Our pick? Well the clue's in the title.
It’s Friday folks – your mundane, work-a-day week has come to an end, and now you’ve got a chance to spend the money you’ve earned on some form of entertainment, be it alcohol, video games, illegal activities or the movies. It’s the latter we’re focusing on: what film should you see tonight?
Danny Trejo in Machete Kills
You could go and see Machete Kills. Danny Trejo’s film started out as a joke trailer in Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse films, and eventually found itself as a fully-fledged feature film. It was okay; people got it, they understood that it was a joke and was intentionally kitsch. What nobody asked for was a sequel featuring Mel Gibson and Lady GaGa, but that’s what we’ve got, and it’s rubbish.
The Fifth Estate is also out tonight; it features a creepy portrayal of Julian Assange by Benedict Cumberbatch in a film that says it plots the rise and fall of both Wikileaks and Assange’s friendship with Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl). The film has been met with bad reviews, although the individual performances – especially the two leading men – have been praised.
The Fifth Estate wasn't quite what the critics were looking for
Now that the ‘big-hitters’ are out of the way, likely to hit headlines on Monday for their stunted starts, how about you take a peek at Le-Weekend. It sees Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan as Nick and Meg, a British couple, who, like many other couples, decide to celebrate their thirtieth wedding anniversary with a weekend getaway in Paris. This character drama features a charming plot and some fantastic performances from its leading stars, as well as Jeff Goldblum.
If you don’t fancy any of the new releases, you might want to turn your attention to something you missed last week. There are some good films still lurking around theatres. Prisoners, for instance, has been hailed as a taut thriller, featuring an eerily scary performance from Paul Dano. Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal.
How I Live Now would be a good option for a young couple, or a dad looking to entertain his 15-year-old daughter. Nearly impossible to pronounce Saoirse Ronan plays the lead in this dystopian adventure featuring love, nuclear war, the countryside and teenagers. Then there’s Filth, which certainly isn’t suitable for a dad looking to entertain his 15-year-old daughter. Irvine Welsh’s novel is said to be even more gruesome, but that doesn’t mean James McAvoy’s film version holds anything back.