Also showing: MY Brother the Devil, Here Comes the Boom, People Like Us, Mother's Milk and Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan
Sunday 11 November 2012
My Brother the Devil (111 mins, 15)
The director won a Best Newcomer award at the London Film Festival, but the film doesn't exactly radiate newness: I've lost count of the number of dispiriting soap operas I've seen lately about drug-dealing, council-block-dwelling, east London yoof. Sally El Hosaini's tale of two Anglo-Egyptian brothers is more sensitive than most, and it features a star-making turn from the charismatic James Floyd. But its only significant innovation is a twist that arrives a good half-hour after it should.
Here Comes the Boom (105 mins, 12A)
Kevin James stars as a tubby, 42-year-old biology teacher who decides to fund his school's music department by entering martial arts contests. This being an Adam Sandler production, James's masochism is played as a source of inspiration that changes the lives of everyone he's ever met.
People Like Us (115 mins, 12A)
Seemingly endless melodrama about a soulless corporate hotshot, Chris Pine (right, with Elizabeth Banks), who goes to stay with his mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) in Los Angeles after his father's death, only to discover he has a long-lost half-sister, Elizabeth Banks. Then we have to wait an hour before the twit tells her who he is.
Mother's Milk (95 mins, 15)
Jack Davenport stars in a bungled adaptation of Edward St Aubyn's Booker-shortlisted novel about a man who's disinherited by his dying mother. There's so much third-person narration, you might as well just read the book.
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (84 mins, PG)
A chronological leaf through the stop-motion maestro's CV, intercut with gushing tributes from Messrs Spielberg, Gilliam, Burton, et al. Utilitarian, but it's good to see Harryhausen get the praise he deserves.
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Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
- 4 North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
- 5 Greek debt crisis: The photograph that conveys the despair of Greece's elderly
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
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