In cinemas this week – Freeheld, Man Up, No Escape (a Lake Bell double feature, if you’re interested) and Now Add Honey. A quiet one to lead into the release of Bond.
Freeheld – The true love story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel (Julianne Moore) is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie (Ellen Page). However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells, and activist Steven Goldstein, unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defence, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.
Man Up – Nancy (Lake Bell), is done with dating. 10 times bitten, 100 times shy, she’s exhausted by the circus. So when Jack (Simon Pegg) blindly mistakes her for his date, no one is more surprised than her when she does the unthinkable and just — goes with it. It’s going to take a night of pretending to be someone else for Nancy to finally man up and be her painfully honest, awesomely unconventional self… but will Jack also man up, and be able to get over her duplicity? Best just to let the evening unfold, roll with the consequences, and see if one crazy, unpredictable, complicated night can bring these two messy souls together.
An intense international thriller, No Escape centres on an American businessman (Own Wilson) as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city. Directed by John Erick Dowdle and written together with his brother Drew, it also stars Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell.
Weekly Recommendation – Freeheld possesses a terrific cast, and very good intentions, but reviews have matched our initial instincts – an earnest hallmark drama with a dedication to its message, but fails to ignite the emotion it so desperately targets. Man Up looks rather fun, but we’re content to wait for Bond next week…or go watch The Martian again.