This weekend will see a sleuth of new opening movies being brought to the big screen. We have rounded up the notable ones, and worked out which ones are worth your time and money.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons
Summary: Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States. The operation spawns the birth of the Medellin cartel and almost brings down the Reagan White House.
Tom Cruise does not disappoint in this film. As we all eagerly await the release of the newly announed Top Gun sequel, Cruise puts his best performance of the past 10 years, and comes back strong after the disaster that was The Mummy.
Movies Spoiler rating: 8/10
Definitely worth the watch, this movie is a great comeback movie for Cruise to prove to critics and fans alike that he still has what it takes to be one of the best and most popular actors in the world.
Starring: Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiefer Sutherland (cameo)
Summary: Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife.
The ever captivating Ellen Page is back in Flatliners, a horror sci-fi that follows five students with an obsession with the realm beyond life. Courtney (Page) finds herself lost after a tragic death and as a result begins experimenting with her death. The film lacks certain depth however, and the plot lines that connect feature a lot of holes. The movie lacks a strong conclusion and was disappointing considering the potential with the storyline.
Movies Spoiler rating: 5/10
Even though I am a huge Ellen Page fan, I can’t recommend seeing this one in the cinemas. The movie lacks real depth and was hugely disappointing come the conclusion.
Starring: Salman Khan, Anupam Kher, Jacqueline Fernandez, Tapsee Pannu, Varun Dhawan
Summary: Prem and Raja are twin brothers who are separated at birth but are uniquely connected to each other via their reflexes. They reunite as adults and set out to take down the underground smuggling world.
This Indian action-comedy is not giving me a whole lot of laughs or action packed scenes. There was a few laughs and noteworthy scenes, but they were too far in between. Varun Dhawan who plays both the twins does a decent job in the lead role, however the plot leaves a lot to be desired and just doesn’t make up for the lackluster comedy.
Movies Spoiler rating: 4/10
This is definitely a no from me. Unless you are a huge Bollywood fan I can’t recommend this movie outing for the weekend.
Til Death Do Us Part
Starring: Taye Diggs, Annie Ilonzeh, Malik Yoba
Summary: Michael and Madison Roland had planned to spend the rest of their lives together, until one day Michael’s controlling ways turned their perfect marriage. With the help of her best friend, Madison decides to get away. After adopting a new identity, she meets Alex Stone and learns to love again. All is well, until Michael discovers Madison’s whereabouts, and recreates the nightmare she once lived all over again.
This movie tackles the huge problem of domestic violence, and shows the dark side of how love can turn to abuse. Ilonzeh carries this film, but leaves a lot to be desired, especially in dramatic scene with Diggs. The film feels unoriginal and the story line is well used now. There are moments of spark within this film, but is put out by the rest of the film failing.
Movies Spoiler rating: 5/10
Another movie that I wouldn’t spend my hard earned money on this weekend. Poor acting and overused story line failed to grab my attention.
A Question of Faith
Starring: Richard T. Jones, Kim Fields, C. Thomas Howell
Summary: When tragedy strikes three families, their destiny forces them on a converging path to discover God’s love, grace and mercy as the challenges of their fate could also resurrect their beliefs.
I’ll admit I went into this one skeptical, and left pleasantly surprised. Religious movies aren’t my cup of tea, this was done well. Don’t get me wrong, the movie isn’t going to win any huge awards, but the writing was surprisingly strong and the acting was decent. The three families all come together and work together as their fates intertwine.
Movies Spoiler rating: 7/10
Definitely the surprise of the week. Worth the watch if you aren’t fond of the other movies on offer. While it’s not going to make any of my top lists, the movie certainly didn’t disappoint.
Battle of the Sexes (wide expansion)
Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough
Summary: The true story of the 1973 tennis match between world number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.
I have a soft spot for Emma Stone. She stars as Tennis player Billie Jean King in this real life story. Carell is the star of the show though, as his performance overshadows Stone as he plays misogynist Bobby Riggs. His performance reminds me a lot of him as the boss in The Office, and he performs it so well. A great story and one that delivers on most fronts.
Movies Spoiler rating: 7/10
Even though this one has been out for a week now, if you haven’t seen this film it is definitely worth the watch. Stone and Carell both shine in this real life biography.