It’s the end of August and summer is tucking itself into bed, so we must all pack away the sunglasses and bikinis, bid one last goodbye to whatever tan may remain from our travels abroad and look forward to moaning about how rubbish the weather is this time of year, instead of moaning about how good it’s supposed to be.
If you’re not fleeing to any last minute festivals or cheap breaks in a desperate attempt to hold onto that period of slightly warmer than usual time we call summer, there’s film in abundance for you to browse through this weekend, including Disney’s new baseball film Million Dollar Arm. This biographical drama follows John Hamm playing sports agent J.B. Bernstein as he goes in search of India’s first baseball prodigy, and looks like a pretty safe bet for parents with kids and nothing to do on the weekend before school starts again. Friendship, perseverance, trust, romance, you know the drill. It’s a pretty standard looking rags to riches tale that certainly borrows from 2010’s India-set Slumdog Millionaire and should come up trumps with all of the components expected from a family-friendly flick.
Elsewhere we’re treated to If I Stay, starring the hugely exciting Kick-Ass actress Chloë Grace Moretz as the victim of a car crash forced to make the decision whether to live or die as she endures an out-of-body experience. It looks like a tear-jerker, so tissues at the ready, and Moretz should be on top form in this contemplative adaptation of Gayle Forman’s critically popular novel.
Also in the cinema we have American rom-com Obvious Child and found footage horror flick As Above, So Below which should attract fans of Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project.
If nothing at the pictures tickles your fancy, Wally Pfister’s Transcendence has just hit stores on DVD. The directorial debut from Christopher Nolan’s trusty cinematographer was met with mixed reviews upon theatrical release, but being a psychological sci-fi thriller and boasting big names like Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman and Rebecca Hall, this should whet the appetite of Inception and The Matrix enthusiasts.
Also on DVD: Tom Hardy stars in the critically acclaimed British film Locke, whilst this week also saw the DVD release of Blended starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
Don’t get too down about the demise of summer, it’s overrated anyway. Soon it will be Halloween and then we get to see Harry Potter with silly horns on his head.