In cinemas this week: Focus, Lucky Them, Seventh Son and Unfinished Business.
Focus – A con artist (Will Smith) takes on an inexperienced apprentice (Margot Robbie) in this crime comedy from the filmmaking duo behind Crazy Stupid Love, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. It looks like a lot of other films of its type, but I am intrigued to see what Robbie gets up to post Wolf of Wall Street.
Lucky Them – More interested in partying and flirting with young musicians than work, veteran rock journalist Ellie Klug (Toni Collette) has one last chance to prove her value to her magazine’s editor: a no-stone-unturned search to discover what really happened to long lost rock god Matthew Smith, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Teaming up with an eccentric amateur documentary filmmaker (Thomas Haden Church in a delightful performance), Ellie hits the road in search of answers.
Seventh Son – In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory. In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. He has only until the next full moon to do what usually takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Man’s only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son.
Unfinished Business – A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.
Weekly Recommendation – Focus? Focus is the only one here that I seen anything remotely about. I did see one trailer for Seventh Son, and despite the presence of Bridges and Moore it looks pretty terrible. Unfinished Business, with that mismatched cast, has potential. An unknown week, but with the exception of Seventh Son, these are all films I will seek out later in the year on DVD if I don’t catch them in the cinema.