The week goes fast and here we are with new movies to see!
JASON BOURNE, the most dangerous former operative of the CIA, is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past in this new, fast-paced, action thriller. Mixed reviews from critics. CineVue’s Ben Nicholson does, however, make the point that ‘The political commentary feels far more explicitly pointed and widely integral than in previous incarnations which adds a bold new dynamic where perhaps the same re-inventive verve is lacking in the film’s formulaic story. Fortunately, Greengrass and Damon are so in command of this material it’s rarely too much of a concern. Even when little of substance seems to be happening, the narrative feels propulsive.’ I liked it — my review soon. People ***1/2 ◉ Critics *** ◉ Me ****
A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING. An interesting title! It stars Tom Hanks as Alan, a failed American businessman who looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch. The Hollywood Reporter’s Sheri Linden says that, ‘When it isn’t trying too hard to be instructive or jokey, Tykwer’s film fluently conveys the hard truth of diminished relevance, geopolitical as well as personal. Hanks’ portrayal of a man caught between utter defeat and a yearning to begin again is pitch-perfect.’ People *** ◉ Critics ***
The comedy drama DOUGH doesn’t look great given the plot that sounds predictable. An old Jewish baker struggles to keep his business afloat until his young Muslim apprentice drops cannabis in the dough and sends sales sky high. San Francisco Chronicle’s David Lewis reckons ‘It’s competently made but boring – and desperate.’ People *** ◉ Critics **1/2
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. People and critics scores are a rough idea of how movies are currently being rated on the “average”. These updates are written from an Australian perspective so openings of the movies in cinemas may vary in other parts of the world.