The Inbetweeners 2 and God’s Pocket lead the new cinema releases & trailers – w/e August 8th 2014

the-inbetweeners-2This weekend there are five new films out for you to choose from: comedy in The Inbetweeners 2, drama in God’s Pocket, CGI for kids in Planes: Fire and Rescue, biopic drama in Jimi: All Is By My Side, and erotic drama in Welcome To New York.

The Inbetweeners 2

I love Friday Night Dinner starring Simon Bird (written by Robert Popper), and Blake Harrison’s sadly-cancelled Way To Go (written primarily by Bob Kushell) – and intended to watch more than the first episode of his more recent sitcom, Big Bad World, but just haven’t got round to it, I never warmed to The Inbetweeners as a series, but tried the first film on Channel 4 last Saturday and did rather enjoy it. However, I will see this but I’ll wait for the 18-rated Blu-ray, as, like the first film (I later realised after I watched it), it has also been cut slightly to get a 15-cert.

According to the BBFC, the distributor “preferred a 15 which could be achieved by making reductions to two scenes involving crude humour.” (BBFC link here)

The four lads will appear again amidst a bevvy of beauties, including Emily Berrington, who I first saw as the sweet and innocent Aussie backpacker in Outnumbered, before being a ruthless killer who lost a finger – and a husband – to her mom in 24: Live Another Day.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

God’s Pocket

God’s Pocket is one of Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s last films, and he plays Mickey Scarpato, who gets in over his head when he tries to cover-up the accidental death of his stepson.

It sports a superb cast is Christina Hendricks, John Turturro, Glenn Fleshler, Caleb Landry Jones, Eddie Marsan, Richard Jenkins and Domenick Lombardozzi, and looks like a must-see.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Planes: Fire and Rescue

Just a year after the original CGI kids film was on the big screen, a straight-to-DVD sequel has been put up where it doesn’t belong.

When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins a forest fire and rescue unit to be trained as a firefighter.

More CGI kids nonsense? I’ll pass.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

Jimi: All Is By My Side

This is a drama based on Jimi Hendrix’s pre-fame years, starring Imogen Poots, Hayley Atwell and Burn Gorman, plus Outkast’s André Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix.

I love the man’s music, so this is a…

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Welcome To New York

Mr. Devereaux is a powerful man. A man who handles billions of dollars every day. A man who controls the economic fate of nations. A man driven by a frenzied and unbridled sexual hunger. A man who dreamed of saving the world and who cannot save himself. A terrified man. A lost man.

Directed by co-written by Abel Ferrara, and starring Jacqueline Bisset and Gérard Depardieu, the trailer for this didn’t grab me.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!