Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
I swear this film gets weaker every time I see it Still, it’s got flavour, and acting chops in spades.
Decent if not perfect Aardman stop-motion animation about a bunch of stone age dudes inventing football, and getting into scrapes with some Bronze Age dudes. Not entirely sure about the historical accuracy, but fun, as one would expect from Nick Park and his team.
Pride And Glory
Functional drama about a family of New York cops (Ed Norton, Colin Farrell, Noah Emmerich and patriarch Jon Voight) and some wrong-side-of-the-law shenanigans. Directed by Gavin O’Connor, conscripted with Joe Carnahan.
Pretty funny, metafictional biopic about working class figure skater Tonya Harding and the assault on her Olympic rival Nancy Kerrigan that turned her into a quiz question and landed her in gaol. NMargot Robbie – great; Allison Janney – great; Sebastian Stan and Paul Walter Hauser – great. Well crafted by Craig Gillespie from a Steven Rogers script.
Thoroughly two-dimensional Afghanistan War business, with Chris Hemsworth leading a team of Green Berets on a mission to hook up with Abdul Dostum’s Northern Alliance and battle the Taliban. The odd movement of interest, but mostly lots of empty platitudes, orientalism and confusingly filmed action scenes. Debut feature from Nicolai Fuglsig, who previously did the advert with all them bouncing balls in San Francisco.
Truth-bending historical drama, with Meryl Streep as Washington Post proprietor Katy Graham and Tom Hanks as her editor Ben Bradlee. Bit of a snow job from Spielberg, given how it was the New York Times that broke the Pentagon Papers story; and All The President’s Men made the newspaper game seem more exciting/interesting.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Brad Bird’s very fun contribution to the franchise, with stand-out scenes breaking Hunt out of Russian chokey at the start, and the Burj Khalifa job in Dubai.
Oscar Isaac is as ever excellent as a member of the Mossad team tasked with kidnapping escaped war criminal Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley) from his hiding hole in suburban Argentina. Solid stuff from director Chris Weitz.
The Son Of Bigfoot
Not terrible French/Belgian animation about a kid discovering that his long estranged dad is in fact, uh, Bigfoot. Meanwhile an evil corporation is on his trail to steal his DNA.