Trance

Simon (McAvoy), an art dealer, is embroiled in a plot by Franck (Vincent Cassel) to steal a famous Goya painting. During the crime though, a blow to the head gives Simon serious amnesia, and he is taken to a therapist (Rosario Dawson) who’ll use hypnosis to get him to remember a very important detail…. With…

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Welcome to the Punch

Welcome to the Punch had lots of promise – a really awesome A-list Britpack cast, great London locations, a few well-staged chase scenes and noisy gun fights. But the plot is convoluted and it just isn’t that engaging. I fell asleep in the middle, and that’s about that.

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X-Men: First Class

Resuscitating the X-Men series almost single-handedly, I give you Matthew Vaughn, the Brit director of Stardust (ahhhhh), Kick Ass (wooop!) and now X-Men; First Class. This is one of those tedious “Origins” movies, but it rises above similar dross (check out, if you dare, the tedious and unimaginative Wolverine movie – mostly an extended ad…

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The Conspirator

Continuing with the American History theme in this week’s film-watching, I caught Robert Redford’s The Conspirator this morning. Awesome. I admit, I cried a bit. You know, Redford’s previous attempt to criticize the Bush government’s abuses of power – Lions for Lambs – was a complete clunker and virtually unwatchable? This time though, he couches…

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Starter for 10

O-M-G! I was heading for University at almost exactly the same time as Brian Jackson (an earlier, weedier incarnation of James McAvoy) in the Brit movie Starter for 10. So I recognised the gauche awkwardness of the student parties, the worthiness of the constant political campaigning outside the Student Uni, the strangely inept sexual fumblings,…

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Wanted

Scrappy tyke James McAvoy butches up nicely in Wanted, the first American movie by Kazakh director Timur Bekmambetov. Bekmambetov¬†previously made the partly-brilliant, partly-poor Night Watch / Day Watch vampire movies and this latest opus is equally patchy; sometimes it is edge-of-the-seat thrilling, other times¬†it’s just dozy. Although it’s apparently based on a comic book, for…

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