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Friday 12 November 2010
Whether you want to take a trip to the cinema or save those pennies and stay at home with a DVD, here's a selection of the best films for you to watch this weekend.
Friday 05 November 2010
This subtle drama dissects the tensions between a wealthy family and their loyal but sullen live-in maid, Raquel. What is a strained relationship from the brilliantly thorny opening birthday party scene, gradually gets imbued with a deepening sense of menace.
Friday 17 September 2010
You might spend almost the whole of this with only the faintest grasp of what is going on.
Friday 20 August 2010
Friday 23 July 2010
Maria (Elena Anaya) suffers every parent's worst nightmare as her young son Diego disappears during a ferry trip to the holiday island of El Hierro. She returns some time later to identify the body of a child washed up on the shore, yet it is not her son.
Friday 09 July 2010
Subtle, sensitive and slippery, Austrian director Jessica Hausner's French language film is a quiet delight. Sylvie Testud is Christine, a multiple sclerosis sufferer on an organised pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Friday 16 April 2010
The original Stepfather was a guilty pleasure, full of sly wit, an exquisitely deranged turn from Terry O'Quinn and no little tension.
Thursday 15 April 2010
Tuesday 15 December 2009
Sunday 06 December 2009
Fans of serious history,start knicker-twistingnow. The Tudors is historicaldrama, which meanshunky Jonathan RhysMeyers can play hulkyHenry VIII, the peasantsare remarkably clean, thedungeons even more so.But this is a merry rompstarting with Henry'smarriage to JaneSeymour and gettingthrough two of his wives.Joss Stone doesn't shameherself as Anne of Clevesand James Frain isa nicely menacingCromwell. Don't use itto revise for GCSEs,though.
Sunday 08 November 2009
Adapted from an early Bret Easton Ellis novel –essentially an anthology of overlapping short stories – The Informers is a failed attempt ata Robert Altman-style web of vignettes set in Los Angeles in 1984. All of its characters (played by Billy Bob Thornton,Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke and others) arehateful, and the shockingmessage seems to bethat endless, callous selfindulgencedoesn't makefor a very wholesomeand fulfilling lifestyle,after all. Who'd havethought it?
Friday 23 October 2009
It may be indecipherable to newcomers, but those that have managed to stick with Lost will know that it continues to be the most addictive programme currently on television.
Thursday 08 October 2009
Friday 25 September 2009
In a typical US diner, a waitress serves a cross-section of society.
Sunday 16 August 2009
This so-so comedy starsKevin James as a rotundshopping-mall securityguard who falls overrepeatedly while tacklinga gang of skateboardingcrooks. Essentially abelated Die Hard pastiche,it's as uninspired as themall it's set in, but it'shalfway palatable thanksto James' likeable, bigheartedperformance,and at least it's free of thegross-out gags and misanthropythat drag downmost films produced byAdam Sandler. Believe itor not, it's one of thisyear's biggest US boxofficehits so far.
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