Film Screening 3rd June, 2011

Poster for Just Go With It

Just Go With It 

8:00 PM, 3rd June, 2011

  • M
  • 116 mins
  • 2011
  • Dennis Dugan
  • Allan Loeb, Timothy Dowling
  • Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Brooklyn Decker

Sure, you may think this is just another Adam Sandler movie, but you need to stop and remind yourself: he doesn't just do stupid comedy. Just Go With It is a film of a slightly higher calibre, a more serious romantic comedy (well, maybe about as serious as a Sandler comedy can get).

Sandler plays Danny, a plastic surgeon who has discovered the best way to pick up women is to pretend he is in an unhappy marriage. He even has the ring to support the act. When Danny meets the girl he thinks could be the one, however, he throws out the unhappily married act and tries to have a genuine shot at her. It gets complicated when she finds the ring, and not wanting to appear sleazy and come off as a creep, he claims he's going through a divorce. Enter Katherine (Aniston), Danny's office manager, who must unwillingly play the pretend wife, all to hide the fact that Danny has used questionable means to pull women.

As is the way of cinema, it gets further complicated when Katherine's children get involved and Danny's dream girl believes them to be Danny's kids. It's one little lie leading onto another, and they just go with it (hah! See what I did there?). The movie's good fun, and has that heartwarming feel to it, as well as just being another Sandler rom com. If you've liked Sandler in any of his flicks, you'll like him in this. And if you didn't like him, you'll still like it because it's not his normal silly stuff. Win win, really.

Stephen Gillies

Poster for Battle: Los Angeles

Battle: Los Angeles 

10:15 PM, 3rd June, 2011

  • M
  • 116 mins
  • 2011
  • Jonathan Liebesman
  • Christopher Bertolini
  • Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Michael Peña

Originally written as a spec script, Battle: Los Angeles (branded World Invasion: Battle LA in international territories) was quickly snapped up by the studio machine, given a budget, and released to the world. Perhaps riding on the success of District 9, but arguably not as deep, Battle: LA is a contemporary alien invasion movie set in Los Angeles.

What appears to be a meteor shower turns sinister when an unexpected extraterrestrial invasion takes the city by surprise. The movie follows a group of marines as they must deal with the reality of aliens attacking, and their struggle to survive and fight back whilst banding together and protecting civilians they find along the way. If you can suspend disbelief for a night, envelop yourself in the special effects and sometimes mindless action this movie has to offer, and enjoy from the comfort of your seat the excitement of such an invasion knowing (hoping) it’ll never really happen, you’re in for a good time.

It’s also comforting to see an invasion/disaster movie not set in New York City. Sure, LA has seen its fair share of wacky movies, but with the likes of King Kong and Cloverfield and other such hits, it’s refreshing to see the West coast get a beating every now and then.

Stephen Gillies