Alternative movies for the summer

Fed up with being told that you need to spend a tenner on some explosions passing for a movie?    1. People Like Us – this flick looks like an above average dramatic com, despite the presence of Chris Pine, who has the on screen charisma of a head of a cabbage. However, we are […]

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Fed up with being told that you need to spend a tenner on some explosions passing for a movie? 

 

1. People Like Us – this flick looks like an above average dramatic com, despite the presence of Chris Pine, who has the on screen charisma of a head of a cabbage. However, we are disturbed to see Michelle Pfeiffer playing his mother, looking as hot, even in/with dowdy clothes/hair, as she did in the Fabulous Baker Boys.

2. Ruby Sparks – from the makers of Little Miss Sunshine, this one looks intriguingly odd. A writer creates his perfect heroine and she simply appears, for real, in his apartment.

3. Savages – you know that with Oliver Stone it could go either way. This drug dealer drama has a stellar cast – Benicio Del Toro, Travolta (and his real hair), Aaron Johnson, Salma Hayek, Uma Thurman etc – and looks well worth seeing.

4. Hysteria – in Victorian times women would go to their physicians complaining of nervousness, exhaustion, insomnia and so on. Such medical practitioners would then diagnose ‘hysteria’ and treat them with, erm, genital massage. Orgasms would be the end-product and the happy ladies, cured of their malady, would exit their doc’s office. Soon enough, doctors soon realised the possible invention at hand. With Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rupert Everett.

5. Take This Waltz – the age old story of a relationship that’s perfectly happy until you meet someone you just fall for. Seth Rogen could be forgiven some of his dumb comedy roles of the last few years with his excellent turn as the devoted husband, with the always wonderful Michelle Williams as the torn wife.

6. The Queen of Versailles – this is a tale of a family, including crazily likable matriarch Jackie Siegel, who were building the biggest house in America when the recession hit. They’re going through what everyone else is – except it’s on a scale where the house has 10 bathrooms, 10 kitchens, 30 loos, a spa and a bowling alley.

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