Justin (Damon Wayans, Jr,) and his long time friend Ryan (Jake Johnson) are two ordinary, not very successful guys trying to make a living. After Justin, a video game designer, unsuccessfully tries to pitch a game about a policeman to his … Continue reading →
Before Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) had children, they had sex at every opportunity. In an effort to reignite the flame Annie arranges for the children to stay with her mom for the night. Jay battles and Annie … Continue reading →
What do you do when you collide with a deer on your way to work, get fired for being repeatedly late, contaminate the working area, have your car die on you on the way home only to find your husband, … Continue reading →
Ster-Kinekor have done it again! First they bought us Cinema Nouveau and now they boast five state-of-the-art luxury cinemas in Gauteng called Cine Prestige. The first Cine Prestige theatre was opened at The Zone in Rosebank followed by two theatres at … Continue reading →
Based on the 1853 memoir, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) was a free African American man residing in Saratoga Springs, New York with his wife and two children and working as a carpenter and violinist. Northup was approached by two circus performers who wanted … Continue reading →
In Joel & Ethan Coen’s latest production, they follow the life of a folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) for a week.
The movie is partly based on the autobiography of folk singer Dave Van Ronk.
Davis is a struggling musician living in Greenwich Village in New York City. He doesn’t have his own apartment and lives between family and friends.
When leaving the Gorfeins’ apartment their ginger cat escapes. He catches the cat and can’t get back into the apartment so he takes it to his friend Jean (Carey Mulligan) and asks her to keep it until the Gorfeins arrive home. Jean tells him that she may be pregnant with his child and that she wants to have an abortion which he must pay for. In trying to raise the money he agrees to sing with her husband Jim (Justin Timberlake) as part of the “John Glenn Singers” for $200 and no royalties.
The movie continues with Davis making his way to Chicago in a bitterly cold winter and realising that the biggest problem in his life may well be himself.
The movie has been nominated for two Oscars – Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing.
Despite a good performance by Oscar Isaac and the occasional comedy, I was totally bored after the first 30 minutes of this movie.
The movie also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman.
Four musicians in New York City who have been practising and performing together for many years have their lives rocked when the eldest member of the group, Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken) is diagnosed with a terminal illness shortly before their 25th anniversary performance. The … Continue reading →
In this movie directed by Nicholas Jarecki, Richard Gere portrays sixty year old Robert Miller, a successful hedge fund manager who runs the business with his daughter, Brooke (Brit Marling). His family and staff are unaware that he has been … Continue reading →
Don (Robert De Niro) and Ellie (Diane Keaton) were married for 20 years before they got divorced. They have three children, Layla (Katherine Heigl), Jarod (Topher Grace) and Alejandro (Ben Barnes), an adopted son from Colombia.
Ben and his fiancée, Missy (Amanda Seyfried) are getting married and when Father Monighan (Robin Williams) reminds them that the Catholic Church does not recognise divorce, Ben becomes very worried as he never told his mother, a devout Catholic, that Don and Ellie are divorced. What makes matters worse is that Don and Bebe (Susan Sarandon) are not married and have been living together for years.
As Ben’s mother, Madonna Soto (Patricia Rae) will be attending the wedding, he asks that Don and Ellie pretend to still be married. This angers Bebe who moves out.
As the plot unravels, there are a lot more twists and turns for the viewers to enjoy.
I rate this as one of the funniest movies that I’ve watched this year.
Director – Justin Zackham
Also starring Christine Ebersole and David Rasche
Running time – 89 minutes of absolute fun and laughter
This delightful movie starring Dame Maggie Smith as Jean, Tom Courtenay as Reg, Billy Connolly as Wilf and Pauline Collins as Cissy takes place at Beechman House, a retirement home for retired musicians.
Three members of the famous Rigoletto Quartet, Reg, Wilf and Cissy all reside at the home, which is in financial trouble. The residents are arranging a concert in order to raise funds to keep it going. The news soon gets out that another retired musician will be joining them and it is none other than Jean Horton, the missing Soprano from the Quartet and Reg’s ex-wife. Reg is furious about her arrival as he was never consulted and as they parted on bad terms, would have opposed her living there.
With the Quartet now being reunited, there is great excitement about the possibility of them performing together again, despite a few obstacles that they have to overcome.
The performances by Billy Connolly and Dame Maggie Smith in particular were excellent.