Since I don’t get to the cinema to see new releases that often anymore, this is my new weekly feature reviewing the latest releases on Sky Cinema Premiere (and in turn, Now TV). I will write a short review and rating for each of the films that I have watched and then give you the details for the ones that I didn’t get a chance to see.
This week’s feature sees the release of The Competition, Waiting For You, Lost In Paris, The Boy Downstairs, Pitch Perfect 3, Braven, and The Little Hours.
27th August: The Competition
Synopsis: Bolshie online relationship guru Lauren Mauldin encourages millions of blog followers to apply her scientific “PIG” formula to all of their affairs and to end them after six months to avoid heartache. However, when she meets Calvin, he uses five of his friends to prove her wrong.
Director: Harvey Lowry
Cast: Chris Klein, Thora Birch, Claire Coffee, David Blue, Jason Tobias, and Tiffany Fallon
28th August: Waiting For You
Synopsis: A deathbed revelation from his father sends young, grieving Paul to France to learn about a past he never knew about. The key lies with the mysterious musician Madeleine, who lives in the remote countryside and could reveal the truth behind some dark secrets that go all the way back to the war.
Director: Charles Garrad
Cast: Colin Morgan, Fanny Ardant, Audrey Bastien, Abdelkrim Bahloul, Clare Holman, and Norah Lehembre
29th August: Lost In Paris
Synopsis: Eighty-year-old former dancer Martha has been living in Paris for decades but is now struggling to cope. She calls up her niece for help, but when she arrives in the city, Martha has disappeared. Worse still, Fiona loses her identity documents and money and has to rely on a homeless man for help.
Directors: Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon
Cast: Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel, Emmanuelle Riva, Pierre Richard, Céline Laurentie, and Charlotte Dubery
30th August: The Boy Downstairs
Synopsis: Aspiring writer Diana returns from London to America after a four-year trip and moves into an apartment in Brooklyn. However, she quickly discovers the boyfriend whose heart she broke when she left the country happens to live downstairs. This proximity reopens old wounds and forces her to reflect on what might have been.
Director: Sophie Brooks
Cast: Zosia Mamet, Matthew Shear, Deirdre O’Connell, Sarah Ramos, Diana Irvine, Arliss Howard, and Deborah Offner
31st August: Pitch Perfect 3
Synopsis: The Bellas are back for a second encore. After the highs of winning the World Championships, the group finds itself split apart with job prospects thin on the ground. They get the chance to reunite for an overseas tour “supporting the US troops in Europe”, but their opposition play instruments and regard the Bellas as nothing more than a karaoke outfit.
Director: Trish Sie
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Ruby Rose, Brittany Snow, Elizabeth Banks, and Anna Camp
Review: I wanted more stand-out songs and less try-hard which really just didn’t work. But there were barely any performances that stood out in this film, aside from some of the scenes that included Ruby Rose who is just, and that narrative was just lazy and try-hard. This film really didn’t need to be, but if they wanted to get away with it then they needed a lot more singing.
1st September: Braven
Synopsis: Canadian logging company boss Joe Braven takes his family and father – who is suffering from dementia – on a break to their secluded mountain cabin. However, when they reach it, Joe discovers a shipment of cocaine that has been stashed there by drug runners for safe keeping. When they arrive to claim it, Jason is locked into a life-or-death struggle to protect his family.
Director: Lin Oeding
Cast: Jason Momoa, Garret Dillahunt, Jill Wagner, Stephen Lang, Sasha Rossof, and Sala Baker
2nd September: The Little Hours
Synopsis: A group of sexually-repressed nuns have to resist temptation when the libidinous servant Massetto seeks refuge in their convent. He’s on the run from cuckolded Lord Bruno, but he may be in deeper trouble when – posing as a deaf-mute – he falls on the tender mercy of the cloistered sisters.
Director: Jeff Baena
Cast: Dave Franco, Alison Brie, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C Reilly, and Nick Offerman
Review: If you like Aubrey Plaza et al. then you’ll find this pretty funny. And if you like Dave Franco, then it’s really a film about him getting a lot of action so it’s worth it for that, too. The Little Hours is a good comedy. I can’t help but think that if this is really what living in a convent was like then we are all really 1) Fools for thinking otherwise and 2) Missing out!