The Fault in Our Stars & The Anomaly lead the new cinema releases & trailers – w/e June 20th 2014


This weekend there are five new films out for you to choose from: weepy drama in The Fault In Our Stars, thrillers in The Anomaly & 3 Days To Kill, comedy in The Art of the Steal and music in Jersey Boys.

The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault In Our Stars stars Shailene Woodley (Divergent) and Ansel Elgort as Hazel and Gus, two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

Also starring Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff and Laura Dern, The Fault In Our Stars is out in the UK on June 20th and, quite honestly, looks like a syrupy-sweet piece of crap that is best avoided, roping a terminal disease into the plot in a bid to make it sound worth a watch.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

The Anomaly

The Anomaly is about a former soldier who is taken captive and awakens in the back of a van where he learns that he only has 9 minutes and 47 seconds to figure out how he got there.

Directed by Noel Clarke, he stars in it alongside Ian Somerhalder, Brian Cox, Alexis Knapp and Luke Hemsworth, this looks like an absolute cracker of a movie, so I’m very much looking forward to it.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

The Art of the Steal

The Art of the Steal is a comedy starring Kurt Russell as a motorcycle stuntman who comes a cropper as he gets past it and ends up getting involved in the theft of a work of art from a gallery, in a heist which also features Matt Dillon, Terrence Stamp and Jay Baruchel. It looks well worth a watch to me. Not sure why it’s taken three months to hit UK cinemas, though.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys feels like a terrible title, but the trailer shows an engaging film about the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey, who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.

Directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Christopher Walken, Freya Tingley as Francine Valli, and John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli himself.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

3 Days To Kill

3 Days To Kill pitches Kevin Costner as a dangerous international spy, who is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he’s previously kept at arm’s length to keep out of danger.

But first, he must complete one last mission – even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world’s most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years, while his wife is out of town.

Also starring Hailee Steinfeld and Connie Nielsen, despite the fact it’s directed by McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) I’ll still venture that this may be a…

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!