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Film Round-Up October 2011

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Morgan 'Super Size Me' Spurlock's documentary Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (cert 12a; 87 mins) engagingly covers the practices and perils of product placement, as our director (right) attempts to use it to finance an entire film by selling space in it to corporate buyers. As you can tell from the title, he succeeded. This is at once informative and entertaining.

The wartime drama Resistance (cert PG; 91 mins) concerns a group of women in an isolated Welsh village occupied by a handful of German troops. You'll remember the dour, non-collaborative atmosphere. The bigger budget film The Debt (cert tbc; 114 mins) concerns Mossad agents attempting to assassinate Nazi war criminals in the 1960s. Some terrific thriller sequences are let down by a poorly cast 1997 frame story.

The Brit indie thriller A Lonely Place To Die (cert 15; 99 mins) spends its first hour with a bunch of mountaineers in the highlands stalked by mysterious gunmen - edge of the seat stuff.

Turnout (cert tbc; 100 mins) bravely attempts to fuse romantic drama with a low life, drugs dealer crime thriller. While London's Hoxton locations and feel are fabulous onscreen, Ophelia Lovibond's engaging female lead somewhat eclipses her co-star George Russo. Rather better is Another Earth (cert 12a; 92 mins), in which a troubled woman comes to terms with the effects of the car accident she caused years before against the backdrop of - you guessed it - a second planet Earth which hovers in the sky throughout as a mysterious and unexplained enigma.

Prolific Scottish director David Mackenzie has two films out this month. You Instead (cert 15; 80 mins) is a drama about two musicians handcuffed together at Glasgow's T In The Park music festival. The atmosphere and background detail are a joy, but the script leaves a lot to be desired. His superior Perfect Sense (cert 15; 92 mins) is  a sci-fi  relationship movie. While the cook Ewan McGregor gets involved with scientist Eva Green, the human race succumbs to a plague which causes human senses to cease one by one. Mackenzie grounds a clever script in everyday work and relationship minutiae to make us believe it. Don't miss. 

Jeremy Clarke

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