Release date: 24 February 2016 Certification:15 Running time: 83 min Director:Louis Leterrier Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Isla Fisher, Penelope Cruz, Rebel Wilson, Gabourey Sidibe, Ian McShane.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest bad taste odyssey arrives in theatres within a few days of Hollywood’s prestigious Academy awards, and it couldn’t have been better timed. While everyone ponders whether Leo will finally get his Oscar, and stars swoon and fawn over each other like they’ve just cured cancer, Cohen bulldozes in and takes everything down a peg or ten. Much like South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone he cares little about who he pisses off along the way, but beneath the puerile humour lies a subtle and admirable intelligence.
Release Date: 15th November 2013 Certification: 18 Running Time: 118 minutes Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt
Cormac McCarthy. Ridley Scott. Fassbender, Bardem, Cruz, Pitt and Diaz. The Counsellor has got to be great. Right guys? Unfortunately, despite (or perhaps because of) its pedigree, it’s a total dog’s dinner.
The Counsellor charts the downfall of a corrupt lawyer (Fassbender) when his deal with a South American drug cartel goes.. well, South. It’s a film which essentially consists of Michael Fassbender meeting up with a famous actor, having them monologue at him for a while, then moving onto the next actor. Every scene in the film could (and probably will) be used as an audition piece for actors who want to show their verbosity. Stuffed with faux-profound statements which explore the themes and symbolism in the story, the dialogue in this film is seriously overwritten and while there is stark poetry in McCarthy’s words (I imagine it reading very well), it doesn’t gel with the grammar of film. There is more to writing a screenplay than just pretty speeches, unfortunately McCarthy hasn’t quite grasped that yet.
Release Date: September 14, 2012 Certification: 12A Director: Woody Allen Starring:Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz
2011 was a good year for Woody Allen. After a string of critical and commercial flops, he finally struck gold with the nostalgic romantic comedy Midnight in Paris, which has since become the highest grossing film of his career and won him a record-breaking third Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Hot on its heels, Allen is attempting to recreate this success with his latest European travelogue, To Rome With Love. Despite lacking the intelligent wit of his surrealist Parisian adventure, I found the results to be no less charming and a lot of fun.