This Is the End (Early Digital Release)
Putting a meta-textual spin on the recent spate of apocalyptic movies, Seth Rogen makes his directorial debut with this star-studded comedy. During a wild party at actor James Franco’s house, Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride (all playing exaggerated versions of themselves) find themselves trapped indoors after The Rapture. Hoarding supplies and fending off attacks from Emma Watson, cracks begin to form in their celebrity friendships. All you need to know is this: the film is laugh-out-loud funny and provides one of the few opportunities you’ll ever have to see Michael Cera impaled through the chest. This is our pick of the week.
The Stath will always be the Stath, but there’s no reason why all Statham movies have to be mindless action-fests. Returning to London after a string of Hollywood pictures, Jason Statham plays Joey, a shell-shocked former Royal Marine now living on the streets. After breaking into a flat, he assumes another man’s identity, a move that arouses the attention of the criminal underworld. Hummingbird marks the directorial debut of Steven Knight, the writer responsible for Eastern Promises and BBC’s Peaky Blinders. It’s a little bit more serious-minded than your average mockney thriller but Statham is never anything short of fun.
The Purge (New to Rent)
Set in the near future, this tense thriller speculates an America that has legalised all criminal activity for just one night every year. Working on the idea that society needs a way to vent their baser instincts, regular citizens can run amok on the streets, looting and killing while regular folks lock themselves in to protect their families. Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey and their two kids are one such family, who find themselves in mortal danger when their home is targeted by mysterious vigilantes.
World War Z (New to Rent)
In one of the year’s biggest blockbusters, Brad Pitt plays a regular family man who must protect his wife and kids from the zombie apocalypse. Thankfully, he’s also a highly-trained former United Nations operative! Although the film’s lengthy production was marred with rumours of disputes between the studios, Pitt and director Marc Foster, World War Z went on to make over half a billion dollars at box offices around the world. Scottish viewers will want to keep their eyes peeled for shots of Glasgow, which doubles for Philadelphia at the start of the film!
A Haunted House
Comic actor Marlon Wayans stakes his claim as more than just ‘the Scary Movie Guy’ this week with a spoof horror film that’s largely indistinguishable from Scary Movie. Ostensibly a parody of Paranormal Activity, The Last Exorcism and Insidious, the plot (if you can call it that) loosely involves a young couple moving into a home that’s possessed by a disparate array of supernatural entities. If you can’t get enough of fart jokes and are one of the millions of people who liked Scary Movie, you’ll definitely want to see this.
Curse of Chucky
When a mysterious package arrives at her house containing a toy doll, paraplegic Lena doesn’t give it a second thought and throws it in the bin. Little does she know that the doll’s name is Chucky, a murderous plaything possessed by the spirit of a serial killer. Fans of the Child’s Play franchise will see this as a familiar set-up but his latest entry goes back to its roots. Dispensing with the goofy comedy of Seed of Chucky, this claustrophobic, bare bones horror film has enough terror and gore to justify an 18 Certificate from the BBFC. Trivia: the female lead is played by Fiona Dourif, whose father Brad has been providing the voice of Chucky for over 25 years!
Though the title suggests this is direct-to-video sequel to the 1989 buddy film starring James Belushi, there’s no evidence we can find on the internet to support this. Judging from the trailer however, K9 Christmas bears a lot of Home Alone DNA. When young Kassie rescues an injured police dog, she nurses it back to help and the pair of them become inseparable. A pair of burglars rock up to town with the plan of stealing from a local charity, the pooch recognises them as crooks. Naturally, it’s up to the children of the community to make like Macaulay Culkin and drop bowling balls on to their heads! Luke Perry from Beverley Hills 90210 stars as Kassie’s father.
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