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blue-ruin-posterThere’s nothing like a long weekend. Sure, you could potter about the garden and fix up the house. Or you could spend the time wisely and catch-up on this week’s new releases.

Revenge is the goal this week and as you’d expect, it’s a bloody affair. In Blue Ruin, Macon Blair’s vagrant returns to his hometown to hunt down a man recently released from prison. His assassination attempts may tilt to the amateurish end of the spectrum but he certainly gets top marks for perseverance. Jeremy Saulnier’s film has been wowing the festival crowds. Now it’s your turn.

The youth of today is a real nightmare, especially when their behaviour crashes the price of your newly purchased house and wakes your child up. Such a fate befalls new parents Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen when a university frat house moves in next door. Led by Zac Efron and Dave Franco, their all-night party lifestyle proves to be a slight impediment to good parenting. More hit than miss, if you like your comedy funny, your Seth Rogen loveable and your Zac Efron shirtless, you’ll love Bad Neighbours.

Unless you’ve lived under a rock all your life, the fate of Pompeii should come as no surprise. Just in case you’ve somehow managed to miss it though, look away now….it gets destroyed by a volcano. If you’ve had a busy week and fancy something that sits closer to the so-bad-it’s-good category, Paul W.S. Anderson’s (not to be confused with Paul T. Anderson, the genuinely good director) pointless 3D spectacle might just be the film for you.

Out on DVD this week comes All is Lost, one of the very best films of 2013. The plot is simple – Robert Redford tries to keep his small sailing boat afloat after it’s holed by a stray shipping container in the middle of the ocean. From there, director J.C. Chandor crafts an audaciously intense survival film as Redford works methodically only to be thwarted by nature at every turn. Gripping and terrifying from start to finish, it’s a must-see film.

That’s all for now. See you next week and enjoy the bank holiday weekend.

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