New Movie Releases – 14-03-14


So, it’s a mixed bag this week then! Same as ever I guess, you wake up on a Friday morning, and see what’s arrived, like a kid on Christmas morning. A few good ones in the art house cinemas, which is always nice.

Under the Skin – If you were getting someone to play an alien seductress, who would it be? Obviously Scarlett, there could be no other choice, although the addition of the wig was an odd choice. Yes, Art House oddness in this tale by Jonathan Glazer.

Plot – An alien seductress (Scarlett Johansson) preys upon hitchhikers in Scotland.

Metacritic – 78%

Rocket – I must admit to having read the press release wrong when I first heard about this movie, and thinking it was set in Laois not Laos. The simple removal of the letter i makes it far more exotic, don’t you think! The critics loved it, and so did we!

Plot – A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of war, to prove he’s not bad luck he builds a giant rocket to enter the most exciting and dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.

Our Review of the Rocket is here.

Metacritic – 72%

Need for Speed – You’ve just left one of the most talked about TV shows in this or any generation, so what do you do? Well, if you’re Aaron Paul, aka Jesse Pinkman of Breaking Bad, you make a conversion of a video game! Maybe he thought he had too much cred and wanted to dumb himself down a little. Who knows. None of the critics seem to like it, and it’s another one aimed exclusively at teenage boys.

Plot – Framed for a crime he didn’t commit, muscle car mechanic and street racer Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) gets out of prison determined to get revenge on the man responsible for his false conviction.

Our Review of Need for Speed is here.

Metacritic – 38%

Zero Theorem – Where did it all go wrong for Terry Gilliam? Who knows. I guess he had a run of bad luck. He’s like the Wes Anderson from another era, where the world just stopped caring. Sad but true. The critics aren’t too hot on this one, but I’m sure they have their reasons.

Plot – An eccentric and reclusive computer genius (Christoph Waltz) plagued with existential angst works on a mysterious project. 

Metacritic – 51%

Plot for Peace – An art house documentary? Yup, Ok, you can skip down to Veronica Mars, if it’s not your scene, but it’s meant to be very good actually!

Plot – A documentary that reveals the untold story of apartheid’s fall, and the mysterious French businessman who was instrumental in Nelson Mandela’s release from jail.

IMDB – 7.7

At least one of our reviewers is very excited about this! It’s something about whether a guy and a girl and whether they’ll eventually get it together, and you always thought they would and the never did. Does that make sense?

Plot – On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, Veronica Mars gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don’t seem right with how Logan’s case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind

Metacritic – 60%

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