Another week, another selection of new release movies to indulge in. Our cinematic offerings for the first week in May include a debaucherous comedy sequel and two biopics about singers, one better than the other…
Back for round two of how to evict your unruly neighbours, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne team up with former enemy and once frat boy Teddy (Zac Efron) to bring down the sorority next door. Bad Neighbours 2 sees Chloe Grace Moretz and Selena Gomez warring against the returning cast, which also features Dave Franco and Ike Barinholtz. It’s definitely a case of crass lols over clever humour, but if you liked the first movie you’ll enjoy a few laughs with this comedy sequel.
If there’s anything that Mamma Mia taught us, it’s that Meryl Streep can hold a note. How ironic then, that in Florence Foster Jenkins she plays a woman who can’t sing to save her life. Also starring Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg, the movie is based on the real life story of a New York heiress who used her money and means to pursue her dream of becoming an opera singer. Not to be confused with Xavier Giannoli’s Marguerite, which is also based on the famous tone-deaf socialite, Florence Foster Jenkins is one biographical dramedy you don’t want to miss.
From a biopic about a terrible singer, to one about a musical legend, I Saw The Light sees man of the moment Tom Hiddleston step into the shoes of country-western musician Hank Williams. Based on the book Hank Williams: The Biography, the film chronicles Williams’ rise to fame and the tragic effect it had on his life. Reviews haven’t been kind to this biopic but with a stellar central performance, and support from the fantastic Elizabeth Olsen, it’s worth one watch at least.
Good DVD releases are thin on the ground this week, so the best home entertainment is Ron Howard’s In The Heart of the Sea. Chris Hemsworth, Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy and Tom Holland star in this maritime movie about the real-life disaster that inspired Melville’s Moby Dick novel. Lacking in originality but high on seafaring adventure, it’s a perfectly good movie to waste a lazy saturday night with.
Join us next week for some Richard Linklater magic, a thriller starring Ewan McGregor and an animated movie about a group of irritable birds.