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August: Osage County

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

While tough to watch at times, this drama that looks at the unpleasant side of family life is still an excellent watch. Meryl Streep is of course outstanding and Julia Roberts holds her own well as the eldest daughter. Although very dark at times, there are some hilarious black comedy moments. Some pretty nasty twists and turns in the second half of the film also keep things very interesting.

The Frozen Ground

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Not what I expected this, as this thriller based on a true story is quite low key and all the better for it. Nicolas Cage tones it down and shows how good an actor he is, as he hunts down a chilling John Cusack. Special praise as well for Vanessa Hudgens, who puts her disney days behind her with a very good performance as a down and out witness.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

While way over long at three hours, this film is excellent from start to finish. Filled with hilarious antics and over the top moments, it entertains throughout. Leo DiCaprio is fantastic in the lead role and Matthew McConaughey is outstanding in a small supporting role.

Delivery Man

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

Oh where to start with how bad this is. While the plot may have seemed good on paper, it does not work at all in practice. It is not very funny for a comedy and when it tries to be more serious it jars really bad with the lighter elements. The biggest problem is that some of the situations are just not funny in any circumstances, and jokes about heroin addiction are just plain baffling. Complete dud. Poor Vince Vaughan.

Last Vegas

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Just a really nice feel good comedy, with some great laughs. Can't help but smile throughout and the cast play it up very well. Morgan Freeman in particular is in fine form. Who knew the man could dance.

All Is Lost

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Unbelivably good film that charts one mans fight for survival on a boat. Makes you feel every moment as things quite literally go from bad to worse, and then very worse. Robert Redford is outstanding in what is pretty much a one man show. With little to no dialogue to work with, he is still able to convey the worsening hopelessness of his character. Just a must see film all round.

American Hustle

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Top notch performances from the whole cast make this an excellent crime caper. Has plenty of laugh out loud moments and the whole thing moves along very nicely. The soundtrack in particular is excellent and filled with loads of old seventies classics.

Fire with Fire

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

Dull, boring lifeless, and that is just the lead performance from Josh Duhamel. This "thriller" does not work on any level. The great cast is wasted (why is Bruce Willis in the film as his character serves no purpose), the script makes no sense and is really bad. When the lead character decides to go all Death Wish, it makes no sense why he has been driven to it. Is just another of a trend where smaller film companies spend big money on getting big names for a few days and trying to film a movie around them. Very few or any have worked and this really does not.

47 Ronin

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

Oh where to start. This poor film gets little to nothing right. It is terribly dull, the plot limps along and the poor cast look lost, no more so than poor Keanu Reeves. You think it is building to a good finale, but even that is pretty ordinary. Just a poor film all round.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Although there are numerous hilarious scenes throughout this sequel, it is difficult to give it more than three stars, because as a film, it does not really hold together. Just a random set of scenes held together by a very loose plot that moves through some sub plots and turns along the way. This makes the feeling that there was little in the way of a script and most was improvised. But what that causes is a disjointed mess at times. But as I say there is still enough hilarious moments to make sure there is enough laughs to please throughout. But could have been so much better.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Although it could be easy to dismiss this as light and fluffy fare, it is actually a lovely little film starring and directed by Ben Stiller. Bearing no resemblance to the Danny Kaye version, this takes the route of looking at a day dreamer who decides to change his ways in search of a photo. Although mostly a drama there are some hilarious scenes and the screen lights up whenever Stiller and Kristen Wiig are toghether.

Beautiful Creatures

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

While obviously aimed at the Twilight audience, this fantasy adventure is not half bad. A good script, filled with some genuinely funny one liners, as well as some actual surprising twists and turns help things along as well. Emma Thompson is having great fun as the villian of the piece and she steals every scene she is in, even those with the ever reliable Jeremy Irons. Pity it did not do better at the box office, but it's tag as Twilight-lite may well have killed it.