Today we’re doing our regular rounding up of the pick of the week’s US cinematic releases to see what’s worth a visit to the local multiplex, what’s probably best left to a later viewing at home and what’s not worth wasting your precious time at all… Love it – or leave it!
DEADPOOL – dir. Tim Miller
We finally have the foul-mouthed mercenary DEADPOOL hit the big screen in a crazy but hilarious ride of a non-stop comedy bloodfest. Our Oli called the film, “like a breath of fresh air,” while our Hope says, “it flips the bird at the Marvel formula.” You can check our reviews here, here and a video Review here.
ZOOLANDER 2 – dir. Ben Stiller
Relax and try to turn right as Derek Zoolander returns with his once rival Hansel (he’s so in right now) as they fight the new male model world to win back little ZOOLANDER in this sequel that actually plays up well with the original. Our Craig “there’s enough laughs and outrageous characters to claim Derek deserved his sequel.” Check out the ☆☆☆ review here.
HOW TO BE SINGLE – dir. Christian Ditter
It looks like we’ve got another comedy centred on a group of ladies in Manhattan on the search for some love, but does it shape up to be a comedy to remember? Our Hope says it “makes a valiant attempt to send up genre clichés,” but is ultimately “not as good as many other films and it knows it.” Hope believes it fails as a TRAINWRECK ripoff in her ☆☆ 1/2 review.
A WAR – dir. Tobias Lindholm
Focusing on the NATO intervention in the war in Afghanistan, A WAR manages to bounce from a courtroom drama to boots on the ground in this immersive modern war film. Our Marion called the film “beautifully composed reflection on modern conflict, and a necessary watch for anyone interested in current events.” Check out the ☆☆☆☆☆ review here.
NINA FOREVER – dir. Ben and Chris Blaine
Also beating the extreme wise-cracking Marvel superhero to our joint “Film of the Week” is the Blaine Brother’s bizarre and brilliant horror-romance NINA FOREVER. Our Craig called this future classic, “insanely unique, at times disturbing and funny, touching and poetic” in his ☆☆☆☆☆ review from last year’s London Frightfest.
BAD HURT – dir. Mark Kemble
As a first time directing debut of Mark Kemble, Bad Hurt pulls at heart-strings as it focuses on a family surrounded by hurt as they push through their day-to-day lives trying to pull themselves together. Our Stuie “an emotional journey that utilises a myriad of character traits and story arcs to demonstrate the maze of love and pain that makes up family life.” Check out the ☆☆☆ 1/2 review here.
Film of the week: NINA FOREVER & A WAR
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