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Friday, 19 October 2007

It's Friday, which means Michael Doherty is on the couch and he's movie mad!

STARDUST (PG)

Courtesy
: Paramount Pictures
Starring: Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer
Director: Matthew Vaughn

Synopsis
A young man named Tristan (Charlie Cox) tries to win the heart of Victoria (Sienna Miller), the beautiful but cold object of his desire, by going on a quest to retrieve a fallen star. His journey takes him to a mysterious and forbidden land beyond the walls of his village. On his odyssey, Tristan finds the star, which has transformed into a striking girl named Yvaine (Claire Danes).

However, Tristan is not the only one seeking the star. A king's (Peter O'Toole) four living sons - not to mention the ghosts of their three dead brothers - all need the star as they vie for the throne. Tristan must also overcome the evil witch, Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer), who needs the star to make her young again. As Tristan battles to survive these threats, encountering a pirate named Captain Shakespeare (Robert De Niro) and a shady trader named Ferdy the Fence (Ricky Gervais) along the way, his quest changes. He must now win the heart of the star for himself as he discovers the meaning of true love.

(Source Yahoo movies)

THE LAST LEGION (12A) 

Courtesy: Momentum Pictures
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Colin Firth
Director: Doug Lefler

Verdict
With the success of 300 and the popularity of the TV series Rome, it was inevitable that Hollywood would revisit its wardrobe in search of swords and sandals. On paper, The Last Legion would seem an ideal project. After all, it has a strong story - Rome's last legion battling the Goth hordes - and a fine cast - Kingsley, Firth, Peter Mullan, Iain Glen and eye-popping newcomer Aishwarya Rai. Unfortunately, it also has a risible script and such low-grade visual effects that you feel you are watching a cross between a Ray Harryhausen fantasy yarn and a History Channel telepic. File under lost opportunity.

DADDY DAY CAMP (PG)
 
Courtesy: Sony Pictures
Starring: Cuba Gooding Jr, Pail Rae
Director: Fred Savage

Synopsis
Oh dear, oh dear. How bad is this film? Let me count the ways. It's a sequel to a lame Eddie Murphy comedy that makes that turkey almost look good by comparison. It stars Cuba Gooding Jr, a guy who hasn't made a decent movie since winning an Oscar ten years ago. It features kids making jokes about bodily functions. It tries to make serious points about father-son bonding. Oh, and it also boasts weak direction (from former Wonder Years alumnus Fred Savage), ham-fisted writing and an array of unconvincing performances. In other words, avoid at all costs.

Trivia
Disney intended this to originally be a straight-to-video release but opted for a theatrical showing simply to help "build" its DVD audience.

(Source imdb.com)

THE DARK IS RISING (12A)

Courtesy: 20th Century Fox
Starring: Christopher Eccleston, Gregory Smith, Ian McShane
Director: David L Cunningham

Synopsis
A young man, Will Stanton, discovers he is the last of a group of immortals dedicated to fighting dark forces of evil. Traveling back and forth through time, Will uncovers a series of clues, some dating back to biblical times, that lead him to a showdown with forces of unimaginable power.

(Source: Yahoo movies)

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