Exclaim! Reviews Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, The Expendables, Animal Kingdom and More in This Week's Film Roundup
Published Aug 13, 2010It's Friday, meaning there is a big pile of new film reviews here at Exclaim.ca. So click over to our Recently Reviewed motion section.
First off, Director Edgar Wright delivers with his polygamous marriage of indie rock, videogames and 20-something angst in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Wright's stylized comic book adaptation manages to be clever without being pretentious and over the top, saving the film from becoming just another parody (a genre he mastered with Shaun of the Dead).
Next, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work documents a year in the life of the famously foul-mouthed comedian. The film focuses on Rivers as someone whose insecurity about fame has driven her to constantly try to protect her legacy, be it by performing at small NYC clubs to sharpen up between headlining tours, or winning Celebrity Apprentice. And, no, she hasn't lost her characteristic edge.
The Expendables seems to have everyone asking what you get when you put a bunch of the biggest names in the action genre together. Director/star Sylvester Stallone is joined by the likes of Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Terry Crews, as well as tons of explosions.
Also out in theatres this week is The Disappearance of Alice Creed. Directed by J Blakeson, our reviewer writes: "The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a kidnapping thriller from the UK that's as suspenseful and involving as a kidnapping thriller should be." And while we're talking foreign films, director David Michôd's Animal Kingdom definitely lives up to its Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning hype, as it earns an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence. According to our reviewer, "An unwavering attention to character and sharp storytelling makes this Australian import stand out from the herd."
Finally, Mesrine: Part 1 - Killer Instinct is out this week, two years after screening at TIFF. Directed in Jean-Francois Richet's captivating (if glitzy) style, this is the first of two films focused on French-Canadian gangster Jacques Mesrine.
Read the full reviews for these films and more by heading over to the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed motion section.