Out Now – 3rd February 2012

Allow me to take a moment to draw your attention to the image above. Are you curious to see what it would be like if Adam Sandler was playing any of the characters in Carnage? Of course you are! Simple move your mouse over any of the faces above to see Adam Sandler take on that role. It may be some of my worst Photoshopping to date which is why I have compensated with some mouse hovering fun. And to think all I wanted to do was persuade you to see Martha Marcy May Marlene.

Jack and Jill
Let’s see if I can get through this synopsis without trying to end it all. Adam Sandler THE HORROR!!! plays a family man SAVE ME!!! at Thanksgiving GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD!!! who is visited by his “needy and passive-aggressive” MAKE IT STOP!!! twin sister Jill, MY EYES!!! also played by Adam Sandler NOOOOOOOO!!!.

Man On A Ledge
What a catchy title. In this thriller Sam Worthington plays an ex-convict threatening to end it all. In a plot twist which has somehow become part of the marketing campaign (thanks poster and trailer guys!), it turns out that the man on a ledge is merely there to distract the police from a heist happening across the road.

Young Adult
Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody reunite for the first time since Juno with a film about a writer (Charlize Theron) who returns to her home town to get back together with an ex-boyfriend who is now married. Hopefully Reitman will help keep Young Adult from slipping from Juno quality towards Jennifer’s Body shoddiness.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
The Rock, Gabriella from High School Musical, Josh “Almost Spider-Man” Hutcherson and Michael Caine team up to ride around on giant bees. Seriously.

Two groups of parents come together after their children get in a fight. What starts as a polite discussion soon descends into petty rivalries brought to life by a fantastic cast. From our review, “If you like to see four good actors having fun with a theatrical script that takes a swipe at middle class values then this is for you. Though if this applies to you, you’re most likely middle class, you hypocrite.”

Martha Marcy May Marlene (limited release)
Such a good film. First time writer/director Sean Durkin and fresh young face Elizabeth Olsen (yes, from THAT Olsen family) bring a harrowing film about a young woman’s time in a modern-day cult and her shaky return to family life afterwards. It may only be on limited release but I insist you seek out this film. Read our full review, most of the sentences make sense.

Bombay Beach (limited release)

Best Laid Plans (limited release)
Classic literature becomes gritty British drama in this adaptation of Of Mice and Men. Don’t worry, you don’t have to seek this one out.

Your Week in Promo Materials

We’ve probably talked about this before but every time an exciting new trailer or poster is released we find ourselves in a state of panic deciding whether to bother posting it. The world of film blogging is saturated with every single poster and teaser trailer that rolls along and we don’t want to bury our valuable Harry Potter charts in a sea of weak posters.

As a result here is an incomplete run-down of recent trailers and posters. We’ve removed anything not worthy of comment. Anybody else underwhelmed by the latest Sherlock Holmes posters?

Big buzz builders so far this week were posters for The Thing and The Dark Knight Rises.

While pretty, the poster for The Dark Knight Rises reveals nothing and is as unexciting as anything related to Christopher Nolan can be, which still leaves plenty of room for excitement. The poster for The Thing is more my type of thing. It looks different to most horror films, no monochrome pictures of horrific images/small children/torture devices/all the above and gives a tantalising glimpse of the thing itself transforming from/into a human. Can’t wait for The Thing to let me down.

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