ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
PREMIERE I Give It a Year ★★★
A valiant attempt to debunk the tropes of the Hollywood romantic comedy with a more “British”, ie. cynical, attitude, I Give It a Year also hopes you will buy into its raw honesty and root for its attractive but mismatched, middle-class thirty- and forty-somethings anyway. Written and directed by Sacha Baron Cohen’s writing/producing partner Dan Mazer, it starts with the gaff-strewn wedding of Rafe Spall and Rose Byrne, who’ve been together for seven months. None of their family and friends believes it will last. And they may be right; they’re being marriage-counselled by Olivia Colman within a year. If you find the disintegration of a marriage funny, you’re the right match for Mazer’s toxic view of relationships, which extends to those around the unhappy couple, including Jason Flemyng and Minnie Driver, and token Americans Simon Baker and Anna Faris. Bad dancing recurs and Stephen Merchant coasts, but there is love in there, if you can see it through, I promise.
The Philadelphia Story ★★★★★
Cynical, clever and decades ahead of its time, the comedy starring Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and James Stewart all at the top of their game was a smash in 1940 and is still great now.
Independence Day ★★★★
Awesome sci-fi epic in which Will Smith earned his superstar status as the cocky pilot who takes on all-powerful alien invaders.
The efforts of the cheese-loving inventor and his faithful hound to win a Giant Vegetable contest are challenged by a dastardly toff in Aardman’s loving take on the horror movie.
Enemy of the State ★★★★
On a good day for Will Smith fans, here he’s pursued by the all-seeing Jon Voight and his posse of electronic tricksters in a breathless, all-action thriller.
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