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Movies Wednesday 28th October 2009

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Michael Doherty, RTE Guide

What films are Michael reviewing:

. This is It - Michael Jackson

. 9

. An Education

DVD of the Week: The Exorcist

TAS POLL: Favourite scary movie

From one Michael to another!

This is It

Director: Kenny Ortega
Cast: Michael Jackson
Release Date: 30th Oct 2009
Rating: TBC
Courtesy: Sony
Classification: PG



"This Is It," features Michael Jackson in his final days rehearsing for a series of comeback concerts in London, shortly before his untimely death. The movie will be drawn from hundreds of hours of rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage. Jackson was staging his rehearsals at Staples Center and The Forum. The film will also offer select sequences in 3D and will also have a career retrospective and interviews with some of Jackson's closest friends and collaborators."

This is It takes it's name from the tour that Michael was rehearsing for up until the day of his death, scheduled to begin in 2009.

Review: Press screening worldwide at 4am this morning (Wed 28th)


Director: Shane Acker
Cast: Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer,
Release Date
: 28th Oct 2009
Rating: TBC
Courtesy: Universal
Classification: 12A

Summary:- REF-

"When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world where all humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are to survive, and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. As they'll soon come to learn, the very future of civilization may depend on them."

An Education

Director: Lone Scherfig
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Rosamund Pike, Emma Thompson, Olivia Williams, Alfred Molina, Sally Hawkins
Release Date: 30th Oct 2009 (as supplied by Distributor)
Duration: 99' 55"
Courtesy: E1 Entertainment
Classification: 15A

Summary: Coming of age drama set in the post-war, pre-Beatles London suburbs, a bright schoolgirl is torn between studying for a place at Oxford and the rather more exciting alternative offered to her by a charismatic older man.

DVD of the Week

For the adults - The Exorcist

Summary:- "A visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Something beyond evil is happening in her little girl's room. Regan has brutally changed both in the way she looks and the way she acts, with violent outbursts on everyone who comes in contact with her. Her worried mother gets in contact with a priest who comes to the conclusion that Regan is possessed. The top priest who can deal with an exorcism, Father Merrin, is called in to help save Regan from the demon inside her."


For all the family - Monsters VS Aliens

Director: Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogan, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett.
Running Time: 94mins
Rating: ****
Classification: PG
Courtesy: Paramount Pictures

Summary: REF-

"When a meteorite from outer space hits a young California woman named Susan Murphy and turns her into a giant monster, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years. As a last resort, under the guidance of General W.R. Monger, on a desperate order from The President, the motley crew of Monsters is called into action to combat the aliens and save the world from imminent destruction!"

Michael's verdict:
It's never easy to match up to Pixar in the animated stakes but Dreamworks' latest effort is a gem. Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland provide the voices for this 3D adventure in which a rag-tag group of monsters (including an American girl who has grown to enormous height following a meteorite shower) battle some nasty aliens. The kids will love the thrills and spills while the adults will enjoy the references to all those 50s sci-fi classics.

TAS Movie Poll

Favorite Halloween Film?

3. Poltergeist

2. Nightmare on Elm Street


Michael Doherty