This time out the traps Brian A Miller appears to have smutty Polaroids of John Cusack and Bruce Willis in his possession, as well as Jason Patric’s Vegas marker, because that’s the only possible reason for their presence in this dumb, tedious flick. Bonus must-punch-self-in-face points for having 50 Cent turn up. OH JOY.
One of the better spate of on-the-ground Afghanistan/Iraq war docs, this time shot by a US Marine officer during the push to Baghdad, and turned into a feature by Kristian Fraga.
The Rise (AKA Wasteland)
What first seems like a run-of-the-mill Lock, Stock… geezers-style movie is quickly subverted into something else a whole lot more interesting. Luke Treadaway in the lead puts down his marker as someone to watch, as does writer-director Rowan Athale.
He Who Dares: Downing Street Siege
Execrable on all levels, this coked-up, self-satisfied Paul Tanter/Simon Phillips shit is amongst the worst tax write-off movies I’ve ever seen, with almost no effort to make it in any way artistically or narratively coherent.
Priest is threatened, he meets some people, gets a bit pissed off, stuff happens. From John Michael McDonagh, with Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Chris O’Dowd, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, M Emmet Walsh, Domhnall Gleeson, Killian Scott.
Comes A Bright Day
Modest but accomplished – a high end jeweller’s is held up, just as a young lad who works as a concierge at a nearby posh hotel pops in on an errand. That’s pretty much it. With Craig Roberts, Imogen Poots, Tim Spall, Geoff Bell, Kevin McKidd and Josef Altin. Confident drama from writer/director Simon Aboud.
Blue collar worker Mel Raido becomes a bouncer, finds camaraderie on the door, gets accused of something serious. Not earth-shattering, but pretty decent. With Colin Salmon, Shaun Parkes, Maxine Peake, Natalie Gumede and Scot Williams, directed by Neil Thompson from a script by real-life bouncer and martial artist Geoff Thompson.
Ex-DEA agent Jason’s Statham is forced on the defensive when a meth gang he busted years back discovers his new identity. Mid-level Stath actioner (based on a Chuck Logan novel adapted by Sylvester Stallone), something of a box officer bomb, but not terrible by any means. Directed by Gary Fleder, with Winona Ryder as a crankhead, James Franco as a drug manufacturer.