Man of Steel
Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan’s reboot of the Superman franchise flies into blinkbox this week. Taking a lead from the Dark Knight films, this retelling of Clark Kent’s origin story benefits from a grounded, realistic approach (as grounded and realistic as something about a flying man in underwear can be). Henry Cavill makes for a suitably steely Man of Steel while Michael Shannon brings some of his trademark intensity to the role of villainous Kryptonian General Zod. But the real beating heart of the cast comes in the form of a soulful Kevin Costner, putting in his most touching performance in years. Don’t you worry, though — between filling the backstory and introducing all the characters, Snyder confidently delivers some epic action sequences. Enjoy!
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
When a media conglomerate stage a hostile takeover of North Norwich Digital Radio, Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) throws fellow DJ Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney) under the bus to save his own job. This sets off a chain of events that results in an armed siege of the radio station and Partridge finds himself thrust back in the media spotlight. As hilarious as you would expect, this big screen outing sees the return of many beloved Partridge characters like Lynn and Geordie Michael. You must watch this now!
Smurfs 2 (New to Rent)
In this animated/live action smurfquel, the evil Gargamel has created his own race of Bizzaro-Smurfs. These grey imps promptly kidnap Smurfette, taking her away to Paris (which doesn’t sound so bad) and it’s up to Papa, Grouchy and Vanity to rescue her! Featuring the voices of Katy Perry and Christina Ricci, this is definitely a great option for families with young kids!
The Hangover Part III (New to Rent)
The bawdy dream team of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis return to Las Vegas for what promises to be the last film of the ‘Hangover trilogy’. While on their way to deliver Alan (Galifianakis) to a rehab facility in the desert, The Wolf Pack are kidnapped by gangster John Goodman who gives them three days to recover $42 dollars from their insane friend Chow (Ken Jeong). If you’ve seen the first two movies, you really know what to expect from this. Watch it now before it’s released on DVD!
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (Early Digital Release)
It’s been a few years since the first Percy Jackson came out. A Potter-esque story of a young lad who discovers he’s the son of Zeus, this sequel sees him attend a summer camp for kids just like him. Teaming up with some of his new demi-god friends, he heads on a quest to find the Golden Fleece in the eponymous Sea of Monsters (aka the Bermuda Triangle). Whereas the original had British stars like Steve Coogan and Sean Bean playing the Greek Gods, we have a delightful turn this time from Nathan Fillion as the messenger god Hermes.
Grown Ups 2
Adam Sandler and his pals Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade are back for another round of their mid-life crisis! Having moved back to his hometown with his friends, Sandler is suddenly having to come to terms with a bully from his teenage years (‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin). Apart from that, this knockabout comedy doesn’t have much of a plot. But with sequences involving frat boys, a massive costume party, and a deep cast that includes Steve Buscemi and Jon Lovitz, there’s a lot of fun to be had with Grown Ups 2.
Billed as being ‘from above the world of Cars’ this film predictably features a cast of talking aeroplanes. Dusty Cropper (Dane Cook) is a crop-dusting plane who dreams of being a racer. The only two problems are that he’s a) a crummy little crop-duster; and b) afraid of heights. Packed with loads of exciting race sequences and fun little in-jokes (two stars from Top Gun appear as jet fighters!), this is a perfect afternoon film for the whole family. A sequel has already been slated for a release next summer so make sure you catch up on this one before long!
The Lone Ranger
Unfairly maligned on its release this past summer, Quentin Tarantino has since named this as one of his favourite films of the year. Armie Hammer plays John Reid, a meek district attorney who takes up the guise of The Lone Ranger to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of ruthless gang. Helping him on his journey is Tonto (Johnny Depp), a mad Comanche wanderer with his own mission of justice. There’s no doubt that at 140 minutes this film is way too long. However, Depp’s kooky performance and director Gore Verbinski’s excellent action sequences make this a blockbuster worthy of your time.
Only God Forgives (New to Rent)
Ryan Gosling reunites with his Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn for this moody crime story set in the Bangkok underworld. When his brother is killed by Thai gangster, boxing promoter Gosling faces pressure from his overbearing mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) and reluctantly sets off for revenge. Unbelievably beautiful and achingly atmospheric, this trip into hell is a must-see for Gosling addicts.
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