May 282015


In cinemas this week: Tomorrowland, San Andreas, Partisan and Gemma Bovery. 

Tomorrowland – Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (George Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world-and them-forever. Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Tomorrowland promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of. Sam liked it more than I and her thoughts can be found at the link.

San Andreas – In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter. I like The Rock a lot, but I don’t race out to see disaster movies these days. Carla Gugino and Alexanda Daddario co-star.

Partisan – The film stars Vincent Cassel as Gregori, a cult leader, and tells the story of Alexander, a young assassin raised to see the world through Gregori’s eyes who is starting to think for himself. The feature marks Australian filmmaker Ariel Kleiman’s directorial debut, and he wrote the film with his girlfriend Sarah Cyngler. Partisan premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and sounds like an intriguing story. Cassel is always a compelling screen presence. Guy gives me the creeps.

Gemma Bovery – Life begins to imitate art in uncanny ways when earthy British beauty Gemma (Gemma Arterton) and her furniture restorer husband Charles Bovery (Jason Flemyng) move to the very same Norman village where the graphic novel was written. Local baker and Flaubert fan Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini) falls for the lovely and charming newcomer and sets out to be her mentor. It doesn’t take long before his wild imagination leads him to draw parallels between the literary and real life woman, as he insinuates himself into her life. She soon finds herself at a crossroads that seems to be fulfilling Joubert’s worst fears that her destiny is mirroring that of Flaubert’s doomed heroine. Director Anne Fontaine’s clever adaptation of the graphic novel is at once a cheeky literary mash-up, a sensuous romance, a witty feminist commentary, and a heady celebration of French provincial life. I have not heard very much about this at all.

Weekly Recommendation: If I hadn’t yet seen Tomorrowland, I would be blindly recommending it. But I have. It is certainly worth a look but don’t get too excited. Depending on what you feel like, San Andreas and Partisan are going to appeal, and I expect will deliver in their own way.