The World’s End
The final chapter in loose trilogy of films from Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright, this genre-bending comedy centres on a group of estranged, middle-aged friends who go back to their hometown to recreate a pub crawl from their youth. Most of them don’t want to be there, but have become at the behest of Gary King (Pegg), their former ringleader who seemingly hasn’t moved on from his misspent youth.
As with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, this is a satisfyingly funny movie with moments of inventive action but it’s also a film with something to say. From complaints about the ‘Starbucking’ of pubs to Gary’s desperation to relive the past, Pegg and Wright have made a pretty compelling film about the beauty and danger of nostalgia.
Ripe for multiple viewings, The World’s End is without a doubt one of the years’ finest comedies
Monsters University (New to Rent)
After over a decade, Pixar returns to the world of Monsters Inc. for this surprisingly whole-hearted prequel. Taking place years before, we find Mike and Sully (Billy Crystal and John Goodman) as freshers in Monstropolis’ premier scaring programme. While one-eyed Mike has to struggle with the fact that he’s inherently unscary, Sully is gifted scarer who believes he can simply sail through life on talent alone. Both facing the threat of being flunked, they’re forced to join a fraternity of loser monsters. Taking a cue from frat comedies like Animal House and Old School, our heroes have to overcome the odds and find a way to stick it to the jocks.
Pacific Rim (New to Rent)
Guillermo del Toro’s ode to Japanese kaiju films like Godzilla, Pacific Rim comes blasting in this week. When a portal to another world opens up on the ocean floor, the countries of the world find themselves coming together, building giant robots called Jaegers to fight monsters emerging from the hole. Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam plays Raleigh Becket, a battle hardened pilot who’s called out of retirement when a new threat arrives. With an international cast that includes Ron Perlman and Idris Elba, this is the film that Transformers could have been all along: big, exciting and thrillingly creative.The Internship
The Great Gatsby (New to Rent)
Perhaps most famous for his OTT adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, Australian director Baz Luhrmann puts his hyper-kinetic spin on The Great American Novel. As seen from the eyes of young Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) it tells the story of Jay Gatsby, a mysterious millionaire known for throwing the biggest parties on Long Island. Despite his immense wealth, Gatsby seems to have his sights solely fixed on Daisy Buchanan (Carrie Mulligan), a married woman from his past.
Luhrmann’s film is bigger and louder than anyone could have reasonably expected but a stonking soundtrack and a handful of breakout performances (Elizabeth Debicki, excellent as tomboy Jordan Baker) ensure that this screaming locomotive stays on its tracks.
Bringing back the Wedding Crashers super team of Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, this new comedy sees the pair of them play a pair of recently unemployed middle-aged men who somehow luck into an internship at Google. Naturally, they have no idea about how a computer works, which is where the humour comes from! Wilson and Vaughn are some of the most naturally charming actors working in comedy, so it’s always good to spend an hour or two in their company, right?
The Scandinavians sure know how to spin a highly entertaining crime yarn and this week’s Swedish thriller is no exception. Joel Kinneman (the new Robocop) plays JW, a bright, hardworking student with aspirations above his station. When he meets a beautiful, rich girl at a party one weekend, it ignites a fire and leads him down a path that involves working for a group of Albanian gangsters. Already primed for an American remake, Easy Money and its sequels have become the highest grossing Swedish films since Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy!
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