8:00 PM, 16th March, 2012
Josh Kovacs (Stiller) is the building manager of one of the most prominent apartment blocks in New York City, catering to the rich and famous. When penthouse owner and well-known resident Artie Shaw (Alda) is arrested and charged with fraud, Kovacs and his staff realise that their entire pension has disappeared as a result of Shaw's criminal activity.
After losing his temper and his job, Kovacs, along with fellow staff members Charlie (Casey Affleck) and Enrique (Michael Peña) and former resident Mr. Fitzhugh (Broderick), enlists the help of professional criminal Slide (Murphy) to get the money back. This misfit crew is ready to go up against not only Shaw but also the FBI and the high-end security system used at The Tower - until they realise that Slide might not be as good at the whole 'theft' thing as they had originally thought.
Tower Heist is a great romp up and down the New York skyline. Even though the majority of the cast are known comic actors, this film is more of an action-thriller which kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. From director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men: The Final Stand), it is an absolute must for any fan of Stiller and Murphy, and a lot of fun for everyone else!
9:59 PM, 16th March, 2012
Take the over-the-top machismo of 300, mix in a healthy dose of bastardised ancient Greek mythology a la Clash of the Titans and liberally coat in the thick, luscious visual aesthetic of director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, the underappreciated gem The Fall) and the result is Immortals.
Theseus (the next Superman and all round attractive British person Cavill) is chosen by the Gods to take on a ruthless king before he recovers the Epirus Bow and brings about the destruction of Mount Olympus and the end of humanity. However, insurmountable obstacles stand in Theseus's way - most notably that the evil King Hyperion is played with reckless abandon by Mickey Rourke, seemingly on a mission to chew all the scenery he can get his hands on. They are joined in this over-the-top outing by great character actors like John Hurt and Luke Evans and by the stunning Frieda Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) as the obligatory Oracle priestess who accompanies Theseus on his quest.
Filled with bloodthirsty violence, extravagant cinematography and a generous splash of sexy, Immortals is a very pretty but pretty silly action movie and almost the definition of a 'guy movie' - though with all the shirtless Greeks running around, it will probably be appreciated by members of both genders!