Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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HOW DO YOU KNOW (12A) Star athlete Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) is dropped from the USA softball national team and seeks sanctuary in the bed of major league baseball pitcher Matty (Owen Wilson). During a brief pause in the relationship, Lisa goes on a first date with businessman George (Paul Rudd), just as he learns that he is being prosecuted for wire fraud. Torn between the two men, Lisa follows her heart in James L Brooks's overlong romantic comedy.

Characters talk a lot but say very little, conversing in greetings-card platitudes and psychiatrist-couch epithets. Rudd warmly embraces the stereotype of the nice guy loser but screen chemistry with Witherspoon is merely lukewarm.

BARNEY'S VERSION (15) Based on the award-winning novel by Mordecai Richler, Richard J Lewis's humorous character study charts the romantic entanglements of politically incorrect TV producer Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) through three tempestuous marriages to a free spirit (Rachelle Lefevre), a chatterbox Jewish princess (Minnie Driver) and a radio journalist (Rosamund Pike). He is also accused of murder and a mosaic of flashbacks exposes the sad truth. Giamatti's compelling lead performance attracts no sympathy - Barney is the architect of his own doom and deserves everything that he gets. Pike is luminous and Driver injects comic relief, proving that behind every grating man there is a grating woman.

HEREAFTER (12A) French television anchorwoman Marie Lelay (Cecile de France) is on holiday in south-east Asia with her boyfriend when a tsunami rips through the community. Marie is knocked unconscious and almost drowns in the deluge, glimpsing bright white light and blurred figures before she is resuscitated.

In San Francisco, psychic medium George Lonegan (Matt Damon) turns his back on his so-called gift, which he views as a curse. …

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