Greetings one and all. Welcome to this week’s #AtTheFlix. Let’s see what’s on at Birmingham’s cinemas this weekend.
Fantastic Four (12A)
Here’s the latest Marvel comic book adaptation and this time the film seeks a kind of indie style credibility in the setup of its four heroes and they come to acquire their skills.
Sadly the film has received very mixed reviews, with much criticism aimed at its narrative, pace, and unrewarding payoff.
The cast though is strong and at the very least, one would hope to peel beneath the layers to understand why the humans do what they do.
The Gift (15)
Joel Edgerton makes a confident directorial debut in this dark psychological thriller which boasts strong cost including Rebecca Hall and Jason Bateman.
The film follows a classic plot arc involving a couple meeting a long-lost high school acquaintance and things quickly turning upside down and involving a particularly dark secret from the past.
Expect a film which is a tension filled riveting slab of unpleasant pleasantness!
The Diary of a Teenage Girl (18)
This is forthright tale of teenage love, longing and acceptance in the 1970s. Bel Powley plays Minnie Goetze who has a love affair with her mother’s (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, Monroe Rutherford played by Alexander Skarsgård
Critically well-regarded and funny, the film has been praised for being forthright and honest from the female perspective on sex as well as having a confident streak of the art house.
That Sugar Film (12A)
Showing at the mac, this is in essence, the Super Size Me of sugar, Damon Gameau channels Morgan Spurlock, by going on a high sugar diet to reveal the bitter truth about sugar.
In a film documentary world which is already fat-filled with food related topic matter (add Fast Food Nation and Food Inc to the link), good to see the continuing trend for directors literally being the heart, soul and coronary of the film itself.
That’s it from me. As always, any comments or quibbles, please come find me @timmy666 on Twitter. Until next week, have a great week at the cinema.