After Earth (Early Digital Release)
The Smith Family Robinson (Will and Jaden) crash-land on Earth in the distant future. Dad is out of commission with a broken leg, so it’s up to junior to navigate the dangerous terrain and save both their lives. Conceived by Will Smith as a vehicle for his nascent action-star son, After Earth is a special-effects laden adventure directed by The Sixth Sense’s M. Night Shyamalan.
The Last Exorcism: Part 2
The very fact this film exists kind of negates the original film’s title, but that doesn’t really matter! Carrying on some time after the events of the first film, farmer’s daughter Nell is now working as a hotel chambermaid. Still haunted by the events of the first film, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out that it’s only a matter of time before she’ll be needing the services of some demon-smashing professionals!
Much Ado About Nothing (Early Digital Release)
Shot in 12 days after finishing principal photography on The Avengers, Joss Whedon directed a micro-budget gem with this adaptation of the Bard’s finest comedy. Employing the services of stars from Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse, this version of Much Ado… is unsurprisingly funny; with the cast making the most out of all the Shakespearean dialogue. Standout performances come from Amy Acker as the cynical Beatrice and Nathan Fillion (Castle) as the buffoonish constable Dogberry.
Sceptics ought to seek this one out: it’s very good.
The Big Wedding (Early Digital Release)
This uptown romantic comedy is not helped out in the least by its terribly grating poster (see above) but its all-star cast makes it a very intriguing prospect. In the lead-up to the grand wedding of Ben Barnes and Amanda Seyfried (herself no stranger to wedding-themed movies), things start going awry thanks to Barne’s dysfunctional family (Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace, Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro). To make things more hectic, Robin Williams rocks up as their wacky minister!
I mean: didn’t the happy couple see License to Wed?
Hollywood’s Most Intense ActorTM Michael Shannon stars in this true-life story of Richard Kuklinski, a notorious assassin who also happened to be a devoted family man. Torn between providing for his family and protecting them from the truth, he begins to run afoul of his mob connection (Ray Liotta). If you’re a fan of Boardwalk Empire, you will know how fascinating Shannon is as a tortured screen presence: check it out.
When a brother and sister witness two fugitives killing a man in the woods, the only person who can save them is their beloved father (Brendan Fraser). But for daddy dearest to come to the rescue, he has to break out of jail first! Co-starring Prison Break’s Dominic Purcell and My Name is Earl’s Ethan Suplee, this pot-boiler is a pleasant throwback to 90s thrillers like The River Wild.
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
When is a Wes Anderson film not a Wes Anderson film? When it’s the second feature by Roman Coppola, Anderson’s co-writer on Moonrise Kingdom and other projects
Featuring Anderson regulars Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, this film follows a successful graphic designer (Charlie Sheen) whose brain starts to off the boil when his long-term girlfriend dumps him, ending his ‘winning’ streak.
It’s a handsome looking film with a lot of nice visual touches but the fact that it was roundly slammed by critics cannot be ignored. However, a 15% rating on rotten tomatoes does mean that 1 in every 6 reviewers found it ‘okay’ at the very least!
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