This weekend is looking pretty bleak for all of you who’d been hoping for a re-run of Murray’s Wimbledon heroics from last year. So if you’re looking for something to fill that gap then you can do no better than turn to this week’s new releases.
Everyone loved Forrest Gump. Who can resist a warm syrupy stroll through the highlights of modern history? The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared takes a similar approach but swaps out sentimentality for crudity. Allan, the centurion in question, ends up escaping his Swedish retirement home before accidentally going on the run with a violent biker gang’s illicit money. Along the way, he tells a series of tall tales from a past that included saving General Franco from assassination during the Spanish Civil War and putting the finishing touches to the atom bomb. There’s a lack of a coherency to the adventures that play out more like an extended sketch comedy but there are certainly laughs along the way.
Following a string of success that began with an Oscar nominated turn in Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy has moved to the top tier of the comedy fraternity. In Tammy, she plays the down on her luck title character who is fired and finds her husband cheating on her in the course of one day. To this depressing turn of events she turns to the only possible salvation. A road trip with her free drinking grandmother played by Susan Sarandon. Reviews stateside have not been great but McCarthy usually brings a bit of magic.
Popping back up for a limited release this week is A Hard Day’s Night, the 1964 Beatles classic. A comedy following a couple of days in the life of the fab four, it provides plenty of fun and an unsurprisingly high quality soundtrack. If you’ve never seen it before, or just fancy the big screen experience, make sure you don’t miss out.
Liam Neeson’s obsession with shifting his career onto the same path as Jason Statham is one of the great mysteries of modern times. This gradual shift that has seen intelligence and emotion replaced by explosions and a mean set of fighting moves continues in Non-Stop, out on DVD this week. Programmed with a tragic back story, Neeson plays the Air Marshall who has to thwart a series of murders and a threat to the plane he’s travelling on while clearing his own name. Aided by Julianne Moore, the twists and turns prove entertainingly diverting for a while before the end collapses into a confused mess.
Next week Michael Bay returns complete with the only thing previously missing from his back catalogue: giant metal dinosaurs.