Better story than hyped; dreary E Blunt per usual but supporting characters great; Rhys Ifans scrubs up beyond recognition.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Weak despite star-studded; relief provided by Weekend Dudes Club, fat shop assistant and Dennis Quaid with teenage SF about to spew twins.
K 40 years earlier played brill by Josh Brolin; tear-jerker ending re Will Smith character.
So highly improbable you have to go with it; great acting from gorgeous tea-towel headed Arab; E Blunt swaps dream solider for an unlikely Ewan McG ugly duckling; great acting from the fish.
Harrison Ford as empathetic immigration officer giving his one and only performance per usual but it works per usual; fast-moving; sleazy Ray Liotta; don’t write essays about 9/11 in school.
Texas Killing Fields
Uneven mystery and at times improbable, ie, when guy agrees to murder young sister; a small town just bursting with creeps.
From Ian McEwan (Solar, Saturday, Chesil Beach); hysterical pre-pubescent fucks up “local boy does well” McAvoy; look out for new Sherlock as paedophile and Keira Knightly indistinguishable from a praying-mantis.
1950s Fellini black & white in filthy countryside – Italy never looked so bad surely; A Quinn roars all the way through but cracks in the end; near-mute female Charlie Chaplin is said to steal the show; Richard Basehart from “Voyage” TV unlikely trapeze artist.
Rhys Ifans with distracting hair didn’t spin any wheels in this dramary (drama as documentary) but some enchanting characters, viz, fully paid-up nut-job David Thewlis and, oddly, Chloë Sevigny.
Two guys kill evil bastards with same air as if mowing their lawns; very twisted ; unexpected denouement.
Lots of time jumps so that viewer gets as crazy as protagonist; why doesn’t she just change her phone number?
Along Came Polly
Stiller has toilet troubles; Aniston prefers company of blind ferret; see it.
Two spoilt US girls (very young Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale) get duped by handsome stranger and end up in Thai prison; stupidity grates; charismatic Bill Pullman tries to save the day; highly unlikely ending.
Adam Sandler serious due to terminal illness; great chemistry with Seth Rogen; how to write stand-up jokes.
Is Brittany Murphy and how her (character) death affects the crummy lives of those around her.
John Cusack in this sick/slick psychological thriller that toys with you mercilessly – and why not.
Clive Owen, as wooden as ever but nobody cares; stupid/spoilt 14-year-old daughter gets shafted by internet stalker.
Get Him to the Greek
Russell Brand plays himself; harrowing 48 hours for Jonah Hill – straight-men do not come any straighter; funny.
London to Brighton
Fab very low-budget man-hunt with great acting especially from 14-year-old Georgia Groome and Lorraine Stanley; see it.
Oranges and Sunshine
True story of decades of child deportation from UK to Australia up to 1970!; Emily Watson excels as woman who sorts various messes including the Christian Brothers’ yukky proclivities.
Young B Pitt and M Freeman on the trail of a nutter who is right clever basket.
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
Vittoria de Sica (1970). Lots of blond young Jews looking like just stepped out of Italian Vogue in halcyon days before being carted off to concentration camps; quietly menacing.
Cupid’s Dart by David Nobbs
Brains meets boobs; May-December romance that reminds there’s hope for 55 year-old virgins; humour and humanity – what more could you ask.
Why be Happy When you can be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
More tales of the mad adoptive mother with current musings; good in parts.
Bonk by Mary Roach
She also wrote Stiff and Spook; highly entertaining and eye-popping insight into sex research over the last century.
(Diane Arbus photo)