Movie Review

New Movie Releases – 21-03-14


This is a week for the art house releases, with almost no big releases this week! I wonder is it a Paddy’s day hangover? Who knows.

Starred Up – This is a prison thriller, that everyone has been talking about. Probably the film to see this week, but don’t expect it to be a walk in the park! Did anyone watch Oz? I miss that show, silly as it was…

Summary: A troubled and explosively violent teenager is transferred to adult prison where he finally meets his match – a man who also happens to be his father.

Director: David Mackenzie

Runtime: 106 min

Metacritic – 74%

About Last Night – Or Sexual Perversity in L.A,, yes, it’s another version of David Mamet’s ‘Sexual perversity in Chicago’, this time moved to LA and with black actors. Is that enough of a change to justify its existence? I guess it doesn’t have to justify anything, as long as the punters go to it. A rom-com with a small bit of a brain.

Our Review is here.

Starring: Adam Rodriguez, Bryan Callen, Christopher McDonald, Joe Lo Truglio, Joy Bryant, Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Paula Patton, Regina Hall

Summary: This modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy follows two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.

Director: Steve Pink

Runtime: 100 min

Metacritic – 62%

Labor Day – I’ve been watching this trailer for months now, and it always looked like it would be rubbish. And so it proved! There’s some poor reviews knocking around for this tale of love between a lock in and an escaped prisoner. I hope they end up happy. I’d say bring extra tissues, just in case. I expected a bit better from Jason Reitman.

Starring: Clark Gregg, Gattlin Griffith, Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet

Summary: Labor Day centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and…

Director: Jason Reitman

Runtime: 111 min

Metacritic – 52%

The Unknown Known -This seems a bit like Frost – Nixon, but don’t expect Frost to win this round! It’s a documentary that meets with Donald Rumsfeld to hear his point of view on the world around him! He’s a slippery old fellow, our Donald.

Our review is here.

Summary: Former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Director: Errol Morris

Runtime: 103 min

Metacritic – 62%

Yves Saint Laurent – The almost official bio pic before the unofficial one, that’ll come later on in the year. A warts and all tale of the great man.

Our review is here.

Summary: A look at the life of French designer Yves Saint Laurent from the beginning of his career in 1958 when he met his lover and business partner, Pierre Berge.

Director: Jalil Lespert

Runtime: 106 min

Metacritic – 47%

Salvo – This one arrives with exactly no hype (I hadn’t even seen the trailer, but maybe that’s just me) some good reviews knocking around for this one.

Summary: Salvo is a body guard and hit man for a mafioso. After foiling an attack on his employer, Salvo hunts down the man who organised it and encounters the man’s blind sister. She causes Salvo to question himself and his existence.

Directors: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza

Stars: Saleh Bakri, Luigi Lo Cascio, Sara Serraiocco

IMDB – 65%

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