Film Screening 24th May, 2014

Poster for Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted 

7:00 PM, 24th May, 2014
No Guests

  • G
  • 113 mins
  • 2014
  • James Bobin
  • James Bobin, Nicholas Stoller
  • The Muppets, Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell

The foam and felt superstars aka the Muppets are back on a global tour, selling out grand theatres in Europe such as Berlin, London and Madrid. When it turns out the world’s number one criminal, Constantine, is Kermit’s doppelganger, confusion is inevitable – besides a vaguely Eastern European accent and a black facial mole, they are virtually indistinguishable. With that, a whole heap of Muppetty Mayhem is sure to ensue!

A tribute to old-school crime caper movies, this is a follow-up to the successful 2011 relaunch, with the same director and co-writer and additional songs from Flight of the Conchords member (and Oscar Winner and Lord of the Rings / Hobbit elf) Bret McKenzie.

It also throws in three new humans to play alongside our goodies – Ricky Gervais as Constantine’s evil associate, Dominic Badguy (pronounced ‘Bad-gee’, it’s French); Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) as Interpol inspector Jean Pierre Napoleon and Tina Fey as Nadya, the head of a Russian Gulag.

With more cameos than you can poke a stick at (including big names such as Salma Hayek and Tom Hiddleston), and a whole lot of additional silliness, you can expect an evening of filmic fun.

Simon Tolhurst

Poster for Need For Speed

Need For Speed 

9:03 PM, 24th May, 2014

  • M
  • 131 mins
  • 2014
  • Scott Waugh
  • George Gatins
  • Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi, Imogen Poots

It’s hard to believe that the very first “Need for Speed” racing game came out twenty whole years ago. Back then, the ability to customise and race exotic sports cars was the next best thing to actually owning one of the cars. Video games have come a long way since, with recent offerings rivalling films in their realism, cinematic scope and multi-faceted narratives. Hollywood, on the other hand, appears to be going in the opposite direction; churning out sequels, reboots and adaptations that scrape the bottom of the creative barrel… which brings us to this film.

Based on one of the most successful video game franchises ever made, Need For Speed follows a blue-collar car mechanic (Paul, in his first major leading-man role following his breakout success on TV’s “Breaking Bad”) who specialises in customising fancy cars and also happens to be an ace street racer (surprise!). When he gets involved with the wrong people, he is framed by his dastardly business partner (Cooper) for a crime he didn’t commit and, upon his release from prison, sets out on a cross-country journey to settle the score.

Need For Speed showcases an impressive array of cars and, perhaps even more impressively, lots of spectacular driving sequences and practical (read: not computer generated) stunts. Assemble these together and the end result is a slick, well-oiled machine that speeds along and doesn’t overstay its welcome, making for a fun ride that is well worth taking a spin in (all car puns fully intended).

Adrian Ma