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Movies Friday 15th May

Friday, 15 May 2009

This week Movie Man Michael will be reviewing:
Night at the Museum 2
Synecdoche, New York
Fighting
*DVD of the Week* The Wrestler


Night At The Museum 2

Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Ricky Gervais
Running Time: 104 minutes
Rating: **
Classification: PG
Courtesy: 20th Century Fox

Plot: Security guard Larry Daley infiltrates the Smithsonian Institute in order to rescue Jedediah and Octavius, who have been shipped to the museum by mistake. Ben Stiller returns for a second time as Larry.
Michael's verdict: Another outing for night watchman Ben Stiller, this time at the even-bigger Smithsonian Institute, as he again watches a host of exhibits and creatures come to life. It's pretty much a rethread of the first film with the same smattering of laughs, though the effects are more impressive and the cast-list now includes Amy Adams, Eugene Levy, Jonah Hill and Dick Van Dyke.


Synecdoche, New York

Director: Charlie Kaufman
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams
Running Time: 124mins
Rating: ****
Classification: 16
Courtesy: Revolver Entertainment

Plot: A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play

Michael's verdict: Yet another remarkable drama from the guy who brought us Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Kaufman's directorial debut features Philip Seymour Hoffman as a middle-aged theatre director in crisis who turns his life into an ongoing play. It's not easy going, but you'll not see a more remarkable film all year


Fighting

Director: Dito Montiel
Starring: Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard
Running Time: 105 mins
Rating: ***
Classification: 15A
Courtesy: Universal Pictures

Plot: In New York City, a young counterfeiter is introduced to the world of underground street fighting by a seasoned scam artist, who becomes his manager on the bare-knuckling brawling circuit.

Michael's verdict: On paper, this is a ho-hum, Rocky-style genre film about a country boy who comes up to the big smoke and suddenly earns a living by bare-knuckle boxing. But Montiel's film actually has more to offer, thanks to a sharp script, a typically impressive performance by Terrence Howard and a strong turn from lead actor Channing Tatum, Hollywood's latest hunk.

*DVD of the Week* The Wrestler

Directors: Darren Aronofsky.
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Even Rachel Wood.
Running Time: 109 mins
Rating: ****
Classification: 16
Courtesy: Twentieth Century Fox

Plot: In New York City, a young counterfeiter is introduced to the world of underground street fighting by a seasoned scam artist, who becomes his manager on the bare-knuckling brawling circuit.

Michael's verdict: Comeback King Mickey Rourke triumphs as a washed-up wrestler hoping for one last hurrah in the ring. The Champ meets Raging Bull meets Rocky meets WWF.

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