Five new flicks hitting UAE cinemas reviewed and rated
Time Out staff
One Chance Director: David Frankel Stars: MacKenzie Crook, Julie Walters, Colm Meaney, James Corden, Alexandra Roach
You can take the boy out of Essex... James Corden’s accent goes a bit Gavin and Stacey (‘fank you’) playing Britain’s Got Talent opera star Paul Potts. Never mind, he could do the whole thing in rhyming slang and still win you over. He gives a gorgeous, ah-bless performance as Potts – the shy Carphone Warehouse phone shop manager from Wales who wiped the smirk off Simon Cowell’s face in 2007.
The problem with the film is that Potts’s life story has been put through the Hollywood meat grinder. Awkward details have been changed or erased – they’ve made Potts Welsh (he grew up in Bristol, England) and eliminated his siblings. The filmmakers seem desperate to make the next Billy Elliot and turn Potts into a lovable loser who triumphs over adversity; in fact he was a Liberal Democrat councillor at 26. It all seems calculated to get Americans swooning over the quirky Brits with their funny accents eating pies in their little pubs.
The best bits come when Potts falls in love with his future wife, Julz (the brilliant Alexandra Roach). The two meet online and when they come face to face, they end up round his parents’ place for lunch. ‘Couldn’t you eat him up,’ says his mum. ‘You’d need a couple of sittings,’ replies his dad. Cath Clarke
Escape Director: Roar Uthaug Stars: Isabel Christine Andreasen, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Kristian Espedal
Historical feature set ten years after the Black Plague. A family move away from their village to look for a better place to settle when they are set up on by a gang of killers, sparing only 19-year-old Signe, who when faced with torture has to escape the clutches of the merciless bandits. Time Out staff
Belle and Sebastian Director: Nicolas Vanier Stars: Félix Bossuet, Tchéky Karyo, Margaux Châtelier
An inspiring and endearing story of a relationship between a little boy and his mountain dog. Six-year-old Sebastian is an adventurous and brave boy living with his adopted grandfather in the mountains when he finds Belle, a large mountain dog, that the villagers think is killing all their sheep. The pair form a bond despite the farmers wanting to shoot Belle, and when the Nazi invasion comes closer to the idyllic town, Sebastian hatches a plan to save everyone. Time Out staff
Think Like A Man Too Director: Tim Story Stars: Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Michael Ealy
Following on from the 2012 comedy inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man, this sequel sees the original couples meet up again for more battle of the genders antics. This time Michael (Terrence Jenkins) decides it’s time he and Candice (Regina Hall) got hitched so the engaged couple and their band of girl and guy friends hit Las Vegas for a joint stag and hen party that can only end in wild behaviour before the couple go down the aisle. Time Out staff
Mea Culpa Director: Fred Cavayé Stars: Vincent Lindon, Gilles Lellouche, Nadine Labaki
In this French film, cops Simon and Frank are honest, hard-working police officers, and good friends who find their lives turned upside down when they’re involved in a car crash with serious consequences. The duo are forced to live with the dire consequences of that fateful night, which permeate their friendships and families. The action drama takes on a different spin when Simon’s son witnesses a crime and gangsters go after him. Expect plenty of action, some cool stunts and twists. Time Out staff