Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Oceans 12

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Oceans 12

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DVD OF THE WEEK (12A, Warner) .....

'12 is the new 11' is how the advertising campaign ran. What? Still, it did sum up perfectly everything that's wrong with this film. Not only is it not funny, it's not even faintly trying to appeal to viewers. Instead, director Steven Soderbergh performs the filmic equivalent of foreplay on his stars - gorgeous George Clooney, bodacious Brad Pitt (right), glamorous Julia Roberts and (quickly mumbles the names of the others). Once again the subject is a heist, except this time the heist is in Europe, where George, Brad et al seem to be having a whale of a time.

No matter that the heist itself is incomprehensible, or that the film digresses into references to other heist movies and in-jokes about the stars' personal lives - the bit where Julia Roberts's character has to pretend she is famous film star Julia Roberts is one of the most toecurling sequences in film history. STEVE MORRISSEY

* DEAR FRANKIE (12A, Pathe) .....

And in the 'big aaah' corner is this rather excellent weepie about a single mum (the ever reliable Emily Mortimer) who has been secretly writing letters to her young deaf son Frankie and pretending they're from his seafaring dad.

Except dad is a nutter bastard and would never do such a thing. Then, one day, Frankie reads in the paper that his 'dad's ship' is about to come home.

What's mum to do?

Hire a ringer, of course. Enter Gerard Butler as a tough nut prepared to be a little deaf boy's daddy for a day.

What happens next? Tears before bedtime or you're not human. SM * 2046 (12A, Tartan) .....

Wong Kar Wai's sad, romantic sequel to the super-lush In The Mood For Love is the sort of film that mystifies and irritates, but as soon as it finishes you want to see it again.

It picks up where ITMFL ended, with Tony Leung living in Sixties Hong Kong, working as a journalist by day and writing weird sci-fi stories when he's not bedding a string of gorgeous women. Like ITMFL, it's amazingly photographed by Christopher Doyle - film noir in supersaturated colour. And it's got a theme Hollywood that rarely tackles: what happens if the person we love doesn't love us? SM


Anyone who saw Public Enemy on the Def Jam tour in '87 will remember the gun-toting paramilitary heavies, the Black Power salutes and the sheer boom-boom of songs such as 'Rebel Without A Pause' and 'Fight The Power'. It was exhilarating and, if you were white, faintly intimidating. This recaptures the headines in bucketloads, but nearly 20 years on and after hundreds of imitators, Chuck D. and Flavor Flav look more impish than scary.

It's a great show, the fuzzy images and sound reinforcing the impression of eavesdropping on a seminal event. …

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