Kill Me Three Times
British actor Simon Pegg has become hot Hollywood property. He’s starred in 13 films over the past five years and has played important – if slightly peripheral – roles in big name franchises including Mission Impossible and Star Trek.
Kill Me Three Times sees him back where he belongs, firmly in the spotlight, as he plays charismatic hitman Charlie Wolfe, hired by a wealthy motel proprietor to kill his wife after he discovered she was having an affair. The only problem is, his target is also wanted dead by other parties, which leads to unforeseen and comical complications.
It’s great to see Pegg back in something of a smaller production and one where he is the focus of the action as opposed to a mere background character. Murder, blackmail and revenge are all thrown into this black comedy that oozes deadpan cool as pandemonium reigns in a sleepy coastal hamlet in Western Australia.
Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) is an idealistic Soviet officer who is demoted and disgraced for his investigation into a series of brutal child murders. Despite being relocated to a provincial outpost, Demidov’s commitment to solving the crime remains firm and he enlists the help of General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to uncover the killer. Child 44 offers a suitably bleak portrayal of 1950s Russia and despite the varying levels of success the cast experience with their Russian accents, this is one thriller that will have you gripped until the very end.
During his rite of passage to manhood – 24 hours spent hunting in the forest – 13-year-old Oskari (Onni Tommila) stumbles across one trophy he wasn’t expecting, namely the President of the United States (Samuel L Jackson), whose Air Force One was downed by terrorist missiles. The Finnish youngster must then guide the president to safety before the mercenaries who are on their tail catch them. The film features some stunning wide angle and panoramic shots of the Bavarian Alps, which double for the forests of Finland and the whole thing is a ludicrously fun, juvenile action adventure.
Preview: The Forger
John Travolta stars as Raymond Cutter, one of the word’s best art forgers, who gets an early release from prison thanks to a local crime syndicate, providing he forges a Monet painting and then steals the original. Cutter reluctantly accepts the help of his ailing son and his own father in what becomes a multi-generational heist of a lifetime.
Deepika Padukone stars in this quirky tale that explores the relationship between father and daughter. Piku (Padukone) is forced to endure the eccentricities of her father (Amitabh Bachchan) on a daily basis, making it hard for her to find love. All that changes on a road trip to Kolkata, when the pair are reluctantly driven by the owner of a local taxi service (Irrfan Khan).