It’s been a year since Will Smith was last on the big screen, but he’s back. And if it’s possible, the 46-year-old actor is smoother and sleeker than ever.
Focus is a film about a group of honourable conmen and women – if such a thing exists. They operate along a clearly defined set of rules: they never steal from the vulnerable, prefer dozens of pretty thefts over one big heist and never let sentiment cloud their judgment.
Smith plays Nicky Spurgeon, a seasoned conman who takes on a sassy protégée (Margot Robbie), but ultimately finds himself falling for her charms, which contravenes his own rules and threatens to destroy everything he has worked to build over the years.
Robbie came to the world’s attention starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street and the Australian actress does a similarly impressive job creating some sizzling on-screen chemistry with veteran Smith.
The only problem with the film is that you never know whether to believe what you’re seeing – they are conmen after all – and you’re constantly expecting the old switcheroo. This being said, Focus reveals its cards slightly early on in the final act and the denouement can be predicted ahead of time.
The Boys of Abu Ghraib
Jack Farmer (Luke Moran) is a soldier posted to a US Army detainment centre in Iraq. His superior regards the captives with contempt, but Farmer has more compassion and talks to one of the detainees, despite strict instruction not to. Over the course of the film, he becomes convinced of the inmate’s innocence and begins to protest more vocally. The Boys of Abu Ghraib highlights the degrading treatment detainees experienced at the hands of US soldiers in the years following 9/11, but ultimately lacks enough depth to make it as effective as it should be.
Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama
This Norwegian swashbuckling adventure sees orphan Pinky (Vinjar Pettersen), follow a captain on a perilous journey to the exotic kingdom of Lama Rama in search of the truth about his missing father. Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper pirate movie without a treasure hunt thrown in for good measure. Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama is not going to win any awards and you can’t help but think Pirates of the Caribbean, but as far as harmless fun goes, it’s okay.
From the mind of accomplished horror director and producer James Wan comes Demonic. John (Dustin Milligan) is found by the police in an abandoned house and turns out to be the sole survivor of a group who met there to perform a séance. Detective Mark Louis (Frank Grillo) and Dr Elizabeth Klein (Maria Bello) must piece together what happened by interviewing the shocked survivor and watching videotapes that are found strewn around the building.
Y’s choice: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
The world’s favourite sea-dwelling invertebrate leaves his pineapple home and comes ashore to our world in the attempt to reclaim the secret Krabby Patty formula that has been stolen by a diabolical pirate (Antonio Banderas). SpongeBob’s second big-screen outing sees him team up with his nemesis Plankton in order to save Bikini Bottom from chaos.