Tuesday, 22 May 2012

The Dictator

Today I have been to see The Dictator.

Sacha Baron Cohen returns as the world's most appalling tyrant in this hilarious new comedy!

Meet His Excellency Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen). This luxuriantly bearded despot has devoted his life selflessly to ensuring that democracy will never reach his glorious Republic of Wadiya. Indeed, one great benefit of political debate being rendered superfluous is that the country's National Parliament Building has become a tourist attraction. The supreme leader and his elite squad of foxy female bodyguards even make a state visit to America, where they're given a tour of New York City. Aladeen expects to see all the sights - especially Megan Fox! 'Borat' and 'Bruno' director Larry Charles teams up once again with Sacha Baron Cohen for this outrageous comedy at the expense of the vulgarity and ruthlessness of dictators everywhere. It's based loosely on a novel entitled 'Zabibah and the King', which was allegedly written by Saddam Hussein!

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Jeff Who Lives At Home

Last Thursday I went to see Jeff Who Lives At Home.

Quirky comedy about an aging slacker who sets out to discover his destiny!

Man-child Jeff (Jason Segel) thinks the universe is sending him signs about his fate. He lounges in the basement all day, while his long-suffering widowed mother Sharon (Susan Sarandon) works for a living. Jeff's brother Pat (Ed Helms) has long since flown the nest and now has a miserable job and a troubled relationship with wife Linda (Judy Greer). In an attempt to get Jeff out of the house, Sharon sends him on an errand to buy wood glue. Along the way, he runs into Pat. Since everything happens for a reason, this is clearly a signpost to his destiny! Then they spot Linda with another man and embark on a farcical mission to find out whether she's having an affair. This is a sweet-natured, offbeat comedy from the writer/directors of 'Cyrus', with another great comic performance by Jason Segel.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

3D - Piranha 3DD

Tonight I have seen Piranha 3DD.

Last year, Alexandre Aja's 'Piranha 3D' was both an unexpected hit and a very pleasant surprise. Lashings of nudity, gore and knowing humour delivered exactly what the audience wanted. The film also made particularly inventive use of 3D for some of its more memorable set-pieces. One year on, they're all back. The killer fish, that is. This time they've made their way to the summer's best attraction, the Big Wet Water Park, to sink their teeth into more hapless revellers! Christopher Lloyd also returns as the alarmed marine biologist Mr Goodman. And Ving Rhames reprises his role as Deputy Fallon, even though he seemed to be gobbled up in the first film! Incoming director John Gulagar and 'Saw 3D' writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton are horror veterans, having previously collaborated on the cult hit 'Feast'.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

The Lucky One

Today I have been to see The Lucky One.

US Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) is on his third tour of duty in Iraq. After a night raid he finds something in the rubble - a photograph of a beautiful young woman. When nobody claims it, he keeps the picture with him and credits this lucky charm with his continued survival. Back home in the US, he learns the woman's name is Beth (Taylor Schilling) and tracks her down to North Carolina. Finding himself unable to tell the truth, he wangles a job at the single mother's family-run dog kennels. Their mutual attraction soon develops into a passionate love affair. But the secret he's keeping threatens to tear them apart if it's ever revealed. A romance for anyone who believes in the power of fate, 'The Lucky One' is adapted from the bestseller by Nicholas Sparks, author of 'The Notebook' and 'Dear John'.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

3D Marvel Avengers Assemble

Last Sunday I went to see 3D Avengers Assemble.

Thor, The Hulk, Iron Man and captain America team up in the ultimate Marvel superhero spectacular - in stunning 3D!

The Earth is under attack like never before. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of international peacekeeping agency SHIELD, knows that he has only one option. An unprecedented recruitment drive must be launched to bring together the greatest superheroes the planet has ever known. That means Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). But can these very different superheroes form an effective team to save the world from the deadly onslaught launched by Thor's adoptive brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston)? Based on the legendary Marvel comicbook series launched in 1963, 'Avengers Assemble' is the first action movie to feature this mighty alliance of superheroes. Directed by 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' creator Joss Whedon, it explodes onto the screen in immersive 3D!