Thursday, 24 July 2014

<< THIS WEEK'S NEW CINEMA RELEASES >>

Ready for the new cinema release run-down this week? You'll be disappointed because there is more to avoid than worth seeing!

MY TOP PICK TO SEE


Top pick to see this week is STILL LIFE, a comedy in which a council case worker looks for the relatives of those found dead and alone. General public seems to be enjoying this.

MAYBE/MAYBE NOT


DELIVER US FROM EVIL, starring Eric Bana, who plays a NY police officer, Ralph Sarchie, who investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city. General public are rating it as average but critics, generally, are not so happy with this one. USA Today's Scott Bowles rather amusingly suggests that 'Even horror neophytes won't be spooked by a film that looks as if it were shot with a smartphone and an Itty Bitty Booklight.' I'll be giving this one a miss.

ONES TO AVOID


We start off the list of movies to avoid this week with DEVIL'S KNOT. Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon star in this tale of the savage murders of three young children which sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual. Good actors but ... here's what New York Daily News's Elizabeth Weitzman says: 'This stilted crime drama from Atom Egoyan feels misguided from the start. He's attempting to fictionalize a true story that has already been told better, several times over.'

I've already reviewed HERCULES (see my previous post) and is also worth avoiding. Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. Time Out London's Tom Huddleston says it well: 'Strap on your swordbelt, buckle your sandals and oil up your rippling six-pack, because here comes yet another interminable, CGI-drenched mythic mish-mash with far more money than brain cells.' Check out my review too!

Finally, and disappointingly, MRS BROWN'S BOYS D'MOVIE is not being received well at all. Averaging * to ** stars from the general public, it doesn't sound like it's worth the money. If any of you are brave enough to check it out, let us know what you think.

That's it for this week. See you at the movies!

NB: synopses of movies are adapted from IMDB. Opinions are mine unless quoted from cited sources.

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