Ridley Scott delivers a stunning, contemporary sci-fi adventure with this one-time and would-be prequel to Alien.
There are plot flaws but you have to dig a little to find them. Provided you’re happy to just go with it, you won’t be disappointed. The end is a touch hollow, but it’s forgivable because it’s a damn thrilling journey.
Worth it for: Top notch special effects. I needed a moment to regather after one intense scene.
Who should see this: Any sci-fi fan especially if you dig Scott’s Alien. Must see on a big screen in 3D.
In one bite: Critics are divided, but you won’t be.
Richard Wilkins pushed in front of me to collect his phone after the screening. His ticket number? 666. Confirming what I knew all along: that he is, in fact, the devil.
Thought-provoking, entertaining and a completely new take on modern-day romance and parenting, Friends With Kids is nowhere near as contrived as you might expect.
Expecting parents can learn far more from this than What To Expect When You’re Expecting, which was just pathetic in comparison.
When you leave the movie, you’ll be asking “who the hell is that main chick?” I’ve saved you time by answering this beforehand: It’s the fairly unknown Jennifer Westfeldt of Judging Amy and Kissing Jessica Stein fame. She also wrote and directed the movie. You’re welcome.
Worth it for: The ensemble cast. The couples are believable.
Who should see this: Couples with or without kids. Perfect date movie.
In a bite: A sharp drama-romcom that the guys might even like.
Or what to expect from What to Expect When You’re Expecting
I’ll be straight up: it’s pretty bad. It’s as painful as actually giving birth*.
I don’t know why, but the funny bits just aren’t as funny as they should be. That said, by the film’s third trimester I was having a good ol’ laugh but it wasn’t enough to make up for the story that’s – for the most part – superficial and shallow.
Who should see this: Expecting Mums or new Mums. In a Mums and Bubs session. If they must.
In one bite: They should’ve used contraception.
* I have never given birth
Why is Tommy Lee Jones still fighting aliens as a 65-year-old? How is Will Smith still a thing? Why did I even see this film? And, why the f%^k did I enjoy it?
Somehow MIB3 finds a good balance of humour, charm, action and emotion to be completely enjoyable.
The 3D is entirely unnecessary, but then again so is the whole movie.
See it for: Josh Brolin who plays a younger Tommy Lee Jones. He is inexplicably wonderful.
Who should see it: guys, young families – especially any fans of the original.
In a bite: Enjoyable to the moon and back.
I didn’t laugh anywhere near as much as I wanted to, but it’s still insane fun.
Most of the best moments are in the trailer, and the awesome publicity tour set a high bar which it didn’t quite reach.
It’s not in the edgy improv-style of Bruno and Borat (it’s actually a romantic comedy), and even if you’re not familiar with real life tyrannical leaders like Kim Jong-Il, you should still find the humour in Cohen’s General Aladeen. Read this Kim Jong-Il ‘facts’ piece (penned by yours truly) before you go in to get a flavour of what kind of ridiculousness Cohen had for inspiration.
Worth it for: The sharp satire of recent events like the death of Kim Jong-Il and Gadaffi.
In one bite: Outrageous and offensive, as promised.