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Movies With Michael Doherty

Friday, 10 October 2008

Michael Doherty, RTE Guide

Michael will be reviewing
. Anton
. City of Amber
. House Bunny
. Nights of Rodanthe

Anton (Nationwide)
Director: Graham Cantwell
Starring: Anthony Fox, Gerald McSorley
Running Time: 96min
Classification: 16
Courtesy: Fox Glove Films & i4i Productions

Verdict: This solid thriller marks an impressive debut for Cantwell and screenwriter Anthony Fox, who takes the lead as a local Cavan man who returns home from sea to his wife just as The Troubles are beginning in the North. Inevitably he finds himself caught up in the action, putting himself, his family and his entire way of life in danger. Normally you'd be wary of Irish thrillers about the North (we've seen some ho-hum ones in the past) but Cantwell and Fox know how to tell a good story; the whole thing is well shot by Fergal O'Hanlon and veteran scene-stealer Gerard McSorley adds a steely edge as a local Guard on a mission.

City of Ember
Directors: Gil Kenan
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Tim Robbins
Running Time: 95 min
Classification: PG
Courtesy: 20th Century Fox

Verdict: "City of Ember" tells of a city buried deep within the earth, as a shelter for human survivors after something awful happened upstairs. It must have involved radiation, since giant mutant bees, moles and beetles are roaming around down there. The heroes are young Doon Harrow (Harry Treadaway) and Lina Mayfleet (Saoirse Ronan), the son of a single father and the daughter of a single mom. Her dad drowned in an escape attempt with Doon's dad, Loris (Tim Robbins). Bill Murray and Toby Jones also co-star.

House Bunny
Fred Wolf
Starring: Anna Faris; Colin Hanks; Emma Stone
Running Time: 97min
Rating: 12A
Courtesy: Sony Pictures

Plot: Ex Playboy bunny joins a college Sororiety

Verdict: Anna Faris plays a Playboy bunny who is booted out of Hef's mansion and ends up joining a college Sororiety. She proceeds to teach the nerdy gals a thing or two about glamour; while they teach her how to hook up with local braniac (Colin Hanks). It's all fairly predictable, low brow stuff but at least Anna Faris (so good in the Scary Movie franchise) proves herself a fine screen comedienne once again. The supporting cast includes Rumer Willis (daughter of you know who and you know who else).

Nights of Rodanthe
Directors: George Wolfe
Starring: Richard Gere, Diane Lane
Running Time: 96 min
Classification: PG
Courtesy: Warner Bros.

Verdict: This standard romance pairs Richard Gere and Diane Lane together for the third time. She is an unhappy mother of two taking a break in North Carolina; he is a lonely doctor who just happens to be the only other guest at her hotel. The winds blow; their eyes meet. Bingo! We're talking schmaltzfest here.