Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Weekend cinema preview

The Reader
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Block, Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Lena Olin
Director: Stephen Daldry
In post-WW2 Germany, a teenager has am affair with an older woman. She disappears and eight years later, the now law student find her on trial for war crimes. Heavyweight-looking drama that screams quality, has garnered much critical praise and a Golden Globe-nominated performance from Kate Winslet.
IMDb rating: 8.1
My prediction: 4/5

Che: Part One
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Julia Ormond
Director: Steven Soderbergh
First part of Soderbergh's Che Guevara biopic focuses on the Cuban revolution. Hard to see how this could fail. Great lead, compelling subject, critical praise and good public reception.
IMDb rating: 7.9
My prediction: 4/5

The Spirit
Starring: Jaime King, Eva Mendes, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson
Director: Frank Miller
A dead cop is resurrected as The Spirit, dedicated to fighting evil in Central City. His nemesis is The Octopus (Jackson), who kills anyone who sees his face. Based on the comic book series this looks like a cheesily entertaining film, sort of sub-Sin City in style, however the reviews have been poor and it looks like the public agree with them. However it must be said that Eva Mendes looks amazing and that can carry me a long way.
IMDb rating: 5.5
My prediction: 3/5

The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants 2
Starring: Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Rachel Nichols, Rachel Ticotin, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Blythe Danner, Kyle MacLachlan
Director: Sanaa Hamri
No idea what the plot is as nobody has been arsed to write one over at IMDb, but the whole thing looks vile. Possibly the only example of a trailer in which a character recommends going to see a different film instead.
IMDb rating: 6.2
My prediction: 2/5

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