This week’s movie releases
Comedian Santiago Segura brings back sweaty Madrid ex-cop Torrente for a fifth outing
After the huge box-office success of part four in 2011, what else but for Spanish comedian Santiago Segura to bring his sweaty, right-wing, Atlético Madrid-supporting ex-cop Torrente back for a fifth big-screen outing? Like the previous films in the series Torrente 5: Operación Eurovegas features a who’s who of Spanish light entertainment, including Spanish X-Factor finalist Angy Fernández, comic actors Julián López and Carlos Areces, and bullfighter Jesulín de Ubrique. American 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin also crops up in a story that sees writer-director-producer Segura’s title character released from prison and trying to rob a luxury casino with a gang of incompetents.
This Is Where I Leave You is Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy’s more grown-up comedy drama about four feuding siblings forced to spend a week together to mourn their late father. The attractive cast features Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Corey Stoll as the quartet, with additional support from Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant and Jane Fonda, as the family matriarch.
Inspired by true events, The Good Lie stars Reese Witherspoon as an Atlanta social worker charged with looking after a group of four young Sudanese war refugees selected to begin a new life in the US. The director is Philippe Falardeau, who previously made touching French-Canadian Oscar nominee Monsieur Lazhar, about an Algerian migrant’s impact on a grieving Montreal school.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is debuting writer-director Ned Benson’s collection of three films capturing the same relationship from three different viewpoints. James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain play the young New York couple at the center of it all, while Viola Davis, William Hurt and Isabelle Huppert lend support.
The winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at this year’s Berlin Festival, Black Coal, Thin Ice is Chinese filmmaker Diao Yinan’s noirish thriller about an alcoholic former detective-turned-security guard on the trail of a serial killer.
Roberto Castón’s Spanish comedy-drama Los tontos y los estúpidos seeks to offer a glimpse behind the curtain of the moviemaking process as four actors assemble around a table to read, act out and even live out a script under the guidance of director Roberto Álamo.
Finally, those struggling to get its catchy tunes out of their heads may or may not be delighted to learn Disney is releasing a sing-along version of animated hit Frozen. Follow the bouncing snowflake over the lyrics to join in with the Spanish versions of the likes of Let It Go (¡Suéltalo!) and Do You Want to Get A Snowman? (Hazme un muñeco de nieve).