Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Weekend cinema preview

Slumdog Millionaire
Starring: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Freida Pinto
Director: Danny Boyle
Story of an impoverished Indian teenager who wins Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, only to be suspected of cheating. The concept didn't appeal to me all that much, though the director is always worth watching, but the sheer volume of praise the film has received renders it a must-see. Nice touch having Sigur Ros on the trailer soundtrack. One thing that stands out about Danny Boyle is the terrific use of music in his films.
IMDb rating: 8.7
My prediction: 4/5

Role Models
Starring: Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Elizabeth Banks, Jane Lynch
Director: David Wain
Two reps for an energy drink company get into trouble and are sentenced to 150 hours mentoring kids. Trailer looks great and actually made me laugh more than once. Love the line about Ben Affleck. Definitely one to watch.
IMDb rating: 7.9
My prediction: 4/5

Starring: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Iben Hjele
Director: Edward Zwick
True story of three Jewish brothers who who escaped Nazi-occupied Poland and, with the help of the Russian resistance, built a village in the woods of Belarus to protect others fleeing from persecution. Was a bit cool on this first time around as the trailer didn't look very compelling, but the more I've read about the events, the more interested I've become. Nice tos see Iben Hjele among the cast, who has had a low profile since starring opposite John Cusack in High Fidelity, back in 2000.
IMDb rating: 7.7
My prediction: 4/5

Sex Drive
Starring: Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, Clark Duke, James Marsden, Seth Green
Director: Sean Anders
A high school senior takes a road trip across the US to hook up with a girl he meets online. Second genuinely funny looking movie of the week. Trailer had me laughing out loud by the end.
IMDb rating: 7.0
My prediction: 4/5

Bride Wars
Starring: Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Candice Bergen
Director: Gary Winick
Two best friends become enemies when they schedule their weddings on the same day. Looks like an instantly forgettable comedy, but the trailer has its amusing moments and you can't go too wrong with an Anne Hathaway film.
IMDb rating: n/a
My prediction: 3/5

Starring: Mena Suvari, Stephen Rea
Director: Stuart Gordon
A young woman commits a hit-and-run, only to find to find the victim stuck, critically injured, in her windshield. Rather than seek help, she locks the car in her garage. Not sure about this films' genre. IMDb has it as a horror and thriller, but the trailer plays like black comedy. Not something I think I'll rush to see, but I;; give it a go on Sky.
IMDb rating: 6.9
My prediction: 3/5

Hannah Takes The Stairs
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Kent Osborne, Andrew Bujalski, Mark Duplass
Director: Joe Swanberg
Following the life and loves of a young woman over a post-graduation summer. Low budget indie flick, mostly improvised. And it shows.
IMDb rating: 5.6
My prediction: 2/5

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