Cinema Preview: I Give It A Year

i-give-it-a-year-poster02Out February 8th.

SYNOPSIS

From the mind of Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator Dan Mazer comes new comedy rom-com, I Give It A Year.

Since meeting at a party, ambitious high-flyer Nat (Rose Byrne) and struggling writer Josh (Rafe Spall) have been hopelessly happy, despite their obvious differences. Joe likes to think things over, Nat likes to get up and go. Despite that their spark is undeniable, and their wedding is a dream come true.

But there are some, some being their friends, family and even the minister that married them, that think they won’t last, and they both have attractive other options in the form of Josh’s ex, Chloe (Anna Faris), and Nat’s handsome client, Guy (Simon Baker). Soon, the question becomes not can their marriage stand the test of time, but who will decide they want out first.

SHOULD YOU SEE IT?

Starring Stephen Merchant as the stereotypical but hilarious (for the viewers) best man, Peep Show’s Olivia Colman as a pessimistic marriage counselor and Minnie Driver, I Give It A Year is a film that, on the surface, seems perfectly dismissible, but, when you take the time to check, actually looks absolutely hilarious.

VERDICT?

We think we’d give it a ten.

Cinema Preview: Antiviral

AntiviralLargeOut February 1st.

SYNOPSIS

From the mind of Brandon Cronenberg, son of acclaimed director David Cronenberg, comes the already critically sneered Antiviral.

Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones) works at a rather strange clinic, one that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed, and seemingly crazy, fans. Syd supplies illegal samples outside of the company, smuggling them out of the clinic in his own body and selling them to piracy groups.

Soon the creepy lab technician gets more than he bargained for when he becomes infected with a deadly disease, the same one that killed the super famous Hannah Geist (Sarah Gadon). He becomes a target to collectors, and must unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he suffers the same fate.

SHOULD YOU SEE IT?

Brandon has some really big shoes to fill. His father, whose credits include The Fly, eXistenZ and Cosmopolis, is a well-respected man with a great vision in filmmaking. Brandon appears to be no different, but does Antiviral look like it can compete?

Well, no, but it looks like a decent horror flick. Like one of the films released by Lions Gate that are dime a dozen, but genuinely good fun.

From an artistic point of view a lot of thought has clearly gone into making Antiviral. The film is very white, and we don’t mean Carlton Banks white. Mirroring lens flashes and modeling backdrops the movie’s design suits its subject matter.

VERDICT?

Fragile, The Robinsons, Dead Silence. We loved those films, but forgot them. We imagine Antiviral will be the same, or maybe the Cronenberg gene will be its saving grace.

Cinema Preview: Hitchcock

hitchcock_posterOut February 8th.

SYNOPSIS

Based on Stephen Robelle’s book Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho, Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock centers on the relationship between the acclaimed director and his wife Alma during the production of Psycho, the controversial horror film that went onto become one of the most influential works of his incredible career.

Reeling from a suggestion by a reporter that he should retire, Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins), whose just opened his latest film, North By Northwest, to considerable success, seeks to recapture his youth by undertaking the task of adapting the horror novel, Psycho, much to the disgust of many of his colleague, and his wife, Alma (Helen Mirren).

With challenges behind closed doors as well as in the public eye, the film’s production very nearly destroys his marriage, not to mention his reputation.

SHOULD YOU SEE IT?

Many fans of the master of suspense will be unhappy with some of the dark elements of this movie. There was a time that Hitchcock was considered a loveable, Droopy Dog character with a much admired sense of humour, but after his death accusations began to come to light that put him in a much less favourable light.

In Hitchcock the aging director is depicted as a jealous man with a penchant for young blondes, and an obsessive attitude to work. But most of the time the character is capable of love, respect and kindness.

VERDICT?

The real question is, will Hitchock fans feel the movie is a fair reflection of the real man, or an overly dramatized affair designed only for the fickle desires of Hollywood.

Cinema Preview: The Oranges

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OUT DECEMBER 7TH

SYNOPSIS

Neighbouring couples David and Paige Walling (Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener) and Terry and Cathy Ostroff (Oliver Platt and Allison Janney) are best friends, and live comfortably on Orange Drive in suburban New Jersey. But all that bliss is shattered and things go a little awry when the prodigal Ostroff daughter, Nina (Leighton Meesier), returns home, having broken up with fiancé Ethan (Sam Rosen), for Thanksgiving after a five-year absence.

For the parents this serves as a perfect opportunity to join the families by pairing Nina up with successful Walling son, Toby (Adam Brody), but, unfortunately for them, it’s his father that captures her attention.

