stakes and se­quels

with a shot­gun and Takashi Mi­ike with sa­mu­rai swords to shake things up, writes Don­ald Clarke

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Cover Story -

Dis­ney’s lat­est teen flick takes us among a group of young­sters pre­par­ing for the big dance. Amer­i­can pilot who un­ex­pect­edly lands in the lo­cale. Com­edy con­cern­ing two African-Amer­i­can fam­i­lies from very dif­fer­ent neigh­bour­hoods com­ing to­gether for a wed­ding. An­gela Bas­sett is posh.

Loretta Devine is not. An­other film that’s been around for ages, the lat­est from ace provo­ca­teur Gregg Araki con­cerns the sex­ual awak­en­ing of a group of col­lege stu­dents. Of course it does. Jake Kas­dan, di­rec­tor of the crim­i­nally un­der­rated Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, re­turns with a sex com­edy set among the black­boards and ring bin­ders. Cameron Diaz is the tit­u­lar naughty ped­a­gogue. The ro­bots that are also trucks (or cars or air­craft) re­turn for part three of Michael Bay’s noisy fran­chise. The first one wasn’t bad. The sec­ond one was ap­palling. So, who knows?

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