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.
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 2 Kim Kardashian on Bruce Jenner's 'story': 'We support him no matter what, and I think when the time is right, he'll talk'
- 3 Russian girl takes her own life after parents find pornography on her computer
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
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Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia