The Lighthouse cinema continues its season of ‘Films you’d love your kids to see’ on Tuesday with one of the key movies of the ’80s, Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, the movie that unleashed Indiana Jones on the world back in ’81. Drawing on the classic Saturday morning serials of the ’40s, it’s a thrill ride packed with action, wit and that iconic John Williams score. The inferior prequel, Temple of Doom, plays on Wednesday.
Late Saturday night, the Lighthouse plays host to a double bill of classic John Cusack movies – 1989’s Say Anything and 1997’s Grosse Pointe Blank. It’s a long time since Cusack has appeared in anything as good as these two gems.
1968’s If…., a classic piece of ’60s revolutionary cinema, plays at the IFI on Tuesday. A Clockwork Orange’s Malcolm McDowell bursts onto the screen in the role of a boarding school pupil who decides to enact a violent revolution on the campus.
The highlight of the week’s new releases is Mistress America, a contemporary screwball comedy featuring a winning turn from actress Greta Gerwig as a narcissistic New Yorker who becomes the unwitting muse of a wannabe writer seeking inspiration.
The latest TV show to receive a big screen reboot is the cult ’60s spy show The Man from UNCLE. This new movie gives us an unnecessary origin story, and while it’s not a bad movie, it bears no resemblance to the source material.
Adam Sandler’s latest travesty is Pixels, an action comedy that sees Earth invaded by aliens in the guise of ’80s video game characters. It’s based on a clever short you can find on Youtube, and I recommend spending two minutes watching that over two hours of this.
Trainwreck is just the movie its title suggests, a dated comedy about an independent New York girl who improbably falls for a boring doctor.
By Eric Hillis