Out This Week: 12 May 20016

Birds that are really angry or Nicholas Cage having a ridiculously fun time? Our picks of the week.

Although this is the weekend of The Angry Birds Movie, buts it’s not only about the birds and the pigs. We also have cops and robbers, parents and their teenage daughters, cricketers and fans, so keep reading:

The Angry Birds Movie

The Angry Birds Movie Poster

Directed by: Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly
With: Jason Sudeikis, Danny McBride, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage
What is it about? When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to three unlikely outcasts – Red, Chuck and Bomb – to figure out what the pigs are up to.
Heads Up: Based on the popular game, this film looks pretty, silly, and ultimately inconsequential. It will impress the little ones and might annoy their chaperons, and in any case, if you’ve played the game on your iPhone or iPad, you know what you’re getting yourself into. I’d say go for it, but don’t expect much.

The Trust

The Trust Poster

Directed by: Alex Brewer, Benjamin Brewer
With: Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, and Sky Ferreira
What is it about? A pair of cops investigating a drug invasion stumble upon a mysterious bank vault.
Heads Up: One critic called this film a “low-budget Ocean’s Eleven where the cops are the robbers”, add to that two interesting leads, and I am kinda sold. Consider this a mild recommendation.

Term Life

Term Life poster

Directed by: Peter Billingsley
With: Vince Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld, Bill Paxton, and Jon Favreau
What is it about? A guy wanted around town by various hit men hopes to stay alive long enough for his life insurance policy to kick in and pay out for his estranged daughter.
Heads Up: This film is adapted from a graphic novel, but something must have been lost in translation, cause judging by the trailer, this doesn’t look so appealing at all, despite the stellar supporting cast, and the co-lead Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit). Maybe because Vince Vaughn (and his hairpiece) are both a turn off. I’d say ignore it!

All Roads Lead to Rome

All Roads Lead to Rome Poster

Directed by: Ella Lemhagen
With:  Sarah Jessica Parker, Rosie Day, Raoul Bova, and Claudia Cardinale 
What is it about? In an effort to reconnect with her troubled teen daughter Summer, Maggie an uptight, single mother and college writing teacher from New York City, decides to embark on a journey to a Tuscan village that she frequented in her younger days.
Heads Up: This looks very atrocious, cliched, and by the numbers, and if you’ve seen the trailer, you would know what I mean. Avoid!


Azhar Poster

Directed by: Tony D’Souza
With: Nargis Fakhri, Emraan Hashmi, Prachi Desai, and Lara Dutta
What is it about? A biopic of the former Captain of the Indian Cricket team Mohammad Azharuddin.
Heads Up: The generation that has watched Azharuddin bat may be fascinated what the movie has to say, but the it looks too fictionalized to take seriously. Emraan Hashmi movies can be a hit or a miss. So I recommend to adopt the wait-and-watch policy for this one. If the reviews are good, go for it.

About Abdullah Y

Abdullah Y is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He is an avid consumer of everything Pop Culture; movies, TV, music, photography, podcasts, and social media. He loves to travel and to share his experiences.