DESPICABLE ME 2
Former super-villain Gru (Steve Carell) is now a doting father to his three adopted daughters, but his world is thrown off-kilter when he’s abducted by agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) and confronted by a new arch criminal (Benjamin Bratt). Worse still, his adorable minions turn naughty. A softer film than the original, but the minions remain amusing.
NOW YOU SEE ME
“First rule of magic – always be the smartest guy in the room,” maintains Jesse Eisenberg’s smug magician. Four fast-talking illusionists/charlatans – Eisenberg , Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco – are invited by a shadowy organisation to become bank robbers. After a solid start, this convoluted thriller starts to unravel and the characters lose definition. More heinously, Louis Leterrier wastes the talents of Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo and Melanie Laurent. Logic be damned in Steven Knight’s crime drama, which starts with Jason Statham as a homeless, alcoholic former Gulf War soldier being duffed up by lowlifes. This is an acting departure for Statham – but it doesn’t last long before he’s back in hardnut mode once again. His “Crazy Joe” breaks into a conveniently empty luxury pad, has a shave, dons a sharp suit and promptly joins a Triad gang in Chinatown as their violent enforcer. A messy, absurd film. – The Independent This triumph of speed over slime trails borrows some elements from Fast and Furious: a drag race, nitrous oxide and even a Michelle Rodriguez. But really, Turbo feels more like a hybrid of Pixar’s Cars and every familyfriendly tale, from The Tortoise and the Hare to Monsters University, that champions the outsize dreams of underdog underachievers. Turbo peppered with enough clever touches to engage adults as well as children. – Washington Post