Thursday, 16 April 2015

YOUR GUIDE TO THIS WEEK'S NEW CINEMA RELEASES

There's a few good movies to see this week - even though it's school holidays!

TOP PICK TO SEE


Top of my list is the very intriguing-looking THE AGE OF ADALINE. A young woman, born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality for. The trailer looks enticing and audiences are rating it above average.

OTHERS TO SEE


For those into scary movies, the supernatural horror IT FOLLOWS is getting high scores from critics. A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after getting involved in a sexual encounter. indieWIRE's Eric Kohn say, No matter its conceptual intentions, It Follows never ventures too far from visceral horror. Mitchell populates a number of scenes with well-timed jump scares as the being frequently bursts out of the shadows or appears in unexpected forms, while the score provides a screaming punctuation mark. I'm not a fan of supernatural horror. So probably won't see this. If you do, let us know what you think of it.

For those of you wanting something lighter, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts team up in the romantic comedy WHILE WE'RE YOUNG. It tells the story of a middle-aged couple's career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives. The Telegraph's Tim Robey describes the way Baumbach packs his film with the wit and vigour of a polished one-act play, right down to a climax which wants us to notice how much juggling he's doing with his ideas. Sounds good!

TO AVOID


Two to avoid this week. First is THE GUNMAN in which a sniper on a mercenary assassination team, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's successful kill shot forces him into hiding. Returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself. You would think that, with Sean Penn and Idris Alba, we might have a good movie hear. But audiences and critics alike are giving it very low scores. Slant Magazine's Chris Cabin criticises it for The lack of any visual ingenuity, reflexivity, or awareness of genre tropes [which] diminishes the intermittent pleasures of the action's slightly involving kineticism.

Finally, and another one to avoid, is PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2. After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers. The trailer for this sequel looks terrible and provides no expectation of a good comedy. Audiences are rating it around 2.5 stars. Take it off the list!

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

*NOTE* Movie summaries are adaptations of movie summary on IMDB. Opinions are mine unless credited.

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