Also Showing: Max Payne, Choking Man, Fine, Totally Fine, I.O.U.S.A., A Streetcar Named Desire
Sunday 16 November 2008
Max Payne (99 mins, 15)
Poor Olga Kurylenko. As well as being the most po-faced Bond girl ever, she's the token totty in two abysmal, gun-fetishising video game adaptations, last year's 'Hitman' and now 'Max Payne'. It's a brainless, punishingly slow cop thriller which Xeroxes the neo-noir stylings of 'Sin City'. Mark Wahlberg sleepwalks through the title role.
Choking Man (83 mins, no cert)
A less satisfying slice of lo-fi indie whimsy, despite its promising setting: a diner in Jamaica, New York, reportedly the most multi-ethnic neighbourhood on Earth.
Fine, Totally Fine (110 mins, nc)
This understated indie comedy from Japan is essentially a series of quirky skits involving the oddballs who congregate at a Tokyo bookshop. Too long but humane, unpredictable, and often very funny.
I.O.U.S.A. (85 mins, U)
Documentary about America's rocketing debt. Essential viewing for those wanting to know the difference between fiscal and monetary policy, but not for anyone else.
A Streetcar Named Desire (127 mins, 12A)
Elia Kazan's classic film of Tennessee Williams's classic play. Marlon Brando was the only one of the four leads who didn't win an Oscar – possibly because his method acting was so radical he seems to be in another film altogether.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 North Korean prison officers 'cooked prisoner's baby and fed it to their dogs', more horrific accounts from UN report reveal
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Mayor says there should be 'no comparison' to Ferguson
- 4 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever