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Archive for May 1st, 2011

Only nine trips to the cinema this month, down on last months twelve.

 

Sucker Punch: ★★★★★ Zack Snyder’s much maligned fantasy, action thriller is an uneven mess but is visually impressive and surprisingly great fun and a lot better than has been reported.

Oranges and Sunshine:★★★★★ Gritty drama based on the true story of a social workers investigating into the forced shipment of children to Australia throughout the 20th century.

Source Code: ★★★★ Quantum Leap: The Movie! A solid sci-fi action thriller with great acting and great direction that makes the most of its concept. After just two movies Duncan Jones is proving to be a director to look out for.

The Silent House: ★★★★★ High concept Uruguayan horror inspired by real events. Some good ideas and some good moments but ultimately it doesn’t work.

Tomorrow, When The War Began: ★★★★★ You would be forgiven for thinking the Red Dawn remake had come out early. John Marsden is given a Writing credit for his novel the movie is based on, I’m not sure if his book credits John Milius, Kevin Reynolds, it should. Not bad but lightweight and aimed squarely at teenagers, and the grammar defying title is stupid.

Red Riding Hood: ★★★★★ Well acted and stunning to look at but uneven a little flat, they could have done so much more with the material.

Fast Five: ★★★★★ Check your brain at the door, it is dumb even by the standards of the series but surprisingly good fun and possibly the best of the franchise.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec: ★★★★Bizarre and uneven but fun, funny and brilliantly entertaining. Hopefully the start of a new franchise.

Scream 4: ★★★★★ As clichéd and irrelevant as the first film was original and groundbreaking. It does have some humorous moments and the Anna Paquin/Kristen Bell cameo is great.

It was a tough call this month, I considered giving it to Sucker Punch just to piss off its detractors but ultimately it came down to a straight fight between and Source Code The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec. Source Code is probably the better movie but Adèle Blanc-Sec is just more memorable, so the movie of the month is:

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