Sunday, 26 January 2014

The Wolf Of Wall Street

Scorsese and DiCaprio team up again for the blackly comic true story of a hedonistic and corrupt Wall Street stockbroker. Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a clever young man with ambition to burn. For him, greed isn't just good - it's great! Mentored by Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaugey), Belfort proceeds to tear up Wall Street during the nineties. He works hard, earning nearly a million dollars a week. And he also plays hard, enjoying a blizzard of drugs, drink, sex, parties and expensive toys. But pride comes before a fall. And Belfort's 'pump and dump' boiler room scam is about to lead to a mighty comeuppance. Adapted by 'Boardwalk Empire' creator Terence Winter from Belfort's own memoirs, this 'GoodFellas' of the financial world has been a long-cherished project for director Martin Scorsese. He also collaborates with Leonardo DiCaprio for the fifth time. Watch out too for our own Joanna Lumley in a supporting role!

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Last Vegas

Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman star in a riotous sixtysomething bachelor party comedy! Billy (Michael Douglas) has always been happily single. But now he's in his sixties, he finally feels it's time to settle down and get married. After all, his intended bride is getting on a bit too. She's nearly 32. So Billy calls childhood friends Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) with a plan. They're going back to Las Vegas together to party like it's 1959! Trouble is, Archie is not in the best of health these days. What's more, when the aging quartet arrive in Las Vegas, they find their old haunts have changed out of all recognition since they were young. Unresolved issues between them soon bubble to the surface too. 'National Treasure' director Jon Turteltaub's brilliantly cast comedy brings together four Oscar-winning screen legends for a feast of senior misbehaviour!

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Blue Jasmine

Cate Blanchett stars in Woody Allen's acclaimed drama about a newly penniless socialite attempting to rebuild her life.

Sophisticated, elegant New Yorker Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) used to have it all. But then it turned out that her businessman husband Hal (Alec Baldwin) was a swindler. So now Jasmine is broke and on her own with a head full of Xanax and Stoli. She heads for San Francisco and the modest apartment where her non-biological sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) lives. But the neurotic, hard-drinking interloper struggles to adjust to her lowly station in life. She also loudly disapproves of her sister's new boyfriend, Chili (Bobby Cannavale), branding him as big a loser as Ginger's ex-hubby, Augie (Andrew Dice Clay). Woody Allen continues his current purple patch with this delicious and often very funny character study. Cate Blanchett is on top regal form as the brittle and myopic Jasmine, who is the unwitting agent of her own downfall.