This week’s big new release is 20th Century Fox’s shiny new high concept star vehicle, This Means War. Starring the picture perfect Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon it
tells the story of two superhero CIA agents who use all the agency resources they have at their disposal, a la Mr and Mrs Smith, to fight for the affections of one woman (because Reese Witherspoon is just that hot, apparently). If it sounds like a movie Bradley Cooper should be in you’d be right as he was originally cast in one of the lead roles.
This Means War opened at #5 in the States two weeks ago so Fox will be looking to build some momentum in the UK on the back of some pretty heavy Valentine’s day marketing on our TVs.
Paul Rudd is my ‘bro’. He’s the kind of guy you would tell your mother you were in a ‘bromance’ with, knowing she’d be worried because she wouldn’t quite understand, and still feel cool about it. In reality I don’t know Paul Rudd at all but through movies like Wanderlust, also starring his former Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston, I feel like I do. Wanderlust tells the story of two overstressed married yuppies (remember when they were a thing?) who lose their jobs and end up inadvertently living on a ‘free love’ commune. And hi-jinks ensue…..!
It’s unlikely to challenge McG’s This Means War for the belt this week but it’s a quirky movie with a likable cast and Rudd’s added ‘crush power’ to help up the testosterone through the cinema lobbies. It opened at #8 in the States last week and will probably go down the same route as other Rudd vehicles like Dinner for Schmucks and My Idiot Brother.
There are also a couple of other interesting releases if you fancy journeying out to the left field this week. Firstly, there’s the always agreeable Minnie Driver starring in Hunky Dory, a tale of a drama teacher in a small Welsh town trying to inspire her charges to put on a Shakespeare musical during the long hot summer of 1976. Then there’s my personal TIP FOR THE WEEK, Project X. We’ve all heard the story: Rich parents go away for the weekend leaving their ‘responsible’ kids home alone, they use Facebook to invite a couple of friends over to use the pool, a thousand people show up and the aftermath is severe enough to make CNN and Al Jazeera. This is the movie based on that premise and filmed first-person hand-held cam style like Chronicle or Cloverfield. The trailer looks like great fun:
Other films on limited Release this week:
Khodorkovsky (12A): Interesting looking documentary about just how far Russian president, Vladimir Putin, will go to silence his political rivals, including Russia’s richest man, Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Carancho (15): Spanish language love story between a doctor and an ambulance chasing lawyer set against Argentina’s booming personal injury payout ‘industry’.
Michael (18): Unsettling German film about the ordinary-ness of an unremarkable man who keeps a 10-year-old boy captive in his cellar.
If Not Us, Who? : Two lovers set out to challenge the old ways of 1960s provincial West Germany.
Blank City: Documentary chronicling the wave of independent filmmaking in New York during the punk rock era of the 1970s.