DVD Releases: June 13, 2011

Paul

Director: Greg Mottola

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Seth Rogen

True Grit

Director: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld

Hereafter

Director: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Matt Damon, Cécile De France and Bryce Dallas Howard

Sanctum

Director: Alister Grierson

Starring: Rhys Wakefield, Allison Cratchley and Christopher Baker

Inside Job

Director: Charles Ferguson

Starring: Matt Damon, Daniel Alpert and William Ackman

Age Of Heroes

Director: Adrian Vitoria

Starring: Sean Bean, Danny Dyer and Izabella Miko

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US Box Office: April 1 – 3, 2011

1. Hop – $38,118,000

2. Source Code – $15,053,000

3. Insidious – $13,496,000

4. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules – $10,200,000

5. Limitless – $9,402,000

6. The Lincoln Lawyer – $7,050,000

7. Sucker Punch – $6,085,000

8. Rango – $4,560,000

9. Paul – $4,300,000

10. Battle: Los Angeles – $3,500,000

US Box Office: March 25 – 27, 2011

1. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules – $24,400,000

2. Sucker Punch – $19,015,000

3. Limitless – $15,225,000

4. The Lincoln Lawyer – $11,000,000

5. Rango – $9,800,000

6. Battle: Los Angeles – $7,600,000

7. Paul – $7,506,000

8. Red Riding Hood – $4,340,000

9. The Adjustment Bureau – $4,245,000

10. Mars Needs Moms – $2,186,000

US Box Office: March 18 – 20, 2011

1. Limitless – $19,000,000

2. Rango – $15,315,000

3. Battle: Los Angeles – $14,600,000

4. The Lincoln Lawyer – $13,400,000

5. Paul – $13,155,000

6. Red Riding Hood – $7,225,000

7. The Adjustment Bureau – $5,932,000

8. Mars Needs Moms – $5,317,000

9. Beastly – $3,260,000

10. Hall Pass – $2,600,000

UK Box Office – March 11 – 13, 2011

1. Battle: Los Angeles – £1,792,913

2. Rango – £1,539,809

3. Unknown – £1,038,522

4. The Adjustment Bureau – £911,863

5. Hall Pass – £900,936

6. The King’s Speech – £689,809

7. Paul – £559,856

8. Gnomeo & Juliet – £553,485

9. Fair Game – £304,297

10. West Is West – £248,432

UK Box Office: March 4 – 6, 2011

1. Rango – £1,638,613

2. The Adjustment Bureau – £1,395,715

3. Unknown – £1,356,345

4. Paul – £1,109,766

5. The King’s Speech – £1,076,381

6. Gnomeo & Juliet – £842,278

7. I Am Number Four – £498,822

8. True Grit – £463,320

9. West Is West – £452,076

10. Yogi Bear – £435,564

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

UK Box Office: February 18 – 20, 2011

1. Paul – £5,517,121

2. Gnomeo & Juliet – £2,223,978

3. The King’s Speech – £1,685,180

4. True Grit – £1,466,979

5. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son – £1,433,778

6. Yogi Bear – £1,370,585

7. Tangled – £1,295,709

8. Just Go With It – £984,355

9. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – £820,592

10. Black Swan – £696,332

Review: Paul (2011)

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite in yet another bromance buddy film, this time from director Greg Motolla.

Paul sees two best friends, Graeme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost) embark upon a tour of UFO landing sites after visiting Comic-Con in San Diego. Fleeing into the night after angering some aggressive rednecks, they have a chance encounter with Paul (Seth Rogen), a wise-cracking alien who implores them to take him with them before he gets dragged back to Area 51.

All too keen to indulge in a geek fantasy, the two nerds stash Paul in the back of their rented RV and attempt to return him to his landing site. But things don’t go quite according to plan when they accidentally kidnap a trailer park attendant (Kristen Wiig) and discover that they have an FBI agent on their trail (Jason Bateman).

For the most part, the story is solid. It impressively finds the right balance between road movie and alien flick, and results in an old fashioned, grand, amped-up final showdown.

Motolla’s direction, however, is all-too tame and demonstrates that a Pegg and Frost film is banal without their counterpart Edgar Wright. Mottola makes a commendable effort, but is clearly out of his comfort zone.

Pegg and Frost, even without Wright, put their real-life friendship to good use and create a likable duo, with naturally blowing, witty banter and individualistic personalities, enough to differentiate them from their previous on-screen personaes.

Seth Rogen proves to be a inspired choice for Paul, reminding audiences he is in fact a talented actor, and not the one hit wonder he was in danger of becoming. And Kristen Wiig, in her first mainstream film, shows off her natural comedic talent, getting her own fair share of laughs in amongst an already headstrong cast.

Jane Lynch and Sigourney Weaver, though awarded with limited screen time, both bring a remarkable sweet-wise quality to their respective roles, making you ache for more.

Paul is an adequately enlivening Saturday night movie, with gratifying gags, a savvy cast and enough sci-fi references to keep everyone happy.

Cinema Releases: February 14, 2011

Paul

Director: Greg Mottola

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Kristen Wiig