Death at a Funeral
Funeral De Muerte (Death at a Funeral) - The US obviously thought they could do it better (they can’t) in this mediocre remake of Death at a Funeral. Starring Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence and Danny Glover, the funeral now takes place in Pasadena, California and Rock and Lawrence play the brothers whose father has died. If madcap farce and crass slapstick float your boat, this will be right up your street.
Scar 3D - Summer is most definitely here as film studios roll out all their duds that don’t stand a cat in hell’s chance of winning an Oscar. Take Scar 3D, a classic, formulaic slasher in which young girls get sliced and stapled by a psychotic killer. It’s nasty, gory and ultra-violent: just perfect for a sunny summer evening, no?
La Vida Privada De Pippa Lee (The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee) - This latest dark comedy from writer-director Rebecca Miller, tells the story of the 50-something wife of an aged New York book publisher who’s not quite ready to grow old gracefully in a retirement community. The film darts back and forth between her impending midlife crisis and flashbacks to her formative years, with Robin Wright Penn putting in a sterling performance in the title role. Keanu Reeves plays the guy next door.
Anvil. El Sueño De Una Banda De Rock (Anvil! The Story Of Anvil) - The comparisons to Rob Reiner’s mockumentary This is Spinal Tap come thick and fast in this touching, funny and very real documentary. The work of British director Sacha Gervasi, the film follows Canadian heavy metal band Anvil as they embark on a do or die comeback tour across Europe. 25 years on, only a tiny group of fans, mostly Japanese, are still feeling the love. The band can’t quite accept that the glory days, big hair and bigger crowds are well and truly behind them: tragic but very funny.