Movies out today: stuff and nonsense

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I can’t believe Mad Max: Fury Road has already stopped showing on IMAX, it was only there for a week! I guess I’ll just have to catch it on regular cinema now. So if you were planning on making a trip to IMAX this weekend, looks like you’ll be watching Tomorrowland instead.

  • Tomorrowland

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Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank, jaded by disillusionment, and Casey, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world – and them – forever.

Idealistic, ambitious and visually stunning, Tomorrowland is unfortunately let down by its uneven and occasionally brash storytelling. But, it’s pretty enough and entertaining enough to get by with 53% on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • Accidental Love

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Alice’s perfect life is turned upside down when a freak accident leaves a nail lodged in her head, causing erratic (and erotic) behavior. After her fiancé calls off the engagement, Alice sets off in search of a cure and falls into the arms of Howard Birdwell, a sexy senator who champions her cause. Caught up in a love triangle held together by a nail, will Alice listen to her head or her heart?

Part dark comedy, part satire and all around hot mess, Accidental Love is being universally panned as a terrible, hastily put-together contender for a Razzie award, barely scraping together 6% on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • The Forger

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A second-generation petty thief arranges to get out of prison to spend time with his ailing son by taking on a job with his father to pay back the syndicate that arranged his release.

The Forger seems to be aptly named, as most critics agree that it’s a total fake. It tries and fails to copy the much better predecessors of its genre, and ends up being awkward, convoluted and generally stupid. Also with 6% on Rotten Tomatoes, no one’s been fooled by this heist drama.

  • Hot Pursuit

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In HOT PURSUIT, an uptight and by-the-book cop tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas, pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.

Ouch, another 6% on Rotten Tomatoes. Hot Pursuit is more embarrassingly clichéd and cringe-worthy than you ever could have imagined. Trying and failing miserably to be another odd-couple comedy like The Heat, Hot Pursuit just ends up being painfully, terribly unfunny instead.

  • The Last Five Years

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THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie (Jordan), a young, talented up-and-coming Jewish novelist falls in love with Cathy (Kendrick), a Shiksa Goddess and struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through song. All of Cathy’s songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair, while Jamie’s songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the centre when Jamie proposes.

The Last Five Years might not have a place amongst the best musicals of all time, and for goodness sake avoid it if you don’t like musicals, but it does deliver is a solid, authentic story, even if the musical numbers are a bit of a let-down. An excellent performance by Anna Kendrick helps The Last Five Years to a solid 60% on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • A Most Violent Year

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Set during the winter of 1981 — statistically one of the most crime-ridden of New York City’s history — A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a drama following the lives of an immigrant and his family as they attempt to capitalize on the American Dream, while the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.

Sort of a crime thriller, but not really, A Most Violent Year is more of a cerebral character study than a visceral gangster movie. While it might be too high-browed for some, critics have fawned over it enough to give it 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • Infinitely Polar Bear

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INFINITELY POLAR BEAR stars Mark Ruffalo as Cameron, a man who suffers from bipolar disorder. After a breakdown forces him to leave his family and move into a halfway house, he attempts to rebuild a relationship with his two daughters, and win back the trust of his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana). When Maggie decides to go to business school in New York, they decide that he will move back in and take care of the day-to-day care for the kids. Due to his mercurial nature, this leads to a series of quirky, funny, and sometimes frightening episodes.

I don’t know if I’d classify bipolar episodes as “quirky”, but Infinitely Polar Bear is apparently both sympathetic and funny, and doesn’t stray too far into the darker territories that it potentially could. It ends up being heartfelt and touching, with 81% on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • Stone Cold Jane Austen

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STONE COLD JANE AUSTEN is a comedy about an English rock band from South Africa trying to break in to the profitable Afrikaans music market … without even being able to speak the language.

Besides for the above, I don’t know anything else about Stone Cold Jane Austen. I’m guessing that if you like the South African rock music scene, or if you’re a massive fan of Rob Van Vuuren, Jon Savage or any of the bands or artists appearing in the movie (Fokofpolisiekar, Jack Parow, Die Heuwels Fantasties and Aking, to name a few), or if you backed the IndieGoGo campaign to fund this movie last year, then you’ll probably want to see it.

Last Updated: May 22, 2015

Tracy Benson

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