A MONTH OF SUNDAYS
Aus, 2015) Dir: Matthew Saville. Stars Anthony LaPaglia, John Clarke, Julia Blake, Justine Clarke, Donal Forde. "Meandering through a variety of relationship issues, A Month Of Sundays doesn’t really hits its stride until the end," says Andrew. "It's a small film with a personality of its own that engages in a low-key sort of way, mostly due to Anthony LaPaglia's strong central performance," says Louise.
BATMAN V SUPERMAN
(US, 2016) Dir: Zach Snyder. Stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot."Operatic and loaded with potential, this overloud, overlong fantasy with mega-stunts fit for the superheroes at its centre is a mess: an onslaught of too much, too often and for too long," says Louise. "Full of loud misery and fiery battle, the film is a derivative of its genre and other filmic elements," says Andrew.
(US, 2016) Dir: Ben Falcone. Stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage. "Melissa McCarthy fans will enjoy the ride, although this one-joke comedy limits itself within its predictable comic boundaries. Peter Dinklage is the film 's greatest asset - his dastardly Samurai sword-yielding mogul with the new pretentious name is impossibly wonderful - or wonderfully impossible as the occasion demands," says Louise.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
(US, 2016) Dir: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo. Stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle. "Heroes or vigilantes is the question raised in this highly inventive, full-throttle adventure... An agile mind is required to keep up with the never-ending plot twists and leaps; it is refreshing to find genuine originality and flair," says Louise.
(US, 2016) Dir: Robert Schwentke. Stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, Miles Teller. "The trouble with this third film in the franchise is that its messages are muddled: the premise changes, there is too much going on and the filmmakers have forgotten that we need to care about the characters, " says Louise.
(UK, US, Ger, 2016) Dir: Dexter Fletcher. Stars Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Tim McInnerny. "It's a terrific true story and an inspiring one - about a young boy who dreams of becoming an Olympian. But although the film's heart is in the right place, it struggles to soar to the heights that it deserves," says Louise. "The inspirational story - with many echoes of Billy Elliot - is adapted into a mawkish attempt at a hero's journey, and undermined by a characterisation of the genuine Eddie Edwards by a terrible miscalculation on the director's part," says Andrew.
EYE IN THE SKY
(UK, 2016) Dir: Gavin Hood. Stars Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Barkhad Abdi. "The cost of war is the theme of this gripping drone warfare thriller in which protocol, propaganda and consequences play key roles," says Louise. "Full of excruciating truths about impossible choices in war, Guy Hibbert's screenplay is a searing, gripping and heart wrenching work that is superbly transposed from page to screen by a fabulous cast in the hands of a director who knows his craft," says Andrew.
HUNTSMAN: WINTER'S WAR
(US, 2016) Dir: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Stars Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain, Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt. "Liquid gold morphing into the divine Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt as the glam ice queen are two highlights of this special effects driven tale that struggles valiantly to invent a coherent plot to hold it together," says Louise.
(US, 2016) Dir: Jon Favreau. Voices of Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong 'o, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley. "A beguiling mix of jungle adventure and coming of age story... The sequence in which Bill Murray's honey-loving grizzly bear Baloo sings The Bare Necessities, floating belly-up and acting as a raft to Mowgli as they drift down river is one of my favourites," says Louise.
KUNG FU PANDA 3
(US, 2016) Dir: Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh. Voices Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie. "A happy whirlwind of colour, 3D dazzle and Kung Fu madness, this third film in the panda franchise continues to blossom like its unlikely hero, who learns to become the best he can be, through his journey of self worth and belonging," says Louise.
THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY
(UK, 2015) Dir: Matt Brown. Stars Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Toby Jones, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Northam. "It's a great story and so far untold on screen, of a born maths genius from Madras, who even at the age of 7 was revealing mathematical formulas of some complexity," says Andrew. "If you liked A Beautiful Mind and The Imitation Game, you are guaranteed to enjoy to this involving and satisfying film in which intellect and emotion form two sides of the coin," says Louise.
(US, 2016) Dir: Gary Marshall. Stars Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis, Timothy Olyphant, Britt Robertson. "Syrupy, manipulative and predictable, Mother's Day smacks of every commercial contrivance with its meshing stories about every kind of mother found in Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates. It's a pity to see an excellent cast wasted on such mush," says Louise.
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2
(US, 2016) Dir: Kirk Jones. Stars Nia Vardalos, John Stamos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan. "There is such genuine affection for the characters in this uplifting sequel that we cannot help but be carried along by the craziness, energy and uproarious passion for all things Greek. It’s beautifully judged with immaculate timing," says Louise.
(Iceland, 2015) Dir: Grimur Hakonarson. Stars Sigurour Sigurjonsson, Theodor Juliusson, Charlotte Boving. "Deceptively seductive in its veracity and subtlety, Rams engages us, intrigues us and finally moves us beyond our expectations," says Andrew. "It's a story about sheep, estranged brothers and following rules - or not. The story may be simple, but the sentiments are not - we are fascinated, horrified, amused and greatly moved," says Louise.
Aus, Nepal, 2015) Dir: Jennifer Peedom. Documentary. "My criticism lies in the fact that Peedom has included every potential controversy instead of concentrating on … the integral role of the Sherpa and the 360 million dollar tourist industry it enables," says Louise. "Documentary is a fascinating genre: it can lead filmmakers to unexpected places and smartly opportunistic filmmakers (in the best sense), will take advantage of such opportunities. This is such a case. This is such a film," says Andrew.
(US, 2016) Dir: Byron Howard, Rich Moore. Voices Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba. "It's a bunny movie ... sorry, a buddy movie ... in family-fun land, where the rookie cop (a bunny) has to team up with a small-time crim (a fox) to track down bigger crooks. Anthropomorphic as it is, there is plenty of innocent fun, " says Andrew. "It's a gorgeous film beautifully executed with a story that will have you smiling throughout. Don't miss it!" says Louise.