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8-1 ATemptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

Another Tyler Perry movie about family trouble. This time, a marriage counselor is seduced by a billionaire, even though she is already married. Surprise, surprise, she has only been with her husband sexually. It seems that in movies, this translates as code for horny and frustrated. From the trailer, it seems like she gave in to the temptation, but you could never know. Also, Kim Kardashian makes an appearance. This seems more like a late-night-can’t-sleep-only-thing-on-TV kind of movie, but if you are willing to fork up EGP 40 for it, be our guests.

“Limp pacing and countless shots of Washington’s skyline plague the narrative. Ms. Smollett-Bell exudes an earthy appeal, but it’s the charismatic Mr. Jones who steals the picture. Given all the stifling preachiness, that’s to be expected,” wrote Andy Webster of the New York Times.

8-1 BInsidious: Chapter 2

Rose Byrne seems to be a fan of sci-fi and horror movies, because she is starring in yet another one. As usual, there are creepy children and ghosts in this tale. In the previous movie, the parents rescued their child from being trapped into another realm with spirits. The second instalment follows the same concept, but it seems that it isn’t about the child, but rather the whole family. This time, the father is haunted and a secret shall be revealed.

“This sounds like more of the same, and it is: Insidious: Chapter 2 picks up the story at the very moment we left it, and expects its audience to have a detailed understanding of that first film’s characters and rulebook. Anyone who does might feel a pang of disappointment that the plot is even feebler this time, and becomes slightly bogged down as Renai, her mother-in-law (Barbara Hershey) and a team of ghost-hunters engage in some Scooby-Doo-like detective work. But the scares are mostly very scary indeed, and that means the film does its job,” wrote Robbie Collin of The Telegraph.

8-1 CPlanes

Following the smashing success of Cars, Pixar decided to make a film called Planes with the same concept. In truth, Cars compares to something like Finding Nemo, but fails completely because the characters are one-dimensional and the plot is simplistic. However, it is not fair to compare anything to Finding Nemo because it wins every time. Yet, Planes seems redundant and a bit lazy. Just because something worked the first time doesn’t mean you have to repeat it.

“There is the expected nasty villain and the mandatory grumpy oldster who agrees to mentor our plucky underdog hero. It’s an amiable enough entertainment, gentle and good-natured, but as with the moderate sequels to Despicable Me and Monsters Inc, the great days of the noughties animation boom seem far away,” wrote Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian.

8-1 DThe Wolverine

It seems that the makers of this movie realised that the main attraction is Hugh Jackman with his shirt off and that is why they slapped him half-naked on the poster. You can rest assured that there is a lot of shirtless Jackman for you in the movie as well. In this sequel to X-Men, Logan is invited to Japan where an old dying *hint hint* acquaintance offers to end his immortality. The only thing this movie shows, other than Jackman’s bare chest, is how dumb and gullible Wolverine is.

“For much of its running time, The Wolverine is less like a standard superhero movie than a Bond film of the early Connery period or the late Craig period: a stylish, soulful, sci-fi-tinged mystery with a wry tough guy, three femmes fatale, an exotic setting, and a fight on a train. It has no colourful costumes, but lots of people standing around, brooding over the past – two bold decisions which could well have younger viewers shuffling as they wait for the action to get under way,” wrote Nicholas Barber of The Independent.

8-1 EJobs

The movie about Steve Jobs: “Inspired by true events,” the trailer tells us. This one sentence means they invented so many things; Jobs will look like a unicorn by the end of the movie. It will be interesting to see how Hollywood was able to simplify his life for its one-dimensional plotlines. I imagine there will a lot of time spent on his trip through Asia and his relationships, because who wants to spend 90 minutes watching someone coding in their basement?

“I saw Jobs tonight. I thought the acting throughout was good. I was attentive and entertained but not greatly enough to recommend the movie. One friend who is in the movie said he didn’t want to watch fiction so he wasn’t interested in seeing it. I felt bad for many people I know well who were portrayed wrongly in their interactions with Jobs and the company,” wrote Steve Wozniak for Gizmodo.

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