Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Critical Week: Fire and ice

This week's child-friendly Sunday morning press screening was for the sequel Despicable Me 2, which is just as frantic and hilarious as the first film, maybe more so. We also had a late-scheduled screening last week for the hugely entertaining Superman movie Man of Steel, which is relaunching the franchise faster than a speeding bullet. A sequel is already planned for release next year, but it seems a little unlikely as there isn't even a script yet (that we know of). We also caught up with Kristin Wiig and Annette Bening in the uneven comedy Girl Most Likely, which has some very strong moments and characters. There were also Nicolas Cage and John Cusack playing cat and mouse in Alaska in the improbable-but-truecrime murder thriller The Frozen Ground and Tuppence Middleton in the stylish but underwritten dramatic thriller Trap for Cinderella.

As the summer film festival season settles in, there were also three documentaries: Alex Gibney's bracingly lucid exploration of free speech in the WikiLeaks doc We Steal Secrets, a riveting biographical documentary about the uneven life and career of comedian Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, and a heist-style doc Smash & Grab about Europe's notorious Pink Panther jewel-stealing gang. Finally, I also caught up with Bruno & Earlene Go to Vegas, a lively and gorgeously shot scrambled sexuality romp that has its world premiere in London next month.

This coming week we have Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in The Internship, Mike Figgis' mystery thriller Suspension of Disbelief, artist Jem Cohen's drama Museum Hours and the Mexican thriller Halley. Plus as many festival films as I can squeeze in - the Edinburgh International Film Festival kicks off Wednesday night, while London's East End Film Festival starts on Tuesday 25th June.

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