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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.

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