As Above So Below and Let’s Be Cops lead the new cinema releases & trailers – w/e August 29th 2014

as-above-so-belowThis weekend there are seven new films out for you to choose from: horror in As Above So Below, comedy in Let’s Be Cops, feel-good comedy drama in The Grand Seduction, drippy drama in If I Stay, Disney baseball in Million Dollar Arm, more comedy in Obvious Child and eco-drama in Night Moves.

As Above So Below

As Above So Below is a thriller set in the miles of twisting catacombs which lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.

A journey into madness and terror, As Above So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.

As Above So Below stars Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, Perdita Weeks and from the trailer it looks superb and consistent, so here’s hoping the finished film can maintain this pace.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!


Let’s Be Cops

Let’s Be Cops is the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they’re not cops.

Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr play two struggling pals who dress as police officers for a costume party and inadvertently become neighbourhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line…

Also starring Andy Garcia, Let’s Be Cops‘ new trailer also looks fantastic and the film looks like a…

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!


The Grand Seduction

The small harbor of Tickle Cove is in dire need of a doctor so that the town can land a contract to secure a factory which will save the town from financial ruin. Village resident Murray French (Brendan Gleeson) leads the search, and when he finds Dr. Paul Lewis (Taylor Kitsch) he employs – along with the whole town – tactics to seduce the doctor to stay permanently

The Grand Seduction also stars Liane Balaban and Gordon Pinsent, but despite Gleeson’s presence, this movie has taken a whole year to reach our screens since it was made, looks as predictable as hell, and so it’s a…

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!


If I Stay

If I Stay puts Chloë Grace Moretz in the role of Mia Hall, a young cellist who thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley).

But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate.

If I Stay also stars Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato, Lauren Lee Smith and looks a bit too ‘safe’ as a drama, but exactly what teenage girls will want to see as they identify with Moretz, in age at least.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!


Million Dollar Arm

Jon Hamm plays a sports agent who stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. Also starring Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), this looks bloody tedious!

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!


Obvious Child

Obvious Child is a comedy in which Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for the worst/best St. Valentine’s Day of her life.

Like I said, it’s a comedy, but then again, it never made me laugh. In fact, the trailer never seemed to end.

Obvious Child also stars Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, Gabe Liedman, David Cross and Richard Kind .

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!


Night Moves

Night Moves is a forthcoming drama about three environmentalists who plot to blow up a dam, and it looks a hell of a weird trailer so I don’t know whether it’ll translate to a film that actually is worth watching.

It stars Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg, Alia Shawkat, Peter Sarsgaard and James Le Gros, and I’m going to err on the side of…

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!


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