Movies: Y’s Weekly Guide to What’s On

14 May 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Hot Pursuit



Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) is a Texan police officer that does everything by the book. After being consigned to the evidence room following a hilarious mishap that saw an innocent and unarmed teenager accidentally set aflame, she is given the chance to redeem herself by escorting the fiery Daniella Riva (Sofía Vergara) to Dallas so that she is able to testify at the trial of a drug kingpin.

Needless to say the criminal in question throws all his might into ensuring that the witness never makes it and after being framed for the murder of Daniella’s husband, the pair soon find themselves on the run from crooked cops and gangsters alike.

There’s a loose moral of not judging a book by its cover and always being true to oneself, but the priority in this buddy road movie is the action and the laughs, both of which come as thick and fast as the bullets.

Witherspoon and Vergara strike up a good onscreen chemistry with near perfect timing and delivery of the gags, most of which are simply too outrageous not to laugh at.

Verdict: 3/5

Words and Pictures

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Which is more powerful, the word or the picture? This is the battle the flamboyant English teacher, Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) and the newly arrived ascetic art teacher, Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche) find themselves fighting in a scholarly courtship that helps each person to overcome their individual demons. The witty intellectual sparring of Words and Pictures wouldn’t be out of place in an Oscar Wilde play and comes as a refreshing break from the mould of traditional American romcoms that have a tendency to rely on intelligence-insulting humour.

Verdict: 3/5

Absolution

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Steven Segal is back playing yet another contract killer who wants to atone for his life of sin. Do you ever get the feeling you’ve heard this one before? This time it’s John Alexander, a solider of fortune who rescues a girl fleeing from a crazed mob boss (Vinnie Jones) and then finds his loyalty torn between protecting her and carrying out the mission he was hired to do. The whole affair looks pretty cheap and there is absolutely nothing new about the plot, but if you’re purely into elaborate fight scenes, you could probably do worse.

Verdict: 1/5

Preview: Far From the Madding Crowd

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Based on Thomas Hardy’s classic 19th century novel, Far From the Madding Crowd tells the timeless story of Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), a beautiful and headstrong woman who finds herself being courted by three very different suitors. One is a humble sheep farmer (Matthias Schoenaerts), the other a handsome but reckless sergeant (Tom Sturridge) and the final man is a prosperous fortysomething bachelor (Michael Sheen).

Bollywatch: Bombay Velvet

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In one of the most anticipated films of the year so far, Ranbir Kapoor plays Johnny Balraj, a boxer whose hopes and dreams collide with those of Rosie Noronha (Anushka Sharma), an aspiring singer. Anurag Kashyap’s crime thriller is set in Bombay in the 1960s and is based on the book Mumbai Fables, written by historian Gyan Prakash. Expect ambition, greed and jazz, all rolled into a passionate love story.


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