At the Flix with @Timmy666

Yo people!

Here's a snapshot dash through the week's cinematic output in Birmingham. Let's poke the celluloid shall we!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (12A)

One has to question the motives of a studio for thinking this was ever a good idea! Then again I have a fondness to the 80s cartoon series (which replaced Ninja with Hero) - but I'm a bit older now, not necessarily any wiser. 

The previous movie attempts haven't been good - but let's all rejoice - it's a kick-ass Michael Bay production and it has Megan Fox as April O'Neil. Evidently Bay has forgiven Fox (for her Transformers comments) and then, by the looks of it, given her a bit of an unforgivable film to star in.

The film has taken a few of its cues from the Nolan/Gotham-esque universe and sent it up, taken away the seriousness and put fighting reptiles into the mix instead. Some folks will no doubt love it and take some guilty pleasure from it, mainly kids I suspect, but that's who this is aimed at. 

Judge, The (15)

A powerhouse cast makes this film an enticing propositions. Robert Downey Jr. downs the mask and stars in this legal drama as as a big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town's judge (Robert Duvall), is suspected of murder.

Reviews have been mixed, a few citing the plot as cliched and predictable and a script which is unwieldy but counteract that with the well-regarded performances of its leads then I'll leave the 'judge'ment up to you.

Best Of Me, The (12A)

Based on Nicholas Sparks novel, James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan star as a pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown. And that's the plot!

Not being one to shoehorn, pigeonhole or stigmatise (yeah, right!), this is a romantic drama that veers into alarmingly cheesy territory, dare I say it's 'chick flick-ish' in its ambitions. So with that, cue much fawning, lashings of melodrama and some obvious romantic twists.

Is it The Best of Me or not the best of anything much in particular?

Northern Soul (15)

This is the directorial debut of photographer Elaine Constantine who tells the story of the 60s/70s Northern Soul and the youth culture that has been a massive influence for decades.

It focuses on two friends whose horizons are expanded forever by their discovery of black American soul music. With a strong support including Steve Coogan  Lisa Stansfield and Ricky Tomlinson amongst others, the film covers the scene in details from the obsessive record collecting to the dancing and drug-taking, and depicts a generation of young people losing themselves in songs from another country.

Tony Benn: Will and Testament

Showing at the mac, through intimate, quasi confessional interviews and his personal, photographic and film archive Will and Testament reveals a very human face behind the political mask of Tony Benn, an exclusive, direct and deeply personal look at his life.

That's it from me. If you have comments on the above or just want to vex massively or wax lyrical, I'm on twitter @timmy666.

Until next week, keep your turtles in a half shell!