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Film round up

Jeremy Clarke

RFilmroundup.jpgWhile the reboot of horror classic Evil Dead (18; 91 mins) should satisfy undemanding audiences, it lacks the original's wit and inventiveness and plays out as just another routine, cabin-in-the-woods zombie thriller. Michael Winterbottom casts Steve Coogan in The Look Of Love (18; 101 mins) as the richest man in Britain, property magnate Paul Raymond, who does a nice sideline in strip clubs and (although he denies it) porn and whose entrepreneurial daughter comes to a sticky end.

Susanne Bier's drama Love Is All You Need (15; 116 mins) has two middle aged characters including Pierce Brosnan fall in love at the wedding party of his son and her daughter. Surprisingly charming, it makes good use of the local Italian colour. Italian legend Bernardo Bertolucci has in recent years developed a real feeling for telling stories about young people: Me And You (15; 103 mins) has a youth living in the family basement while faking being away on a school trip when his estranged sister turns up and wants to share the premises. It's a slight movie, yet perfectly judged and highly recommended. The less subtle Simon Killer (18; 105 mins) has a drifting former student taking advantage of prostitutes in Paris on a journey of terrible self-realisation; it possesses an almost dreamlike quality.

Richard Linklater's Bernie (12a; 104 mins) casts Jack Black as a mortuary assistant in a small Texan town. He befriends a mean spirited old lady and becomes involved in a murder. He's such a beloved local character that the townspeople don't want to see him convicted. This is a fascinating study of good, evil, community and personal reputation. Slow burning Argentinian thriller Everybody Has A Plan (tbc; 118 mins) casts Viggo Mortensen as a Buenos Aires man who assumes the identity of his late twin brother only to get caught up in the latter's criminal intrigues. British thriller Flying Blind (15; 94 mins) has an aeronautical engineer working on defence contracts embark on an affair with an Algerian who the authorities suspect is a terrorist. Beautifully paced, it has the courage of its convictions and deserves to be seen.

WW2 tale In The Fog (12a; 128 mins) concerns the aftermath of a train derailing by resistance men in Nazi-occupied Russia. Related in an oblique, tough-to-follow style, it proves infuriating viewing. At the opposite end of the scale, mind-numbing action epic Olympus Has Fallen (15; 119 mins) is a ridiculous, gung ho adventure in which the uncharismatic Gerard Butler must rescue the White House and the President imprisoned therein from North Korean terrorists.

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