Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) is a former teen Salsa champion, unfortunately for him he is now an overweight sad sack engineer. However when he meets his new boss Julia (Rashida Jones), who he takes a fancy too, his passion for dance is re-ignited. Having lost his dancing prowess Bruce finds himself having to get back in touch with dancing roots to master his moves and to win over the girl.
For once we see a film with Nick Frost without his partner in crime, but can he make it as a funny man out on his own? Thankfully we have Chris O’Dawd to work as his comedy buddy to deliver what may not be the best film you ever see but could be worth a watch for the laughs from watching a fat man trying to Salsa.
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Set in LA in the not too distant future, Lonely Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is a soulful, complex man. He’s a heartbroken man after the end of a long relationship, so he writes touching personal letters for others to make a living. He finds himself becoming intrigued with a new advanced operating system which soon engulfs his life. What’s so different about this computer system? Well upon initiation he is greeted by a friendly female voice, “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson). Samantha is bright, insightful, and sensitive and surprisingly funny, as her needs and desires grow alongside Theodore’s their friendship deepens into some kind of bizarre love for one another.
What’s quite frightening about this “sci-fi” romantic comedy drama is I can see this actually happening in the not to distance future with all the advances in technology. A touching tale of how one lonely desperate man can attach himself to any kind of loving company. Showing how we all need to feel loved one way or another. With the exceptional Phoenix taking the lead, throw in a bit of Amy Adams and Johansson we may have a touching winner.
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Based on a true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men focuses on the most unlikely World War II platoon. The platoon, made up of seven museum directors, curators and art historians, are given the task of going into enemy German territory to rescue artistic masterpieces from the Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners.
Written, Directed and starring George Clooney, this man may not ever be able to do no wrong. Not only has he brought in a host of stars such as Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Cate Blanchett but he seems to have delivered a somewhat they are selling as a comedic war film. However, the drama doesn’t really seem that interesting and the comedy well just isn’t that funny.
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By Zehra Phelan