It may not quite
match the sheer entertainment value of the film to which it is
(definitely) not a sequel, but this latest Richard Curtis scripted
Hugh Grant vehicle still has comedy, romance and charm in equal
amounts. This time, Hugh is the owner of a run down bookstore, whose
life is changed when the most famous actress in the world
played by Julia Roberts stops by one day.
deliciously convoluted thriller of the whos doing what
to whom and why variety. Up and coming stars Alessandro Nivola
and Reese Witherspoon head the cast, with a story that deals in
frustrated people resorting to desperate, criminal measures in order
to escape their dead end town.
Not many of us in the UK may
be familiar with the hit American TV series upon which it is based,
but the concept of an alien landing on earth and observing the
absurdities of human life forms an effective family orientated plot.
It is helped by top notch special effects, and winning performances
from Christopher Lloyd and Jeff Daniels.
Nick Meads film may deal
in social stereotypes and stock situations, but does so
entertainingly. The vibrant music that drives the story on is
perfectly suited to Lisa Stansfields voice, as she rekindles
old flame Hugo Speer and strives to find musical success in the face
of overwhelming odds.
Peter Mullans award
winning performance in My Name In Joe last year interrupted
the principal photography and post production of his directorial
debut, a poignant yet occasionally comic view of a family driven to
the very depths of despair. Douglas Henshall and Gary Lewis star,
and offer contrasting reactions to the death of their mother.
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