Premonition

BB (out of 5) Sandra Bullock  is apparently living too linear a life and needs art to mix her up a bit; first she was out of temporal sync with lover Keanu Reeves in The Lake House, and now her husband can’t decide whether or not he’s dead. Bullock plays a suburban housewife who wakes…

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Hairspray (2007)

BBBB (out of 5) A teenager in the 1960s decides to fight racial segregation and is met with serious threats to her future; sounds like an update of Mississippi Burning until you add big hair, rocking tunes and John Travolta in a dress. Newcomer Nikki Blonsky plays the youngster in question, Tracy, in this wonderful…

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Bringing Down The House

BB (out of 5) This intellectually inferior Disney comedy is nothing but two hours of missed opportunities. Steve Martin plays a lonely divorcee who has struck up a sweet romance in an internet chat room, presumably with a pretty young lawyer named Charlene. When Charlene (Queen Latifah) shows up at his doorstep for their first…

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A Walk To Remember

BB.5 (out of 5) Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, this treacle centres on the inevitable love affair between a Christian girl (Mandy Moore) who suffers for her faith at a school full of disrespectful teenagers, and a popular jock (Shane West) with no religious bent who at first is disdainful of her but gradually…

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The Wedding Planner

BB.5 (out of 5) This sparkling romantic comedy starts off with such a lively step and good humour, then gives in to sappy sentimentality and weak plot movements in its conclusion. Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez couldn’t be better as star-crossed lovers who click on their first meeting, she a high-anxiety wedding planner with a utility belt…

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The Gun In Betty Lou’s Handbag

BB.5 (out of 5) Silly little comedy that begins with a mostly believable premise. Penelope Ann Miller feels so ignored by the people around her, including her distracted husband (Eric Thal), that she pretends to be the guilty party of an unsolved mystery in order to add some spice to her life. She is investigated, has…

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Stuck On You

BBBB (out of 5) Walt and Bob Tenor (Greg Kinnear and Matt Damon) are twin brothers who were born conjoined at the hip and have lived that way, quite comfortably, for thirty years (their unequally shared liver accounts for Walt seeming a bit older than Bob). Living a perfectly idyllic life as burger joint owners in…

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Going The Distance

BBBB (out of 5) Surprisingly charming romantic comedy that aims to step outside the usual boundaries of the genre and actually manages to pull that off.  Drew Barrymore visits New York from Los Angeles to do an internship at a newspaper; while in the city she meets Justin Long and the two hit it off immediately….

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