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Friday, 7 December 2007

It's Friday, which means Michael Doherty has ditched the popcorn to give you the tops and the flops in the cinemas this week!


Courtesy: Eclipse Pictures
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman
Director: Zach Helm

The story goes that Dustin Hoffman would love to have played the original Willy Wonka so it's no surprise to see him in the role of a mysterious toy store owner, surrounded by magic and wonder.

For the first ten minutes of Zach Helm's tale, it feels like we're in a movie to rate with the classic Roald Dahl tale. Hoffman is in fine eccentric form and he is well supported by young Natalie Portman and even younger Zach Mills.

Pretty soon, however, the screenplay wears thin and the magic begins to fade. Kids will still get a great kick from all the magical toys on display but chalk this one up under What Might Have Been.

YOU KILL ME                      Showing at the Irish Film Institute               

Starring: Ben Kingsley, Téa Leoni
Director: John Dahl

With Red Rock West and The Last Seduction, director John Dahl established himself as a master of the modern noir. He's at it again with You Kill Me, a black comedy in which an alcoholic hit man (Ben Kingsley) for a Polish mob faces up to the Irish mob, led by Dennis Farina. Well show, with snappy dialogue, You Kill Me features a Sexy Best-style performance from Kingsley, well supported by Farina, Tea Leoni, Bill Pullman and Luke Wilson.

SOUTHLAND TALES (16)                               Exclusive to Cineword in Dublin

Courtesy: Unversal Pictures
Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sean William Scott
Director: Richard Kelly

Following the huge success of Donnie Darko, director Richard Kelly takes his first mis-step with this over-ambitious, futuristic yarn. Thanks to Darko, Kelly managed to attract a fantastic cast - Sarah Michelle Gellar, Miranda Richardson, Dwayne Johnson, Wallace Shawn, Justin Timberlake, Kevin Smith - but it's hard to care about any of them when the story lines are so ragged.

Trivia: Justin Timberlake's lines were re-dubbed for the new cut because, according to the director, he "misdirected Justin. It was a little too sarcastic." (source imdb)