Into The Woods:
Disney is back with a musical mash this year with Into The Woods. The star-studded affair brings fairytale characters together in a fantastical musical number for all ages. As the result of the curse of a once-beautiful witch (Meryl Streep), a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) are childless. Three days before the rise of a blue moon, they venture into the forest to find the ingredients that will reverse the spell and restore the witch’s beauty: a milk-white cow, hair as yellow as corn, a blood-red cape, and a slipper of gold. During their journey, they meet Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack, each one on a quest to fulfill a wish. Director Rob Marshall (Chicago) and screenwriter James Lapine have adapted the script from its broadway production of the same name for the big screen. The film co-stars Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Billy Magnussen and Johnny Depp as The Wolf.
Into The Woods is out now
If I was in any trouble, I’d call Liam Neeson. The guy clearly has form. Ex-covert operative Bryan Mills (Neeson) and his ex-wife, Lenore (Famke Janssen; X-Men), are enjoying a reconciliation when Lenore is suddenly and brutally murdered. Bryan is framed for the crime and flees, with the CIA, FBI and police all in hot pursuit. For the last time, he channels his rage and particular set of skills into hunting down Lenore’s real killers, taking his revenge and protecting the one important thing left in his life: his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace; Lost). Following on from the successful first instalment, the third Taken film in the unlikely franchise is sure to divide many. There is no denying, however, that action sells, and no-one does blockbuster action-hero man like Neeson. Directed by Olivier Megaton and written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, the film is essentially a French thriller, and to be given any chance at the box office, should perhaps be viewed as one.Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) co-stars.
Tak3n is out now
Dumb And Dumber To:
The 1994 hit movie Dumb And Dumber by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly was comedy gold in American cinema. The latest film – a direct sequel – is belated but long-overdue for diehard fans. In need of a new kidney and having learned that he has a long-lost daughter, dimwit Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) snaps his equally cretinous pal, Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey), out of an apparent fugue state to accompany him on a journey to find her. The witless wonders criss-cross the country using whatever mode of transportation they can find, ultimately arriving at the one place on Earth where they least belong: a summit of the world’s most brilliant minds. Wearing the same get-up and god-awful hairstyles, Daniels and Carrey have reunited to play maturer versions… yeah right. It’s the same old, so for fans of the 90s comedy schtick, rejoice, you’re prodigal sons have returned!
Dumb And Dumber To is out now
As a film critic myself, this film looks intriguing. Directed by the acclaimed Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and produced by Martin Scorcese and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball), Life Itself is an inspiring tribute to arguably the finest film critic in recent memory. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself explores Roger Ebert’s legacy – his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times, his turn as screenwriter of Beyond The Valley of The Dolls, his on and off screen relationship with Gene Siskel, all culminating in his ascension as one of the most influential cultural voices in America. Personal, moving, funny and transcendent, Life Itself is a must-see for film lovers.
Life Itself is out now exclusive to cinema Nova