There’s a bit in the middle of Mad About the Boy when the agent for Bridget’s screenplay – a modern interpretation of Hedda Gabler set in Queen’s Park – sends her a strange email. “We have a couple of responses on your script,” he writes. “They are passing. The themes are fascinating but they’re wanting more of a romcom feel. I’ll keep trying.” It could be a coincidence, but by this point it reads like a coded SOS from the author. The book is at its best when it is a poignant comic novel about a 51-year-old woman struggling to bring up children after the sudden death of her husband. It is hit-and-miss when it’s about a 51-year-old Bridget Jones who struggles with all the TV remotes and counts nits instead of Chardonnays. But on occasion it becomes a parody of a Richard Curtis film, or even worse an American sitcom, and that of course is v v bad.
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Friday 25 May 2012
Unlikely community movie beats the stars to get prized Leicester Square premiere
Monday 21 May 2012
Sadie Frost's one-woman show mixes Madonna and motherhood. By Charlotte Cripps
Monday 21 May 2012
The iconic film festival has a habit of unearthing exciting talent, as Nick Clark found out
Monday 21 May 2012
While the box office names pose on the red carpet at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, industry experts are eagerly scouting films showing on the Croisette for the stars of tomorrow.
Howard Jacobson: Thrillers always sell you a pup. As with sex, the delivery never lives up to the promise
Friday 11 May 2012
Homeland: so well-made, well-acted, but in the end, at the mercy of the unsubtlety of its form
Sunday 11 March 2012
The Decoy Bride (89 mins, 12A)
Sunday 26 February 2012
Dressing up for that sashay down the red carpet can quickly turn into a dressing-down in print the next day. So how can you, dear Oscar nominees, ensure you're a hit with even the most hostile fashion commentators?
Saturday 18 February 2012
Friday 10 February 2012
Mila Kunis stars in this ghastly and tiresomely foul-mouthed rom-com. She plays Jamie, a New York head-hunter who is dumped for having "big eyes" by a jerk in the opening scene.
Friday 20 January 2012
Bridesmaids star Chris O'Dowd, 32, who played a love-struck cop in the 2011 box-office hit, is now one of Hollywood's leading men. But he has also just been nominated for Bafta's Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award. "The way my career is going is terrific – but it was somewhat unexpected," says O'Dowd. "This nomination just makes me feel really young."
Sunday 01 January 2012
What a treat this is - a double bill of two of Woody Allen’s finest films, both made in his mid-1980s prime.
Wednesday 28 December 2011
In a good year for the film industry, the average Briton will go to the cinema three times. Neil White clocked up twice that number of movies in just one day as he chased his goal of watching every new release over the last 12 months.
Tuesday 13 December 2011
Sunday 23 October 2011
To many, he will be for ever remembered as the gawky teenager Gregory Underwood, in the 1980s coming-of-age hit Gregory's Girl.
Wednesday 01 June 2011
Patrick Dempsey says the current season of 'Grey's Anatomy' will be "his last".
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
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Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women
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