Walking on Sunshine
If you like karaoke, then you’re in for a treat with this bubblegum pop, fun in the sun, feel-good flick. Everyone else need not enter the cinema.
Maddie (Annabel Scholey) is organising her wedding to Raf (Giulio Berruti) in a beautiful Italian coastal town, but is completely unaware that her husband-to-be was the holiday love interest of her sister Taylor (Hannah Arterton) three years prior. When Taylor and Raf decide to keep their past secret from Maddie, the whole thing screams showdown at the altar.
And that’s the problem with this film – it’s all a bit too predictable. Set to toe-tappingly catchy 80s hits, Walking on Sunshine will have you humming along under your breath, but you can see each number coming a mile off.
The singing is for the most part awful, apart from fleeting glimpses of British X Factor winner Leona Lewis, who is confined to a supporting role. As a concept, it plays out like a hybrid between Mamma Mia! and Rock of Ages, but doesn’t quite manage the scale – or budget – of either. Nevertheless, the cast goes about their business with huge smiles on their faces, even if they are a bit forced.
Review by Matt Blackwell
The Seasoning House
Following the slaughter of her mother by a Balkan militia in 1996, the deaf mute Angel (Rosie Day) is forced into the service of the inhuman Viktor (Kevin Howarth), who runs the local brothel. After watching one of her new friends die at the hands of the same group responsible for her mother’s death, Angel sets out for vengeance. A twisted revenge thriller that is all the more unsettling for its focus on the horror that humanity is capable of as opposed to fantastical aliens or ghosts.
In a refreshing twist on festive frolics, Get Santa ships the jovial giver of presents off to jail. With the magical sleigh crashed in the woods, reindeer being cared for at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and Santa (Jim Broadbent) doing time, it falls to Tom (Kit Connor) and his ex-con father (Rafe Spall) to get Christmas back on track. Harmless fun for big kids and little kids alike and great for getting in the seasonal spirit.
Y’s Choice: Montana
Set on the mean streets of London’s East End, Montana is the story of a 14-year-old boy (McKell David) who teams up with former Serbian commando Dimitrij (Lars Mikkelsen) after the old man realises they share a bloody purpose. After teaching his young protégé the art of assassination, they both head out to bring down the crime lord who killed members of their respective families. Think The Karate Kid meets Léon.
Preview: Escobar: Paradise Lost
After meeting the woman of his dreams while visiting his brother in Colombia, Nick Brady (Josh Hutcherson) is then introduced to her drug-lord uncle, Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro). Pulled into the murky world of the family business, Nick struggles with facing the consequences of the actions he is forced to take.
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