Had enough of the World Cup? Try this all-American football drama, with Kevin Costner playing the general manager of the Cleveland Browns on the all-important draft day.
Apparently this is the most important event in the U.S football calendar, when new talent is picked and big deals are made in a huge televised event in New York City.
Costner’s Sonny Weaver Jr has a much younger girlfriend in Jennifer Garner, who also happens to be the team’s lawyer and number cruncher, while his mum, Ellen Burstyn, wants Sonny to settle his dad’s will.
The love interest seems like a bit of a sideshow to the main action, which is pulling together the best team from new and existing players in the space of a chaotic 24 hours.
Draft Day is one in a long line of sports-themed movies starring Costner, from Field of Dreams to Bull Durham and, as you might expect, nothing really terrible happens. This time, the action is mostly on the phone rather than the pitch. As for all that real-world stuff, it hardly gets a look in – after all, this is a Kevin Costner feel-good movie.
Review by Joe Gill
After halting the plan of a European railroad company to tear down the Chen village in the first film, Lu Chan (Daniel Wu) returns for this steam-punk martial arts sequel. He is now married to the beautiful daughter of Grandmaster Chen, but in reality she becomes his tai chi teacher in the battle against new enemies.
While the first film centred on an assault by an evil East India Company Brit using a giant cannon, this time the climax is a satisfying one-on-one showdown between Lu Chan and a kung fu master. It’s a hyperactive but absorbing piece of historical action.
If you were getting roughed up at school, the one guy you would want on your team would be WWF’s “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Private school mummy’s boy Daniel Madger is the new pupil at a public school when he moves to town with his mum, but the school bully is making his life hell.
Enter Austin as a retired boxing coach turned school janitor who sees him being picked on and suggests he learns how to box. Austin does well for a non-actor in the mentor role, although Madger’s progress as a pugilist is hard to believe, but that’s the Hollywood treatment for you.
It’s an old story and has been seen dozens of times over as many years. While it is predictable, it is still an uplifting take on the Karate Kid formula that sees the underdog fighting back – and, of course, eventually winning.
With a cast including Christopher Walken and Christian Slater, five interwoven stories unfold in New Orleans in this multi-strand drama that takes inspiration from the works of Quentin Tarantino. One story has a teenage boy trying to get medicine for his baby brother, another has a prison fugitive falling for a girl while on the run. Slater leads a team of plainclothes cops searching the neighbourhood, while Walken is a homeless visionary who may be crazy or a prophet.
Her parents want her to settle down, but Vidya Balan’s Bobby has big plans to be a famous private detective. She’s on domestic cases until a mysterious millionaire asks her to find some missing girls. The first half of Bobby Jasoos builds up nicely as Balan dons various disguises – including that of a beggar and an astrologer – and shows what a girl can do to break the traditional mould. Director Samar Shaikh uses real locations in Hyderabad and gives us an authentic flavour of the city, although the second half can’t quite live up to the promise of the first.