Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New Releases (24/05/12)

It is another uneventful week at the cinema. May has been one of the worst months of cinema I have experienced since I have been regularly attending the cinema and tracking what is released on a week-by-week basis. There are just two new releases in Australian cinemas this week - Men In Black 3 and Bel Ami.

Summaries courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes. 

Men in Black 3Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him -- secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind. I found Men in Black 3 to be somewhat enjoyable. An excellent Josh Brolin gives the franchise an effective dose of youth and energy, there are some inspired ideas, amusing moments and effective effects and creature design. Certainly not as bad as it could have been.

Bel Ami - Bel Ami is the story of Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson), who travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute's embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession. Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman and Kristen Scott Thomas co-star. It has not received glowing reviews. Linked review courtesy of Sam McCosh at An Online Universe.

Weekly Recommendation: The Way. Best film I saw in a cinema this week. Alternatively, a night in with DVDs. Start with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but if you're after something a bit lighter The Descendants, Hugo, The Muppets and Young Adult are all out. With the exception of The Avengers, they beat everything out in a cinema at the moment.

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  1. Kristen Scott Thomas is easily the best thing about Bel Ami. Sadly she was also the most underused. I reviewed it in my blog here:


  2. Looks like another average week, about to go see MIB3 tonight. Not sure if I'll bother with Bel Ami. Perhaps a chance to see The Dictator for yourself Andy? Haha.

    1. Give MIB3 a go. I think you'll dig it. Nah, I am away all weekend, and have too much to see and do next week. The time for The Dictator has passed haha.

    2. Yep I quite enjoyed it! Bit of fun. Enjoy the weekend off mate.