To the surprise of no one, Avengers Assemble is already proving to be a financial success even though it was only released last week, and along with Marley it was the strongest film of April. We are now firmly in ‘Summer movie’ territory and there is no shortage of blockbusters coming our way this month. From anticipated threequels to martial arts extravaganzas, have a gander at the latest edition of Film Watch.
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American Pie: Reunion (Out May 2) Reunited, and it feels so good!
What is it about? | 13 years since Jim & co graduated, the gang return for a delayed class reunion. They soon discover that many things have changed since their school days…
What to expect | Many will doubtless remember the hilarious antics of Stifler & co in American Pie 13 years ago. It spawned many sequels and spin-offs, and some films have even imitated the formula of explicit, vulgar humour mixed with moments of sentimentality, with varying degrees of success. A lot of different trailers are circulating the web for this one, but they seem to confirm that that balance has been struck once again. Time will tell if this is a worthwhile addition to the franchise.
Starring | Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Mena Suvari.
Directors | Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schollsberg Cert | 15 Run Time | 1 hour 53 mins
Safe (Out May 4) Russian mobsters. Triads. Corrupt cops. Man, I love New York…
What is it about? | Ten year-old Mei is a gifted mathematician whose talents attract the attention of Triads. Kidnapped to New York, she mesmerizes a number code only to be snatched again (poor gal) by Russians, who want the code for themselves. Escaping her abductees, she catches the eye of Luke Wright (Statham), a down-and-out former fighter who makes it his mission to protect the girl from her capturers, unwittingly pitting himself against the Triads, Russians, corrupt cops, and the Mayor.
What to expect | Jason Statham doing what Jason Statham does best – beating people up. Review coming soon…
Starring | Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, James Hong, Anson Mount, Robert John Burke, Reggie Lee and Chris Sarandon.
Director | Boaz Yakin Cert | 15 Run Time | 1 hour 34 mins
Beauty and the Beast 3D (Out May 4) Tale as old as time…
What is it about? (As if you don’t know…) | Dissatisfied with her life in a French town, Belle spends her days reading books and helping her father Maurice whilst fending off the misplaced affections of Gaston. The Beast is a Prince placed under a spell because he could not love. When Maurice takes a wrong turn and encounters The Beast, Belle races off in search of her Father.
What to expect | In October last year The Lion King was the first of four Disney films to be re-released in 3D, and Beauty and the Beast is the latest animated classic to get the treatment. For those who are feeling nostalgic, this one is for you.
Starring | Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers and Angela Lansbury.
Directors | Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise Cert | U Run Time | 1 hour 30 mins
Dark Shadows (Out May 11)
What is it about? | In the year 1752 Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) is a rich and powerful playboy, until he breaks the heart of Angelique Brouchard (Eva Green), who happens to be a Witch. Turned into a vampire and buried alive, Barnabas is accidentally freed from his tomb two centuries later to find the dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family in need of his protection from the Witch.
What to expect | Dark Shadows will mark director Tim Burton’s eighth collaboration with Johnny Depp, and there is strong support in the form of Eva Green (Casino Royale) and Michelle Pfeiffer. Fans of the TV show upon which this film is based will doubtless be clamouring to see this one, and the fun humour teased in the trailers coupled with some spooky (if not scary) horror will certainly appeal to wider audiences. Count me in for the moment.
Starring | Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Director | Tim Burton Cert | 12A Run Time | 1 hour 53 mins
The Dictator (Out May 16) From riches to rags, Cohen style
What is it about? | Sacha Baron Cohen stars as General Aladeen, in the story of a heroic dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy never comes to the country he so lovingly oppresses.
What to expect | Sacha Baron Cohen tends to divide audiences with certain characters (namely Borat and Brüno), and if you’re not a fan of his shenanigans already you probably won’t be excited about his latest caricature. With that said, the various trailers suggest that The Dictator is more scripted than Cohen’s previous efforts, which could make for some excellent comedic moments. Head back to Y&Y soon for my thoughts on General Aladeen’s antics.
Starring | Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris, Megan Fox, John C. Reilly and Jason Mantzoukas.
Director | Larry Charles Cert | TBC Run Time | TBC
The Raid (Out May 18) *ONE TO WATCH* Lots of criminals, one SWAT team, plenty of ass-kicking…
What is it about? | Drug baron Tapa rules Jakarta’s megaslum from a 30 floor fortress. 20 elite cops – including rookie Rama (Iko Uwais) – must raid the building, going floor by floor in search of their target. But Tapa already knows they are there, and has plenty of nasty surprises in store for the SWAT team. Cue gunfights, epic martial arts duels, and all round mayhem…
What to expect | The premise for The Raid seems simple, but the trailer makes it very clear who the film is aimed at. The supremely choreographed action sequences teased in the trailers will likely entice many an action film enthusiast, and if the sight of main protagonist Rama bouncing a thug’s head off a wall doesn’t provoke a reaction, I can attest that a myriad of other scenes will do just that. Keep an eye on Yin & Yang for my detailed review later on this week.
Starring | Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Ananda George, Yayan Ruhian, Doni Alamsyah, Ray Sahetapy and Verdi Solaiman.
Director | Gareth Evans Cert | 18 Run Time | 1 hour 41 mins
What To Expect When You’re Expecting (Out May 23) Ah, the joys of childbirth
What is it about? | A look at the lives of five couples as they prepare to become parents.
What to expect | The presence of well known comedian Chris Rock bodes well for the male demographic, but there’s no doubt this is first and foremost one for the ladies. There are some genuinely funny moments in the trailers, and if it can maintain this tone throughout it may yet prove to be an entertaining watch.
Starring | Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Rock and Dennis Quaid.
Director | Kirk Jones Cert | TBC Run Time | 1 hour 40 mins
Men in Black 3 (Out May 25) Back defending the galaxy…in 3D
What is it about? | When Agent K’s life and the fate of the planet are at stake, Agent J (Will Smith) has to travel back in time to the 1960’s to put things right, where he befriends a younger version of Agent K (Josh Brolin).
What to expect | Aside from Josh Brolin’s awesome Tommy Lee Jones impression, MIB 3 features Will Smith making his return to the big screen (the last film he starred in was 2008’s Seven Pounds). There are a couple elements that I’m less than excited about, namely the inclusion of Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga as aliens. Additionally, the less said about that woeful Pitbull theme song, the better. Nevertheless, hopefully this sci-fi trilogy will end with a flourish.
Starring | Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, Nicole Scherzinger and Emma Thompson.
Director | Barry Sonefield Cert | PG Run Time | 1 hour 46 mins