THE RIOT CLUB
Set amongst the privileged elite of Oxford University, The Riot Club follows Miles (Max Irons) and Alistair (Sam Claflin), two first year students determined to join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.
The Riot club is a British drama thriller full of great young british actors in the form of Max Irons, Sam Claflin and Natalie Dormer which provides a hint of humour, but as the film progresses loses that satire to be replaced with dark and disturbing scenes from the very stereo typical posh spoilt boys who need quite basically a reality check. This is film is full of great performances and completes its mission to push your buttons.
See if you liked: An Education, History Boys
MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT
Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo (Colin Firth) is the most celebrated magician of his age, but few know that he is the stage persona of Stanley Crawford, a grouchy and arrogant Englishman with a sky-high opinion of himself and an aversion to phony spiritualists’ claims that they can perform real magic. Stanley goes on a mission to the Côte d’Azur mansion of the Catledge family. He presents himself as a businessman named Stanley Taplinger in order to show up the alluring young clairvoyant Sophie Baker (Emma Stone). What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick this film plays is the one that fools us all.
Written and Directed by Woody Allen, this film are only for those with a certain kind of taste. Allen’s stamp is all over this film. However, it may be full of classic cars and costumes of the 1920’s but that’s where its charm ends. Limp and lifeless even the acting from Firth and Stone can’t breathe life into this dull story.
See if you liked: Midnight In Paris, Scoop
THINK LIKE A MAN TOO
Cedric (Kevin Hart) and the gang are back in this hilarious follow up to Think Like A Man. This time we see the crew venture to Vegas for the wedding of Michael (Terrence Jenkins) and Candace (Regina Hall). As you can guess nothing quiet goes strictly to plan. From the moment they step into the hotel disaster strikes. Cedric has left Gailzilla at home in order to have the stag party to end all stag parties but a misunderstanding over the price of the hire of “the villa” see’s the boys do whatever it takes to help Cedric raise the money to pay back a irate Gail. While the ladies have the mother in law from hell in Michael’s mother doing whatever she can to make the hen party as dull as dish water, that is until of course they pair her up with Candace “Mr Lover Lover” of an uncle Eddie (Dennis Haysbert), leaving the girls to party exactly how girls like to party, unfortunately the whole night ends with both groups spending the night in jail threatening the very wedding they are there to celebrate.
See if you liked: Think Like A Man, The Hangover
A WALK AMONGST THE TOMBSTONES
Formerly a detective with the NYPD, now a recovering alcoholic haunted by regrets, Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) has a lot to make up for. When a series of kidnappings targeting the city’s worst drug criminals escalates to grisly murder, the circuit’s ruthless leader convinces Scudder to find the culprits and bring them to bloody justice. Working as an unlicensed private detective, Matt sees what the police don’t see and treads where they most fear to. Operating just outside the law to track down the monsters responsible, Scudder stops just short of becoming one himself.
Dull, Dull, Dull and did I mention…. Dull! It maybe a well made thriller but the story has no excitement or any insight. Pair that with dragging out the film for as long as possible and seeing Neeson play yet another character which we have seen him play before just tell’s us Hollywood are running out of original ideas.
See if you liked: Taken, Non Stop
WISH I WAS HERE
Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff) is a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic Space-Knight he’d always dreamed he’d be as a little kid.
This is supposed to be a film about finally becoming mature and the growth of a person, turns out it’s just a winey woeful adult weepy which is full of self pity with an overloaded storyline of ideas.
See if you liked: Garden State, Greenberg.
ALSO IN CINEMAS THIS WEEK: The Giver, Grand Piano
MY PICK OF THE WEEK: THINK LIKE A MAN TOO/THE RIOT CLUB