Who or what is Larry Crowne? That guy who predicted The Rapture at the weekend, or a chain of low-market burger restaurants, or a new US talk show host who deals exclusively with the problems of disillusioned farmyard animals?
Actually, it’s the latest movie starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, something which a decade ago would have been a huge deal. Mind you, it’s still a pretty notable event, if only to ruminate over whether Julia’s becoming increasingly unbearable with age, or if she was always this horrifically annoying. Larry Crowne looks like one of those feel-good dramas which will conversely leave most in the audience feeling way worse by the time the credits role. (Release date: July 1)
Potiche was the Opening Night film at the Glasgow Film Festival in February, and what fun it turned out to be, as our review will attest to. Gérard Depardieu is in lovable (if extremely cuddly) form, Catherine Deneuve utterly radiant and impossible to take your eyes off of in the lead role, this tale of overcoming sexism in 70s France just a bit of a delight to behold. If you think French cinema is often guilty of taking itself too seriously, this should be the perfect antidote. (Release date: June 17)
Another film that played at GFF was Mother’s Day, which was on as part of the rather fantastic FrightFest and by all accounts received a suitably raucous reception. (A pitiless friend commanded me to attend their birthday party instead.) Rebecca De Mornay seems adequately unhinged as Mother, the head of a sadistic family returning to their old house to terrorise its new owners. Maybe not one to watch if you’ve just moved into your fancy new bungalow, then... (Release date: June 10)
Apparently Diary of a Wimpy Kid was a surprise hit – so much of a surprise that even up until now I didn’t realise it was a hit – and so now we’re lumbered with sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, in which they can’t even be bothered to spell the name Roderick properly. Ho hum.
Though when I say ‘lumbered’ I obviously mean blessed by, because how on earth could we want to do without something as awesome as this movie? There’s a diary (I hope), there’s a wimpy kid (we can assume), so what else do you possibly want from your cinema experience? (Release date: May 27)
Well, Jason Statham, that's what. Blitz is already out in cinemas, but I still need to highlight this to draw your attention to the first time I’ve ever been bored by the reliably grumpy action man while he’s in his prime ‘Action Statham’ mode. (Yes, I’ve been dribbling at the mouth anticipating what he's going to blow up next, or rolling on the floor with laughter, or slapping my thigh in merriment while chugging a keg of whatever alcoholic beverage is nearest by, but never bored.)
Even worse, Blitz stars supporting actors of the calibre of Paddy Considine and Aidan Gillen and its trailer still doesn’t manage to arouse any interest. (Quite the opposite with Gillen’s annoying accent.) Quick, someone get Crank 3 on the go before Statham’s career needs the sort of high-voltage resuscitation that Chev Chelios thrives on. (Release date: now out)
Next, time to alert you to another current release, one which instead seems very much worth catching, and not just because it stars the dependably superb Paul Giamatti. Win Win is directed by Tom McCarthy, who previously handled the critically acclaimed The Station Agent and The Visitor, and though this appears lighter in subject matter than those brace of features it still seems to have a fierce grip on realistic characterisation, which should make for a refreshing change from those wise-cracking bunny rabbits and jive-talking robots nowadays more likely to be seen in the cinema.
The movie’s apparently all about a struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach's whose questionable business dealings "come back to haunt him" when the teenage grandson of the client he's double-crossed comes into his life. (You might want a second or two to roll that around your brain.) It’s not normally that easy to root for someone who’s both a lawyer and a teacher (of sorts), but as with McCarthy’s other efforts it’s unlikely that everything’s going to be in black and white. (Release date: now out)
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