The recent slate of movies hasn’t been off the charts but the Summer is just starting my friends. Here’s a quick round-up on the latest releases and what we’re looking forward to!
Opens today! Well technically sneaks were already out yesterday, but we digress. Shia LaBeouf returns sans Megan Fox in the third installment of Transformers. Together with Victoria’s Secret Angel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Las Vegas hottie, Josh Duhamel, the plot centres around The Autobots learning of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon. They race against the Decepticons to reach and learn its secrets, which could turn the tide in the Transformers’ final battle.
It’s Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, this alone is a done-deal on why you should watch the show! Larry Crowne, played by the ever lovable Tom Hanks, has unfortunately been downsized. Not knowing what to do with all that free time he starts over at his local college and becomes part of a community of outcasts and the overlooked. Whilst in his public-speaking class, he falls heads over heels for his teacher Mercedes Tainot (Julie Roberts), whose passion for teaching and her husband has run cold. We foresee some laughs and bumbling hollywood romance.
Romantic comedies are best done by the French, hands down! De Vrais Mensonges otherwise known as Beautiful Lies stars Audrey Tautou, from Amelie and Coco Avant Chanel fame, as 30-year-old, hair salon owner Emilie. Jean a young man and romantic who works for Emilie, is secretly in love with her and unfortunately terribly shy, gets his heart unwittingly paired to Emilie’s mother! The usual hijinks occur, but always with so much panache.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part II
Expect much howling and tears from fanboys and girls everywhere once the credit rolls. It all ends here, ladies and gentleman, the era of a bespectacled wizard who stole our hearts; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. Harry Potter may have to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort.
Hanna (Saoirse Ronan, pronounced as Sear-Sha and means freedom) is a sixteen-year-old assassin who has the capabilities of a solider from being raised by her father (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA, in the wilds of Finland. Sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Cate Blanchett). As she approaches her ultimate target, Hanna faces a startling revelation about her existence and unexpected questions regarding her humanity.
It’s Donnie Yen and Takeshi Kaneshiro; enough said right there. Directed by Peter Chan, Wu Xia takes place in 1917 Yunnan. Liu Jinxi (Donnie Yen) runs a paper mill and lives a quiet life with his wife Yu (Tang Wei) and their two young sons. His past as a convicted killer catches up with him though as his fighting skills are put to the test. Powerful qi force-fields, pressure points and Chinese gangs are always a recipe for a great action flick to us.
On 24 December 1994, when four heavily armed terrorists from the Algerian Armed Islamic Group hijacked an Air France plane, Flight 8969, bound for Paris at Algiers’ airport, the 227 passengers on board seemed destined for. “The Assault” weaves together the violent and claustrophobic onboard drama, with back stories of the tough GIGN officer and father Thierry (Vincent Elbaz), the determined jihadist from the slums of Algiers (Aymen Saidi) and an overly ambitious French Interior Ministry worker.
Captain America: The First Avenger
The fifth installment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (The Avengers are next!) the cast is incredible with Chris Evans as Captain America and the likes of Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving and Stanley Tucci. Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Though inspired to enlist in the army, he is rejected due to his frailty and sickness. Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment – Operation: Rebirth. Armed with his indestructible shield and great battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and as leader of the Avengers.
What’s still playing that you should watch!
We call it this generation’s version of E.T. with just a tad more violence. Set in the 1970s where a couple of pre-teens unwittingly witness a murder and evidence of aliens on Super 8 film while shooting in Area 51, prompting the Air Force and others to pursue them. Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams are a winning combination; maybe not Oscar worthy, but definitely entertaining.
Kung Fu Panda 2
Sequels will never be as good as its precursor, so putting that aside, we thought Kung Fu Panda 2 was a pretty lovely movie to watch. Still funny, it hit the emotional button a little bit more and it got even cuter as we see Po as his tiny baby self. Okay, maybe not so tiny.
Stuff to watch that is now on DVD
Before you even pop this into your DVD/Blue-Ray player. Like it’s namesake, it’s heart-wrenchingly beautiful. Biutiful is a love story between a father and his children. Javier Badem plays Uxbal, a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona.
The Company Men
Never screened in Singapore, The Company Men stars Ben Affleck as Bobby Walker. Living the American dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage, corporate downsizing leaves him and co-workers Phil Woodward (Chris Cooper)and Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones) jobless, the three men are forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands, and fathers.
Gnomeo & Juliet
A family-friendly film featuring classic and original songs by Elton John, the film features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as Gnomeo and Juliet who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors amongst plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix.
The King’s Speech
Based on the true story of King George VI; After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Lots of laughs, ahead!
Black Swan follows the story of Nina (Natalie Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica. When the lead role for Swan Lake is up for grabs, Nina is first-in-line, but she has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis). Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her. Dark and pathological, we adore this film!