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Movies: Y’s Weekly Guide to What’s On


Fresh out of jail, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is on a mission to prove that he is fit to be a father. His efforts put him in league with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the creator of a prototype suit that gives its wearer the ability to shrink to the size of an ant. Pym convinces Lang to take on the titular role and recover a copy of the technology before it falls into dangerous hands.

Following in the same vein as last year’s fantastic Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man is laugh-out loud funny, and leading man Rudd’s performance and comic timing is excellent.

After the city-shattering exploits of The Avengers and galaxy-spanning adventures of Guardians, Ant-Man is refreshingly different in that Scott Lang is just so human, learning his craft in his mentor’s back home and fighting an epic duel with villain Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) on a children’s train track.

Ever since 2008’s Iron Man, new Marvel releases have come with a certain amount of hype. The announcement that their most diminutive superhero was to be immortalised in film took nearly all but the most hardcore fans by surprise, however, the resulting movie just goes to prove that good things really do come in small packages.

Verdict: 4/5


Ted 2

The foul-mouthed teddy bear is back again but if the newlywed wants to have a child with his wife, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) he is going to have to prove he is a person and not property in a court of law. The premise is so wacky it’s actually good, although in an effort to distance itself from merely regurgitating the first film, Ted 2 is imbued with a dash too much sincerity as it dissects the particulars of civil rights. That said, with Seth MacFarlane from Family Guy at the helm, there are still more than enough laughs to go around.

Verdict: 3/5


How to Make Love Like an Englishman

After one of his students (Jessica Alba) reveals she is pregnant, Cambridge poetry professor and, until now, England’s ultimate bachelor, Richard Haig, (Pierce Brosnan) is forced to re-evaluate his priorities and whole outlook on life. Thankfully, the sister of his student (Salma Hayek) is on hand to aid the transition. Apart from flirting with modern topics such as age in relationships, How to Make Love Like an Englishman is very much in the traditional, romantic comedy mould. The film brings together an experienced cast that can strike the perfect balance between emotion and humour.

Verdict: 3/5


Preview: Alien Uprising

Some British friends emerge bleary-eyed after a night of partying to find that the power around the country is down. Shortly after, a huge spaceship appears in the sky, followed by hundreds more. This marks the start of humanity’s fight for survival as they attempt to counter the deadly threat from a mysterious alien race.

Bollywatch: Bangistan

This satire tells the story of two unlikely terrorists, Hafeez Bin Ali Ishwarchand Sharma (Riteish Deshmukh) and Allah Rakha Khan Praveen Chaturvedi (Pulkit Samrat), who hail from the fictional country of Bangistan and set out to change the world according to their lofty ideals. Despite lacking in talent, the pair are brainwashed by rival organisations into staging an attack at a peace summit but ultimately realise that theirs is a futile exercise.