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Life As We Know It

Katherine Heigl  – Holly Berenson, an up-and-coming caterer and Josh Duhamel –  Eric Messer  – a promising sound engineer become caregivers to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident. chick flick; Katherine Heigl doing what she does best/Josh Duhamel yum; put your brain in a box for the duration

Cas-rating – 7/10 for above reasons
Starring Matt Damon and french actress Marie de France (what a great name), the plot is based on the stories of three people, each haunted by their mortality through different experiences. Though geographically remote from one another will , their lives intercept and that is far as I will go with the plot. This is no Bourne Identity and much slower paced than the usual Matt Damon genre. In fact a tadge turgid and predictable. Thought it was going some place more interesting with the plot but no………
Cas-rating  5/10 –     
Red  (Retired and Extremely Dangerous)
Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren.Over hyped and predictable – Jolly food tomp for baby-boomers but didn`t deliver (for me)
Cas-rating 4/10
Fair Game
From the director of The Bourne Identity and starring  Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.
Based on real-life CIA agent  Valerie Plame who was “outed”by White House officials who were allegedly intent on discrediting her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq.
Cas-rating 8/10
The Social Network
You know the story –  2003 Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and in creative frenzy of programming and blogging from his dorm room initiates what will become the global social network phenomenon that is Facebook Just 6 years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history. Jesse Eisenberg puts on a good show as the socially inept but genius Zuckerberg and his much publicized personal and legal wrangles.
Cas-rating 7/10
 Due Date
Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) is an expectant first-time father whose wife`s (played by Michelle Monaghan) due date is just five days away. Forced through circumstances to hitch a ride with Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galianakis), an aspiring actor with issues; they embark upon a road-trip in a bid to make it home in time for the birth.
Cas-rating 8/10
Jesus – even the audience were giggling at the incongruity and ridiculousness of the story line – we’re talking “A Star is Born” with suspenders and no commitment to plotline. Make no mistake this is simply a vehicle for the chamelion-like Christina Agulera to make her acting debut. Your husbands/male partners will love it; only one really spectacular scene at the end – all a tadge watered down re the sets concentrating on gyrating lithe (impossible to aspire to female form perfection and agility) bodies in burlesque costumes. Cher played –  of course –  the usual implacable character – or maybe it’s that her face doesn’t move properly anymore – dunno – BUT she looked amazing; of course she was show-cased during a couple of  numbers – Christina – back off, this women is a legend – her coffee -laced smoky vocals  – mesmerizing.
Cas-rating 5/10
Love & Other Drugs
This got slammed by the critic on a purely superficial level I quite enjoyed it . Of course had low expectations and not a HUGE fan of Jake Gyllenhal – I know sacrilege but each to their own/ Anne Hathoway playing the usual intelligent articulate tragic woman – a few “Rachel getting Married” acting moments.
Cas-rating 7/10
 Down Terrace
Dropped off for a moment of two during this and missed a pivotal part of the movie – people kept disappearing. Fortunately an accompanying friend filled me in before I got any more confused. Set in my favourite city in the UK – Brighton – this is NOT the Brighton I know or understand. Especially effective as a production because the people in it (working class small time crooks – are so ordinary and recognisable to the average Brit, and the action so incongruously casually violent!
Cas-rating 6/10 – this will not cheer you up
Nowhere Boy
John Lennon`s childhood profiled. Starring  Aaron Johnson, who certainly had the look of a young John Lennon, who to all intents and purposes (according to this film), was a cocky and arrogant teen brought up by his Aunt – the ever so frosty Kristen Scott-Thomas.
Cas-rating 5/10
Tamara Drew
Bit silly and very old-school British. Beautifully shot in the Dorset countryside, very much along the lines of under-rated British comedy – `Mum`s the word` starring Kriisten Scott Thomas (again) and Rowen Atkinson, but not as amusing.
Cas-rating 5/10
127 Hours
Starring the gorgeous James Franco or James Falco as The Star
reported last Saturday – dear God – who proof reads this stuff. Magnificent acting – this guy is not only lush to look at but knows his craft. Be warned – Gory as in Hannibal Lecter gory -close your eyes and cover up your ears in some scenes. Based on a true story so you already know the ending guys – but still on the edge of seat throughout.
Cas-reading 9/10 
Morning Glory
Really Enjoyed – chick flick. Harrison Ford, grumpy and incoherent (but wearing the same bewildered expression he exhibits in all his films)Cas-rating 8/10
Denzel Washington – playing himself and Chris Pine (StarTrek – CAptain Kirk) yum – who cares if it’s crap!!Again slammed by the critics but I could hardly breathe it was so FASSSSSSSST………
cas-rating 8/10
The Town
Ben Affleck is an unrepentant criminal, the  leader of a group of ruthless bank robbers, who falls for one of his victims
Clever and the best Benn Affleck has been for yonks
Cas-rating 8/10
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows
What can I say – The latest Harry Potter movie ROCKS – Just terrific and not let down too badly by the ending – to be continued……………
The absolute best so far – No way should tots and kiddies go to this – I honestly JUMPED out of my seat twice. So great to have “grown up” with these movies and weird to have my 19 year old along for the film franchise he spent his formative years watching with his head  covered up during the scary bits. 
Cas-rating 20/10




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