Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (18)

Director Tim Burton goes for the jugular, with Johnny Depp displaying an impressive singing voice. Not for the squeamish.

*****

IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH (15)

Tommy Lee Jones and Charlize Theron star in this slow-burning thriller inspired by true events, centred on a troubled young soldier who goes missing after he returns from an extended stint in Iraq. Writer-director Paul Haggis struggles to generate sufficient dramatic momentum to carry the film through two hours.

*****

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (15)

No Country For Old Men holds the audience in a vicelike grip as the Coen brothers crank up the tension. Javier Bardem chills to the bone with a genuinely discomfiting portrayal of an unstoppable angel of death, with scintillating turns from Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones.

*****

DAN IN REAL LIFE (PG)

Dan In Real Life sketches its quirky characters with such affection and delivers each set-piece with such wit and panache that it's hard to resist Peter Hedges' tender and bittersweet confection. The central pairing of Steve Carell (Little Miss Sunshine) and Juliette Binoche generates plentiful sparks of sexual chemistry through two hours.

*****

CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR (15)

Considering the glittering calibre of talent on screen and behind the camera, Charlie Wilson's War is a disappointment. Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts are solid but the film only comes to life when Philip Seymour Hoffman bursts on to the screen as the sardonic, anti-authoritarian CIA agent who isn't below underhand tactics like blackmail to get his way.

*****

P.S. I LOVE YOU (12A)

Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank squanders her talents in this tepid romantic comedy based on a bestseller book about a young woman coming to terms with the loss of her husband. …

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