Movies 304

23 Jan 2014
POSTED BY Y Magazine


Based on the book ‘The Lost Child of Philomena Lee’, British film and TV stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan team up to tell the true story of a mother’s search for her son. The big-hitting Dench plays the role of Philomena, a woman who in her younger years fell pregnant out of wedlock. Under the guidance of the Catholic Church in Ireland, she gives up her son for adoption and promises never to enquire as to his whereabouts.

But when she meets a BBC journalist (Steve Coogan) some years later in England, the two set about finding her long lost son in the U.S, where he’s believed to be living.

It’s ironic that just when Steve Coogan seems to be hitting a career high, having co-written a Venice film festival-winning screenplay, his portrayal of a man whose career is on the ropes is so convincing. Opposite him, Dench’s honest interpretation of her character deals adeptly with a soul struggling to deal with the fallout of a past life. The portrayal of two central characters is so credible that the film strays close to buddy-movie territory, as much as it presents a sound comedy-drama. It’s both a heartbreaking and heartwarming affair that avoids a plethora of clichés on strict nuns and regretful mothers.

Director Stephen Frears, otherwise known for his previous movie, The Queen, manages to create yet another graceful film.

Ride Along


Poor old Ben (Kevin Hart) just can’t seem to win the respect of his girlfriend’s brother and is desperate to earn it before asking her to tie the knot. Ice Cube takes the role of mean and bad-tempered older brother, James, a hard cop on the streets of Atlanta who’s unimpressed by his younger sister’s love interest.

James decides to see if Ben has the mettle to protect his bride-to-be by taking him out for 24 hours on his detective duties. But Ben’s presence lands them in a whole heap of trouble and his incompetence ensures that it’s near on impossible to find a way out of their predicaments. Events spiral out of control and lead them into a face-off with the city’s most feared criminal.

The Nut Job


You don’t always get bang for your buck, and South Korea’s most expensive animated movie to date is certainly evidence of that. Voiced by Will Arnett, a mischievous squirrel named Surly is banished from a park following a nut-heist gone wrong (you don’t see that written often) and leaving his companions’ stash decimated. In a quest to right his wrongs, he sets about planning an ambitious raid in order to provide a plentiful source of food for his furry friends. It’s a tale that just about succeeds in offering off-the-walnutty humour for the young ones but may be just too nutty for the adults.

Devil’s Due


When Zach McCall starts to notice that his wife’s behaviour is becoming increasingly strange, almost devilish, the origins of her pregnancy are revealed as infinitely more sinister. Strictly not one for the kids, or indeed any happily expectant couples.

Europa report


A science fiction film set in contemporary times, this modestly budgeted film retains some hard science to deliver a slow-burning thriller that’s reaped a healthy margin at the box office.

A team of crack astronauts is sent on a mission to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, in order to determine whether
it’s possible for alien life to exist within our solar system.

It’s one of the better Sci-Fi attempts in recent years, one whose gritty intensity and engrossing feeling of discovery remind us that it’s not always necessary to have plasma rays blasting in outer space to create a cosmic spectacle.

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