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Michael's Christmas Movies!

Friday, 21 December 2007

Michael Doherty has the most marvellous movies in the cinemas this festive season!

P.S. I LOVE YOU (12A)    

: Momentum Pictures
Starring: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Lisa Kudrow, Harry Connick Jr
Director: Richard LaGravenese

Verdict: Hugely popular rom-com based on Ceceila Ahern's best-selling novel. Double Oscar-winner Hilary Swank is the gal with it all, at least until hunky Irish boyfriend (Gerard Butler) passes away. By leaving letters to be read after his death, however, he provides a blueprint for her to survive her grief. Lisa Kudrow and Kathy Bates co-star in a film that features beautiful Irish vistas and the worst Irish accent this side of Tom Cruise.

Trivia: "P.S. I Love You" began as a novel of the same name by Irish author Cecelia Ahern, who was only 21 years old when she wrote her book about love, loss and hope, which became an international bestseller. 

During the filming of a strip sequence, Gerard Butler's suspenders hit Hilary Swank on the forehead. She received a cut and had to be brought to a hospital where she received several stitches. (source imdb)

I AM LEGEND (15A)                              

: Warner Brothers
Starring: Will Smith
Director: Francis Lawrence

Verdict: In a film that was once the property of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Smith does a terrific job as a scientist who finds himself to be the last person on Earth, a part that is from legions of flesh-eating zombies. It's all fairly hokey, B-movie stuff but Smith is good and some of the special effects are terrific. Sci-fi fans will recognise the scenario from Charlton Heston's The Omega Man.

Trivia: I Am Legend, has scored a record opening at the North American box office chart. The film, which sees Smith as the last man on Earth, brought in $76.5m in its first three days. It is the best December opening of all time, beating the $72.6m start for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King in 2003. (Source BBC news online)

ST. TRINIAN'S (15A)                              
Courtesy: Entertainment Films
Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth
Directors: Oliver Parker, Barnaby Thompson

Verdict: Entertaining update of the classic Alastair Sim series with the naughty schoolgirls wreaking havoc on the establishment. Rupert Everett (in a dress! plays the schoolmarm endeavouring to save her educational establishment from bankruptcy with the aid of the street-smart gals. Watch out for cameos from Girls Aloud, Stephen Fry, Russell Brand and Mischa Barton.

Courtesy: 20th Century Fox
Starring: Jason Lee, David Cross
Director: Tim Hill

Synopsis: Alvin & The Chipmunks, a global phenomenon to generations of fans, becomes a live action/CGI motion picture event with a contemporary comic sensibility.  Songwriter Dave Seville transforms singing chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore into pop sensations -- while the out-of-control trio lays waste to Dave's home, wreaks havoc on his career, and turns Dave's once-orderly life upside-down.

The film stars Jason Lee ("My Name is Earl") as Dave Seville, David Cross ("Arrested Development"), rising star Cameron Richardson, and as the voices of Alvin, Simon and Theodore, Justin Long ("Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," "Live Free or Die Hard"), Matthew Gray Gubler ("Criminal Minds," "R.V.") and actor-pop sensation Jesse McCartney.  "Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties" helmer Tim Hill directs from a screenplay by "The Simpsons" veteran Jon Vitti and Will McRobb & Chris Viscardi ("The Tale of Despereaux").