Here's another leading comedy vehicle co-written by and starring Melissa McCarthy. Outside of Mike & Molly on the domestic comedy front, McCarthy has proven her chops in Bridesmaids and The Heat, for which a sequel is scheduled at some point in the not too distant future. The story follows McCarthy as Tammy, who after losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother played by Susan Sarandon.
Much has been said as to how comedic this film is i.e. is it funny in the first instance and is it actually more drama than comedy in the second? In either case, McCarthy continues to garner a strong cross-section of appeal, so it might do quite well in the UK.
Playing at The Electric over the next week, and quite possibly one of the longest titled films out there, this entertaining sounding Swedish film follows dynamite expert Allan Karlsson's life, and the unlikely events following his escape from the old folk's home on his 100th birthday.
PS. If you think the title is long, it is still a faithful translation of the Swedish title: "Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann"
Fruitvale Station (15)
Garnering much acclaim and awards at last year's Sundance Film Festival, Fruitvale Station tells the story of Oscar Grant who wakes up one New Year's Eve to plan his resolutions. Throughout all the good deeds, there's a veil of something not being right. His resolve takes a tragic turn when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year's Day. The shooting shook the Bay Area and the States generally. Fruitvale Station serves as a celebration of life, a condemnation of death, and the performance of Michael B. Jordan has been widely praised.
A Hard Day's Night (50th Anniversary)
John, Paul, George and Ringo embark on a 'typical' day in the life of the Beatles. Given a 50th anniversary release, I imagine that Richard Lester's use of fast editing, documentary style and various quirks felt very new to a 60s audience.
Now it seems quite familiar, especially with the songs. That said, the film holds a charm and I'm sure fans of The Beatles will want to see this remixed, remastered and all round reprint of the original at selected screens over the next week.
It wouldn't be Summer in Birmingham without the Brindleyplace Film Festival kicking off next week, with a selection of kiddy, occasionally classic and sometimes cheesy 80s flicks. This year is no different, and all free, including free popcorn and takeaway food options on the night from Café Opus, Chilacas, GBK, Picolino and Thai Edge.
MON 7: ET, 6pm
TUES 8: Mrs Doubtfire, 6pm
WED 9: Top Gun, 6pm
THUR 10: Dirty Dancing, 6pm
FRI 11: Ghost, 6pm
SAT 12: Toy Story 2, 12pm
SAT 12: Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom, 4pm
SUN 13: Aladdin, 12pm
SUN 13: Three Men & A Baby, 4pm
Anyhow, that's it from me this week. Nobody puts Timmy in the corner!
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Until next week, have a cracking time at the cinema and keep supporting your local screens!!!