13 Going On 30

BBBB (out of 5) It’s 1987, and 13 year-old Jenna Rink is desperate to fit in with the cool kids at school. She even goes as far as alienating her geeky best friend Matt at her birthday party in order to impress ‘in-crowd’ ringleader Lucy. When she’s sprinkled with some birthday wishing dust and announces…

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500 Days Of Summer

BBBB (out of 5) Joseph Gordon-Levitt is thoroughly smitten by charming Zooey Deschanel when she becomes the newest assistant to his boss at their greeting card company. After a few awkward meetings they begin dating and enjoy some thoroughly charming times together, she urging him to resurrect his dreams of becoming an architect and leave the life…

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Guess Who

BB (out of 5) A Manhattan couple go to the girl’s parents’ house for their wedding anniversary, providing her (Zoe Saldana) with the perfect opportunity to introduce her new boyfriend (Ashton Kutcher) to her family. Saldana has neglected to tell her kin that her boyfriend is white, providing for lots of opportunity for her boorish…

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Tropic Thunder

BBBB (out of 5) Ben Stiller continues his assault on the pretensions of show business with this hilarious follow-up to Zoolander. This time Hollywood itself is the target of the acidic humour as a once-famous, now crumbling action movie star (Stiller), a drug-addicted comedian (Jack Black) and a multiple award-winning, troubled but devoted actor (Robert Downey…

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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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Starsky & Hutch

BB (out of 5) The popular cop show of the seventies is brought to the big screen as an uncomfortable mix of groovy parody and straight whodunit. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson play the titular characters, two disciplinary cases on the force who are put together as an attempt by their superior officer to straighten them both…

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Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle

BBB (out of 5) Anyone who got any enjoyment out of the first film version of the popular television show will have no end of fun watching more of the same. Thanks to an inflated budget, the girls (Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore) have a lot more costume changes, high-tech gadgets and ridiculous action…

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Iron Man 2

BBB.5 (out of 5) Now that his status as Iron Man has made world news, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has become something of a joke, more a glorified party host than a superhero, and his ridiculously smarmy personality can’t get enough of the attention. His frustrated assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) has decided she’s…

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Gigli

B (out of 5) Ben Affleck plays a gangster who is assigned to watch over a mentally challenged young man (Justin Bartha) whose Federal attorney brother is causing trouble for Affleck’s East Coast boss (Al Pacino). Jennifer Lopez shows up at his door and announces that she is another contract killer who has been hired to co-supervise…

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Live Free Or Die Hard

BB.5 (out of 5) Bruce Willis makes an attempt to get back on top of the action game by resurrecting a franchise after twelve years. Years after his divorce from his wife, he is now living in Brooklyn and trying to reconnect with his fully estranged daughter (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). One night after interrupting her date…

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