Saturday, August 24

Elysium

Director: Neill Blomkamp
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1535108

Review: Falls a little short of gripping and has a few logical leaps but it's refreshing to see an action sci-fi that tries something a bit new and interesting.

Watch it if: You're ok with some splattery violence.

And if you liked: Total Recall (2012), District 9, The Matrix

Thursday, August 15

Kick-Ass 2

Director: Jeff Wadlow
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1650554

Review: A few moments and laughs but nowhere near as fresh or clever as the original and has a very messy and disjointed script.

Watch it if: You're ok with seeing Evan Peters being recast. Nope.

And if you liked: Kick-Ass, Mean Girls

Check this out: Kick-Ass 2

Saturday, August 10

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Director: Declan Lowney
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469021/

Review: A little unfocused but has a great premise and is full of solid jokes.

Watch it if: You're a fan of Alan Partridge.

And if you liked: I'm Alan Partridge, Hot Fuzz, Four Lions

Major Payne

Director: Nick Castle
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110443
 
Review: One or two chuckles but mostly fairly grating and dull.
 
Watch it if: Super light family comedies are your thing.
 
And if you liked: Sgt. Bilko, Police Academy
 
Check this out: The Private War of Major Benson

Monday, August 5

Only God Forgives

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1602613

Review: A little vague towards the end but very powerful and engaging with genuinely beautiful photography.

Watch it if: You can handle seeing some very intense violence.

And if you liked: Drive, Lost Highway, Irreversible, Enter the Void

Sunday, August 4

The Wolverine

Director: James Mangold
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1430132
 
Review: A few good action sequences and moments buried in a pretty baffling and incomprehensible plot.
 
Watch it if: You're ok with a strangely large amount of bloodless death.
 
And if you liked: Resident Evil, X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand

Friday, August 2

The Heat

Director: Paul Feig
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2404463

Review: Starts a little slow but soon builds some momentum and delivers some big laughs and good fun.

Watch it if: You can handle some swearing and violence.

And if you liked: 21 Jump Street, Hot Fuzz