One must see movie to check out this week …


Tom Hanks stars in my top pick to see this week — it will be good to see him in a movie again. And it’s directed by Steven Spielberg, which bodes well. It is BRIDGE OF SPIES and is the true story of an American lawyer (Tom Hanks) who is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union. It’s getting high scores so make sure you catch it. Time Out New York’s Joshua Rothkopf says that, ‘Gifts of civility small and large mark Steven Spielberg’s latest film, a deeply satisfying Cold War spy thriller that feels more subdued than usual for the director-even more so than 2012’s philosophical Lincoln-but one that shapes up expertly into a John Le Carré-style nail-biter.’ It’s a great movie — saw it today. My review coming soon.


I was listening to a review on the radio of the movie THE LOBSTER and it was described as Greek Weird genre. Not sure what that means but I notice that the movie is in French and English! LOBSTER is a comedy romance sci-fi set in a dystopian near future where single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin says that ‘Every frame has been composed with cerebral coolness, and the hotel and its surrounding forests are shot with a dream-like lucidity. I haven’t seen anything quite like it before, and I’m still not sure that I have even now. This is the kind of film you have to go back to and check it really happened.’ Sounds intriguing.


ALEX & EVE is a comedy about Alex, a Greek Orthodox schoolteacher, who falls for Lebanese Muslim lawyer, Eve. The relationship is forbidden by both families, and thus the emotional dilemma of ‘Alex and Eve’ is created. That’s all I know about this one and it is only in limited release. If I catch up with it, I’ll post my review for you.

Bradley Cooper turns to cooking in BURNT where he plays Adam Jones, a Chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behaviour. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars. The general public are rating this one quite high, but critics are not so impressed. TheWrap’s Alonso Duralde says that, ‘Burnt ultimately feels like those sous-vide bags that Adam finds so worthy of mockery: trapped in plastic, with the air sucked out of it.’ You’ll have to decide whether you go with the general viewer or the critics.


One to avoid this week, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION. In this interminable series, this episode is about a family who must protect their daughter from an evil entity with a sinister plan using a special camera that can see spirits. The Wrap’s Alonso Duralde says it ‘… feels like the last wheeze of a played-out series. When the time on your watch becomes more compelling than the timestamp on the movie’s video footage, it’s time to pack it in. Forget this one and use your time to see a good movie!

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

*NOTE* Movie summaries are adaptations of movie summary on IMDB. Opinions are mine unless credited. These updates are written from an Australian perspective so openings of the movies in cinemas may vary in other parts of the world.