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New Releases 2 June 2014

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Robocop (Early Digital Release)

An update of the classic 80s film, this new Robocop certainly hasn’t lost its political edge. Set in a future where drone warfare has been taken to extreme degrees, injured policeman Alex Murphy has been turned into a law enforcement machine by a massive corporation.

Unless you grew up in a Mennonite community, you will have heard of Robocop.

This new version doesn’t have the dark, cutting humour of the original. However, it does deliver on the action in a big way, retaining the (un)emotional core of its beloved character.

Dallas-Buyers-Club

Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey puts in an Oscar-winning performance as Ron Woodruff, a rodeo cowboy in the 80s who discovers he is a pretty advanced stage of HIV infection. Given weeks to live by the doctors, Ron refuses to take the news lying down. He heads down to Mexico for experimental medication that turns out to be very effective, despite its ‘unapproved’ label in the US. Teaming up with Rayon (Jared Leto), a transgendered woman and fellow AIDS sufferer, he starts a ‘club’ to bring medication over the border by exploiting a legal loophole.

While some may see this as a bit of a history lesson, it’s really the touching story of a bigoted good ol’ boy who becomes an unlikely advocate for a largely-gay community of AIDS victims.

Delivery-Man

Delivery Man (Early Digital Release)

Vince Vaughn is back on form with this concept comedy. He plays plays a middle-aged underachiever who discovers that -thanks to an administrative error at the fertility clinic- he is the biological father of over 500 kids. While not ready to come clean to his inadvertent off-spring, Vaughn decides to dip his toe into the parenting game by helping these kids out in secret. 

Based on a French-Canadian film by the same writer and director, Delivery Man is a unexpectedly warm film with a great supporting cast – including Chris Pratt, star of The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy.

(image: Lionsgate)

(image: Lionsgate)

The Invisible Woman (Early Digital Release)

For the last fifteen years of his life, the celebrated novelist Charles Dickens maintained an illicit relationship with a young actress, Nelly Ternan. Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in this biographical picture that goes deep into the emotional substance of this story: one that involves his disappointed wife and a beloved who can never be publicly acknowledged.

This may seem like your run-of-the-mill wigs & corsets movie, but the passions run deeper than that. The leading performances from Fiennes and Felicity Jones give this a jolt of passion and excitement we weren’t expecting from a period piece like this.

 

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(image: Paramount)

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (New to Rent)

When he’s not busy replacing William Shatner as Kirk on Star Trek, actor Chris Pine stars in the reboot of the popular Tom Clancy character.

When a shady Russian oligarch (director Kenneth Branagh, pulling double duty) hatches a plan to destroy America by crashing Wall Street, it’s up to junior CIA analyst Jack Ryan to uncover the plot and save the free world.

Pine acquits himself nicely in this well-made action thriller. He’s supported by a solid supporting cast – one that includes Kevin Costner as his CIA mentor and Keira Knightley as his (convincingly American) girlfriend.
 

(image: eOne)

(image: eOne)

That Awkward Moment (New to Rent)

Zac Efron stars alongside Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan (both soon to be in the Fantastic Four reboot) as three best buds in New York City. When Jordan’s wife breaks up with him, his two other pals enter a pact to not seek romantic relationships until he’s back on his feet.

Matters get complicated, however, when they all start falling in love (not with each other).

Zac Efron has become something of an overnight comedy star. Right now, he’s in your local multiplex opposite Seth Rogen in Bad Neighbours. But if you’ve seen already, you should definitely check out That Awkward Moment. It pretends to be a laddish yuk-fest, but it ends up showing more heart than you’d expect.

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(image: Warner Bros)

Grudge Match (New to Rent)

It’s Rocky vs Raging Bull. But this time, they’re really old!

Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro play aged boxers who haven’t stepped in the ring for decades. When they’re offered a massive payday to face each other one last time on television, it’s an offer these guys can’t turn down.

Grudge Match is a pretty likeable comedy. Older folks will enjoy the bristly rapport between Stallone, DeNiro and Alan Arkin (who plays a crusty boxing trainer). Younger audiences will enjoy the high-energy performance of Kevin Hart as their enthusiastic but green boxing promoter.

(image: Lionsgate)

(image: Lionsgate)

Out of the Furnace (New to Rent)

After packing on the pounds to star in American Hustle, Christian Bale has transformed himself once more for this backwoods thriller.

Bale plays Russell, a steel worker just released from prison. He goes back to his old job, only to find his brother (Casey Affleck) knee deep in debt to some dangerous petty crooks. When Affleck turns up missing, big brother is left with no choice but to deal with matter himself.

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(image: Movie Partnership)

Jobs

You’ve likely heard of this movie already. It’s the one where Ashton Kutcher plays the late Steve Jobs.

Tracking his early days as an entrepreneur, starting Apple with Steve Wozniak (Frozen’s Josh Gad) all the way through to his years as the world’s foremost technological figure, it provides a somewhat romantic view of Jobs the man, as well as Jobs the CEO. Still, if you’re curious to see Kutcher take on a serious role, you could do a lot worse than this.

(image: Disney)

(image: Disney)

Sleeping Beauty

Just in time for Maleficent’s release into the cinema, Disney have re-issued their 1959 classic.

Of all Disney’s early films, this is particularly worth a revisit, if only for the number of technological advances made in its production. Shot in widescreen –using a method of animation that allowed the filmmakers to put layers at different depth– it’s a beautiful and lush movie that looks far better than many Disney cartoons that came after it.

Plus who could forget its haunting score, based on Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty ballet?

Television

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(image: ITV)

Prey (New Episode)

Life on Mars‘ John Simm stars in this brand new ITV series in which he also plays a policeman. Instead of being trapped in the 60s, this time, he’s a fugitive from the law: on the run from the his fellow cops after he’s accused of murdering his family.

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