Two sequels, a threequel, a derivative rom-com and an even more derivative exorcism movie. None of these films were terrible, but none were great, however there are two gems that really were worth seeing.
What If: A young man meets a woman at a party and is immediately attracted to her, already in a relationship she wants to be friends. lightweight but enjoyable rom-com. Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan make a likeable couple but a lack of chemistry hampers the film.
The Expendables 3: The best and worst of the series depending on your point of view. More than the first two films it recaptures the fun of 80’s action movies but also lack any teeth thanks to CGI and a 12A rating. Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas are welcome additions to the cast.
The Rover: Ten years after a little explained “collapse” a man sets out to recover his stolen car for reasons that become clear at the end. More sombre and low key than Mad Max, the film it has been compared to. Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson are both excellent. Opinions will be divided on the ending, I thought it really worked and gave and overall meaning to the film.
Lucy: A young woman develops super powers when the packet of drugs in her stomach splits. The trailer makes it look like Limitless (2011) but its more ambitious and vastly different. Far from perfect but interesting and fun.
Deliver Us From Evil: A tough New York cop and an unconventional priest investigate an unusual series of crimes. The latest in a series of possession/exorcism movies, like so many of its predecessors it claims to be based on a true story. It offers nothing new to the genre but is suitably dark and gloomy.
Sin City A Dame to Kill For: The belated sequel to Sin City (2005). Another group of stories from familiar and new characters. Taken on its own merits, it isn’t much different to the original, but it isn’t new and original any more. Worth seeing for Eva Green who relishes the role of femme fatale.