Get Reviews of '2 Guns,' 'Blue Jasmine,' 'Berberian Sound Studio' and More in This Week's Film Roundup
Published Aug 02, 2013Canada's August holiday goes by a number of different names. But whether you're celebrating Natal Day, Heritage Day, Simcoe or James Cockburn Day, make the most of your extended weekend by camping out at your nearest theatre to take in a film. We've taken a look at some of the new movies hitting theatres this week below, but don't forget to head over to our Recently Reviewed section to read reviews on even more of this week's newest releases.
Starting things off is 2 Guns, the hilariously dark and equally entertaining action adventure starring human bicep Mark Wahlberg and Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington. Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormáku delivers an intricate narrative with a tongue-in-cheek poke at Western corruption in this above-average buddy comedy. But is this populist throwback able to generate as much fun as Wahlberg and Kormáku's previous collaboration Contraband? You'll have to read on to find out.
Next, Woody Allen returns to the director's seat with Blue Jasmine, the Cate Blanchett starring comedy about class divides and corporate greed. Once again, the neurotic auteur's latest work offers a compelling, yet anxiety-inducing experience. And although the change in narrative shows the 77-year-old director leaving his comfort zone, the film ultimately falters due to its cartoonish direction and myopic social observations.
Director Peter Strickland does his best David Lynch impression in the abstract auditory thriller Berberian Sound Studio, while investigative documentarian Cullen Hoback questions Internet privacy rights in the easily-digestible Terms and Conditions May Apply.
Finally, director Raja Gosnell continues to ruin your childhood memories of The Smurfs with the over-marketed sequel Smurfs 2. But does this film adaptation retain any semblance of the original Belgian comic strip, or is it simply another example of low quality, blockbuster rubbish? Click through to know.
Of course, that's just a few of the movies in theatres this week. Check out our Recently Reviewed section for reviews on more new films out this weekend.