Review: In A World… (2013)

In A World...

Known to few for her supporting turns in such rom-coms as It’s Complicated and No Strings Attached, actress Lake Bell takes a leap into the forefront with In A World. This superbly written treasure of a film, which premiered to wows from critics and audiences alike at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, delves into the unseen world of trailer voiceover artists and not only proves Bell’s worth as an actress, but also marks her arrival as a proficient writer and director. Continue reading “Review: In A World… (2013)”

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DVD Releases: June 27, 2011

Never Let Me Go

Director: Mark Romanek

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield

No Strings Attached

Director: Ivan Reitman

Starring: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Kline

Yogi Bear

Director: Eric Brevig

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake and Anna Faris

Season Of The Witch

Director: Dominic Sena

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman and Claire Foy

Ghosted

Director: Craig Viveiros

Starring: John Lynch, David Schofield and Martin Compston

Meet Monica Velour

Director: Keith Bearden

Starring: Kim Cattrall, Dustin Ingram and Brian Dennehy

Cold Fish

Director: Shion Sono

Starring: Makoto Ashikawa, Denden and Mitsuru Fukikoshi

UK Box Office: February 25 – 27, 2011

1. Gnomeo & Juliet – £2,502,806

2. Paul – £2,073,462

3. I Am Number Four – £1,628,523

4. Yogi Bear – £1,465, 863

5. Tangled – £1,352,104

6. The King’s Speech – £1,207,963

7. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son – £993,485

8. No Strings Attached – £978,974

9. True Grit – £862.260

10. West Is West – £758,226

Cinema Releases: February 25, 2011

Drive Angry 3D

Director: Patrick Lussier

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard and William Fichtner

No Strings Attached

Director: Ivan Reitman

Starring: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher and Greta Gerwig

The Rite

Director: Mikael Håfström

Starring: Colin O’Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins and Ciarán Hinds

Animal Kingdom

Director: David Michôd

Starring: James Frecheville, Guy Pearce and Joel Edgerton

Howl

Director: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

Starring: James Franco, Mary-Louise Parker and Jon Hamm

West Is West

Director: Andy DeEmmony

Starring: Aqib Khan, Om Puri and Linda Bassett

Waste Land

Director: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley and João Jardim

Starring: Vik Muniz

US Box Office: February 18 – 20, 2011

1. Unknown – $21,800,000

2. I Am Number Four – $19,500,000

3. Gnomeo & Juliet – $19,400,000

4. Just Go With It – $18,200,000

5. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son – $17,000,000

6. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – $13,600,000

7. The King’s Speech – $6,566,000

8. The Roommate – $4,100,000

9. The Eagle – $3,559,000

10. No Strings Attached – $3,120,000

Review: No Strings Attached (2011)

Veteren comedy director Ivan Reitman returns with No Strings Attached, a rom-com that asks the question of whether or not friends with benefits can still be best friends without letting their emotions overrule their unattached “relationship”.

Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher), after years of failed relationships, make a pact to use each other for sex. But when Adam starts seeing their relationship as something more, Emma instinctively wants to run the other way.

No Strings Attached – while it may be too long for its own good, is overly predictable and relies too heavily on crass humour – delivers feasibly well on all levels under the trained direction of Reitman and a competent script by Elizabeth Meriwether.

Ashton Kutcher, reprising the role he’s played in every other rom-com, is likeable and entertaining enough. Natalie Portman, in a role that is vastly different to her award-nominated performance in Black Swan, often feels uncomfortable in a genre that’s clearly not suited to her talents, but undeniably manages to deliver a relatively natural, appealing and sexy performance.

The supporting cast, including standout performances from Lake Bell and Greta Gerwig, notably aid the two leads, often stealing the film and creating an enjoyable diversion to the weak and predictable central storyline.

No Strings Attached is ultimately a fairly enjoyable rom-com that’s made watchable by an above-average script, credible direction and the best intentions of the entire cast.

US Box Office: February 11 – 13, 2011

1. Just Go With It – $31,000,000

2. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – $30,260,000

3. Gnomeo and Juliet – $25,500,000

4. The Eagle – $8,589,000

5. The Roommate – $8,400,000

6. The King’s Speech – $7,412,000

7. No Strings Attached – $5,645,000

8. Sanctum – $5,132,000

9. True Grit – $3,770,000

10. The Green Hornet – $3,600,000

US Box Office: February 4 – 6, 2011

1. The Roommate – $15,600,000

2. Sanctum – $9,200,000

3. No Strings Attached – $8,400,000

4. The King’s Speech – $8,310,000

5. The Green Hornet – $6,100,000

6. The Rite – $5,565,000

7. The Mechanic – $5,370,000

8. True Grit – $4,750,000

9. The Dilemma – $3,448,000

10. Black Swan – $3,400,000

US Box Office: January 28 – 30, 2011

1. The Rite – $15,005,000

2. No Strings Attached – $13,650,000

3. The Mechanic – $11,500,000

4. The Green Hornet – $11,500,000

5. The King’s Speech – $11,102,000

6. True Grit – $7,600,000

7. The Dilemma – $5,476,000

8. Black Swan – $5,100,000

9. The Fighter – $4,055,000

10. Yogi Bear – $3,165,000

US Box Office: January 21 – 23, 2011

1. No Strings Attached – $20,300,000

2. The Green Hornet – $18,100,000

3. The Dilemma – $9,727,000

4. The King’s Speech – $9,164,000

5. True Grit – $8,000,000

6. Black Swan – $6,200,000

7. The Fighter – $4,515,000

8. Little Fockers – $4,394,000

9. Yogi Bear – $4,060,000

10. Tron: Legacy – $3,708,000