly muddy the waters.”

Bette Bourne: It Goes with the Shoes
“The story of gay rights icon, Bette Bourne and a group of friends, performers & activists who took on the establishment with high heels and lipstick, playing a vital role in cracking open of society in the 70’s & 80’s.”