FILM THIS WEEK: Friday 6th June 2014

Ratings: ★ ✩ ✮ ✯ ✰ ☆

In UK CINEMAS: Friday 6th June  2014


22 Jump Street (15)

22 Jump Street - The guys are back!
22 Jump Street – The guys are back!


After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (JONAH HILL) and Jenko (CHANNING TATUM) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on an athletic team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership.  Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship.  If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.

Jammie plays cop! 21 Jump Street
Jammie plays cop! 21 Jump Street

After seeing 21 Jump Street, I was a little worried about seeing 22 Jump Street.  The internal rumblings went something like this, “How can they match the first, it might be naff, a let down, unfunny.”

WRONG, Wrong, wrong! They’ve done it again.  22 Jump Street is funny. After a quick flashback to some of the scenes in 21 Jump Street, they jump straight in. New assignment, new undercover role, new location and a whole heap of riddickerlousness, which even included the flash of an homage to the UKs own, Benny Hill. 🙂

In one of my favourite scenes, you hear a microwave ‘ding’ sound, and Jenko goes into action – I laughed so much, I almost passed out, ‘Breathe, Sim, Breathe’. Or maybe it was the scene where Schmidt finds himself on stage, or or or….

What can I tell you.  I loved this film, so many jokes, but I don’t want to ruin it for you, so go and see it. Whoop whoop!  Rated: 5 –  ✩ ✮ ✯ ✰☆

Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Dave Franco, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman


Fruitvale Station (15)

The true story of Oscar Grant (MICHAEL B. JORDAN), a 22-year-old Oakland, CA resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air.  Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter.

Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on he realises that change is not going to come easily and that he’ll have to work hard to make it.  As he and Sophina celebrate the New Year and a fresh start, one truly shocking, tragedy shakes his community – and the entire United States – to its very core.


Michael Bakari Jordan
Michael Bakari Jordan

The story follows Oscar Grant over one day, showing how his day unfolds. I did find the journey through the day a little slow, particular when he is shown driving around in his car.  However, in some ways, it adds to the story, as do the other random happenings of the day. They all add up to show many different sides of Oscar’s character, and the people around him, who all have a part in how the story comes together.

I hadn’t heard the story, and decided to ignore as much as possible, all the write-ups etc. about it, before seeing it, and I’d succeeded, more or less – I knew very little about the film.  A fair bit of ignoring took place until it reached these shores. I went in blind!

The film opened with video footage from this true story, and within seconds I knew what the story was about.  I definitely hadn’t heard about it before, so the opening made me sit up and pay attention. A lovely, thought-provoking and sad true-story.  Rated: 3½ –  ★ ✩ ✮½

Director: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Michael B Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer


Other films this week:

Friday 6 June  2014:
•    Cheap Thrills (15) – How far would you go for money? A scheming couple put a family man, struggling with his finances, and his old friend through a series of increasingly twisted dares over the course of an evening, starting in a local bar, before moving to the couple’s apartment. Director: E.L.Katz. Starring: Pat Healy, David Koechner, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton

CHEAP-THRILLSThere is a certain gleefulness in this story as the characters move from dare to bigger dare.  Part of me liked it, part of me felt horrified. But there was a bigger part of me, which felt I’d seen it all, in various parts, before, or read it, or heard – it existed in my conscious (worryingly!).  I’m far too squeamish for this film, although it’s not that bad, but I did leave feeling slightly ill.  Rated: 3 –  ✮ ✯ ✰
•    Benny & Jolene (15) – An up and coming folk duo –  Jolene is having trouble convincing her writing partner Benny to become more commercial and too many industry types are getting involved.  As they head to a festival in the Valley’s on a packed tour bus, they are forced to confront their ambitions and emotions for the first time. Director: Jamie Adams. Starring: Craig Roberts, Charlotte Ritchie, Tom Rosenthal, Rosamund Hanson, Dolly Wells
•    The Dirties (15) – When two best friends team up to film a comedy about getting revenge on bullies, the exercise takes a devastating turn when one of them begins to think of it as more than a joke. ©Phase 4Director: Matthew Johnson. Starring: Matthew Johnson, Owen Williams, Krista Madison.
•    Grace Of Monaco (PG) – A film about legendary Oscar-winning actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly, who gave up her Hollywood career when she married Prince Ranier of Monaco in April 1956. This film takes us from December 1961, looking at her crisis of marriage and identity during the period of her husband’s dispute with France’s Charles de Gaulle in 1962. Director: Olivier Dahan. Starring: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, Mico Ventimiglia.
•    I Declare War (15) – Every day after school, two groups of thirteen-year old friends play ‘war’ in a local forest. They make their own guns out of sticks, old toys, anything they can find. They play to have fun. One afternoon, the game gets a little out of hand. Director: Jason Lapeyre, Robert Wilson.
•    PULP: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets (12A) – Sheffield, 1988, ‘The Day That Never Happened’.  Following a disastrous farewell show in their hometown, PULP move to London inpulp search of success.  They find fame on the world stage in the 1990’s with anthems including ‘Common People’ and ‘Disco 2000’.   25 years (and 10 million album sales) later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert:  what could go wrong? Director: Florian Habicht. Starring: Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Mark Webber.

Sunday 8 June 2014:
•   The Sacrament (18) – Director: Ti West. Starring: Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, Gene Jones, Kate Kyn Sheil.

Monday 9 June 2014:
•   The Hooligan Factory – Comedy Gala (15) – The Hooligan Factory is the first movie spoofing the ‘Football Hooligan film’ genre. Dex, Danny and The Hooligan Factory travel the length of the country on a mission to re-establish their firm’s glory days. However, the police are closing in and we get a sense that the Hooligan Factorys best days may be behind them, but with Danny on their side, and Dex finding his old form who knows where this may lead. Director: Nick Nevern. Starring: Jason Maza, Nick Nevern, Chloe Sims, Tom Burke, Ray Feron

The Hooligan Factory
The Hooligan Factory

I’m not a fan of spoof movies and this one didn’t help.  The film really didn’t work for me. I found some parts of the film hilariously funny. The spoof hinged on other football films, but it all felt like a decade too late, as I could barely remember the originals! The storyline felt weak, but was slightly amusing, except for the ‘oh no we might be gay’ jokes which were really annoying – come on, get over it already!  Don’t do it to yourself!  Rated: 1 –  ✮

•    NOW: In The Wings On A World Stage (15)Director: Jeremy Whelehan. Starring: Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes, The Bridge Project Company.

Tuesday 10 June 2014:
•   Common People (12A) – Director: Stewart Alexander, Kerry Skinner. Starring: Sam Kelly, Diana Payan, Iarla McGowan, Michael Ballard, Jeff Marsh, Tom Gilling, Eleanor Fanyinka.
•   How We Used To Live – Director: Paul Kelly. Starring: (Narrated by) Ian McShane.

Wednesday 11 June 2014:
•   Road (PG) – Director: Diarmuid Lavery, Michael Hewitt. Starring: Robert Dunlop, Joey Dunlop, William Dunlop, Michael Dunlop.

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