Director Fernando Leon de Aranoa Starring Olga Kurylenko, Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Melanie Thierry, Redja Stukan

Olga Kurylenko, Benicio del Toro and Tim Robbins are a rag-tag bunch of aid workers in the Balkans bringing a laid-back attitude towards the work they do. They’re trying to get water to some thirsty people, the only thing is the dead body floating in the well they need to use. The U.N says they aren’t allowed to touch it, but del Toro doesn’t work for them so they’re going to try anyway. But it’s not going to be easy, as even trying to procure rope is proving to be a hard task all on its own.

The blues rock fits perfectly with the comedy. The setting is so serious so it’s all the more impressive that the jokes should flows so seamlessly, especially from del Toro and Robbins. The trailer give everybody a moment to shine, we get a glimpse of the hardships they’re going to have to go through to get the job done without giving too much plot away, and it sells the tone and feel for this film really well. It’s a winner for me.

MRD 8 of 10

Director Doug Ellin Starring Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Perrey Reeves, Rex Lee, Scott Caan,Debi Mazar, Constance Zimmer, Bill y Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kid Cudi, Rhys Coiro, Nora Dunn, Alan Dale, Bow Wow, Martin Landau, Mark Wahlberg, Calvin Harris, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Stevan Ridley, Liam Neeson, Emily Ratajkowski, Cynthia Kirchner, Piers Morgan, Russell Wilson, Ronda Rousey, Thierry Henry

Entourage is back, with the guys driving Jeremy Piven even crazier than before with Adrian Grenier’s directorial debut going $15 million over; a gig he got by agreeing not to go over budget. Kevin Dillon tries to justify the deal as only Kevin Dillon can, which has Piven asking what he’s even doing there. The entire premise of both the TV series and this film is summed up in a nutshell right there.

It looks like a one big episode of the TV series, only with a hell of a lot more hijinks involved for Grenier and his hangers-on. Expensive cars, scantily-clad women, a cruise ship, parties, a helicopter, Jerry Ferrera getting his arse handed to him by Ronda Rousey within three seconds, and some meta film-making with Piven getting angry and a cameo by Mark Walhberg.

It’s not perfect as I have no idea what’s going on, but I figure the question isn’t what’s going to happen but how these guys are going to make it happen. I haven’t seen the series but this film looks funny, and the trailer does a hard sell for what might not be much more than a lot of perfect-looking people living the high life and four central guys causing as much mayhem as possible.

MRD 7 of 10

Director Gregory Jacobs Starring Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Andie MacDowell, Amber Heard, Jada Pinkett Smith, Elizabeth Banks, Jane McNeill, Donald Glover,

When he’s working on metal or working on women Channing Tatum still has the moves. There isn’t much to go on outside of a few glimpses of hot people at extravagant parties and shirtless muscle men stripping. Even so, with barely a sneak peak you can already tell what kind of film this is going to be, which is not an easy thing to achieve. It’s nowhere near a perfect trailer and I could criticise it for showing us pretty much nothing but it’s Magic Mike so what more needs to be said?

MRD 5 of 10

Director Gil Kenan Starring Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino, Kyle Catlett, Kennedi Clements, Nicholas Braun, Susan Heyward, Jane Adams, Soma Bhatia

Quick to establish innocence the trailer just as soon takes it away. At first it’s all fun and games for Kennedi Clements and Kyle Catlett but that changes when Clements opens her wardrobe and literally all hell breaks loose. She goes in, the doors close behind her and everything in the house comes to life. Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt have no other option than to call on Jared Harris, and from there things just get scarier.

The trailer builds up and up until it just explodes in this flurry of supernatural horror. The pitch black or dimly-lit shots are utilised to great effect and the cinematography is used brilliantly but the light-show that takes place towards the end is also effective. More importantly the scares look to be plentiful, especially that god-damn clown doll, but also the shining lights in the darkness and Clements ghostly expression. The only fault I can find with this trailer is it gives away too much of the plot, though it is forgiven considering it’s a remake.

MRD 8 of 10

Director F. Gary Gray Starring Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown, Jr., Marlon Yates Jr., Paul Giamatti, Corey Reynolds, Alexandra Shipp, Angela Elayne Gibbs, Keith Stanfield, R. Marcus Taylor, Sheldon A. Smith, Carra Patterson

Compton, California, 1987. Paul Giamatti can see that the men who make N.W.A aren’t just rapping, they’re speaking of the lives they live every day. Corey Hawkins is living on DJ’ing for $50, and O’Shea Jackson scrawls lyrics in a notebook on the bus. When they come together with Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. they create music with the first influential message of its kind that people have been waiting to hear, and it sends them straight to the top.

Their music does more than just represent those from the ‘hood, it incites them to stand up for themselves, and when the law tries to censor them they do just what a certain song suggests. However there are going to be a few ups and downs along the way. They may have gotten ‘out’, but one thing is for certain; you can the rapper out of the streets but you can’t take the streets out of the rapper.

It may be just a musical biopic but it’s one hell of a thrill-ride, the shifts in tone work, capturing that angst and determination in the space of three minutes. A perfect depiction of what was the N.W.A.

MRD 9 of 10

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