Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London's Favourite Films

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London's Favourite Films

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U, 81 minutes,

Dir: Cory Edwards

An animated reworking of the Little Red Riding Hood story, with Red, voiced by Anne Hathaway, failing to get chomped thanks to a helpful axe-wielding Woodsman, voiced by Jim Belushi. It's a neat trick and the CGI will appeal to kids.


12A, 129 minutes,

Dir: Oliver Stone

The director best known for Vietnam war films and political conspiracy thrillers goes all quiet and reflective to deal with the story of two firemen trapped inside the twin towers when they collapsed after the terrorist hits on 9/11. Nicolas Cage and Michael Pe[+ or -]a are the good guys in a bad situation; Maria Bello and Maggie Gyllenhaal the wives waiting frantically for news.


15, 109 minutes,

Dir: Alfonso Cuar

It's 2027 and humanity is on the way out: for reasons unexplained, no women are getting pregnant. Then one does, and it falls to depressive Clive Owen to escort her to safety before the powers that be can get their hands on her and her unborn child. Y Tu Mama Tambien director Cuaron has a good bash at this sophisticated sci-fi concept.


12A, 103 minutes,

Dir: Stephen Frears

Helen Mirren in pin-curlers makes an extraordinary Majesty in this welljudged imagining of Queen Elizabeth's annus horriblis, when her infuriating exdaughterin-law Diana died and our buttoned-up monarch was faced with the necessity of showing a whole raft of emotions she probably didn't feel.


15, 120 minutes,

Dir: Brian De Palma

Who better than violence-loving, reputedly misogynist director De Palma to take on James Ellroy's novel about a true, unsolved murder case in which a young starlet was gruesomely dismembered. Josh Hartnett and Aaron Eckhart are the two cops heading up the murder investigation.


15, 121 minutes,

Dir: Pedro Almodvar

Penelope Cruz, fake bum and all, is marvellous in this elegy to Almodvar's home town and the women he grew up with there. …

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