Culture: Star Quality Which Is There to Notice; New to Rent: Damon Smith Looks at the Latest Releases on DVD and Video TWO WEEKS NOTICE (Cert 15, 114 Mins). Comedy/Romance. Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt, Dana Ivey, Robert Klein, Heather Burns
Byline: Damon Smith
Brilliant and fiercely-independent lawyer Lucy Kelson (Bullock) is a staunch advocate for the environment. After her latest run-in with the authorities, Lucy reluctantly accepts a job working for Donald Trump-like billionaire playboy George Wade (Grant) in the hope of implementing sweeping environmental policies at his real estate development company.
After a few months in the job, Lucy realises she is little more than George's servant so, she hands in her notice.
As Lucy's final day of employment at Wade Industries approaches, she and the previously self-obsessed George begin to realise how much they mean to each other. Cue the gushy music.
Director Marc Lawrence, who co-wrote the infinitely superior Miss Congeniality, reunites with leading lady Bullock on this lightweight romantic comedy of errors, which has its fair share of one-liners and slapstick.
Bullock and Grant are an attractive and flirtatious pairing and they breathe life into the formulaic and predictable screenplay. And the charm and good humour of the pair ensures we root for Lucy and George to find their ways into each others' arms. Rent it if: You're a sucker for a cheesy romantic comedy and Grant's bumbling Englishman routine. Also available to buy, pounds 12.99.
THE MAGDALENE SISTERS (Cert 15, 114 mins).
Drama. Nora-Jane Noone, Anne-Marie Duff, Dorothy Duffy, Geraldine McEwan, Eileen Walsh, Mary Murray, Francis Healy.
Actor-director Peter Mullan (Orphans) remains behind the camera for this brutal and uncompromising feature about the experiences of a group of young women sent to the Irish Catholic convent-turnedasylum at Magdalene during the 60s.
Families dispatched their daughters to the convent to atone for their 'sins' -having an illegitimate child or harbouring illicit thoughts about the opposite sex.
Despite physical and mental abuse from the nuns, the young women refused to give in to their ordeal, concocting elaborate escape plans to take them away from the oppressive air of Magdalene.
Anne-Marie Duff, Nora-Jane Noone, Dorothy Duffy and Eileen Walsh deliver heart-breaking, powerhouse performances as four girls battling against the sadistic beatings of the nuns, led by the imperious Sister Bridget (a terrifying supporting turn from McEwan). …