Thanks to Pixars invention (hardware ten times the computing
power of their previous hit, Toy Story), and Disneys
marketing muscle A Bugs Life has broken box-office
records - taking almost £20 million in just three weeks. It is
the story of Flik, an ant who always gets things wrong, trying to
save his colony from a gang of deadly grasshoppers and it
features the funniest out-takes you will see all year.
Despite the potential for
controversy, Roberto Benignis unlikely concentration camp
comedy has drawn plaudits from many quarters, as well as an Oscar
nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Film. Sent to the
camp by Mussolinis fascists he protects his young son by
pretending it is all a game, with points to be won for remaining
From a story by the man who
wrote The Sweet Hereafter and directed by the screenwriter
of Taxi Driver, Affliction offers a predictably
intense and powerful drama. Well acted too, with Nick Nolte on top
form as the small town sheriff convinced he has uncovered a major
crime, and James Coburn as his bullying father.
Written and directed by the
co-creator of Seinfeld, this engagingly perverse farce
depicts the falling out between two cousins, after one lends the
other two quarters for a slot machine that instantly delivers a
jackpot. Is the first cousin owed his two quarters, or a more
substantial portion of the winnings? that is the question.
partner problems for a group of
dysfunctional twentysomethings, set in Londons bustling,
cosmopolitan Camden Town. Like La Ronde as it might have
been envisaged by Ken Loach, the film features such British acting
talent as Ian Hart, Kathy Burke and Catherine McCormack.
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