Film

The Art of Getting By/ Fright Night/ 30 Minutes or Less

Shuffling shoe-gazery this month in The Art of Getting By (September 2), an arty rom-com following death-obsessed “Teflon slacker” George (Freddie Highmore) and Sally (Emma, niece of Julia, Roberts).

The premise is simple: lazy-but-gifted George shuffles through life, avoiding work and endlessly pondering the inevitability of death until a chance encounter with The Popular Hot Girl (Roberts) leads to an Unlikely Friendship. Things are fine until – uh-oh! – romantic feelings develop. Enter attractive Love Rival, cue earnest sad music, clichéd conclusion, exit audience. Generic cinema-by-numbers.

Next up is the ‘reboot’ of 1985 horror classic Fright Night (September 2), starring everyone’s favourite skank, Colin Farrell, as the sexy vampire.

High school student Charlie (Anthon Yelchin) has everything: hot girlfriend, devoted mother and plenty of elbow-room in class, since students are disappearing left, right and centre.

When Charlie’s BFF ‘Evil’ Ed (played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse, aka McLovin from Superbad) points out that the disappearances are being caused by Charlie’s nefarious new neighbour Jerry, Charlie calls Dr Who for help investigates and a delicious game of cat-and-mouse ensues.

Can Charlie save himself and his ladies from getting fang-banged by Jerry? Or will they all end up as a part of a sanguinarian smorgasbord? There’s only one way to find out!

Brought to you by the makers of Zombieland is Thirty Minutes or Less (September 16).

TMoL tells the story of hapless pizza delivery boy Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) who, in the course of delivering a Pepperoni and Pineapple special, gets kidnapped by two bumbling wannabe criminals who strap a bomb to his chest, and inform him that he has mere hours to rob a bank or else, well, KABOOM.

He ropes in his bestie Chet (Aziz Ansari) to assist and the two hatch a mad scheme to rob a bank that actually works, but turns out to be just the beginning of their problems. Rubbish rainy-day fare.

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