The latest war movie, The Monuments Men, both written and directed by the ever handsome and increasingly talented George Clooney, is based on a true story.
An adaptation of the book by Robert M. Edsel, it follows the journey of an unusual allied squad consisting of several museum directors, curators and art historians, on a hunt to find and save culturally important pieces before Hitler destroys them.
The film boasts an all-star cast that includes Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman and the ethereal Cate Blanchett.
Introductory scenes show Nazis stealing the precious treasure from galleries and museums throughout France, before they are covertly transported to mining towns in Germany, for concealment. Lt. Frank Stones (Clooney) explains to his team, the Monuments Men, that they would be fighting for their culture and way of life by retrieving these artifacts.
If you love historic films, then you’ll definitely enjoy this one with its interesting storyline and amazing performances by some of Hollywood’s greats.
Reviewed by Noor Hyder
‘Two Mothers’ is hardly a movie about mothering in the traditional sense – in fact, think twice if you go with your family, as there may be more than a few uncomfortable moments awaiting you.
Starring two of Hollywood’s most beautiful blondes, Robin Wright and Naomi Watts, Two Mothers is the story of long-running friends Lil and Roz who live on a picturesque beach with their adult sons. During the summer, emotions start to spiral out of control when both mothers start unconventional relationships with each other’s sons, each to find unexpected bliss in their atypical romances. An interesting new look at love and its boundaries, but one to perhaps not watch with your parents.
Loosely based on Viking legends, this fantasy-action adventure focuses on a forgotten king who is tasked with defeating Thor, the god of Thunder.
The mythic deity is on a mission to gather ancient relics before the Blood Eclipse, which happens once every 800 years, failing which, the pagan Viking Gods will never be able to rule and conquer mankind ever again. Only one man can stop him – Eirick. Erm, what can I say except expect a lot of steel on steel action.
Ladies and gentlemen, sit back and get ready to witness the force that is Ron Burgundy. The ludicrous anchorman is back with a sequel produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Adam McKay, the same guys who took the first Anchorman film to the box office back in 2004. This time, funny man Will Ferrel comes equipped with an army of laughter-inducing actors; Steve Carell as the dopey Brick Tamland, Paul Rudd as the dashing Brian Fantana and David Koechner as the goofball. Together with his team of equally frivolous buddies, Rob sets off to New York to work at the world’s first 24-hour news channel. A must watch movie for some easy laughs and to see whether the legend actually continues.
It’s possible that this movie would have been a more suitable one to see during Valentine’s Day – but as it stands this romantic comedy starring Justin Long and Evan Rachel Wood sheds light on an increasingly popular trend – learning about the person you like through their Facebook profile. In the film, Long plays Sam, a young writer seeking inspiration when he meets the adorable and quirky barista, Birdie, played by Wood. In order to win her affection, Sam uses the knowledge he gains from her Facebook profile to become the man of her dreams. What he doesn’t realise is how difficult it is to continue when things start getting serious. While moderately unoriginal, ‘A Case of You’ provides a few chuckles and yet another scenario in which social media is changing the face of modern relationships.