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Life During wartime
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808526/
Absolutely dreadful. With the two of the same actors that were in the wonderful Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, I was irritated before the first 5 minutes were up. I normally enjoy Shirley Henderson’s clipped high-pitched inimitable voice (remember her as the neurotic suicidal  friend in Bridget Jones).
The first interminable scene where the camera stays fixed on a couple dining in a restaurant with weird flashbacks and ghostly apparitions goes on way too long. I begin to wonder if it’s me that’s gone barmy, the human emotion is too contrived and out of context and the premise for these emotion ridiculous. Couldn’t waste the precious moments of my life sitting through this
 
Going the Distance
http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/goingthedistance/
Drew Barrymore & Justin Long of “Apple” advertising fame, and ex boyfriend of Barrymore. Apparently much of this script was improvised though quite frankly they would have been better of with a script. I thought it was way beneath Barrymore; although I’m wondering if she is trying to widen her appeal to encompass the teen market. Whilst there was nothing sophisticated or smart about this film for my taste,it would definitely have appealed to my teenager. The only funny part was the so frequently “trailed” making-out on the dining room table bit. And Christina Applegate – I can only imagine she must be short of a dime or two ……………
 
The American
http://pursuitist.com/arts/the-american-official-trailer-with-george-clooney/
Love George Clooney, but really this was –  to borrow a Shakespeare title –  “Much Ado about Nothing”. The glorious Italian scenery back-dropping the entire movie made it worthwhile. I thought the “twist” was a little too obvious although my other half didn’t get it until the very end; but for the most part you are kept guessing. George Clooney is starting to make a habit of playing these lonely, isolated self-sufficient stark robot-like personalities –  “Up in the Air” being an example. Can George’s character redeem himself?
 

Cover of "Never Let Me Go"

Cover of Never Let Me Go

 

Never Let Me Go

http://www.foxsearchlight.com/neverletmego/
Whoa – Keira Knightly watch out; Carey Mulligan steals the movie  – It was only last year that she became a BAFTA Award winning Actress in a Leading Role in“An Education” and her break-out performance was only 5 years ago as Kitty Bennet” in Pride & Prejudice, again with Keira Knightly).
The premise of the film is bleak and unimaginable in this day and age. Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, it opens the door on a world where children are “bred” purely for the purpose of donating organs.  A world where children simply believe unquestioningly what they are told to believe and who, when they find out the reason for their cloistered upbringing accept utterly –  and even take pride in –  the fact that their sole existence is for the purpose of donating body-parts until the point at which they “teminate”.
 
You Again
http://youagain-themovie.com/
Jamie Lee Curtis – new respect for this woman since she appeared naked in all her middle-aged glory in one of the British tabloids about 6 years ago –  Oh and I LOVED “Freaky Friday” with her and Lindsay Lohan switching bodies.
She stars alongside Sigourney Weaver; Kristen Bell and newcomer Odette Yustman (who has a bright bright future if her performance in this film is anything to go by – she looked like a young Yasmin LeBon.
After all the serious heavy films of the last few weeks, this was immensely enjoyable and light-hearted
 
 
Wall StreetMoney Never Sleeps
http://www.wallstreetmoneyneversleeps.com/
 
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

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Michael Douglas in all his hard-edged ruthless self-serving glory.

Shia Laboeuf and Carey Mulligan (again).
If you’d never seen the original Wall Street (1987 – really?), it wouldn’t matter. Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko has just been released from prison, and the new plot revolves around him, his estranged daughter and her fiancé. The plot hinges around Gekko and the premise of whether “the leopard can really change his spots”. As with the 1980’s film “Trading Places”, I got a little lost with all the financial wheeling and dealing (and this from a Corporate Banker!), but that’s not really the point. Taking place as it does amidst the recession and spectacular crashes of the last couple of years, it highlighted the incredible greed, wealth and corruption of the few at the expense of the masses.
 
Cover of "The Accidental Billionaires: Th...The Social Network
http://www.thesocialnetwork-movie.com/
What an excellent movie, which despite all the necessary programming jargon and the Harvard old school tie pomp, was absolutely riveting; especially as it is based on Ben Mezrich’s original non-fiction novel, “The Accidental Billionaires” (2009). It’s amazing how much has been pieced together about the development of “Facebook” without the input of the film’s main protagonist and co-founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg or indeed any of the employees of Facebook; although Eduardo Saverin the co-founder did act as a consultant for the book.
Jesse Eisenberg plays Zuckerberg and with his particular detached monotone brand of performance he appears to well suited to the image of Zukerman (still the world’s youngest ever billionaire) that this film –  and indeed appears to be trying to portray.
 
You Will Meet A Tall Dark
www.sonyclassics.com/youwillmeetatalldarkstranger/
Gemma Jones (“Bridget Jones’ ” Mother), Pauline Collins, Josh Brolin  (Phwoar); Naomi Watts and Anthony Hopkins amongst others.
As delightful as only a Woody Allen film can be and without the appearance of Woody Allen at all.
Starts as all Allen films with the same style of jazz music and the same stylised credits as all his films – very nostalgic and familiar and part of the Woody Allen offer. All his characters are paralysed with neurosis as you would expect. Set in one of London’s leafy core districts, as usual I am left wondering how these people could possibly afford to live in such areas – but as with “Friends” and “Seinfeld”, this is not the point. Gemma Jones is wonderful as the broken and bitter rejected wife. Of course everyone’s day to day minutia is horribly complex and there is a particular “ah-ha” moment that is an absolute unrealised delight.
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