Movies Friday 8th May
Friday, 8 May 2009
Synechdoche, New York
Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: John Cho, Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine
Running Time: 126' 45"
Michael's verdict: You don't have to be a Trekker to appreciate Abrams' prequel which introduces us to the young Spock and the young Kirk. The terrific special effects are terrific but Abrams doesn't let us lose sight of the story or the characters throughout. And Trek fans will have plenty of obscure references to get their teeth into, too.
Director: Henry Selick
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Ian McShane, Keith David, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French
Running Time: 100' 31"
Courtesy: Universal Pictures
Michael's Verdict: Terrific slice of Stop Motion animation from the guy who brought us The Nightmare Before Christmas. Neil Gaiman's tale of a young girl who finds a parallel world (and a parallel family) is beautifully done and features a roster of top-notch voice-talent, notably French and Saunders.
Angels and Demons
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Tom Hanks, Ayelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor
Running Time: 138' 15"
Michael's Verdict: This prequel to the ever-popular Da Vinci Code has Tom Hanks once again decoding the symbols of bad guys. This time it's the Illuminati who are out to bomb the Vatican. Sounds good on paper, but what should have been a tense thriller is actually a bit of a yawn, thanks to some clunky dialogue and Howard's leaden direction.
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates
Running Time: 90' 00"
Courtesy: Pathe Films
Michael's Verdict: This entertaining period rom-com (from the pen of Colette) chronicles the relationship between sultry courtesan Michelle Pfeiffer and callow youth Rupert Friend in 1920s Paris. Looks a treat.