Out This Week: 26 May 2016

Canadian national treasure Ryan Gosling is on-screen this weekend!

This week witnesses the release of Warcraft the movie adaptation of one of the biggest video games on the planet, but that is not all. We also have a star-studded thriller drama, a crime action comedy, and biography of one of the greatest football player of all time, so keep reading.


Warcraft Poster

Directed by: Duncan Jones
With:  Travis Fimmel, Toby Kebbell, Ben Foster, and Paula Patton 
What is it about? The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.
Heads Up: This film has so much going against it. First of all and after all these years, there is not a legitimately good film adapted from a video game. Add to that a terrible trailer, and virtually no buzz. That said, I still have hope mainly because this film is directed by Duncan Jones whose previous output consists of two excellent Sci-Fi films (MoonSource Code), and for this reason alone I would still give it a shot.

Money Monster

Money Monster Poster

Directed by: Jodie Foster
With: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Jack O’Connell
What is it about? Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes over their studio.
Heads Up: This film’s biggest asset is its two leads Clooney and Roberts, but otherwise the reviews are middling and so is its commercial success. To be honest, with list star names, I would wait till it is shown on TV to watch it.

The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys Poster

Directed by: Shane Black
With: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, and Kim Basinger
What is it about? A mismatched pair of private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles.
Heads Up: Shane Black the godfather of buddy cop action comedies (Lethal Weapon, Last Action Hero, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is at it again. The film is getting rave reviews, and apart from the issue that this would be censored for adult content, this film is getting my recommendation wholeheartedly.

Pelé: Birth of a Legend

Pele Poster

Directed by: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist 
With: Kevin de Paula, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, and Diego Boneta
What is it about? Pele‘s meteoric rise from the slums of Sao Paulo to leading Brazil to its first World Cup victory at the age of 17 is chronicled in this biographical drama.
Heads Up: Going by critical response, this film is not worthy of the legend its depicting. If you are a diehard Pelé fan, you know his story and you don’t need to see a bad film about him.


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