Tuesday, 28 February 2012

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Today I have been to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Uplifting all-star comedy in which a group of English pensioners embark on a new life in India.

Fleeing the grim and expensive UK, a bunch of retirees head off to spend their twilight years in the Indian sun. Meet former high court judge Graham (Tom Wilkinson), recently bereaved Evelyn (Judi Dench), racist Muriel (Maggie Smith), frisky Norman (Ronald Pickup), and laid-back Douglas (Bill Nighy) and his uptight wife Jean (Penelope Wilton). But their supposedly luxurious Jaipur hotel turns out to be a dilapidated place run by young, relentlessly optimistic entrepreneur Sonny (Dev Patel). This adaptation of Deborah Moggach's much-loved novel 'These Foolish Things' reveals how India touches the characters' lives in different ways as they start afresh and make often unexpected connections. 'Shakespeare in Love' director John Madden brilliantly captures the colour and bustle of Indian life. He also gets the best out of the cream of veteran British acting talent - plus bright young thing Dev Patel from 'Slumdog Millionaire'.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The Woman In Black

Last Night at Cineworld Bolton I went to see The Woman In Black.

Daniel Radcliffe stars in a spine-chilling adaptation of the classic English ghost story.

A young lawyer named Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) reluctantly leaves his son behind in London and travels to the north of England. Here, at a remote and unfriendly village, he finds the decaying Eel Marsh House, where he is tasked with settling the late owner's affairs. Staying alone in the house, he witnesses terrifying apparitions. Arthur slowly uncovers the village's dark and tragic history - and learns to his horror that children are dying under mysterious circumstances. When the vengeful spirit known as The Woman in Black threatens his own son, Arthur must face a terrifying supernatural ordeal. Adapted by top British screenwriter Jane Goldman from Susan Hill's timeless ghost story (also a long-running London stage play), this eerie tale from 'Eden Lake' director James Watkins marks Daniel Radcliffe's eagerly anticipated first lead role since Harry Potter.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

The Vow

Tonight I have been to see The Vow.

Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum star in a touching romantic drama about a newlywed who loses her memory.

Recently married Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum) are very much in love. Their future looks bright as they laugh and joke together on a car journey. But everything changes in an instant when a truck ploughs into them. Miraculously, they both escape serious physical injury. But when Paige awakes in hospital, she mistakes Leo for a doctor. It turns out she's lost five whole years of her life and doesn't remember him at all. Her last memory is of getting engaged to ex-fiance Jeremy (Scott Speedman). Paige's slow recovery is going to be a real challenge for both of them. Will Leo be able to make her fall in love with him all over again? Inspired by true events, this moving love story celebrates the power of a vow of togetherness.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012


Last night I went to see Chronicle.

Three teenagers acquire incredible superpowers, but soon learn the downside of their amazing gift.

What would you do if you suddenly found you'd been blessed with mind-boggling telekinetic abilities? For teenage schoolfriends Andrew (Dane Dehaan), Matt (Alex Russell) and Steve (Michael B. Jordan), the answer is obvious: - have a lot of fun! Naturally, they decide to chronicle their prankstering using a camcorder, howling with laughter as they scare a child by bringing a teddy bear to life and take control of a leaf-blower to lift girls' skirts. As the trio's powers continue to grow, they find that they can even move cars using their minds alone. But this also unleashes the dark side in Andrew, and it's not long before events start to spiral out of control. Written by 'An American Werewolf in London' director John Landis's talented son Max, this mind-blowing cautionary tale is told in edgy, 'Cloverfield'-style found footage format. 

Friday, 3 February 2012

Man On A Ledge

Tonight I have been to see Man On A Ledge.

A fugitive's suicide attempt is a cunning distraction in this edgy crime thriller.

When a nervous man steps onto a ledge twenty storeys above the streets of New York City, passers by stop to stare. The police are quickly on the scene and identify him as fugitive ex-cop Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington), who was convicted of stealing a $40m diamond from David Englander (Ed Harris). Negotiator Lydia Anderson (Elizabeth Banks) is sent in to talk him down. But as crowds gather and the media start to report live from the scene, Cassidy reveals that this is all a ruse to distract attention. He claims to be innocent of the crime and that the diamond never left Englander's heavily fortified vault. And to prove it, a crack team led his brother Joey (Jamie Bell) are breaking in to steal it. Versatile stars Sam Worthington and Jamie Bell cement their action-man credentials in this clever heist movie with a twist.