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Movies With Michael Doherty

Friday, 1 February 2008

What films will Michael be reviewing?

. National Treasure: Book Of Secrets

. Cloverfield

. Penelope

. Before The Devil Knows You're Dead

 

National Treasure: Book of Secrets (PG)             

Courtesy: Buena Vista
Starring:  Nicolas Cage
Director: Jon Turteltaub


Verdict: The first National Treasure movie was such a global smash (capitalising on the whole Da Vinci Code/ historical clue phenomenon) that a sequel was inevitable, so Treasure Hunter Nic Cage and his gang are back on the sleuthing trail.

This time the story revolves around some pages missing from the diary of Lincoln Assassin John Wilkes Booth and the action takes our heroes from Washington to London and on to Paris.

Though it's fairly predictable fare, it's also fairly entertaining, not least thanks to the addition of Helen Mirren and Ed Harris to the cast.

 

Cloverfield (15A)     

Courtesy: Paramount Pictures
Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Michael Stahl-David
Director: Matt Reeves

Synopsis: After an internet viral campaign that would put Blair Witch to shame, JJ Abrams' cult monster movie finally hits our screens.

Trivia: The first trailer for this movie played before Transformers (2007). It showed a giant explosion in the heart of New York City and the Statue of Liberty's head being thrown down a street. It was shot with a hand-held video recorder. There was no title.
(Source imdb)

Penelope (PG)   

                           
Courtesy: Momentum Pictures
Starring: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara, Reese Witherspoon
Director: Mark Palansky

Verdict: James MacAvoy already boasts a CV of rich and varied films. This one isn't among the best but it's still a reasonably charming fable. Christina Ricci toplines as a young girl born with a pig snout (don't ask) who has to come to terms with society's lack of acceptance.


Before The Devil Knows You're Dead

Courtesy: Entertainment Films
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Director: Sidney Lumet

Verdict: He may be 83 years of age, but Sidney Lumet can still show the young bucks a thing or two when it comes to directing quality thrillers. This one co-stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke as down-at-luck brothers who feel their respective money problems will be solved by robbing their own parents' jewellery store. Unfortunately, nothing goes to plan and their problems grow even more insurmountable. Slickly directed and well acted by the main leads, the movie also boasts a fine supporting cast in the shape of Albert Finney, Rosemary Harris and Marisa Tomei.

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