Based on a story by Isaac Asimov, this is set in Chicago in 2035, a time when humanoid robots, created by the giant US Robotics company, do most of the heavy lifting and general dirty work. Will Smith stars as a cop sent to investigate the apparent suicide of James Cromwell, one of Robotics’ scientists. Smith, a technophobe who hates robots, thinks it was murder and that one particular robot, Sonny (voiced by Alan Tudyk), dunnit. Everyone tells him he’s wrong — that robots have been carefully programmed never to hurt humans. Sonny, however seems to have developed a mind of his own and not necessarily a nice one. Anyway, that’s the basic plot, which involves Smith racing around town in search of clues, often in the company of scientist Bridget Moynahan, while discussing inevitable questions like: where does humanity begin and end? It’s pretty lightweight stuff but quite enjoyable, the robots look bland but menacing, and Smith is always interesting to watch.
Taking a leaf or two out of Bridesmaids’s book, this darkly comic tale stars Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan as three 20-somethings who get up to no good the night before the wedding of old friend Rebel Wilson.
Jurassic World is now in cinemas, and here’s a chance to see where the franchise left off in 2001. Sam Neill returns as sceptical scientist Alan Grant who’s soon back on Isla Sorna and on the run from a monster that makes the T rex look like a gecko.
If you want to see J-Lo and Jane Fonda slap ten bells out of each other, then this is the romcom for you. Fonda displays fabulous comic chops as the eponymous mother-in-law from hell, who’s bent on seeing off her son’s unsuspecting intended.
Marvellous biographical drama about author Iris Murdoch, with Kate Winslet as the younger woman and Judi Dench her older self. This is as much a portrait of a marriage (with Jim Broadbent as Murdoch’s husband, John Bayley), and the effect of Alzheimers on a life, as a straightforward biopic.
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