Out Now – 26th June 2013

Wolverine Ha

The Wolverine
Wolverine’s previous solo film outing was an unmitigated disaster riddled with plot holes and general ridiculousness. I was very briefly excited about this follow-up when Darren Aronofsky signed up to direct. In the end the film was directed by someone else and is apparently pretty terrible. At least I’ll always have that brief excitement to look back on fondly.

Frances Ha
Anyone who once thought that Zooey Deschanel was the queen of indie cinema has had to reconsider just how indie an actress can be since Greta Gerwig mumbled her way quirkily onto the scene. Her latest is a black and white comedy about a woman who interns at a dance school despite having no dancing ability. Director Noah Baumbach has written some solid gold mumblecore cinema including Greenberg and Margot at the Wedding, and bizarrely Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. I’m in.

Bajatey Raho (limited release)
Bollywood comedy thriller about the friends of a victim of fraud who team up to con the conman. Should. Be. Fun. ?

Dial M for Murder (limited re-release)
Embarrassingly enough I have not seen this classic Hitchcock thriller from 1954. Sure I own the DVD, I can see it sitting on the shelf above my desk (on the right between Psycho and North by Northwest), but who has the time to actually watch films? Owning them is so much less inconvenient if you don’t spent time bothering to watch them. But now it’s on the big screen again… perhaps I can be persuaded to really snub my DVD and watch the film in the cinema.

Blackfish (limited release)
Documentary about a killer killer whale who has taken the lives of three human beans. Expect interviews of people mourning loved ones or sympathising with the trapped animal. FUNTIMES!

Days of Grace (limited release)
The synopsis for this thriller is so bizarre: “Mexico City. 2002, 2006, 2010. A cop. A hostage. A wife. Corruption, violence, vengeance. Three destinies, during 30 days, during three Soccer World Cups. Three ways to fight in order to survive.” Is that the first draft? Shouldn’t some PR person write that up into full sentences? Are they even trying any more?

Viramundo (limited release)
Documentary following Brazilian music’s elder statesman Gilberto Gil as he meets indigenous peoples.

Best of Luck (limited release)
Another Bollywood comedy. I say Bollywood but this is a Punjabi film shot in Canada. I am culturally ignorant here. Stars Jazzy B (a Bhangra singer) and Simran Kaur Mundi who won the title of Miss India Universe in 2008. In the final competition she placed 1st runner-up in the Beach Beauty Competition, 2nd runner-up in the Evening Gown Contest and 4th in the National Costume Round. Must be weird to know that you are better skilled at wearing swimwear than your national dress.