Published Jul 05, 2013As the weekend approaches, cinephiles, culture vultures and first-daters alike all begin their search for the ideal film to take in at their local theatre. As is our weekly custom, we've picked a few of the biggies to highlight below. Check out some of what's new this week below, then wing by our Recently Reviewed section to read reviews of even more new releases.
First up, Gore Verbinski resuscitates classic silver-screen hero The Lone Ranger (pictured) for a family-friendly romp. But can this do-gooder still thrill in the age of city-levelling special effects? Read our review to find out.
Steve Carrell's reformed villain returns in Despicable Me 2, in which the curmudgeonly Groo is faced with a new love interest (Kristen Wiig), all against a humourous backdrop of sight gags provided by his yellow, goggle-eyed minions. Laughs are harder to come by in I'm So Excited, Pedro Almodóvar's attempt at reversing gender roles that sadly comes off as simplistic and, at points, ignorant.
Jem Cohen's first attempt at a narrative fiction, Museum Hours, demonstrates Cohen's "acutely observant knack for appreciating subtleties and atmosphere," while The Way, Way Back finds directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash trying to balance sincerity and humour, but you'll have to read our review to see whether they pulled it off.
Finally, Morgan Neville's poignant documentary about the life of a backup singer, Twenty Feet From Stardom, makes for compelling viewing by examining the price of fame and the nature of an industry where a big break can always be one more opportunity away.
Of course, those aren't all the movies in theatres this week. Check out our Recently Reviewed section for reviews on even more films.