Film round-up: 06/04/2015 – 12/04/2015


Mid-way through Easter break and the big screen is restocking with a vast selection of entertainment to help fulfil all your procrastination requirements, from the light-hearted adolescent comedy in The Duff to the more political drama of Woman in Gold. Whether you’re in need of a laugh or a surge of inspiration, there’s always something to be gained from a trip to the pictures.

Bianca’s social security is shattered on discovering the student body know her as The Duff (designated ugly fat friend) to her prettier, more popular girlfriends. In order to shake the consequences of her label and save her senior year from total disaster, Bianca enlists childhood friend-turned-handsome jock Wesley, to help reinvent her image and regain her self-confidence.

Broken Horses, a moving crime-drama demonstrating the importance of the bonds of brotherhood and the laws of loyalty against the backdrop of such futile violence conducted in gang wars along the US Mexico border. 

Bypass, the second feature film from director Duane Hopkin starring George Mackay and Donald Sumpter in an urban drama which seeks to reveal a troubled generation of lost youths fighting for a path of morality in a world of crime and violence.

Cobain: Montage Of Heck, the biographical depiction of the life of the late grunge musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days of dream-building in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with his band Nirvana.

Drone, dramatic short film about a rookie Air Force drone pilot whose increasing attachment to the target he tracks on the other side of the world causes an inevitable conflict of conscience.

Force Majeure, a Swedish family’s winter skiing vacation to the French Alps takes a horrific turn when a particularly spectacular day on the slopes is suddenly obscured by an unprecedented avalanche.

Good Kill, as a drone fighter pilot, Tom spends half his days fighting the Taliban by remote-control aircrafts before returning home to the everyday feuds of his wife and children. Can Tom compartmentalise his duties as fighter and father or will his conscious overrule his judgement over the mission at hand?

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is the sequel to the 2010 film, and sees the group turning not to the past, but to the future. After Lou finds himself in trouble, Nick and Jacob attempt to save the day by firing up the hot tub time machine, but they accidentally find themselves in 2025. The past must then be fixed by changing their future, and they take a comic journey across multiple decades in order to rectify the present day.

In Jauja, a father and daughter take a journey from Denmark to an unknown desert that exists beyond the realm of civilisation. When his daughter mysteriously goes missing into the desert, the film takes a menacing turn and follows the father’s search for his lost loved one.

Starring Keanu Reeves as an ex-hitman is John Wick. Also starring Game of Thrones’ Alfie Allen, the film unfolds as John Wick returns to his past as a hitman in order to take vengeance on the gangsters that took everything from him, including the puppy that was the last present from his dying wife.

Leather Life is a Punjabi action feature about a man who seeks violent revenge against the corrupt police who falsely arrest him for murder.

Written and directed by Ryan Gosling is Lost River. Christina Hendricks stars as a single mother who is swept into a dark underworld in order to keep her house and her family, whilst her son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town. Her son later finds that a spell was cast on the underwater town when the river in their town was dammed. Also starring Saoirse Ronan and Matt Smith.

Oru Vadakkan Selfie, or ‘A Northern Selfie’ is a Malayalam comedy, about Umesh, an engineering student. In order to make quick money, Umesh turns to a directing role of making and producing short films with his friends.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 follows Paul as he earns a well-deserved break and heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she goes to college. There is no rest for a mall cop, and when someone attempts to take down the hotel Blart is staying in, duty calls and he returns as the security officer of the hotel.

Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds star in Woman In Gold. Based on the true story, it fallows Marie Altman, a Jewish refugee, as she takes on the government to recover a piece of artwork painted of her aunt by Gustav Klimt that was taken by the Nazis during WWII. Reynolds stars as her lawyer and the unlikely pair return to Austria to take on the government.


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