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Movie Releases - 21st October 2009

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

This week Michael has been viewing and reviewing the biggest movies to hit our screens this week.

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard

DVD of the week 32A


Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

Director: Paul Weitz
Cast: Chris Massoglia, Josh Hutcherson, John C. Reilly, Michael Ceveris
Release Date: 23rd Oct 2009 (as supplied by Distributor)
Duration: 105' 00"
Rating:**
Courtesy: Universal
Classification: 12A


Summary:
REF-www.imdb.com

"A young boy named Darren Shan meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a Vampire. After a series of events Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque Du Freak and become a Vampire. There is a slight twist in this story, vampires are not evil creatures. They never kill when they feed, do not bit in order to transform others, and do not have an evil purpose in life."

Michael's Review: Intriguing, stop-motion animated tale based on the Roald Dahl classic tale. George Clooney is perfect voice casting as the tricky fox who manages to stay one step of a trip of nasty farmers. It might be a bit quirky for some kids but adults will love it.


Fantastic Mr. Fox
Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Jarvis Cocker, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Angelica Huston.
Release Date: 23rd Oct 2009 (as supplied by Distributor)
Duration: 86' 30"
Rating: ***
Courtesy of: 20TH Century Fox
Classification: PG

Summary: Animation based on the story by Roald Dahl where a wily fox attempts to outwit a group of ruthless farmers who are tired of sharing their chickens with a family of foxes. Director Wes Anderson has the huge task of bringing the hugely popular tale to the big screen, together with an all star cast.

Michael's Review: Intriguing, stop-motion animated tale based on the Roald Dahl classic tale. George Clooney is perfect voice casting as the tricky fox who manages to stay one step of a trip of nasty farmers. It might be a bit quirky for some kids but adults will love it.


Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

Director: Neal Brennan
Cast: Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames
Release Date: 23rd October
Rating: ***
Courtesy of: Warner Bros
Classification: 15


Summary: REF- www.imdb.com
Comedy - "Used-car liquidator Don Ready is hired by a flailing auto dealership to turn their Fourth of July sale into a majorly profitable event."

Michael's Review: After playing second fiddle in many films (though he steals Entourage) Jeremy Piven takes the lead role in this fast-paced comedy about a used car salesman desperate to shft as many motors as he can over the July 4 weekend. More hit than miss, at least Piven is good value and there's a cameo from prodcuer Will Ferrell.


DVD of the Week

(Irish Film)
32A
Dir: Marian Quinn
Starring: Ailish McCarthy, Orla Brady
Rating: ***

REF-http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0370242/plotsummary
Summary: "This story is set in the "in-between" time of a girl's life, when she is no longer a child and not yet a woman. We open with our heroine, Maeve, putting on her new snow white bra, and stepping out into the world as a young woman. She has an obsession with breasts and bras and can't help but stare at other girls and women, even the head nun doesn't escape her gaze. Otherwise, her world revolves around her three friends, Ruth, Claire and Orla, who are more experienced in the ways of the world. They wear bras already (except Claire the feminist) and they've all had boyfriends. The new bra is a start but they really hope Maeve can find a fella, even offering kissing lessons to prepare her. What no one expects, least of all Maeve, is that she should snare the local sixteen-year old heartthrob. Maeve is so smitten with him that she lets her friends down when they need her the most. In trouble with her friends and in school, she gets dumped by the heartthrob when she sneaks into the local dance with him and he leaves with another girl. Her parents find out and she ends up in trouble at home, where she takes on extra domestic duties. She does the laundry and even her bra has lost its former brilliance. Maeve realizes what she has lost. Her friends rally round for her 14th birthday, Maeve returns to the fold a little older and a little wiser. Winner of the Tiernan McBride Award for Scriptwriting in 2002."


Michael's Review: This charming, rites-of-passage tale concerns a young girl (young McCarthy, in a fine performance) growing up in Dublin's northside in 1979 and faced with the usual problems of boys, bras and acne. Many of our viewers will have fond memories of the Grove nightclub at the heart of the story.

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