The Call

The Call is – in a nutshell – Cellular meets Silence of The Lambs. Halle Berry plays a 911 Emergency operator in L.A who’s been emotionally scarred by the murder of a caller she couldn’t help in time. (a. It wasn’t really her fault and b. the apparent lack of post-trauma counselling for the staff…

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This is 40

Thirty nine seems a loooonnnnng time ago to me now. Nevertheless, I still more than empathised with the trials and tribulations of Debbie (Leslie Mann) and Pete (Paul Rudd) in This is Forty. Unruly kids, sagging bodies, spiralling debt, self-employed in an economic crisis – life, as the Guardian review succinctly puts it, has devolved…

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The Perfect Host

At the start of The Perfect Host, habitual crook John (Clayne Crawford – no idea – though apparently he’s been busy) is injured in a bank-robbery-gone-wrong. Stumbling his way into suburbia, he scams a prim, prissy, dinner-party-throwing home-owner called Warwick (David Hyde Pierce) to let him into his house. I can’t tell you too much…

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The Blumhouse of Paranormal Activity

In another Film Tourism link – the producer of Paranormal Activity, Jason Blum, is moving on to actual haunted houses. Blum has announced plans for The Blumhouse of Horrors, a Halloween attraction in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Blum’s production company is currently at work turning the historic Variety Arts Theater in Downtown LA…

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In Time

In In Time, Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried are given a single metaphorical conceit – time is money – and asked to streeeeeeeeeetch it out into an entire 90 minute movie…. The results are not entirely unpleasing or unsuccessful – it’s got dashing Matt Bomer for a bit at the beginning, so how could it…

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Beginners

I think whoever was in charge of marketing Beginners was a bit of a genius. As far as I can tell, the film is being punted that it’s the bitter-sweet story of Hal, a widowed 75 year old Museum Director, who comes bursting out of the closet after the death of his wife. It is…

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The Artist

The Artist is a fairly ordinary film about the downfall and partial rehabilitation of a vain and prideful man at the time that silent movies morph into talkies in glamorous Hollywood. Amazingly enough, this dull and pretty tawdry piece of theater is transformed into an event movie, entirely because it’s filmed in black and white,…

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