Just three new release movies opening in cinemas this week…


GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is the one to check out this week. Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser. If you’ve seen the trailers you’ll know this one looks like a rollicking adventure with splashes of humour. Movie Nation’s Roger Moore says it’s Laugh-out-loud funny and production-designed to death, Guardians of the Galaxy pops off the screen. It’s available in 3D.


Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo team up in the comedy, drama, musical BEGIN AGAIN which tells the story of a chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan which turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents. The director/writer, John Carney, produced a hit with the movie ONCE. It doesn’t sound as though this one is quite as good although the general viewer seems to be rating it reasonably high. According to Mick LaSalle, of the San Francisco Chronicle, The music is hit-and-miss, and the movie sinks into as many cliches as it avoids. But the characters are appealing, and the storytelling is just unconventional enough to keep an audience guessing. Might be ok.


In AND SO IT GOES a self-absorbed realtor enlists the help of his neighbor when he’s suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home. With Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton leading the cast, you’d think we might get a good comedy drama romance. Not so. Ratings are very low indeed. The Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips warns us that The slapstick is awful; the pathos isn’t much better, though it’s far more plentiful. Give this one a wide berth.

That’s it for this week. See you at the movies!

NB: synopses of movies are adapted from IMDB. Opinions are mine unless quoted from cited sources.