SELECTED FILMS NOW SCREENING
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