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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THE MESSENGERS 15, 84 minutes, dir Oxide Pang/Danny Pang

KRISTEN STEWART lifts this horror out of the ordinary - not something a script involving a big house peopled by apparitions could have managed without her. She plays the daughter of Dylan McDermott, who has moved from Chicago to a remote Dakota farm and tills the fields while his little girl uncovers horror inside the house. It's a bit predictable, but watchable.

BLADES OF GLORY 12A, 93 minutes, dir Josh Gordon/Will Speck

THE nutters who gave the world Anchorman are back - and this time they're wearing ice-skates. Will Ferrell and Jon Heder are champions whose enmity got them barred. The loophole is the doubles category, if the pair can swallow their mutual dislike and become the world's first male iceskating duo. The script doesn't live up to this premise, despite Ben Stiller as producer, but it's still a lot of fun.

SUNSHINE 15, 107 minutes, dir Danny Boyle

IT'S 2057, the sun is fizzling out and the world's about to end, unless an airship can kickstart it by dropping a bomb the size of Manhattan into its fading centre.

Naturally, it goes wrong when Cillian Murphy's team take a disastrous detour.

But the premise is fantastic, borrowings from 2001: A Space Odyssey cunning and the colours marvellous - even if Boyle does stumble on the final stretch.

MEET THE ROBINSONS U, 102 minutes, dir Stephen Anderson

DINKY animation about a child prodigy, abandoned as a baby, who invents a machine he hopes will help him remember his mother - only to find villains on his trail and time-travelling family the Robinsons whisking him off to another universe.

300 15, 117 minutes, dir Zack Snyder

IN 480BC in Greece, 300 Spartans fought against 250,000 Persians at Thermopylae. This blood-and-guts adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel is heavier on stereotypes than history, but those who like their onscreen battles fierce will find much to love. Xerxes, the camp Persian leader, adds a slightly less bloody dimension.

MR BEAN'S HOLIDAY PG, 89 minutes, dir Steve Bendelack

ROWAN ATKINSON returns with his version of Tati's Monsieur Hulot: a disaster-prone cretin who barely speaks. …

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