How to be Single
As definitions of love and relationships become increasingly difficult to pin down, four single women attempt to find meaningful and, in some cases, not so meaningful companionship, in New York City.
Recently single and looking to find herself, Alice (Dakota Johnson) is taken under the wing of Robin (Rebel Wilson), who is determined to show her the best of the city that never sleeps. Meg is Alice’s workaholic sister who prioritises her career over her heart, but secretly yearns for a child of her own, while Lucy is intent on finding Mr Right through analysis of the algorithms used for dating websites.
It’s familiar rom-com territory and if you’re a fan of the American TV show Sex and the City, How to be Single could well be up your street given that the film is based (albeit loosely) on the first novel by Liz Tuccillo, the writer responsible for the hit series.
How to be Single is at its best when dealing with fast, loose and flirty humour. The attempts at genuine emotional resonance seem a little insincere, particularly at the film’s climax, due to the rate at which some of the periphery characters come and go.
The Choice is the latest film to roll off the Nicholas Sparks novel to movie production line (11 adaptations to date) and largely follows the formula laid out by everything that has come before it. Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker) meets and instantly falls for his new neighbour Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer), who has a steady boyfriend, and despite initial bickering, the couple’s romance goes through the predictable motions. Life is all about choices, Travis tells audiences at the start of the film, but it really all boils down to two – see this film or give it a miss. I’d recommend the latter.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
How do you create something unique from source material that has been adapted so many times? You throw in the threat of a zombie apocalypse, that’s how. Not only must the Bennet sisters deal with marriage proposals and negotiate their way through the pleasantries of high society, they also have to fend off a hoard of the undead, which are threatening to bring about the end of the world. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies may well have Jane Austin turning in her grave, but the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody novel puts a new spin on a much-loved classic.
Jesse Owens made history and stunned the Nazi regime when he won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. This biographical sports drama tells the true story of the track and field star (played by Stephan James) who had the courage and determination to overcome great adversity and challenge Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.
Bollywatch: Jai Gangaajal
Priyanka Chopra plays Abha Mathur, the first female senior inspector in Bankipur who has to deal with enemies on the streets as well as her own department, in this action drama sequel to 2003’s crime film Gangaajal. As actor, director, producer and writer, Prakash Jha certainly has a lot on his plate, so it will be interesting to see whether he can pull it off when the film is released next month.