Review: This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

This Is Where I Leave You

Shawn Levy takes a break from his usual comedy-heavy fare to direct the spare family drama This Is Where I Leave You. After catching his wife in bed with his boss, Judd (Jason Bateman) sinks into a deep depression, worsened by the news of his father’s death. Upon venturing back to his childhood home, Judd attempts to reconnect with his mother (Jane Fonda) and his three siblings (Tina Fey, Corey Stoll and Adam Driver), each of whom is harbouring their own problems. Continue reading “Review: This Is Where I Leave You (2014)”

Review: Real Steel (2011)

Part futuristic robot boxing drama, part redemption story between a father and his long-lost son, Real Steel – based on Dan Gilroy’s short story and unsurprisingly executively produced by Steven Spielberg – excels at one, but flounders on the other.

Washed-up former boxer Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) has found a new calling in the form of steel robot fighting. When his robot loses, and he nears rock bottom, he reluctantly reunites with estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to rebuild and train a potential championship heavyweight robot. As the stakes rise, Charlie and Max rediscover their similarities and get one last Continue reading “Review: Real Steel (2011)”