Comedy/Drama. Starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Jeff Gablin, Kaitlyn Dever, Mark Webber. Directed by Lynn Shelton. Cert 15A
Keira Knightley is an actress who continually gets a bad rap for no apparent reason. Okay, that Pirates of the Caribbean nonsense was unforgivable but she generally delivers good work and is fine in the forthcoming The Imitation Game but movies like Say When do her no favours at all.
Her character here, Megan, is in her late 20s and a little swamped by life. She’s very well-educated but hasn’t got a proper job, her boyfriend Anthony (Mark Webber) seems okay but is involved with some New Age spirituality nonsense, and all her friends are getting married and starting families.
So, following Anthony’s botched proposal at a wedding, she does what any sensible 28-year-old would do — heads to a convenience store, buying liquor for 16-year-old Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz) and her friends, and winds up hanging out with the group.
In a plot device that’s implausible, stupid and downright creepy, Megan decides to lay low at Annika’s house for a week, having sleepovers with her pals and, of course, catching the eye of Annika’s dad Craig, a divorce lawyer played by Sam Rockwell.
Alas, not even Rockwell’s tremendous natural charm and talent can save this utter shambles of a film which, despite being written and directed by women, paints a picture of women so ridiculous it could have emerged from the mind of Michael Bay. It really is that bad and should be avoided at all costs.
Science-Fiction. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, Mackenzie Foy. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Cert 12A
When you think about it, the term 'science fiction' is hard to actually put a definition on. Countless books and films exist on the subject though, and author Damon Knight's comment sums it up nicely. "Science fiction is what we point to when we say it," he wrote in 1967.
Nightcrawler (Cert 16). As dark and disorienting professional profiles go, Nightcrawler stands apart slightly from Scorsese's Bringing Out The Dead or Mark Romanek's One Hour Photo in that its protagonist is already certifiably creepy from the get-go.