Cinema Guide: Sex Tape, The Guest, Before I Go to Sleep
This week’s new releases include a smutty comedy, a riotous retro thriller and an uplifting drama about food.
As ever, we check out the biggest new blockbusters, family features and independent films screening at theatres, multiplexes and arthouse cinemas near you.
Sex Tape (15)
Synopsis: A bored couple try and spice up their bedroom life by filming a marathon love-making session. But when the resulting footage accidentally gets sent to family and friends, they must embark on a farcical mission to retrieve it.
Review: “Sex Tape is a harmless ride, as long as you don’t mind watching the predictable story of a forty-something couple in a rut that overcome an obstacle and learn a valuable lesson. While this looks exciting, its formulaic and watered-down approach to adult relationships is all but a flaccid disappointment.” ★★ (read more)
The Guest (15)
Synopsis: A grief-stricken family get more than they bargain for when they take in a mysterious stranger – who claims he knew their dead soldier son.
Review: “Harking back to bloodthirsty horror thrillers of the 70s and 80s, The Guest is a hoot for all the wrong reasons. Punctuated by unintentional laugh-out-loud interludes, it’s a howlingly funny diversion from reality that merrily melds The Terminator and Halloween, with only a cursory glance to plausibility.” ★★ (read more)
Before I Go to Sleep (15)
Synopsis: A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.
Review: “Before I Go to Sleep is a mildly stimulating story enhanced by its performances and subtextual mise-en-scene, but its lack of rewarding development renders the experience as quite sluggish. Really, the best word to describe it is forgetful – how fitting.” ★★ (read more)
The Hundred Foot Journey (PG)
Synopsis: After fleeing his home in India to start a new life in France, a talented culinary whiz and family man sets up a new restaurant – right across the road from a famous Michelin-starred establishment.
Review: “Made to a tried and tested recipe, this uplifting comedy-drama trades heavily on the spiky banter and makes room for a sweet romantic subplot. Audiences will leave with their bellies full of unbridled joy.” ★★★ (read more)
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (18) - review ★★★
Million Dollar Arm (PG) - review ★★★★
If I Stay (12A) - review ★★
Lucy (15) - review ★★★
What If (15) - review ★★★
Deliver Us From Evil (15) - review ★★★
The Expendables 3 (12A) - review ★★★
The Rover (15) - review ★★★★
The Unbeatables (U) - review ★★★
Guardians Of The Galaxy (12A) - review ★★★★
Inbetweeners 2 (15) - review ★★★
The Nut Job (U) - review ★★
Earth To Echo (PG) - review ★★★
The Purge: Anarchy (15) - review ★★★
Hercules (12A) - review ★★★
The House Of Magic (U) - review ★★★
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (12A) – review ★★★★
Pudsey The Dog: The Movie (U) – review ★
How To Train Your Dragon 2 (PG) - review ★★★★
Transformers: Age Of Extinction (12A) - review ★★
Boyhood (15) – review ★★★
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• Search for cinema or the name of the film, for your chosen days and location.
Are you heading to the cinema this week? What’s on your ‘to see’ list?
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