New Releases: 17th February

BLUE JASMINE:

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The latest by the man of the moment. Widely celebrated as a return to somewhere approaching long-lost form, Blue Jasmine is quite good. San Francisco looks nice, the film feels quite current (a bit forcibly so at points)  and most of the cast – Peter Sarsgaard especially – sound somewhere between convincing and great doing Allen-talk. Louis C.K.’s adorable turn as Sally Hawkins’ fling is notable, and so is Alec Baldwin’s scumbaggy one as Cate Blanchett’s scumbaggy husband. Blanchett, as if she’d wandered off the set of a Fassbinder shoot/trauma, gives a singularly jutting performance that helps open the film up somewhat, restoring a little of the depth that a few bad contrivances compromise. I don’t think it’s cracked up to the critical promise, but it does definitely have an engaging weight, especially so for a new film by Woody Allen.

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FIFTH ESTATE:

fifth_estate_ver6_xlrgAn earnest but probably quite dull rendition of the WikiLeaks story. Getting a lot of smug off the trailer… Benedict Cucumberpatch plays Julian Assange: Con. An overtly faithful and thus laughable Australian accent: Pro. He looks like Tilda Swinton melting.

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WHY STOP NOW:

why-stop-now-posterPotentially interesting little film co-directed by first timer Phil Doring and Philadelphia scribe Ron Nyswaner. The late Roger Ebert scored this 3.5 out of four, arguing “Week after week, we get dimwitted comedies, and then a charmer like this comes along, and it gets a limited release. ‘Why Stop Now’ is a bright screwball comedy about one fraught day in the life of a piano prodigy, his crackhead mother and her drug dealers.” It would be nice to see a decent contemporary comedy that’s neither afraid nor in awe of drugs. Hopefully this is one.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 3:

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CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2:

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MACHETE KILLS:

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JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR:

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JADOO KINGS OF CURRY:

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PERCEPTION SEASON 1:

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SCANDAL SEASON 2:

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Posted by William Goodey

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