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Bad Moms

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We’ve previously had Bad Santa, Bad Grandpa, Bad Neighbours, now prepare for the Bad Moms. But can the antics of these bad moms provide good entertainment?

After suffering one completely awful day, over stressed and underappreciated mom Amy (Mila Kunis) suddenly snaps and quits the rigid PTA. Together with repressed stay at home mom Kiki (Kristen Bell) and slutty single mom Carla (Kathryn Hahn) the self confessed bad moms decide to let loose and start behaving badly.

Based on the trailer I didn’t have high hopes for this latest crude comedy. However I’m pleased to say that it was a movie that consistently had me chuckling away in my seat. If you’ve seen films like Bad Neighbours or Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates then you can imagine the sort of humour involved. While Bad Moms does involve many raunchy jokes it also takes some amusing swipes at the unrealistic expectations to be the perfect mother.

Even if, like me, you don’t have kids you’ll still find yourself relating and sympathising with the bad moms. While Kunis looks a bit too glamouress to convincely portray a stressed out mother she does make up for it by gamely throwing herself into the comedy. All the moms are good but the most memorable moments come from Hahn’s outrageous single mom and Christina Applegate’s mean mom.

Having already made over 100 million at the box office it wouldn’t surprise me if we end up with a Bad Moms 2 and this time around I’ll be looking forward to it.

Rating 3.5/5 -constantly funny with amusing performances

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Veronica Mars

Yeah! The Veronica Mars movie is finally here! The name Veronica Mars probably won’t mean much to some of you, but Veronica Mars was a great US tv show about a teen detective back in 2004 (It’s a lot better than that sounds). While it wasn’t a huge hit the show had a devoted following (who call themselves marshmallows). So when the show’s creator Rob Thomas and it’s star Kristen Bell set up a fundraising campagne through Kickstarter they urged fans to help raise the 2 million dollars needed to bring the show to the big screen. It’s fans donated the money-and this is the resulting film! But was this a good idea, or should some shows remain in the past?

Nine years after the events of the third season, Veronica Mars left her hometown of Neptune, California and came to New York. There she left her life of investigating behind, is in a stable relationship and is about to be offered a huge job at a law firm. However when her ex boyfriend Logan Echolls is accussed of murder Veronica finds herself drawn back to Neptune.

Taking a tv show to the big screen can have mixed results, some can produce wonderful results (such as Firefly‘s big screen version Serenity), while other can be a massive mistake (I’m looking at you Sex and the City). Luckily Veronica Mars is in the former category, making a film that the fans will appreciate and devour. There is an intense mystery at the centre of this film which-of course- has plenty of twists and turns, still it is the script (funny and thrilling)and characters that really hold this film together.

Bell is a wonderful lead in the role that first got her noticed. She slips back into the role so easily and her character is so loveable and witty. However she is also flawed and plagued with her own uncertainties about whether she should return to Neptune-the place which holds many ghosts from her past and is still as corrupt as ever.

I’m glad that so many of the supporting cast came back for the film. Enrico Colantoni as Veroncia’s Private Detective father Keith Mars is fab and thankfully the film has maintained the great father-daughter dynamic that worked so well in the show. I’m also glad that Logan, Veronica’s bad boy ex, has got his act together and is more grounded than we’ve seen previously, yet he’s still full of sarcasm and an inate ability to find himself at the centre of any drama. Dohring and Bell still have their sizzling on-screen chemistry which no doubt many fans (including this one) will be happy about. I was also happy to see Veronica’s friends Wallace ( Percy Daggs  III) and Mac (Tina Majorino) back on screen.

Even if you haven’t watched the tv series I would stay say the Veronica Mars movie is a great way to introduce yourself to the inhabitants of Neptune (with a quick voiceover from Ms Mars herself at the beginning to ease viewers into the complex world of Mars and co). However this is a film first and foremost for the fans, so knowing all the little side-jokes and seeing recurring characters pop up is great to see. So if you like funny, smart shows with added mystery and likeable, complex characters then grab the movie and the tv series and indulge yourself in the murky world of Neptune.

Rating 4/5 -fans will be delighted and hopefully Veronica will gain some new ones too

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Frozen (2013)

No not the 2010 horror film about three kids stuck on a ski lift. This Frozen is Disney’s latest animated film loosely based on the fairytale The Snow Queen.

Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel) and her younger sister Anna (Kristen Bell) used to be close as kids but have struggled to maintain this as they’ve grown older, mostly due to Elsa having a major secret. She has the power to make snow and ice but has difficulty controlling her powers. When Elsa is made Queen her powers spill out in front of everyone and she accidentally freezes the whole of their kingdom. As Elsa escapes to the mountains her sister Anna is hot on her trail to bring her home safely with the help of Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) a mountain man, his trusty Rainedeer Sven and Olaf (Josh Gad) a magical snowman.

This is fabulously fun ride that children and adults should both enjoy. It’s gorgeous to look at, especially when Elsa creates her ice palace. It is also one of Disney’s effortless funny features, mostly coming from the supporting characters. Olaf the snowman, with his optimistic attitude and obsession with the sun is bound to be most people’s favourite character. Mountain man Kristoff is also a delightful character full of wit and sarcasm, and his adorable reindeer Sven brings out the warmer side of his character.

The sisters also make for great Disney heroines. Anna is naively charming and determined, wanting a life outside the castle doors, while Elsa perfectly contrasts her being the more controlled and restrained sister, at least until her powers are exposed. Then she lets out her wilder side, relishing the powers she’s kept hidden for years. The relationship between the sisters is also quite sweet, and this ends up being the main focus rather than the romantic entanglements which there are plenty of as well. There are also some nice actions scenes and moments of high drama and betrayals (one reveal  in particular caused several people to gasp out loud in the cinema).

However there are some sour points. The musical numbers are a bit dull and forgettable. Only two stand out, Elsa’s powerful solo “Let It Go” and Olaf’s  hilarious “In Summer”. Besides those you won’t be singing any other songs as you leave the cinema. Those small bits aside, it’s a wonderful family film and perfect for the Christmas season (which I’m sure is exactly what Disney’s accountants were hoping for 😉 ).

Rating 4/5- Frozen is a delightful winter treat that’s bound to melt even the most cynical of hearts

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