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TOP 20 FILMS IN RELEASE AT A GLANCE

Short and sweet (or not) opinions on the most popular current releases. An easy reference for choosing which movie to see tonight ... or tomorrow ... or right now! (Occasionally we also slip in a few of the editors’ favourites if they don’t make the top 20...) This list does not necessarily include new releases this week; for this week’s new releases, please see our FRONT PAGE or the REVIEWS menu.

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, GOOD, VERY BAD DAY
(US, 2014) Stars Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould. "It's the snowball effect of this lightweight but enjoyable family film with an appealing cast that makes it funny," says Louise.

CAPTIVE, THE
(US, 2014) Stars Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos. "If you are prepared to accept that real life is not predictable, much less real people, The Captive will engage and stimulate you. But you will need to pay attention," says Andrew. "The film is a fragmented essay of ideas haphazardly put together; it's a case of the individual parts being more successful than the whole," says Louise.

THE DROP
(US, 2014) Dir: Stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini. “I have seen him in more than a dozen films, but it wasn't until Locke (2013) that I sat up and really took notice of Tom Hardy.… In The Drop, Hardy is even more of a revelation playing the quietly spoken Bob, who tends bar and waits on customers in a tough Brooklyn neighbourhood. Hardy's performance is sublime, making every action and word of dialogue meaningful,” says Louise.

EXODUS: GODS & KINGS
(US, 2014) Stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver. "A rousing spectacle with scale in line with that of Gladiator, Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings is big, bold and impressive," says Louise. "It's hard to tell whether Ridley Scott’s Exodus is a misfire satire or a creative misfire, but I suspect it's the latter given that it takes itself so seriously, " says Andrew.

FAT PIZZA VS HOUSOS
(Aust, 2014) Stars Johnny Boxer, Paul Fenech, Maria Venuti. "Paul Fenech's Fat Pizza Vs Housos is an orgy of chaos and low-brow humour: an expletive saturated shout-fest depicting minority groups that are treated with predictable comic disrespect," says Louise.

FOLIES BERGERE
(France, 2014) Dir: Marc Fitoussi. Stars Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Darrousin, Michael Nyqvist. "Cows, boredom and infidelity form part of an interesting jigsaw in Marc Fitoussi's highly enjoyable outing that delves into the emotional puzzles of a long-term relationship," says Louise.

FURY
(US, 2014) Dir: David Ayer. Stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman. “David Ayer’s film succeeds in creating a claustrophobic mood, prising us into the Sherman tank in 1945 Germany with its melting pot of tension .., although the characterisations might have been better described,” says Louise. “The film’s impact is partly explained by the heavy artillery aimed at our sensibilities, not just our eardrums, and the almost careless narrative, which only glues together in the final, extended, extraordinary sequence best described as Wardaddy’s Last Stand,” says Andrew.

GONE GIRL
US, 2014) Dir: David Fincher. Stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris. “As far as adaptations go, this is one of the best, Gillian Flynn’s screenplay perfectly capturing the tone of her novel, in which a dark portrait of a marriage unravels… It’s disturbingly good. As well as dense, entertaining, funny, insightful and more,” says Louise. “.. director David Fincher wanted to make a flawless murder thriller in which the audience loyalty and association with the key characters was pushed and pulled unmercifully for maximum impact. He succeeds…” says Andrew.

GREEN PRINCE, THE
(Israel, UK, US, Germany, 2012) Documentary featuring Mossab Hassan Yousef. "It's a riveting story, weaving together a story of two men's psychological and emotional journeys under the blanket of espionage," says Andrew.

HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1
(US, 2014) Dir: Francis Lawrence. Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore. "Capitalising on the Jennifer Lawrence factor, Part 1 of the final Hunger Games trilogy will please the fans, although there is too much padding around the key thrilling sequence; the film would have been more complete had the two parts of the split finale been merged," says Louise.

INTERSTELLAR
(US, UK, 2014) Dir: Christopher Nolan. Stars Matthew McConnaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, Matt Damon, Michael Caine. “Conceptually brilliant, Christopher Nolan’s epic sci-fi drama is all about time. Agitating the boundaries of science with fantasy, Nolan’s vision is hugely ambitious, like the film’s near 3 hour running time, enabling total immersion… It's not as complete as Memento, The Prestige or Inception, but you do feel as though you have been there for a hell of an adventure,” says Louise.

LOVE, ROSIE
(UK, US, 2014) Dir: Christian Diller. Stars Lily Collins, Sam Claflin. “Bad timing is the central theme of this Four Weddings and A Funeral wanna-be, which despite several weddings, a funeral and a cliché ridden script, (based on Cecelia Ahern’s novel) groans with predictable twists and turns as the two protagonists um and err about their future together,” says Louise.

MY OLD LADY
(UK/France/US, 2014) Dir: Israel Horovitz. Stars Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas. “An inheritance is a curse and a blessing in this complex entanglement about lovers and the children who pay the price. Infidelities, cross cultures and untangling the past are the potent themes… Offering much more than imaginable at first glance, this is a sophisticated and satisfying film, directed with great sensitivity,” says Louise.

MY OLD LADY
(UK/France/US, 2014) Dir: Israel Horovitz. Stars Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas. “An inheritance is a curse and a blessing in this complex entanglement about lovers and the children who pay the price. Infidelities, cross cultures and untangling the past are the potent themes… Offering much more than imaginable at first glance, this is a sophisticated and satisfying film, directed with great sensitivity,” says Louise.

PRIDE
(UK, 2014) Dir: Matthew Warchus. Stars Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine. “Barriers tumble and pride is upheld as the tapestry of emotions is woven together when gay and lesbian activists become staunch supporters of striking miners. With the heart of Billy Elliott and the conviction of Milk, this is a crowd pleasing film filled with passion – and passion is the fuel for change,” says Louise.

SERENA
(US, 2015) Stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence. Greed and jealousy are the key elements of this dramatic misfire from Susanne Bier in which even the power (re)pairing of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence fails to ignite our interest.



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Updated December 10, 2014


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