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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18, 150 minutes, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Scorsese returns with a superb rethink of Hong Kong hit Infernal Affairs.

Now it's Jack Nicholson who's the gang boss and Matt Damon who has been trained from boyhood to lie for him - most recently as a Boston policeman.

But the police have their own mole, a nervy Leonardo DiCaprio, buried in Nicholson's gang, and the race is on to bury the other guy before getting buried. Great cameos from the likes of Ray Winstone, Mark Wahlberg and Martin Sheen.


PG, 109 minutes, Dir: David Frankel

Apparently, the book is a bit of a whingefest but that's certainly not the case with this elegantly bitchy film about a clueless trainee journalist, played by Anne Hathaway, landing a job as assistant to uber-bitch fashion mag director Meryl Streep. Hathaway might be dorky but she's no fool, and her rapid evolution into a beautifully dressed, ambitious fashionista makes for great comfort cinema.


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 Pena are the good guys in a bad situation; Maria Bello and Maggie Gyllenhaal the wives waiting frantically for news.


15, 102 minutes, Dir: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

The family from hell, served up for your entertainment: Greg Kinnear is a failing businessman trying to jump on the selfhelp bandwagon, Toni Collette is his harassed wife and Abigail Breslin is their ordinary-looking tot with a flukey chance to enter a beauty competition.

So, into the van they go, coke-sniffing grandpa, suicidal gay uncle and all.


12A, 107 minutes, Dir: Frank Coraci

Lucky Adam Sandler finds a magical remote control he can zap his life with, courtesy of a weirdo played by Christopher Walken. …

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