THE LINCOLN LAWYER
8.30PM, GO! ★★★ Matthew McConaughey makes a perfect fit for the lead character of Mick Haller, the top bottom-feeding attorney in Los Angeles – a man who has made his name defending the indefensible. Ryan Phillippe co-stars as the rich playboy embroiled in a controversial case that may ruin Haller’s dubious track record. Some clever storytelling (based on the first in a series of bestselling crime books by Michael Connelly) and lively direction keeps an excellent cast on the run, and viewers scrambling to keep up. filmmaker? Where most promise escapism, Boyle ( Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) deals only in no-escapism. Adapted from the bestselling memoirs of Aron Ralston, 127 Hours is out to move viewers with the tale of a man who cannot move at all. After a hiking accident, Ralston (played flawlessly by an Oscarnominated James Franco) is trapped inside a canyon crevasse with his right arm pinned under an 800kg rock. What Ralston must do to survive borders on the unthinkable but, in Boyle’s assured hands, not the un-filmable. An inspired and inspiring cinema experience. time around, Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his School for the Gifted are coming to grips with a back-from-the-dead Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), while sworn foe Magneto (Ian McKellen) and his Brotherhood are up in arms over a supposed “cure’’ for their genetic supremacy. Hardly the most memorable film of 2006, but ferocious fun while it lasts. Co-stars Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Kelsey Grammer.