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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PREMONITION 12A, 96 minutes, dir Mennan Yapo SANDRA BULLOCK is the wife who wakes up to find herself a widow - then wakes again to find it was all a dream. Which would be traumatic enough if she weren't convinced she'd been given the chance to avoid her dream coming true. It's an idea with possibilities, and Bullock does her best, but a lumpen script and a host of plot inconsistencies let her down.

NORBIT 12A, 102 minutes, dir Brian Robbins EDDIE MURPHY dons a fat suit yet again in this puerile comedy about a sad loser married to an obese bully who reunites with his childhood sweetheart to save her from a dastardly fiance.

Thandie Newton is the girl and almost everybody else is played by Murphy.

There's a large helping of "fat jokes" you may find hard to stomach.

BECOMING JANE PG, 120 minutes, dir Julian Jarrold ANNE HATHAWAY gets the accent right as the young Jane Austen but the rest of this fictionalisation of the author's love life is way off the mark. James McAvoy is dashing as Jane's cash-strapped beloved, but the couple seem far too modern to be restrained by 18th-century morals.

FACTORY GIRL 15, 90 minutes, dir George Hickenlooper SIENNA MILLER gets out the black eyeliner to play Edie Sedgwick, the troubled posh girl who was the muse of Andy Warhol - portrayed here by Guy Pearce - and became, eventually, one of the saddest victims of his cold-eyed hunt for fame.

Hickenlooper has great fun with the visuals, Miller is pretty good and the story is great gossip but the film is let down by its annoying, unnecessary flashback structure and voiceover.

THE GOOD GERMAN 15, 105 minutes, dir Steven Soderbergh FOR this Second World War thriller, Soderbergh stuck to filming methods that were available at the time. The result is beautiful, if not always a cinematic success.

George Clooney is the war correspondent who rediscovers his lost love, Cate Blanchett, in post-war Germany. When her fiance is found dead Clooney investigates - only to find out that his beloved may be more involved than he would like. …

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