Movie Shorts: July 21

2013-07-21 14:00

The Lone Ranger

Not even Johnny Depp can save this film from being slightly parochial in the 21st century. But it has nostalgia value for those with an inner cowboy. 7/10


A seemingly disconnected ensemble cast make and break connections – both online and off. It is gripping with interesting points to make about the duality of our new reality in cyberspace and real life. 8/10

Big Wedding

Robert de Niro is the patriarch of an unusual family who come together for a wedding. Diane Keaton is his ex-wife, Susan Sarandon is his current wife and it all goes horribly wrong when he gets into bed with the wrong wife. 6/10

Despicable Me 2

Gru is out of the villain business. But when El Macho – the biggest, baddest, most macho villain of them all – returns, Gru is called on to save the world. 7/10

Song for Marion

Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp give exceptional performances in this delightful little film about a dying woman’s wish to sing in a choir competition. 7/10

White House Down

Oh dear, Channing Tatum with his shirt torn off just isn’t a good enough reason to see this also-ran Olympus Has Fallen. 5/10

Man of Steel

The most godlike (and oldest) of the comic book heroes has been due for a successful reboot, and this is it. With just the right blend of innovation and imitation, Henry Cavill dons the red-and-blue suit and makes it supercool. 8/10

Spud 2: The Madness Continues

Bullies. That’s the word this film made me think about throughout. The Crazy Eight, such sweet young boys getting up to innocent mischief in their quest for independence and acceptance in the first film, appear to have morphed into nasty, vindictive teenagers in this sequel. 5/10

Broken City

This drama doesn’t really stamp on new ground, but Russell Crowe’s formidable talent saves it from obscurity. 6/10

After Earth

This derivative sci-fi flick might have Will Smith’s name on it, but it doesn’t deliver Mr Box Office’s usual blockbuster fare. It’s clear that this is purely a vehicle for his son, Jaden. 4/10

Stand Up Guys

A perfectly choreographed symphony of expert acting from Christopher Walken, Al Pacino and Alan Arkin. A fresh script and a deft directing hand makes this a film buff’s weekend treat. 7/10

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