Quentin Tarantino follows up his blockbuster WWII fantasy Inglourious Basterds with this genre-riffing revenge epic. Jamie Foxx plays Django, a former slave on a mission to rescue his beloved wife (Kerry Washington). Helping him on his quest is German bounty hunter Cristophe Waltz, who won an Oscar for his charming performance. Highly controversial and endlessly entertaining, see what all the fuss is about and watch Django Unchained!
You could say that this is a big year for Billy’s Crystals. He’s set to headline another Pixar movie this summer, reprising his role from Monster Inc. But before that happens, there’s this family comedy with Bette Midler and a group of unruly children. The pair of them play grandparents who parachute in to look after the grandkids while their son is off on a vacation with his wife. Cue: cross-generation fish out of water humour as old luddite Crystal comes to grips with modern youth culture with their eyePads and twootlers and youFaces.
White Collar Hooligan 2: England Away“Mike Jacobs thinks he’s safe in Witness Protection in Spain. However, when he’s spotted at an England game, a deadly game of cat and mouse between London, Marbella and New York ensues.” Look: if you’ve seen the first ‘Hooligan’ movie, you know what you’re in for here. If, like us, you have a soft spot for mindless films about tough geezers and their codes of honour, you will end up renting WCH2:EA (hey, that’s almost my postcode!) at some point in the near future.
West of MemphisIn 1993, three young boys were found dead in West Memphis, Tennessee. Convicted for their torture and murder were three teenagers. During their trial, the prosecution asserted that the victims were targeted as a part of a satanic ritual. However, it only came to light fifteen years later that the investigation was riddled with mismanaged evidence, violence, coercion and corruption. This documentary, produced by Peter Jackson, will make you angry at the kind of hypocrisy that still exists at the highest level of western democracy. It’s a compelling film and perhaps one of the best from the last year.
The LiabilityHit man Tim Roth gets paired up with mouthy young Jack O’Connell: the young lad wants to get in on some of the action, but Roth looks like he’s just about done with this line of business. A simple job takes a left turn when they stumble into the dark world of sex trafficking. Peter Mullan plays their boss and the chemistry between Roth and O’Connell make the whole affair feel a little like In Bruges, which is no bad thing. As British films about organised crime go, it’s certainly a lot more subtle than White Collar Hooligan.
The Hidden FaceA psychological thriller that revolves around the disappearance of a Spanish conductor girlfriend. Mysterious in nature at first, the story turns twisted as secrets are revealed and jealousy plot are uncovered. It’s a film with tones of The Orpanage and sex thrillers like Fatal Attraction or Single White Female. All in all, it’s a pretty effective package. Just one word of advice: avoid seeing the trailer at all costs. It’s is packed full of plot spoilers.
Tomorrow You’re GoneStephen Dorff is a career criminal recently out of prison. He wants to make a new start with Michelle Monaghan but just when he thought he was out, they pull him back in. ‘They’ in this case being Willem Dafoe, the gangster responsible for saving his life back in the slammer. In order to square the debt, Dorff’s got to take one last job that could surely push him over the edge.
Curious George Swings into SpringAre you a child? Do you have a young child you need to entertain? If the answer to both of those questions is no, then this film is definitely not for you. But for the young’uns, this is a pleasantly diverting little feature that sees George excited at the prospect of the spring. OK, so there aren’t too many plot elements to this film, but it does build up to a climax where George accidentally launches a hot air balloon! Yeah, balloons!
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