Two big releases this week with The Croods and Jack the Giant Slayer both released. One good, one bad according to those nasty pencil pushing critics who live to shatter the hopes and dreams of those poor people in Hollywood who live to create beauty (Ok, ok, to make money)! Some good small releases also, with Reality and Compliance looking top notch.
The Croods stars Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and is by Pixar, who rarely miss by too much. This is getting good reviews almost everywhere, and tells the story of a prehistoric family who discover a new world!
Reincarnated – Snoop has found a new path, away from the guns, drug dealing and gangs of LA. He’s in Jamica! This is the story of Snoop becoming a rasta man. No, seriously! It’s getting average reviews, but it’s about Snoop, so has to be seen.
Reality is the story of a man desperate to make it on to Big Brother! It’s a satirical take on one man’s desire to be famous for fifteen minutes, and is from the director of great gangster movie Gomorrah. Most of the critics enjoyed it, so another one to add to the list.
Jack the Giant Slayer is Brian Singer’s latest effort (The X-men, Superman Returns). The movie itself sounds very similar to the Fables comic book version of Jack, just as Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters sounds very similar to the Fables comic book version of Hansel. Sadly, the reviews are unrelentingly poor, so only go if forced! Pity, I was looking forward to this one. It stars Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane and Ewan McGregor, so a pretty good cast also!
Compliance looks like it could be a lot of fun, as a man masquerading as a police officer makes some fast food workers carry out a series of ever more unusual actions. It sounds quite unbelievable but is based on events such as the Stanford Prison experiment, and is looking at our natural instinct to obey authority.
The director of Post Tanebras lux (Mexican filmmaker Carlos Reygadas) who best director this year at Cannes. The critics stand divided, so you’ll have to make your own mind up.