Friday, 29 April 2011

Multiplex Slut - back in the saddle! Plus films #31-35

Well, I'm back from East Africa and it appears that I've received an unlikely and welcome (if short-term) contract extension at my real job! So let's get back down to it. I've missed a fair few films in this month-and-a-bit hiatus - I'll see what I can do re. catching up on DVD, though frankly I hope I'll be forgiven for not seeking out Hop, Beastly or Winnie The Pooh - and I'm also on a mini-break down to London next weekend to complicate things even further. Grrr, real bloody life. Give me the movies any day.

To come this week, I'll be trying to get to Thor, Source Code, Limitless, Insidious, Cedar Rapids, Rio and - how could I not? - Fast & Furious 5. But here's a (very) quick roundup of the few films I did manage to see over the last few weeks.

#31 The Adjustment Bureau & # 32 Unknown - both highly forgettable, pseudo-intellectual thrillers starring good actors treading water. ****4/10 & ****4/10

#33 Submarine - a charming and assured debut from Richard Ayaode, who I have hitherto found rather irritating. Funny and well-acted; knowing, but not too knowing. ********8/10

#34 Fair Game - better than most of the rather shrill reviews suggested. A pretty tight political thriller of the old-school - not in the league of All The Presidents Men or even The Insider but competent and well-crafted all the same. ******6/10

#35 Scream 4 - the significant other, with whom I saw this, loved it, though I wasn't so sure - aren't we post-postmodernism now? Got a fair few screams from the largely teenage audience though, and a few laughs from the non-teens, so not all bad. *****5/10

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