Virtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, and reviews.
Films released during this period are the action comedy 22 Jump Street (15) a musical documentary about the Sheffield band PULP: A film about life, death and Supermarkets (12A) and a documentary on motorcycle road racing Road PG).
We see the welcome return of old favourites with Despicable Me 2; Mr Peabody & Sherman and Divergent. However we have lost the movie Blended and it looks like Bad Neighbours will soon be at the end of its screening.
An excellent period for Documentaries with the Dukes showing the films Planet Ocean; A River Changes Course and Expedition to the End of the World. Also to be recommended is Inside Llewyn Davis, followed by live music from the Lancaster Folk Club.
22 Jump Street
Director: Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Cast Includes: Jonah Hill, Peter Stormare, Channing Tatum, Amber Stevens, Ice Cube
The movie finds Police officers Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum)
working undercover at a local college to investigate supply of an
illegal drug. Actually the movie is a deliberate re-hash of the earlier
'21 Jump Street', but this still makes it a zany comedy with humour
ranging from slapstick thought parody to the surreal. Well rated and
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Cast Includes: Seth Rogen, Jake Johnson, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne
Released as 'Neighbors' outside the UK, this is a comedy about Mac
Radner (Rogen), his wife Kelly (Byrne) and young baby and the disruption
they face when a college fraternity led by Teddy (Efron) moves in next
door. Initially relations between the neighbours are not too bad but
increasingly the frat boys work to ruin their family life and the
Radner's give as good as they get. The film is a bawdy comedy as the
tit-for-tat acts of sabotage escalate to hilarious (and possibly
offensive) effect. One of the better Frat house comedies.
Despicable Me 2
Director: Pierre Coffin , Chris Renaud
Cast includes: Steve Carell, Kirsten Wiig, Steve Coogan
A sequel to Despicable Me, which became the tenth biggest animation
movie in US history. Gru, now retired, spends his time caring for his
adopted children. He has turned good and is recruited by the
Anti-Villain League to track down a criminal who has stolen a serum from
a research facility. This is a great animation for both children and
adults and, like last time, it is the Minions who provide the most
entertainment. If you only get to see one film this week - this should
be the one.
Director: Neil Burger
Cast includes: Kate Winslet, Theo James, Shailene Woodley
The movie is based on Veronica Roth's popular trilogy. Tris (Woodley)
is a 16 year old girl living in Chicago after a war which wiped out
most of civilisation. Society has been divided into different factions
and as teens come of age they undergo tests to decide which faction will
contain them. Yet Tris proves to be divergent, not fitting into any of
the factions and divergent people are considered a threat to the status
quo. She must work with the mysterious Four (James) to determine why
being divergent is considered to be so dangerous. The movie is rather a
slow starter. However the cast is full of talent, there is some nice
dialogue and the film finishes with a tense climax. A must see movie if
you have read and enjoyed Roth's books.
Edge of Tomorrow
Director: Doug Liman
Cast Includes: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Jonas Armstrong, Bill Paxton
In the near future aliens attack the earth and Major Cage (Cruise) is
killed in battle. However he becomes enveloped in a time loop in which
he repeatedly re-lives the combat and his death. However he learns
more with each incarnation and increasingly becomes a more formidable
solider. The film is based on the novel 'All you Need is Kill' by
Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and it is difficult to write a review that does not
refer to 'Groundhog Day'. However the movie in not without moments of
dark comedy that adds to the entertainment.
Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast Includes: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche
Godzilla rises again with an excellent cast and plenty of special
effects as cities are destroyed. Joe Brody (Cranston) is a physicist
who investigates the events at a Japanese nuclear facility where
Godzilla is accidentally released. It is his soldier son Ford
(Taylor-johnson) who battles the beast as it stalks San Francisco.
There is some excellent performances, especially from Cranston and the
director tells the story from a human viewpoint. Indeed we don't get a
good glimpse of the monster till the latter half of the film. A
spectacular disaster movie and one of the best re-telling of the story
Director: Robert Stromberg
Cast Includes: Angelina Jolie, Miranda Richardson, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley
In part a re-telling of the tale of sleeping beauty but from the
point of view of the villain of the story, Maleficent (Jolie).
Maleficent was driven to evil following an act of betrayal which cost
her the ability to fly. She battles to save her shadowy forest kingdom
and plots revenge by placing a curse on the infant Aurora (Fanning),
daughter to the king. Aurora herself becomes caught in the conflict
between forest and human kingdoms. This is a rather dark fantasy for a
Disney film, but a great tale with powerful characters and impressive
Mr Peabody & Sherman
Director: Rob Minkoff
Cast Includes: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter
A DreamWorks comedy animation. Mr Peabody is a dog, but this does
not stop him being an inventor, scientist, sportsman and general genius.
Accompanied by his boy Sherman, the duo use their WABAC time machine
in order to impress Sherman's friend Penny. However during their
adventures meeting famous characters of history,they accidentally rip a
hole in the Universe. As a result they must repair history in order to
save the future. A great yarn and appealing family movie. There is
little here to offend the youngest of children, and some of the jokes
will entertain an older audience.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Director: Bryan Singer and Matthew Vaughn
Cast Includes: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart,
Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage
The film starts in the year 2023 where a war has resulted in the near
destruction of all mutants. Trask (Dinklage), leader of Trask
Industries, had developed robot soldiers that can destroy mutants under
the Sentinel Program. The mutants send Wolverine (Jackman) back to the
year 1973 in order to stop Mystique (Lawrence) from killing Trask as it
was this death that resulted in the creation of the Sentinel Program.
This is a fine movie worthy of the X-Men franchise that will not