What to see for the rest of June at the cinema…
Starring: Jeremy Piven, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly
Vince, Ari and co. get the big-screen outing that’s long been promised, four years after the series came to a halt. Ari is now a studio head and wants to get back into business with Vinnie, whose posse are now doing various things of their own. Vin wants to direct, even if no-one’s quite sure if he can pull it off.
Frankly though, like the show, the plot is merely a small cog to hang a whole bunch of jokes, machismo and celebrity cameos on. The latter come in the form of Liam Neeson, Pharrell and Mark Wahlberg amongst others. Never the most feminist-minded show, enjoyment of the movie is likely to rely on previous fans. But the chemistry of the core group is undeniable and watching authentic friendships on-screen – however ridiculous their environment – is always worth it.
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton
A clever spin-off of the Despicable Me franchise, this focuses on three of the little yellow henchthings 42 years before they met their latter master Gru. Here, they sign up to work with Scarlett Overkill (Bullock), who wants to steal Queen Elizabeth’s crown amongst other things. Surprise, surprise, things don’t go according to plan.
It’s pretty daring to have three lead characters – even in a kids’ movie – who don’t speak a proper language, but the Minions unique dialogue still kind of makes sense and harks back to the more physical comedy of the past. Witty, original, weird and perfect for a family day out to the cinema.
Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hattie Morahan
An intriguing-sounding premise, this stars Sir Ian as an aged Sherlock, facing retirement, decrepitude and a case he could never let go of. Not only that, but he has to deal with a public who only know him from Dr. Watson’s books, which he believes have misrepresented him in the quest for a good story.
Based on a novel, it’s hard to imagine someone better suited to playing the OAP detective than McKellen, whilst he’s given fine support by Linney as his housekeeper and Milo Parker as her son.
There are some neat in-jokes too – in a movie-within-the-movie, the actor playing Conan Doyle’s creation is actually Nicholas Rowe, aka Young Sherlock Holmes in the 1985 film of the same name.