The Inbetweeners 2
The boys are back – this time heading Down Under for a gap year, as we hope to see them match their exploits from their preceding trip abroad. With writers Damon Beesley and Iain Morris taking over directing duties, you can’t help but feel confident that this talented group of actors wouldn’t have signed on for the project had it not been of a high standard. It’s said to be the final offering to come from these hilarious, comic creations too – so worth taking in every last second before the word ‘clunge’ becomes yesterday’s news!
While Twilight fans may be tempted to watch Robert Pattison’s latest project, it’s safe to say they may be somewhat taken aback by what they see, as this David Michod drama is a dark and excruciatingly intense piece of cinema. It’s also arguably Pattinson’s finest role to date, and he’s helped along by an enigmatic Guy Pearce, marking the fledging career of Michod, who follows on from his previous title Animal Kingdom, with yet another solemn, moving and ultimately disquieting affair, set in the bleak not-too-distant future.
Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For
Nine years have passed since Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s neo-noir thriller Sin City graced our screens. It was unique and unforgettable, and one of the very first pictures to be shot almost entirely on green screen. While that has since become quite a common way of working within the industry, you wouldn’t put it past these innovative filmmakers to return with an equally ingenious, creative second offering, that expands upon the world and pushes the boundaries of contemporary cinema. It helps when welcoming stars such as Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Josh Brolin to the already stellar cast that exists, too.
Two Days, One Night
While perhaps not quite as high profile as the aforementioned productions, this moving drama spawns from the brilliant minds of the Dardenne brothers. Their preceding project, The Kid With a Bike, was met with great critical acclaim, yet this latest offering is an even more accomplished and compelling film. Marion Cotillard stars as the beleaguered, despondent Sandra, who has one weekend to convince her work colleagues to sacrifice their bonuses to keep her in a job. It’s a quite special piece of cinema that studies depression and intrinsic human nature remarkably.
Million Dollar Arm
The notion of the American Dream is one that has been deconstructed and ridiculed in recent productions such as Spring Breakers, Pain & Gain and The Wolf of Wall Street; however it is more affectionately enforced in Craig Gillespie’s Million Dollar Arm. Telling the true story of an American sports agent who organises a talent show in India to discover gifted Baseball players in the hope of tapping into a huge market – it stars Jon Hamm on fine form, in a movie that while somewhat cliched and predictable, is also moving and inspiration in typical Disney fashion. Which, as it turns out, is no bad thing.