Film Favourites from All Star Films
by Thom Goddard
After buying your tickets at the cinema there’s always the agonising choice of treats. You may love popcorn but your partner wants ice cream. And don’t get me started on choosing Pick n’ Mix. Luckily your film choice should be easy this month as there are two choices: Good or Bad. Enjoy!
Released: 5th August - Super 8 - 4 stars
After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin to notice strange things happening in their small town. It is impossible to tell you more without ruining an excellent plot that will thrill and scare viewers. Producer Steven Spielberg has likened this to his early movies and writer/director J.J. Abrams (Cloverfield) has produced a film that is simply stunning.
10th August - The Smurfs - 1 star
Neil Patrick Harris (from TV’s How I met your mother) is an ordinary New Yorker who has the little, blue Smurfs drop in and he has to help them get back to their world. It is a mixture of live action and CGI animation, very similar to Alvin and the Chipmunks. However, it is hard to see the point of this film as the humour is crude so not for kids but the action is juvenile so it’s not for adults.
17th August - Cowboys & Aliens - 4 stars
A spaceship arrives in Arizona in 1873 to take over the Earth. Unfortunately, for the aliens, they meet a rugged veteran, played to perfection by Harrison Ford, and fastest-in-the-west gunslinger, Daniel Craig, who send them packing. The concept may be ridiculous but smart directing from Jon Favreau (Iron Man), an excellent cast and the sheer amount of fun make this movie one to watch.
26th August - Conan the Barbarian - 1 star
The director, Marcus Nispel, created the poor 2003 Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake and dreadful 2009 Friday the 13th remake. In this film he has done it again. This is a woeful film with poor acting, pointless special effects and boring story involving Conan, a warrior, who sets out to avenge his parent’s death. As with Nispel’s other films, save yourself the ticket price and enjoy the original film on DVD.
DVDs to please
Early summer blockbusters are here already as studios rush to get films on DVD and Blu-Ray. Limitless (1st August DVD rrp: £16.99 and Blu-Ray rrp: £19.99) stars Robert de Niro and Bradley Cooper in an adventure that will thrill and entertain you but may scramble your noodle. There’s more mind-blowing fun in Source Code (15th August DVD rrp: £16.99 and Blu-Ray rrp: £19.99) as Jake Gyllenhaal has to save the world by traveling through time. But he can only go back 8 minutes. Just like the killer in a horror movie, Scream 4 (22nd August on DVD rrp: £16.99 and Blu-Ray rrp: £19.99) brings the slasher movie back from the dead. Take note Marcus Nispel, this is how horror films should be made. Enjoy!