Out Now – 13th July 2012

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift
I am far from up to date with this particular franchise and am hoping that with the natural progression of time the Ice Age will simply end taking the franchise with it. If they dare to have the characters become frozen in ice at the end of the film ready to thaw out in modern-day America in the next film then I will only have myself to blame for suggesting it in this very sentence.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Lovely comedy about love at the end of the world. I highly recommend this film. For anyone who finds Steve Carell unfunny and Keira Knightley irritating there is an adorable dog you could focus on instead.

Tortoise in Love (limited release)
British comedy about the love between a gardener and Polish au pair. The tortoise in question is the gardener as he is very slow at making a move, romantically speaking. He also bloody loves lettuce but it is less key to the overall plot.

Chariots of Fire (limited release)
Re-release of classic 80s British drama about Britain doing rather well in the athletics at the Olympics in the ’20s. I saw it, I liked it, what more do you want?

Nostalgia for the Light (limited release)
“In Chile’s Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body parts of loved ones, dumped unceremoniously by Pinochet’s regime.” Right. Good.

The Giants (limited release)
Two teenage brothers rent out their dead Grandfather’s house to a drug dealer and “things don’t go exactly as planned”. Honestly, what did they expect would happen? I hope they took a security deposit.

Electrick Children (limited release)
A 15-year-old Mormon falls pregnant and claims immaculate conception by music but her parents aren’t convinced. Let’s face it, the immaculate conception excuse has only really worked once and people are much more cynical nowadays.

Detachment (limited release)
Adrien Brody is a substitute teacher who forms one of those unlikely friendships with a teenage prostitute. I imagine they have something to teach each other and come out all the better for it.

Salute (limited release)
“The black power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics was an iconic moment in the US civil rights movement. What part did the white Australian who ran second play and what price did these athletes pay for standing up for their beliefs?” I do not know the answer to these questions. Someone see the film and let me know?

The Soul of Flies (limited release)
“A magic realism tale of two brothers who meet for the first time on the way to their father’s funeral, who they never knew. A journey where memories are mixed with dreams, and death is just another character.” What is magic realism!?

The Prey (limited release)
A bank robber trusts a suspected rapist/child molester with the location of his loot in the hope that he will take care of his family while he serves out the sentence for his robbery. Learning more about the possibly murderous rapist, the bank robber escapes from prison to protect his family. What a week!

Comes a Bright Day (limited release)
Romantic thriller set during the armed robbery of a London jewellers. Craig Roberts from Submarine stars so the film is probably a little bit good at least.