Monday, February 28

Cube

Director: Vincenzo Natali

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0123755/

Review: Some rough edges but is a great idea with a well written and engaging story.

Rent it if: You're ok with a few dodgy bits.

And if you liked: Saw II, Predators, Alien

Saturday, February 19

Paul

Director: Greg Mottola

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1092026/

Review: Nothing particularly world changing but is decent enough for a few laughs and a bit of fun.

Go see it if: You're not a sensitive creationist.

And if you liked: Men in Black, Hot Fuzz, Superbad

Tuesday, February 15

Winter's Bone

Director: Debra Granik

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1399683/

Review: Tense, strange, well performed and engrossing.

Rent it if: You're ok with a comfortable slow pace.

And if you liked: No Country For Old Men, Brick, Fargo

Check this out: Winter's Bone

Sunday, February 13

The Fighter

Director: David O. Russell

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0964517/

Review: Too long and a bit done but is well performed and it can't be denied that the viewer is strongly engaged during the fight scenes.

Go see it if: You're obviously ok with some boxing violence.

And if you liked: The Wrestler, Gone Baby Gone, Million Dollar Baby

Check this out: Micky Ward

The King's Speech

Director: Tom Hooper

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1504320/

Review: A touch long but expertly woven and shot with perfectly subtle performances.

Go see it if: You're ok with royal stuff. Actually, no that doesn't matter.

And if you liked: A Serious Man, Brazil, Gosford Park

True Grit (2010)

Director: Ethan & Joel Coen

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1403865/

Review: Engaging story with excellent performances and good balance of drama, action and humour.

Go see it if: I don't know. Just see it.

And if you liked: No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, The Searchers, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Check this out: True Grit

Friday, February 11

Never Let Me Go

Director: Mark Romanek

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1334260/

Review: Haunting and tragic but also very beautiful and moving.

Go see it if: You can stand being put through some strong emotions.

And if you liked: One Hour Photo, Requiem for a Dream, Children of Men, Atonement, Synecdoche New York

Check this out: Never Let Me Go

Sunday, February 6

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Director: Guy Ritchie

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0988045/

Review: Watchable enough but is far too long and has many unnecessary convolutions and overcooked set pieces.

Rent it if: You're ok with some wobbly accenting.

And if you liked: Resident Evil, The Green Hornet, Welcome to the Jungle