TRAILERS: 4 films in UAE cinemas this week
Going In Style
Old men behaving badly might become a common theme in Hollywood in the coming years. Film stars are living longer and, well, so are their fans, so the ability to deliver blockbuster vehicles for timeless talents might well be a productive strategy for Tinseltown’s bigger studios. The Bucket List set the template, of course, which was swiftly followed by the likes of Stand Up Guys, Grudge Match and Last Vegas, all of which made out retirement to be an age of riotous and unlimited opportunity. What, they argued, does anyone have to lose?
It is perhaps no surprise that the latest evergreen adventure film, Going in Style, stars Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin, who between them appeared in all four of the aforementioned movies, as well as British icon Michael Caine, whose starring role in Harry Brown in 2009 was also very much centred on grey-haired vigour.
In this remake of the 1979 film of the same name, which is directed by Scrubs star Zach Braff, the trio play three former steel company employees whose pension payments have been frozen after the financial crash of 2008. Having witnessed a bank robbery in Brooklyn, they decide to exact their revenge on Wall Street in similar fashion – thus setting off a farcical, laughs-a-plenty heist movie in which the enfeeblement of age is invariably the punchline.
It probably won’t trouble many awards panels next year, but there’s nothing remotely wrong with spending 90 minutes in the company of old friends on garrulous good form. Check out a clip from the movie below.
In cinemas from April 6
Beauty and the Beast (PG13)
Disney gets all self-referential in this live-action remake of the 1991 animated classic, which was, of course, an adaptation of the 18th century fairy tale written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. What that means is that all of the music, the technicolour spectacle and, most importantly, the additional characters are retained in this big-budget production – including the talking candle Lumière (Ewan McGregor), Le Fou (an over-the-top Josh Gad), a talking teapot (Emma Thompson) and the dastardly local dandy Gaston (Luke Evans), whose attentions are forever trained on Belle (a suitably demur and unyielding Emma Watson).
For more modern tastes, there is also a dash of gothic darkness to the cinematography, and at times it dips its toe into Snow White and the Huntsman territory with all its creepy forests and crepuscular light. Overall, though, there is sufficient charm, smarts and vulnerability from its leading lady, who hasn’t always convinced in adult roles post Harry Potter, and enough trademark cross-generational humour to keep everyone engaged. Rather like last year’s semi-live-action Jungle Book, it respects its forebear but manages to exist in its own universe.
In cinemas from March 16
The Boss Baby (15)
Animated comedy featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi and Jimmy Kimmel in which a suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.
Vijay Sethupathi, Madonna Sebastian and T. Rajendar star in this Tamil-language social thriller about the darker side of the news media. A college student discovers forces are at when work when he takes on a corporation conglomerate.
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