The Grand Budapest Hotel (Early Digital Release)
There’s no director on the planet as visually distinctive and whimsical as Wes Anderson – his signature is writ large on every frame of his movies. And with The Grand Budapest Hotel, he may have created the most perfect example of ‘a Wes Anderson film’.
Set in a fictional European republic in the years between the world wars, Ralph Fiennes plays M. Gustave: the fastidious and roguish concierge of the titular hotel.
Taking a young lobby boy under his wing, he’s thrown into a twisty-turny plot when his most esteemed patron (Tilda Swinton) suddenly dies, bequeathing him a priceless painting. Suddenly, he’s the focus of unwanted attention from the woman’s murderous family.
This is truly delightful movie. It’s a treat for the eye, unexpectedly hilarious, and achingly nostalgic. We have already reserved a space for The Grand Budapest Hotel in our year-end top ten list.
Non Stop (New to Rent)
Liam Neeson does the thing that Liam Neesons do best: laying the smack down on people trying to mess with him.
This time, he plays an troubled US air marshall aboard a trans-Atlantic flight. However, sub-standard food and turbulence are the least of his worries. As it turns out, there’s a madman loose on the plane who threatens to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless he’s paid $150 million.
This is pretty standard business for Neeson now, but that doesn’t stop it being trashy, disposable fun. Prepared to be puzzled by the sight of Lady Mary from Downton as a cabin attendant alongside with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (who has next to no lines)!
Ride Along (New to Rent)
One of the biggest hits at the American box office this year, Ride Along is a mis-matched buddy comedy in the vein of Midnight Run. Kevin Hart plays an insecure security guard whose fiancee’s brother is a real police detective (Ice Cube). Looking to test his mettle (and perhaps scare him off), Cube takes him on a ‘ride along’, during which things get a little out of control.
Kevin Hart might not be to everyone’s tastes, but its hard to deny that he’s quickly becoming America’s top comedy star. Check him out before everyone else knows who he is!
Walt Disney’s very first feature-length animation gets a re-release this week on blinkbox. You don’t really need us to explain what this film is about, right?
Mr Sloane Series 1
Nick Frost stars as a likeable, misfortunate everyman in this unusual 60s-set sitcom from writer/direct Robert B Weide (a veteran of Curb Your Enthusiasm). In the very first episode, he loses his job as an accountant, only to go home and find that he’s being abandoned by his wife (the always excellent Olivia Colman).
Rounding out the fantastic cast in this period comedy is Ophelia Lovibond and Peter Serafinowicz.