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Movies Friday 20th March

Friday, 20 March 2009

It wouldn't be Friday without Michaels round up of the biggest movies on release at the weekend on both the big screen, and we choose our DVD release of the week, just in case you felt like a night in front of the T.V.

Duplicity
Director: Tony Gilroy
Starring: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Tom Wilkinson
Running Time: 120mins
Rating: *
Classification: 15a
Courtesy: Universal Pictures

Michael's verdict: One less star than Paul Blart because I expected more from a Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) thriller co-starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. This wants to be a slick, screwball thriller about rival industrial espionage agents; instead it's an over-convoluted exercise in tedium.

Il Divo
Director: Paulo Sorrentino
Starring: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Piera Degli Esposti, Paulo Graziosi.
Running Time: 110 mins
Rating: ***
Classification: 15A
Courtesy: IFI

Michael's Verdict: Superb political thriller chronicling the Machiavellian machinations of seven-time Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. Stylish and beautifully photographed, with this movie, Sorrentino announces himself as one of Europe's finest film-makers.


Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Directors: Steve Carr
Starring: Kevin James, Keir O Donnell
Running Time: 91 mins
Rating: *
Classification: 15A
Courtesy: Element Pictures


Michael's Verdict: This mega successful ($140 million and counting) comedy from TV star Kevin James (The King of Queens) is a fairly ho-hum affair about the comings and goings of a dedicated Mall Cop. Despite the fact that James is an appealing screen presence, he's let down by a weak script and some insubstantial supporting players.


*DVD of the Week*

Changeling
Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Amy Ryan, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan
Running Time: 141 mins
Rating: ****
Classification: 16
Courtesy: Universal Pictures

Plot: Set in Los Angeles in 1928, Clint Eastwood's latest directorial effort finds a desperate mother (Angelina Jolie) searching for her missing son only for him to be mysteriously returned to her a few months later. However, she soon discovers that he's not her little boy at all.

Michael's Verdict: Clint Eastwood has delivered a gem of a movie that should make most of the running when the Oscars are handed out next February. Based on a true story, Changeling is a beautifully paced, superbly shot drama starring Angelina Jolie as a single mother in 1920s LA whose nine-year-old son goes missing. It's a wonderful lead role for any actress and Jolie is to be commended, not just for her convincing turn, but for the fact that she doesn't rely on histrionics to convey her subject's despair.

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