ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Premiere Cuban Fury ★★★
A funny thing occurred when Cuban Fury co-star Olivia Colman appeared on The Graham Norton Show to promote the big-screen release of this slinky, hugely amenable, dance-led romantic comedy, as she had quite clearly forgotten what it was all about – rather confirming that she had been working way too hard! A vehicle for the naturally appealing presence of frequent Simon Pegg collaborator Nick Frost, it sees him play a man who gave up salsa dancing in his youth due to bullying, only to rekindle his passion in order to seduce his unattainable new boss (played by Parks & Recreation star Rashida Jones). Put through his paces by Ian McShane’s coach, and further needled by workplace nemesis Chris O’Dowd, Frost’s outcome may be predestined but the ride is an enjoyable one. Jon Brown’s script is amusingly arch and it’s colourfully staged by director James Griffiths, as fat-person slapstick gives way to some strictly impressive dancing from the lithe Frost.
Brooklyn’s Finest ★★★
Training Day director Antoine Fuqua guides cops Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke as they work their ways through the violent and cynical world of New York City law enforcement.
Jurassic Park ★★★★★
Those terrifying dinosaurs are set to return to our cinema screens in June in Jurassic World. In the meantime, here’s a chance to catch Steven Spielberg’s game-changing original film.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ★★★★
Cheap luxury comes at a price for Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith when they look to spend their twilight years in India. It as edgy as a cucumber sandwich, but charming with it.
Déjà Vu ★★★
Denzel Washington travels through time in Tony Scott’s logic-scrambling, all-action sci-fi thriller that rewards those who hang on for the naibiting finish.
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