Maleficent (current IMDB rating 7.5) – Already reviewed (largely negatively) here by Joe Webb, this reimagining of Disney’s 1959 animated film ‘Sleeping Beauty’ has been a major box office success with critical reaction generally positive. If nothing else it’s a personal triumph for Angelina Jolie who hadn’t appeared in a live-action film since 2010.
A Million Ways to Die In the West (IMDB 6.4) – Already considered a major flop after its dismal opening weekend (coupled with a poor critical response), there certainly seems to be fair bit of hubris on writer/director/star Seth MacFarlane’s part. Especially so with his decision to star in this film when – despite his fame and noted writing/voicing/creating talents – he had no notable record or appeal as an actor.
I disliked his previous film ‘Ted’ quite a bit so am not surprised this film has fallen flat with critics and the public. I may be obliged by circumstance to see this over the next week or thereabouts so will see if it is any improvement on ‘Ted’.
The Grand Seduction (IMDB 7.3) – Comedy starring failed blockbuster star Taylor Kitsch.
Night Moves (IMDB 6.6) – Despite a notable cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard, this film about three radical environmentalists looking to explode a dam only has a limited release.
We Are the Best! (IMDB 7.0) – Swedish film set in the 1980s trying against the odds to start a punk band.
Korengal (IMDB 7.4) – Documentary examining soldiers in the war in Afghanistan
Elena (IMDB 7.6) – Documentary about a Brazilian woman going to America to try and become an actress
Filth (IMDB 7.1) – British film about a corrupt cop seeking redemption. Starring Brian’s favourite actor James McAvoy.
Lucky Them (IMDB 6.4) – Drama set in the rock scene. Has an impressive cast of Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church (never really kicked on from his Sideways success a decade ago) and Oliver Platt but judging by the limited release and modest IMDB rating, this won’t make much of an impact.