It’s awards season, and two Oscar best actor nominated flicks are amongst what’s new at the movies this week…
With two Oscar nominations under her belt, Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde, Walk The Line) is impressive as Cheryl Strayed, a woman who undertakes 1,100-mile solo hike to recover from a recent catastrophe. With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother weighing on her already fragile mind, Cheryl has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision – with absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination – to hike a large chunk of one of American’s toughest and longest trails, the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.
Wild is out now
Nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, director Clint Eastwood new film American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, Silver Linings Playbook) as Chris Kyle – the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq. But upon returning home, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.
American Sniper is out now
The Wedding Ringer:
Doug Harris (Josh Gad; The Internship, Frozen) is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Penny from The Big Bang Theory, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart; Ride Along, Think Like A Man), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy. I think the title’s close reference to The Wedding Singer is supposed to evoke the essence of the 1998 rom-com hit. Whether it’s anywhere near as good will be proved in time…
The Wedding Ringer is out now at selected Hoyts cinemas
The Quarantine Hauntings:
In the same style as Paranormal Activity, this latest hand-held horror flick is Australian. 17 year old Jasmine struggles to come to terms with her father’s death, and she and her best friend Skye are left to take care of their younger siblings when their mother’s Sandy and Katherine decide to go on a girls night out. Jasmine and Skye take the kids to the notoriously haunted Quarantine station to research a school assignment where they find out more about a resident ghost; Jolene Denman, aka the girl in the pink dress. In an attempt to scare the boys, they pretend to evoke the spirit of the troubled girl, but when things start going terribly wrong they begin to realise that their actions have had serious consequences; Jasmine and Jolene have a fateful connection…
The Quarantine Hauntings is out now at selected Hoyts cinemas