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Published on October 3rd, 2009 | by Niall


The Friday Feeling – films out this week

Note: This was due to be published yesterday but due to my ineptitude it’s only going up now. My apologies to Niall.
– Darren

It’s Friday again and that means it’s time to see what’s new in a cinema near you. Another week, another batch of Hollywood’s finest looking to part you from your hard earned cash so what’s on offer this week?

First up is a re-release of a genre-defining movie enhanced for audiences using cinemas latest and greatest fad, ladies and gentlemen I give you Toy Story in 3-D. Pixar’s first feature film Toy Story was released in 1995 and heralded a new age of computer-generated animated movies. Starring a top-notch voice cast, including Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, and directed by Culch favourite (and current Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney Studios) John Lasseter, Toy Story is a testament to the power of great story-telling. The plot centres around the reaction of a former favourite toy to a new interloper and once lost, their journey home and subsequent reliance on and understanding of each other. Whilst subsequent Pixar movies have upped the ante visually few can match the emotional warmth and inventive comedy of Toy Story. If you missed out on it originally or you just have a penchant for enchanting story-telling run to your nearest cinema to catch it this time round. If you have kids then sprint.

The second big release of the week is The Invention of Lying co-directed by, co-written by, and starring British comedian Ricky Gervais. The central story is set in an alternate reality in which no one has ever told a lie. Gervais plays the part of a writer who tells the world’s first lie and learns to wield its power for personal gain. The supporting cast is strong, featuring the likes of Jonah Hill, Rob Lowe and Jennifer Garner. Reaction from critics has been mixed, with legendary US reviewer Roger Ebert loving the movie and noted UK publication Empire hating it. Personally I’m intrigued by the reverse Liar, Liar concept and, as a fan of The Office and Extras, I am always willing to see the latest Gervais offering.

The third release of the week is a remake of legendary German director Fritz Lang’s last American movie, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. The story follows a novelist’s investigation of a possibly dirty district attorney. The writer frames himself as a murder suspect in hopes of catching the DA in the act and the two become caught up in a treacherous game of cat and mouse, which ends in a climatic court-room battle. The director Peter Hyams has not got the greatest cinematic history, having made such box-office turkeys as Timecop and End of Days. The cast on the other-hand is quite strong, featuring Michael Douglas, Amber Tamblyn, and Jesse Metcalfe. I’m usually one for a gripping court-room drama but early word is not positive so I’ll probably give this one a miss.

A fourth movie to hit Irish screens is a film that went down very well with the crowd at this years Cannes festival. Army of Crime (L’armee du crime), is a French movie which depicts the the true events surrounding the Affiche Rouge affair (the Nazi attempts to discredit the French resistance during WWII). I cannot do the movie justice, but Culch.ie regular Niamh went to see it and you can check out her great review here.

Also out this week is Driving Aphrodite, the story of Greek tour guide named Georgia attempt to recapture her kefi (Greek for mojo) by guiding a ragtag group of tourists around Greece, starring Nia Vardalos from My Big Fat Greek Weeding;  and Pandorum, the story of two astronauts stranded on a spacecraft who suddenly come to realise that they are not alone.

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The proverbial man lost in La Mancha. Sports aficionado and all-round scoundrel. Über-geek to boot. I run the movie website Scannain.com and can usually be found twittering away as @niallxmurphy.

2 Responses to The Friday Feeling – films out this week

  1. Niamh says:

    Great, I love these round ups 🙂
    I’d love to see Toy Story on the big screen. I think The Invention of Lying looks like it could have a few laughs in it but it’s certainly not going to set the world on fire. Same as Beyond Reasonable Doubt-probably all the best bits are right there in the trailer. Might be an interesting one though.

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