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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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 Canyons

B (out of 5) A complete waste of time, both for Lindsay Lohan in attempting to inject some new energy into her career, and for the audience having to endure it.  Lohan and adult film star James Deen play a corrupt Hollywood couple who spend their days toying with film production thanks to his financial ease, and…

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Flight

BB.5 (out of 5) Denzel Washington is a coke-snorting, booze-guzzling airline pilot whose excellent track record easily covers up his bad habits and helps him forget the trouble he left behind when he lost his marriage and son to his addictions.  A mechanical fault on a plane he is flying across the country nearly crashes…

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Laurel Canyon

BBBB (out of 5) Lisa Cholodenko’s follow-up to her critically acclaimed High Art is another probing examination of relationships in modern day Los Angeles.  Christian Bale is a straight-laced med student who has moved back to the city of Angels with his equally studious fiance (Kate Beckinsale) for his hospital internship. Since it’s the same city…

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Somewhere

BB (out of 5) Bouncing back from the disappointment of her beautiful but empty Marie Antoinette, director Sofia Coppola revisits the subtlety and grace of her critically acclaimed Lost In Translation with this moody exploration of the dull days of a struggling movie star. Stephen Dorff plays the actor in question whose career is flush but…

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