SHOULD YOU SEE IT?

Though a little ruined and Americanised by his role as the let’s just keep making random diagnosis until something sticks Doctor House, Hugh Laurie is one of comedy’s finest talents, and an individual whose presence in a picture usually only leads to good things, but, really, why have critics hated The Oranges so much?

With characters that don’t exactly look that unbelievable, a great cast and a decent array of jokes, the movie looks good enough. The premise may seem a little silly, and perhaps it’s one that’s been overused. But, really, who cares> It looks funny enough.

VERDICT?

It’s a green light from us for The Oranges.

Cinema Preview: Celeste and Jesse Forever

CESLETEOUT DECEMBER 7TH

SYNOPSIS

Starring the beautiful and always dependable Rashida James and The Lonely Island’s hilarious Andy Samberg, Celeste and Jesse Forever is, you guessed it, the story of Celeste (Rashida James) and Jesse (Andy Samberg), a couple who met in high school, married young, and are slowly falling apart.

Celeste, now thirty, is the driven owner of her own media consulting firm. Jesse is unemployed, again, and has no prospects or motivation to do anything with his life. Celeste, on the way up, comes to realise that her slacker husband is weighing her down, and that divorcing him may be the right thing to do. Jesse accepts the proposal, reluctantly, and the pair vow to remain friends as they move towards seeing other people.

Soon, the reality of their separation begins to dawn on Celeste and, painfully, she begins to realise her actions were selfish and very much on impulse. But is she too late? Has she lost Jesse forever?

SHOULD YOU SEE IT?

Another film with a killer cast including Andy Samberg, Rashida Jones, Ari Gayner, Eric Christian Olsen and Elijah Wood, Celeste And Jesse Forever is a story of the difficulty of letting go that many couples go through, before they realize they were never meant to be apart.

With the perfect mix of humour, romance and friendship shaped quirks it looks as heartwarming as it does hilarious.

VERDICT? 

Celeste And Jesse Forever might just be forever.

Cinema Preview: The Man With The Iron Fists

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DECEMBER 7TH

SYNOPSIS

Back in 2003, while producing the soundtrack for Kill Bill, Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA flew to Beijing, China where he spent thirty days observing the techniques of director Quentin Tarantino. Two years later, In Iceland, he met Hostel Director Eli Roth, and expressed an interest in making a Kung Fu movie. Thus the spark that led to The Man With The Iron Fist was lit.

Presented by Tarantino and with an all-star cast including Lucy Liu and Russell Crowe, The Man With The Iron Fist tells the epic story of an outsider (RZA) who must unite iconic heroes against soulless villains to save his village from total annihilation.

Since arriving in Jungle Village former slave the Blacksmith (RZA) has been re-enslaved, and forced by radical tribal factions to create deadly and elaborate weapons of cruel destruction. As tensions boil over into war he channels an ancient energy to transform himself into the ultimate weapon, and harnesses his power to become the saviour of his adopted people.

SHOULD YOU SEE IT?

Made with the blessing of Quentin Tarantino The Man With The Iron Fist looks to be the film that’ll bring martial arts back to mainstream cinema, in a similar way to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and House Of Flying Daggers a few years ago. With a wacky cast of characters and a whole lot of gore it’s bound to be a lad’s movie with plenty of boobs mayhem to top it off.

VERDICT? 

RZA proves, as if he needed to, that the Wu Tang Clan ain’t nothing to fuck with.

Cinema Preview: Seven Psychopaths

Seven-Psychopaths-PosterOUT DECEMBER 5TH

SYNOPSIS

Directed, co-produced and written by Martin McDonagh this new British comedy is the Very Bad Things tale of Marty (Colin Farrell), a struggling writer who just wants to finish his screenplay, Seven Psychopaths.

Billy (Sam Rockwell), unemployed actor and part-time dog thief, is Marty’s best friend. Hans (Christopher Walken), a religious man with a violent past, is Billy’s partner in crime. Charlie (Woody Harrelson) is an unpredictable and extremely violent gangster who wouldn’t think twice about killing anyone who would dare harm his beloved dog.

Billy’s just stolen that dog, and because of that Marty’s going to get all the inspiration he needs to finish his film, if he survives that is.

SHOULD YOU SEE IT?

Seven Psychopaths looks awesome. With an incredible cast, a so-stupid-it-could-actually-happen plot, and the type of non-stop laughs and chaos we enjoyed in films like True Romance, Very Bad Things and The Hangover, it’s a bad trip through a bad time that’s sure to be saved in the annals of movie history.

