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.
Sky Cinema Premiere add a new film onto their channel every single day. This week’s feature sees the release of Fat Camp, Kissing Candice, Come Un Gatto In Tangenziale, Curvature, Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom, Patrick, and Backstabbing For Beginners. Let’s have a look and see what’s worth watching this week.
4th March – Fat Camp
Synopsis: Layabout student Hutch is despatched by his mother to work at a “Fat Camp” run by his uncle for six weeks. The reluctant participant takes the opportunity to insult the youngsters for their inability to keep up with his obsessive fitness demands. However, Hutch begins to realise – with the help of fetching counsellor Abby – that it’s what’s inside that counts.
Director: Jennifer Arnold
Cast: Chris Redd, Anabelle Acosta, Michael Cienfuego, Mel Rodriguez, Vivica A Fox, and Juliocesar Chavez
5th March – Kissing Candice
Synopsis: Epileptic 17-year-old Candice happily embraces the seizures she regularly experiences as a means of escaping her humdrum Irish small-town life. However, when a dreamy figure kisses her during a reverie, it turns out that he’s flesh and blood, but also a member of a gang of teenage criminals.
Director: Aoife McArdle
Cast: Ann Skelly, Ryan Lincoln, Conall Keating, Ryan McParland, Caitriona Ennis, and John Lynch
6th March – Come Un Gatto In Tangenziale (Like a Cat on a Highway)
Synopsis: The paths of Roman race relations worker Giovanni and a smart but poor single mum cross when their kids experience young love over a hot Italian summer. Both parents act like adolescents themselves, but an ‘opposites attract’ bond is formed at the same time, and maybe more. In Italian with English subs.
Director: Riccardo Milani
Cast: Paola Cortellesi, Antonio Albanese, Sonia Bergamasco, Luca Angeletti, Antonio D’Ausilio, and Alice Maselli
7th March – Curvature
Synopsis: While coming to terms with the apparent suicide of her husband, grieving widow Helen receives a mysterious phone call warning her that she’s in danger and to get out of the house. Then there’s the mysterious black car that has appeared in the driveway and the telephone voice sounds suspiciously like her own. Has the warning come from Helen at some time in the future?
Directors: Diego Hallivis
Cast: Lyndsy Fonseca, Linda Hamilton, Glenn Morshower, Noah Bean, Zach Avery, and Alex Lanipekun
8th March – Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom
Synopsis: This latest instalment of blockbuster dino shenanigans sees the return of Jurassic World bigwig Claire Dearing and raptor wrangler Owen Grady as Isla Nublar’s previously dormant volcano is now very much active. With the de-extinct residents in serious danger of being wiped out all over again, Claire – who now heads up a dinosaur protection group – convinces a reluctant Owen to help mount a daring rescue mission.
Director: JA Bayona
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith, Rafe Spall, BD Wong, Ted Levine, Toby Jones, and Jeff Goldblum
Review: It’s interesting to see the dinosaurs in a more domestic setting. I like the idea of them being sold at auction and people wanting to use them as weapons. I suppose that’s how it would really end up. But it’s not quite the same as seeing them in the wild in their [more] natural setting (excluding the bars).
Still, there’s plenty of chases and running and hiding, it’s just difficult for the franchise to keep up any originality now and this blockbuster just doesn’t have the impressive comeback factor of its predecessor.
9th March – Patrick
Synopsis: Scatter-brained teacher Sarah is just getting over a failed relationship when she’s gifted a spoiled pug – Patrick – by her grandmother. Her already chaotic life is further complicated by the mutt with a mind of its own. On the upside, she meets a dishy vet.
Director: Mandie Fletcher
Cast: Beattie Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, Gemma Jones, Cherie Lunghi, Ed Skrein, and Milanka Brooks
10th March – Backstabbing For Beginners
Synopsis: Ambitious wannabe diplomat Michael is taken under the wing of Pasha, the UN undersecretary in charge of the Oil-for-Food programme in Iraq. In Baghdad, his UN rival is appalled by the programme’s systemic corruption but Pasha maintains that even limited success is better than nothing, as Michael embarks on a steep learning curve of corruption.
Director: Per Fly
Cast: Theo James, Ben Kingsley, Belçim Bilgin, Jacqueline Bisset, Rossif Sutherland, and Rachel Wilson