First up this week is big fantasy adventure Oz the Great and Powerful, effectively a prequel to The Wizard of Oz. Here, an unethical small-time circus magician is hurled off to the vibrant Land of Oz, where he can set up as a great and powerful wizard, and where he meets three witches draw him fighting an evil that has begun growing in the world. James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams star.
Up next is Side Effects, a thriller that Steven Soderbergh has said will be his last film as director. Shortly after her husband is released from prison, a young woman becomes severely depressed and attempts suicide. A psychiatrist prescribes an experimental drug to help, but she starts to display some very unsettling side effects, putting both her and her doctor at the centre of a media storm and legal nightmare. Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones star.
Also out is Parker, an action thriller about a thief who is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new identity and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew’s latest heist. The best part? It stars the perfect storm of Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez.
Robot & Frank is a comedy drama set in the near future in which a former jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. However, the old man sees potential in his new friend and the two soon try their luck as a heist team.
In classic re-release territory, we have… nice… we have the 1987 romantic comedy fantasy The Princess Bride. A story told by grandfather to grandson, it sees a dashing young pirate hero return to save his former love, a beautiful princess, due to be married to a loathsome prince, kidnapped to start a war. On his way, the young man enlists help from a giant and a swordsman… and we all know who that swordsman is. Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, Fred Savage and Peter Falk star.
The Guilt Trip is a comedy (which comes out this week, not last week… sorry about that) starring Seth Rogen as an inventor set to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, but a quick stop at his mother, Barbara Streisand’s house turns into an unexpected voyage with her along for the ride.
Broken is a British coming-of-age drama about a young girl in North London whose life changes after witnessing a violent attack on a man she knows, carried out by the father of one of her friends that accused the man of a terrible crime. She now has to reconsider her life with the new information about the people she knows. Cillian Murphy, Tim Roth, Rory Kinnear, Bill Milner and Eloise Laurence star.
Finally, and on very limited release, Babeldom is a docu-drama/essay built from animation and found footage to construct a massive futuristic city, with elements from modern cities from around the world being used, and narration given by some residents about living there.
That’s it for another, folks. Enjoy.