Movies: Y’s Weekly Guide to What’s On

22 Jan 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine

REC3: Genesis



Spanish horror REC3 documents the wedding of Clara (Leticia Dolera) and Koldo (Diego Martín), which takes a turn for the worst when one of the guests suffering from a strange illness vomits blood and begins to get bitey with his fellow revellers. What shouldʼve been the happiest day of their lives soon turns into a fight for survival when the newlywed couple becomes separated.

REC and REC2 were absolutely terrifying. Fusing the claustrophobic hand-held camera format with the zombie genre made for frights galore, with the demonic, religious overtones only serving to disturb viewers further. Unfortunately, the third installment in the series forgets its roots, ditching the hand-held shots 20 minutes in, as the film degenerates into something close to a parody of itself.

Perhaps this is the result of director Paco Plaza going it alone, without the help of Jaume Balagueró, who co-wrote and co-directed the first two films. Still, for fans of zombies, guts and gore, you can certainly do worse than watch Leticia Dolera do her thing with a chainsaw while wearing a torn and blood-smeared wedding dress.

Verdict: 3/5

The Wedding Ringer

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Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart) provides a service for grooms-to-be who find themselves lacking in options for a best man. Doug (Josh Gad) is a customer in need of the full service, or a “golden tux” as it’s known. Callahan goes about his duty of assembling an entire team of groomsmen with thrills and spills along the way including a disastrous first meeting with the bride’s suspicious father. Light-hearted and fun, you’re guaranteed to walk out of this bro-mantic comedy with a smile on your face.

Verdict: 4/5

American Sniper

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Clint Eastwood helms this biopic, based on the autobiography of Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL sniper. Bradley Cooper, who has been nominated for an Oscar, stars as Kyle and provides a fascinating insight into the life of a man who served on four tours of Iraq and was highly decorated for his work. Stark realism wins over a mindless celebration of heroism and American Sniper shows an Eastwood who is back to his gritty best.

Verdict: 3/5

Preview: Stonehearst Asylum

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Based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, this thriller tells the story of Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess), a recent medical school graduate who takes up an apprenticeship at the titular establishment, only to find that those who have welcomed him so warmly are not, in fact, who they appear to be.

Bollywatch: Dolly Ki Doli 

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A quirky romantic comedy that sees Sonam Kapoor play Dolly, a conwoman who fakes marriages before running off with the groom’s money. Pulkit Samrat plays the officer responsible for tracking down the runaway bride and her team of tricksters in order to bring them to justice.


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