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.
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Isis 'jihadi bride' claims forced sex with Yazidi girls is never rape because Koran condones it
- 2 Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
- 3 Art Garfunkel calls Paul Simon a 'monster' with a Napoleon complex
- 4 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 5 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
Eurovision 2015: Graham Norton returns with another cutting commentary - his best lines
Game of Thrones rape scene criticised as 'disgusting' by US senator Claire McCaskill who says she's 'done' with show
Art Garfunkel calls Paul Simon a 'monster' with a Napoleon complex
Eurovision 2015 winner: Sweden beats Russia and Italy to take the title from Conchita Wurst
Dheepan, film review: Palme d'Or prize goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland