Review: Young Adult (2011)

In recent years, American comedies have lost their way. Instead of eliciting engaging, prickly characters that resonate, Hollywood has become stuck in a rut, churning out bland, tedious and sex-obsessed comedies that offer little or no substance (think Bad Teacher and The Hangover Part II). Diablo Cody, in her third feature as screenwriter, subverts this new-fangled tradition with Young Adult, a film that ventures deep into the relatable shadow of human behaviour to pitch-perfect avail.

Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron), an egotistical and reprehensible ghost writer of an ever-diminishing young adult series, has hit a road block in her life. Disillusioned Continue reading “Review: Young Adult (2011)”

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Evening Standard British Film Awards 2012: Nominations

Shame, Tyrannosaur and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy lead the nominations for the 39th London Evening Standard British Film Awards.

Selected by a host of Britain’s leading film critics, the London Evening Standard British Film Awards recognise the skill and audacity of those involved with the British film industry.

The awards, hosted by Stephen Mangan, will take place on Monday, February 6 Continue reading “Evening Standard British Film Awards 2012: Nominations”

Worst Ten Films Of 2011

Looking down at my worst of 2011 list it seems I managed to avoid many of this year’s cinematic duds, but let me tell you that having to sit through the animation atrocity that was Mars Needs Moms, the ice cold Chalet Girl and Dream House, the horror-thriller no-one wanted to be associated with, was more than enough to see me through.

The films I’ve chosen – and believe me when I say it was a very easy process – are what I believe to represent the most reprobate films I saw Continue reading “Worst Ten Films Of 2011”

DVD Releases: December 5, 2011

The Hangover Part II

Director: Todd Phillips

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms Continue reading “DVD Releases: December 5, 2011”

UK Box Office – July 15 – 17, 2011

1. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – £23.7M

2. Tranformers: Dark Of The Moon – £1.9M

3. Bridesmaids – £1.5M

4. Kung Fu Panda 2 – £779,000

5. The Guard – £368,000

6. The Tree of Life – £267,000

7. Zindagi Na Milege Dobara – £254,000

8. Bad Teacher – £203,000

9. The Hangover Part II – £101,000

10. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – £59,000

UK Box Office: July 1 – 3, 2011

1. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon – £10.7M

2. Bridesmaids – £2.1M

3. Kung Fu Panda 2 – £728,000

4. Bad Teacher – £512,000

5. Larry Crowne – £346,000

6. The Hangover Part II – £301,000

7. Green Lantern – £279,000

8. X-Men: First Class – £215,000

9. Delhi Belly – £155,000

10. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – £148,000

UK Box Office: June 24 – 26, 2011

1. Bridesmaids – £3.5M

2. Kung Fu Panda 2 – £1.5M

3. Green Lantern – £1.1M

4. Bad Teacher – £1M

5. The Hangover Part II – £801,000

6. X-Men: First Class – £710,000

7. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – £523,000

8. Senna – £264,000

9. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules – £155,000

10. Double Dhamaal – £117,000

US Box Office: June 24 – 26, 2011

1. Cars 2 – $68M

2. Bad Teacher – $31M

3. Green Lantern – $18.4M

4. Super – $12.1M

5. Mr. Popper’s Penguins – $10.3M

6. X-Men: First Class – $6.6M

7. The Hangover Part II – $5.6M

8. Bridesmaids – $5.3M

9. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – $4.7M

10. Midnight In Paris – $4.4M

UK Box Office: June 17 – 19, 2011

1. Green Lantern – £2.5M

2. Kung Fu Panda 2 – £2.2M

3. Bad Teacher – £1.9M

4. The Hangover Part II – £1.5M

5.  X-Men: First Class – £1.2M

6. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – £920,000

7. Senna – £380,000

8. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules – £230,000

9. Potiche – £200,000

10. Honey 2 – £180,000

US Box Office: June 17 – 19, 2011

1. Green Lantern – $52.6M

2. Super 8 – $21.2M

3. Mr. Popper’s Penguins – $18.2M

4. X-Men: First Class – $11.5M

5. The Hangover Part II – $9.6M

6. Kung Fu Panda 2 – $8.7M

7. Bridesmaids – $7.4M

8. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – $6.2M

9. Midnight In Paris – $5.2M

10. Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer – $2.2M