Sin City: A Dame To Kill For:
This live-action comic book is just as stunningly film-noir as the first. Adding a perpetually bloodied and beaten Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception) and Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men) to the mix, this belated sequel boosts gorgeously stylised violence and sexy strippers (yes, Jessica Alba is back!). Eva Green (Casino Royale) stars as the titular femme fatale with the piercing green eyes, and if you’re a Green fan you’re in luck: she’s hardly ever clothed! Sin City’s Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) is back in his Hellboy meets Quasimodo get-up as the heavily-scarred Marv (although he’s a little sidelined in this one). The film looks fantastic (like a gritty Watchmen with a better cast) and is a must-see for fans of the Frank Miller penned graphic novel and the first film.
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is out now
Wish I Was Here:
Zac Braff (Scrubs) and Kate Hudson (Almost Famous) star as financially struggling couple Aiden and Sarah. The major breadwinner for the family is Aiden’s father (Mandy Patinkin; Homeland), who has been paying for the kids’ expensive Jewish school fees, but when he is struck down with terminal cancer, the family must learn to support themselves. Braff’s latest independent release (following the quietly successful Garden State in 2004), was made possible by thousands of supports on a Kickstarter program, and celebrates the little things in life we can all relate to. Young Joey King and Pierce Gagnon are delightful as the teenage kids, and Braff’s great as the swamped and surly Ray Romano-esque head of the family. Co-stars Josh Cad (Thanks For Sharing).
Wish I Was Here is out now
The Infinite Man:
This wacky Australian comedy-drama is many things. On a surface level, it’s a rom-com, but dig deeper, and The Infinite Man is an exploration into time-alteration and what happens when life enters a paradox. Josh McConville plays dorky-but-sweet Dean, a man who wants to celebrate his one year anniversary with Lana (Hannah Marshall; Packed to the Rafters) by returning to the same place they were exactly a year ago. Dean’s intent on recreating the moment perfectly, but when Lana’s former lover Terry (Alex Dimitriades: The Slap) rocks ups, things fall apart. Jump forward another year, and Dean has invented a experience-recording machine gizmo. Of course, thins are going to get pretty complicated pretty quickly…
The Infinite Man is out now exclusive to Nova, Carlton
We Are The Best!
Swedish punk kids in a rock band, what’s not to love? An adaptation of a graphic novel about three young, androgynous misfits growing up in early ’80s Stockholm, mohawk-sporting Klara and her best friend Bobo are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments or real talent, the two outcasts make equally wacky friends and form an all-girl punk band. The dialogue is authentically funny and there’s no sense of manufactured drama. The music is funky, the outfits funkier and the young, bright-eyed cast are refreshingly normal and unpretentious child actors. Director Lukas Moodysson has crafted a heartwarming film about being young and angsty, but most importantly, happy.
We Are The Best! is out now at Palace cinemas