VERDICT?

Do we really need to spell it out?

Cinema Preview: Sightseers

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OUT NOW

SYNOPSIS

Starring British niche TV actress Alice Lowe as Tina, black as the inside of a shoe comedy Sightseers is the story of Chris (Steve Oram), a strange man that wants to show his girlfriend the world, or at least the British Isles, from the inside of his faithful caravan.

Tina has led a bit of a sheltered life, and Chris thinks there’s so many wonders she needs to see- the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside of the gloomy land he calls home, but soon things start to get in the way, like littering teenagers, bad weather and murder.

SHOULD YOU SEE IT?

Sightseers was a movie that we were going to overlook. We’re glad we didn’t.

In the same vein as Hot Fuzz and Shawn Of The Dead, it’s a real display of how Brits do comedy, with burning caravans, Cornish pasties and lower than low laughs.

Alice Lowe looks hilarious as the “is there a world outside then?” Tina, and Steve Oram is very Alan Partridge, with great lines and appalling behavior.

VERDICT?

Sightseers will be a cult film soon, and Americans will stop bothering with guys like Will Ferell, and just let us make the movies.

Cinema Preview: Alex Cross

OUT NOVEMBER 30TH
SYNOPSIS
Previously portrayed by Morgan Freeman in Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider, Alex Cross is the third movie adaptation of James patterson’s fan favourite character of the same name.

Engineered by Dragonheart and The Fast And The Furious director, Rob Cohen, the film follows young homicide detective and psychologist Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) as he meets his startling and unpredictable match in Picasso (Matthew Fox), a serial killer who sedates and tortures his victims before killing them.

As the hunt intensifies Alex Cross is thrown into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the killer, one that gets personal, and pushes him to the edge of moral and psychological limits.

SHOULD YOU SEE IT?
Alex Cross is a name synonymous with nail biting thrillers that has a proven track record of books and movies, but the presence of Summit Entertainment, the production company behind the holocaust of integrity and adequate film-making that was the Twilight saga, is enough to make us nervous before we’re even more than ten seconds into the trailer.

But as the seconds roll on, and we’re reminded of the masterpieces that were Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider, the sequence flashes with schizophrenic-like madness, and our confidence is reignited.

Matthew Fox seems a good choice for the villain, Picasso, a convincing and truly disturbing blend o brains and brawn not often done so well. Tyler Perry appears less than exceptional compared to Morgan Freeman, perhaps because he comes across as being too strong and mentally stable, but the movie seems to be taking the thriller in a very much action-packed direction that we’re keen to see.

VERDICT?
“I will meet his soul at the gates of hell before I let him take a person that I love”. Those words alone are enough to let us know this’ll be a contender for film of the year.

Cinema Preview: Breaking Dawn Part Two

SYNOPSIS

After being dragged back from the brink of death by the charming but moody stalker Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) after a particularly nasty but cinematically dull and overacted childbirth, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) begins her new unlife as a sparkling, snigger-inducing vampire, and mother to her ridiculously named daughter, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy). But, when Denali coven member Irina (Maggie Grace) misidentifies the rapidly growing Renismee as a dhampir, a human infant who has been bitten and transformed into a vampire, she decides to bring a much needed bit of excitement to the saga, and snitches to the Volturi, a band of more hilarious than scary vampire lords from Italy.

The Volturi throw a bit of a hissy fit over the Cullen’s apparent betrayal and set out to destroy them. In a desperate bid to survive Edward, Bella, Alice (Ashley Greene), Rosalie (Nikki Reed), Emmett (Kellan Lutz), Jasper (Jackson Rathbone), Carlisle (Peter Facinelli) and Esme (Elizabeth Reaser) call upon foreign vampires and nomads to stand with them in one last laughably choreographed fight.

SHOULD YOU SEE IT?

Our synopsis of this, thankfully, final Twilight film may have been a little too full of contempt for some, but really, after suffering a few years of crap films, badly written books and undeservedly gained publicity mirrored only by the nightmare that was Fifty Shades Of Grey, we’ve had enough.

Stephanie Meyer’s blindly written books have earnt her millions, and these films have all been lapped up by her fans. But the rest of us know better.

These twi-hards, or twunts as we call them, will love Breaking Dawn Part Two. The paper-thin plot, awful acting and shaky (literally) editing will delight and entertain them, but the rest of us have brains, and would sooner drink our own urine.

Verdict

See it, but only to shout abuse at the screen.