Film Favourites from All Star Films
by Thom Goddard
Perfect preparation prevents poor performance. No more so than in November when you prepare for winter, the cold and, before you know it, Christmas. At the movies you need to be sure you will like what you see. Otherwise there will be dark days before winter has even begun. Enjoy!
Released: 1st November - In Time - 3 stars
In the not-too distant future, to curb overpopulation, the human aging gene has been switched off and time is currency. Justin Timberlake plays a normal man who is given the keys to a world where the rich can live forever. But all is not as it seems and soon he is battling to bring down this high society. What begins as intelligent science fiction becomes an exciting chase movie which tells you all you need to know.
4th November - Jack Goes Boating - 3 stars
This is the epitome of an art house film. Jack is a shy and awkward man who lives an unassuming life. His friend Clyde, and his wife Lucy, feel sorry for Jack and set him up with Connie. Connie is also shy and awkward but together they find solace. However, everything is not all roses when Clyde and Lucy's marriage stumbles just as Jack and Connie's relationship grows. A lovely film but not for everyone.
11th November - Immortals - 2 stars
A simple film that creates a simple choice. The story is set in ancient Greece where King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) has declared war against humanity. As the King searches the land for the Epirus Bow, that can destroy the world, a peasant named Theseus works to save his people from imposing doom. This film looks nice but there is little here. The choice? If you liked ‘Clash of the Titans’, you’ll like this. Otherwise avoid.
25th November - Moneyball - 4 stars
If you think Americans are the only people who understand baseball movies, think again. This is a true story where Brad Pitt is the manager of the ‘Oakland A’s’ baseball team and is desperate to win the World Series. However, they don’t have any money. So he turns to statistically analyzing players to find the best. Stats and sport may sound boring but this makes for a fascinating film that blends great acting with intricate story telling.
DVDs to please
There’s something for all the family in this month’s DVD and Blu-Rays as the biggest films of the year hit the shelves so you can give them as presents at Christmas. Everyone will love the master piece that is The Lion King (7th November on Blu-Ray rrp: £19.99 and DVD rrp: £14.99) and kids will also love the new Pixar movie Cars 2 (21st November on Blu-Ray rrp: £19.99 and DVD rrp: £14.99). For teenagers, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (28th November on Blu-Ray rrp: £19.99 and DVD rrp: £14.99) is good, mindless entertainment while Downton Abbey - Series 2 is perfect for mum and dad (7th November on Blu-Ray rrp: £34.99 and DVD rrp: £24.99 and). Enjoy!