Out in the UK This Week
Mike Leigh at the BBC (2 entertain, cert 12)
Great stuff from 1973-84, including Nuts in May and Abigail’s Party, plus Leigh’s own audio commentary, intelligent interviews and a clutch of shorts.
Twilight (Contender, cert 12)
Smart, sylphlike Kristen Stewart falls for Byronically moody vampire Robert Pattinson in a swoony and chaste romance heaving with unrequited girlish longing.
Hansel and Gretel (Terracotta, cert 15)
Grimm gets the grim treatment in a fabulous fairy/horror/fantasy thriller from Korean Yim Phil-Sung that’s as unsettling to watch as it is gorgeous to look at.
Sky Kids (Unanimous, cert 12)
Made for 12 year old US lads who salute the flag, a suprisingly decent Boy’s Own adventure in the Spielberg vein but made for less than his catering budget.
Female Prisoner Scorpion Trilogy (Eureka, cert 18)
A Quentin Tarantino wet dream, three early 1970s cult Japanese exploitationers starring achingly pretty Meiko Kaji as the dangerous gal in question.
Super High Me (Revolver, cert 18)
LA stand-up Doug Benson – ‘number 2 stoner comic in the country’ – swears off pot for a month and then hits it big-style. Worth rolling up for.
The Silence of Lorna (Artificial Eye, cert 15)
The Dardennes brothers’ Belgian slow-burner about an Albanian woman caught up in a sham-marriage racket plays elaborate if glum games with the viewer.
The Signal (Optimum, cert 18)
Like a J-horror film remade by George Romero, a patchy three-part zombie splatterflick with creative slaughter and more ambition than execution.
Inkheart (EV, cert PG)
Messy fantasy about characters summoned from books by ‘silvertongue’ Brendan Fraser. Books are just dandy, it’s big idea, swamped by ‘no they’re not’ SFX.
Max Payne (Fox, cert 15)
There’s ‘something’s rotten in the force’ in this cop drama starring Mark Wahlberg, sexed up with Night Watch-style visuals and lots of scowling Russians.
Outlanders (Sterling, cert 15)
Polish lad comes to London and winds up in a dodgy building game. Grungey realism meets Sweeney-style cops in a drama that looks made for TV.
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Dreamworks, cert PG)
Spot the famous voice as the anthropomorphised animals return in a comic animation that feels cobbled together from bits of The Lion King, Ice Age etc.
© Steve Morrissey 2009