The Scotsman - - Arts: Weekly Cinema -

NEW Scott Pil­grim vS thE World (12a) HHHH Michael Cera is his usual win­some self as a weedy love-struck hero who has to de­feat the seven evil exes of his dream girl if he’s to stand a chance of be­ing with her. Edgar Wright’s first big bud­get film is a giddy pop cul­ture mash-up that uses its com­puter game struc­ture as an amus­ing and sur­pris­ingly ef­fec­tive metaphor for bat­tling the neu­roses that have a ten­dency to ruin re­la­tion­ships. Ja­son Schwartz­man, Chris Evans and Mary El­iz­a­beth Win­stead co-star. NEW thE SWitch (12a) HHH Jen­nifer Anis­ton stars as a TV pro­ducer whose plan to use a sperm donor to get preg­nant goes some­what awry when her neu­rotic, moody best friend (Ja­son Bate­man) sub­sti­tutes the donor’s sperm for his. A provoca­tive set-up is squan­dered by on cutesy rom­com res­o­lu­tions that prove too con­stric­tive for its A-list stars. NEW groWN UPS (12a) H Painfully un­funny com­edy from Adam San­dler about a group of friends tak­ing stock of their lives af­ter their high school bas­ket­ball coach dies. Like The

BigChill with breast milk gags. Chris Rock and Salma Hayek co-star. NEW diary of a WimPy Kid (Pg) HHH Sur­pris­ingly sprightly and en­joy­able kids film about a ten year-old who mis­tak­enly ded­i­cates him­self to the mean­ing­less pur­suit of pop­u­lar­ity as a strat­egy for sur­viv­ing school. Be-trueto-your­self life lessons duly fol­low, but are de­liv­ered with sweet­ness and charm. NEW thE girl Who PlayEd With firE (15) HH Dis­ap­point­ing sec­ond in­stal­ment of Stieg Larrson’s Mil­len­nium tril­ogy. This fo­cuses more heav­ily on bi­sex­ual goth-punk com­puter hacker Lis­beth Sa­lan­der (Noomi Ra­pace), but the film suf­fers from be­ing the mid­dle in­stal­ment of a tril­ogy, not to men­tion the cheesy, Bond-style vil­lains. En­joy­ment will be di­rectly pro­por­tional to how much fans are will­ing to project their love of the books onto the film. NEW dog PoUNd (18) HHH Gritty Amer­i­can teen prison drama re­volv­ing around three new in­mates at a young of­fend­ers cor­rec­tional in­sti­tute. Works bet­ter as a show­case for up-and-com­ing tal­ent than as a sear­ing so­cial tract, with Adam Butcher the stand-out among the cast of un­knowns.


is a warm com­ing-of-age story

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.