World War Z (Early Digital Release)
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 near the start of the film!
After Earth (New to Rent)
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.
Snitch (Early Digital Release)
Dwayne Johnson plays John, the owner of a successful construction company who puts his career and life on the line when his son is convicted for a drug crime he didn’t commit. Sentenced to a minimum of ten years in prison, the boy is offered a deal by the district’s attorney (Susan Sarandon): inform on a drug dealer in exchange for time off. Knowing the old prison maxim of “snitches get stitches”, The Rock shoulders the responsibility and dives headfirst into the criminal underworld as a mole. Not quite the action-fest one might be expecting from a Dwayne Johnson movie, this film provides a great showcase for his skills as a genuine dramatic actor. Watch this and be amazed at exactly how good he is.
Behind the Candelabra (New to Rent)
Originally airing in America as a TV movie on HBO, this final feature from Steven Soderbergh finds Michael Douglas in Emmy-winning form as legendary Vegas showman Liberace. Instead of grappling with his entire life story, Behind the Candelabra is told from the perspective of Scott Thorson (Matt Damon), the bright young man with whom Liberace had a secret affair. An interesting look at an unusual and complex relationship, the film features a number of great supporting performance, most notably from Rob Lowe, who plays a ghoulishly funny plastic surgeon.
If this does turn out to be Soderbergh’s last movie, it’s an appropriately high note that caps off a great directorial career.
The Big Wedding (New to Rent)
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?
Summer in February
Sporting just about the most generic name possible for a gentle romantic drama, Summer in February tells the story of a love triangle involving artist Alfred Munnings (who?). Starring Dominic Cooper, Dan Stevens (late of Downton) and Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), the film’s lush Cornish backdrop and beautiful period details will truly appeal to fans of Merchant Ivory films.
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