Hitting the cinemas in the UK this week there will be a number of new films and he biggest game in town looks certain to be 21 Jump Street, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Popular source material, likeable stars, great reviews AND a Johnny Depp cameo? Seems like a home win to us. We looked at 21 Jump Street earlier last week HERE. The pre-release buzz is SO good on this movie I’m making it my Tip of the Week.
Also coming this week is the family drama with the on-the-nose title, We Bought a Zoo, starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. It’s a movie that tells the apparently true story of a stuck-in-a-rut dad (Damon) who decides to shake things up in his life, and that of his family’s, by buying a new business in which they can all participate and, in turn, find each other again. The new business is, of course, a dilapidated zoo complete with a weird collection of staff. Despite it’s odd nature it’s had decent reviews and the fact that it has great star power – including Jerry Maguire director Cameron Crowe – all led to it making quite a dent at the Box Office overseas so it should do quite well here:
The other big title released this week is Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg as an ex-gangster who’s reluctantly sucked back into a life of running drugs on the streets to settle a debt owed by his brother-in-law. This is the kind of grazed knuckle all-action thriller that Marky Mark is best known for but it also has the added bonus of starring two of what I think are the most underrated actors around today, Giovanni Ribisi and Ben Foster. Just because those two are in the same movie, and the fact that Wahlberg is also pretty likeable, Contraband ran close for my tip of the week:
There are certain films I could not drag my girlfriend to see even if there was a promise of chocolate and expensive shoes as a reward for going, and The Devil Inside is one such film. This film continues the growing ‘found footage’ genre taking hold at the moment but bears more likeness in tone to the originator, Blair Witch. It’s a story about a young woman who tries to exorcise the demons possessing her insane and murderous mother. We’ve probably all seen the trailers by now and while it does look like a bit of a frightener it hasn’t found many fans among the critics. The movie only cost a reported $1 million to make though and it’s already closing in on a box office of $90million worldwide so it does seem to be building up a bit of a following and the UK may soon follow.
OTHER FILMS ON LIMITED RELEASE:
Bill Cunningham, New York (12A) – a really well observed documentary about the legendary New York City fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (15) – Turkish language tale of a group of men from various law authorities searching for the dead victim of a brutal murderer.As the search continues the investigators own stories and connections come to light.
How to Re-establish a Vodka Empire – A documentary of a man who attempts to re-launch his great-grandfather’s once glorious Ukrainian vodka empire.