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A Week In Film #369: Games, guys nights and gangsters

Atari: Game Over title screen
Atari: Game Over
The story of the decline of Atari and its 2600 console, the failure of the E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial game, and the story of the consignment to landfill of untold numbers of cartridges following the falling financial fortunes of the company in 1983. A fascinating story, especially when we hear from those who worked at Atari, but the filmmaker – Zak Penn – inserts himself in to the story far too much.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith title screen
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
Bloody hell I find these prequels hard work, but the boy likes them. Pretty much forgettable, apart from the moment the Wookiees go over the top at Kashyyyk, the massacre of the younglings at the Jedi Temple, and the final showdown between Anakin/Vader and Obi-Wan on Mustafar.

Wild Card title screen
Wild Card
The Stath stars as a gambling addicted, gun-averse Las Vegas troubleshooter who goes up against a psycho gangster (Milo Ventimiglia) who has fucked over one of his friends. Simon West (Con Air) worked with Statham on their remake of The Mechanic, and plays to the actor’s strengths, but apart from the likeability of the lead and the occasional visual flourish, there’s not much to recommend here. From the William Goldman novel Heat, which was previously made as a Burt Reynolds vehicle.

Doors Open title screen
Doors Open
Comedy heist flick, with a bunch of middle class Edinburghians (Douglas Henshall, Stephen Fry, Kenneth Collard – planning to steal a bunch of famous paintings when the Scottish bank holding them in trust plans to sell them off to a private collector. Marc Evans (Snow Cake) directs a script by James Mavor, Mike Walden and Sandi Toksvig from a novel by Ian Rankin. Smug and dull.

The Nut Job title screen
The Nut Job
 Pretty watchable CGI cartoon about squirrels being lured away from their park home thanks to junk food-touting humans.