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Reviews

Film Round-Up October 2010

Jeremy Clarke

Rfilmroundup.jpgThe cryptically title of F (cert. 18; 75 mins) refers to a school grade which sparks an attack on the school by mysterious hoodies. While the staff and pupils are convincingly written, no information is given as to who the attackers are or why they are attacking. Which seems rather pointless.

Joe Dante's The Hole (3D) (cert. 12a; 92 mins) has some newly moved in teens discover a hole - and a void beneath - in the basement. Like an extended Twilight Zone episode, it provides the means to explore its characters' deepest fears. Buried (cert. 15; 94 mins), in which Ryan Reynolds wakes up inside a coffin, turns out unexpectedly to tackle personal, corporate and governmental responsibilities around the Iraq War.

Three releases continue a good year for animation. The Irish Oscar nominee The Secret Of Kells (cert. PG; 78 mins) is a ravishingly designed tale of a community of monks whose abbot has built a high wall to protect them from marauding Northmen. Well worth seeing, even if the ending disappoints. The satisfyingly bonkers French film A Town Called Panic (cert. PG; 78 mins) crudely animates toys with feet on bases with a sensibility something like a children's story written for adults. Intermittently hilarious.

Mumblecore hits the big time with Hollywood backing for the Duplass brothers' Cyrus (cert. 15; 93 mins), a strange tale of man falling for woman with a possessive 21-year old son. Part engaging and part creepy, it boasts great performances.  

World's Greatest Dad
(cert 12a; 99 mins) is that rarity a good Robin Williams film. A taboo-busting, deadpan and unbelievably funny comedy about bereavement, sexual perversion and more, which continually and effectively milks an ever worsening predicament.

The Kid
(cert. 15; 111 mins) is a serious drama dealing with an abused lad growing up in South London who is tricked into a bare knuckle fighting career. Watch out for Nastascha McElhone (pictured) as his mother from hell.

Finally, The Runaways (cert. 15; 106 mins) is a biopic of the infamous
1970s all-girl band which does them justice. 

Jeremy Clarke