Thursday, March 27, 2014

Divergent

Director: Neil Burger

Cast:Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoe Kravitz, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Ashley Judd, Maggie Q

SF set in the future teenager Beatrice aka Tris (Shailene Woodley) has grown up in a decaying Chicago, after much of the world was destroyed in war. The survivors have instituted a new form of social order to ensure the sustained peace. The community is divided into five coded factions based on personality: Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest), Erudite (intelligent) and Dauntless (brave). When teenagers come of age, they are subjected to a series of tests to determine their factional predisposition, and while 99 percent of them fall clearly into one group or another, every so often a 'divergent' individual comes along whose skills and feelings cross into multiple factions. The problem with divergents is they are uncontrollable and threaten the status quo. Beatrice is a divergent and despite her Abnegation family chooses to join the Dauntless. When Jeanine (Kate Winslet) the leader of the Erudites begins to question the system and the balance of power begins to shift Tris has to choose between faction and family. Woodley is the standout in this movie based on Veronia Roth’s bestselling Young Adult novel. Not at all my kind of film but will have appeal to younger people.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Director: Rob Minkoff

Starring: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Tobolowsky, Leslie Mann, Allison Janney, Dennis Haysbert

A new 3D animation adventure for all the family. Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) is a very clever dog and invents a time machine. He and his adopted son Sherman (Max Charles) travel back in time to experience world-changing events firsthand and interact with some of the greatest characters of the ages. Unfortunately young Sherman breaks the rules of time travel and Mr Peabody tries to undo this faux pas under incredible duress. Based on the TV animated series Rocky and Friends, The Bullwinkle show and Peabody's Improbably History Segments. The movie is funny, clever, well-made, entertaining and peppered with humor that works on every level for all ages.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Cuban Fury

Director: James Griffiths

Starring: Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd, Rashida Jones, Kayvan Novak, Ian McShane, Olivia Colman, Wendi McLendon-Covey

Formulaic comedy starring Nick Frost as Bruce Garrett (former child salsa dancer) a lonely overweight engineer. Our hero spends most of his day being belittled by a womanising colleague Drew (Chris O’Dowd) but when a new and beautiful boss called Julia (Rashida Jones) arrives, Bruce is determined to win her heart. She loves salsa and Bruce needs to get back his mojo with the help of Began (Kay van Novak), a flamboyantly gay man in Bruce’s dance class. Despite support from Ian McShane as Bruce’s grizzled former dance instructor Ron this is a tired movie with a few good one liners and reasonable dance sequences. If you need see it wait for the DVD.