Thursday, 11 February 2016

YOUR GUIDE TO THIS WEEK'S NEW CINEMA RELEASES

A couple of movies to watch this week. The topic pick is tricky — it depends on whether you want to go with popular opinion or the opinion of critics. Let’s go with the critics … that means …

TOP PICK


The top pick goes to BROOKLYN in which an Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. According to Hitfix, ‘It's a damn good movie.’ Better check it out!

OTHERS TO SEE


DEADPOOL finally arrives this week. In this action adventure sci-fi, a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool. The trailers look fun but there’s lots of violence. indieWIRE’s Kate Erbland reminds us that, ‘As is often the case with such violence, it eventually becomes numbing. By its midpoint, once the novelty of a superhero movie showing super levels of violence wears off, the thinness and lack of spark in the fight scenes becomes more readily apparent. By the film's end, they are hard to distinguish from any other superhero fare. Similarly, lack of imagination keep the film's prodigious swearing and occasional nudity from feeling like anything original.’


TO AVOID


One to avoid this week (which is no surprise) — ZOOLANDER 2 starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Penélope Cruz. The fact that Ben Stiller is the director and co-writer should be enough to warn you not to bother. According to Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawaty, ‘Zoolander No. 2 is embarrassing, lazy, and aggressively unfunny. The only good news is that at the pace the franchise is moving, we won't get Zoolander 3 until 2030.’ Give it a miss.


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. These updates are written from an Australian perspective so openings of the movies in cinemas may vary in other parts of the world.

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