Movie shorts: September 15

2013-09-15 14:00

»?We’re the Millers

Jennifer Aniston gets her funny on again – finally – with this drug-mule comedy.

Jason Sudeikis is Dave, an amiable drug dealer who gets robbed.

The only way out of the hole is to travel to Mexico and smuggle drugs back into the US.

http://youtu.be/0Vsy5KzsieQ

To throw suspicion off, he needs a family. Enter Rose (Aniston), his neighbour and a stripper who has been evicted; his other neighbour’s neglected son, Kevin; and a runaway teen called Casey.

Very funny in bits, this is a more-than-competent effort with a likeable cast. Stay for the credits and the smartarse Friends joke.

»?Elysium

Neill Blomkamp’s much-anticipated follow-up to District?9 is set in a dystopic future where the haves have founded an exclusive Dainfern-like place on a space station that orbits the Earth.

The have-nots, meanwhile, are still on Earth, which resembles a recently bombed suburb of a Syrian city.

http://youtu.be/SNxhqoKT1oc

Matt Damon is Max, an ex-convict who gets a deadly dose of radiation and whose only chance of survival is to get to Elysium.

Jodie Foster co-stars as the cardboard cut-out defence secretary Delacourt and Sharlto Copley is a mercenary on Max’s trail.

»?Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Percy is the son of the God of the Sea, Poseidon.

He lives at Camp Half-Blood, a safe place for demigod children.

When that safety is threatened, he and his friends set out to find the Golden Fleece and save the world from destruction.

This is a great idea, well executed, but for some reason Percy just doesn’t have the superstar power of the boy wizard who came before.

»?The Heat

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy deliver the laughs that this match-up promises.

From the director of Bridesmaids, Paul Feig, it is as funny as I could have wished for as an uptight FBI agent and a maverick cop join forces to bring down a drug kingpin.

Also, it steers well clear of the female-bashing.

»?The East

Brit Marling stars and co-wrote this smart anarchist thriller with Zal Batmanglij.

The pair lived the life they depict here, giving this story true grit.

Alexander Skarsgård is the charismatic leader of the anarchists out to teach corporate America a few lessons about human collateral.

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