“I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.” That’s a quote from Ray Charles, the legendary musician whose life story supplied the basis for the riveting - and Oscar-winning - biopic Ray, available now on PictureBox.
Billy Bob Thornton kicks off a new batch of titles this weekend with the aptly named Friday Night Lights, a trial-and-tribulation drama set in football-obsessed Texas – where the locals in one small town live for the game every Friday night. All-American style, of course. When the community places pressure on the shoulders of the local team to succeed, nobody feels it more than than the players.
Do summertime comedies get any better than The Guru? We think not. Jimi Mistry heads for the bright lights of New York City in this starry-eyed sex comedy with a distinctly British flavour. Mistry plays Ramu Gupta, who leaves his homeland of India behind him to seek fame and fortune – but accidentally becoming a Guru spouting new-age philosophy on all manner of carnal topics. Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei are on hand to help him along the way, while one or two fab dance routines and a handful of cracking comic sequences help make this charming comic caper a joy to watch.
Directors have been saying for years that it’s far easier to get a comedian to play straight drama than it is to get the dramatic actor to perform out-and-out comedy – and nowhere could the truth of that be more evident than in Freeze Frame, the Irish psychological thriller starring world-class stand-up Lee Evans.