Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Weekend cinema preview

What Just Happened?
Starring: Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Kristen Stewart, Catherine Keener, Moon Bloodgood, Sean Penn, Michael Wincott, Robin Wright Penn
Director: Barry Levinson
A Hollywood producer struggles to get his film made amidst problems with cast, crew and corporate executives. That rare things these days, a Robert De Niro movie that actually looks pretty good.
IMDb rating: 7.9
My prediction: 4/5

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Gattlin Griffith, John malkovich, Colm Feore
Director: Clint Eastwood
It's 1928, Los Angeles, and a young woman son goes missing. The police find a boy who they insist is her son, but she becomes convinced that he isn't. Based on a true story. Unusually for an Angelina Jolie film, she isn't what's attracting me to this. What is attracting me is director Clint Eastwood, who's reputation as a director just goes from strength to strength. Not a film I would otherwise choose to see, but word is that Jolie delivers an Oscar-worthy performance and that IMDb rating is hard to argue against.
IMDb rating: 8.1
My prediction: 4/5

Four Christmases
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight, Jon Favreau, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam, Kristin Chenoweth, Colleen Camp
Director: Seth Gordon
A newlywed couple try to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day. Couple be crap, but the trailer did give me a few laughs and it's a quality cast.
IMDb rating: n/a
My prediction: 3/5

Le Silence De Lorna / The Silence Of Lorna
Starring: Arta Dobroshi, Jeremie Renier, Alban Ukaj
Directors: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
A Belgian immigrant tries to sell herself as a bride to a Russian looking to immigrate into Belgium and obtain a divorce from her drug addicted husband. The IMDb rating suggests this might be an interesting enough drama.
IMDb rating: 7.3
My prediction: 3/5

Starring: Michael Caine, Demi Moore, Nathaniel Parker, Joss Ackland, Natalie Dormer
Director: Michael Radford
A caretaker and a company executive conspire to steal from their employer, a diamond company. Fairly standard-looking crime drama raised by the presence of Michael Caine. Demi Moore with an english accent seems curious casting. I note Natalie Dormer, so hot as Anne Boleyn in The Tudors is also on the cast and it's director by the guy who made 1984. All seems a bit inconsequential though.
IMDb rating: 6.8
My prediction: 3/5

Bihisht Faqat Baroi Murdagon / To Get To Heaven First You Have To Die
Starring: Khurshed Golibekov, Dinara Drukova, Maruf Pulodzoda
Director: Jamshed Usmonov
An impotent young man tries to overcome his problem by travelling to a big city and hooking up with a mafia thug. That could quite possibly be complete bollocks but I can't find out much about this film, not even a trailer.
IMDb rating: 6.8
My prediction: 3/5

Ano Una / Year Of The Nail
Starring: Eireann Harper, Diego Catano
Director: Jonas Cuaron
A love story between a Mexican teenager and an older American woman who meet one summer in Mexico. Unusual, slideshow-style film, that runs to just 78 minutes but looks like it could become tedious much sooner. Still, it is at least something fairly original. Director is the son of Alfonso Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien, City Of Men).
IMDb rating: 6.1
My prediction: 2/5

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