Bridesmaids

Synopsis: Annie (Wiig) and Lillian (Rudolph) are childhood friends who have been through everything together. Annie isn`t exactly doing well in life her bakery business has gone bust, she has no man and she`s living with two housemates who don`t seem to want her around. Then Lillian announces her engagement and picks Annie as her maid of honour. Annie is determined to get this right and give her best friend the best wedding ever. But then she meets Helen (Byrne), Lillian`s new best friend who is prettier, richer and more well-connected than she is. A not-so-friendly competition ensues between the two to come up with the best wedding ideas, with a host of other ‘unique` characters as the other bridesmaids in tow too. Then there`s also the nice policeman, Rhodes (O`Dowd), who might be the stable factor Annie needs in her life. But, first, she has to survive her best friend`s wedding.

The only time we had been exposed to this movie before actually watching it was through a news clip on TV about its premiere. Looks like a fun chick flick, we thought, but there certainly were no expectations, especially since we hadn`t heard of more than half of the main cast before.

Larry Crowne

Synopsis: Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he's worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over. There he becomes part of a colorful community of outcasts, also-rans and the overlooked all trying to find a better future for themselves...often moving around town in a herd of scooters. In his public-speaking class, Larry develops an unexpected crush on his teacher Mercedes Tainot (Roberts), who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband. The simple guy who has every reason to think his life has stalled will come to learn an unexpected lesson: when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might discover your reason to live.


Larry Crowne is a light-hearted feel-good comedy that is low-key and relatable without disappearing under the radar. Co-writer-director-star Tom Hanks ably carries the film on his everyman shoulders, making the titular character extremely likable and real enough. Julia Roberts shines as the indifferent, alcoholic professor who teaches Larry at the community college. This is not one of her typical 'America`s sweetheart' roles; she is able to deliver bite when she has to, and shares charming chemistry with Hanks that builds up slowly.

Beautiful Lies

Synopsis: Beautiful Lies centres on a hair salon manager (Tautou) unable to help her mother (Baye), who has been feeling depressed since her husband left her. But the young woman receives an anonymous love letter which gives her an idea: she changes the name of the address and puts that of her mother's instead. This plan works almost too well: her mother recovers her taste for life and starts to wait impatiently by the letter box. Delighted but caught in her own trap, her daughter thus has to find someone who can play the role of the amorous author. This plan works almost too well: her mother recovers her taste for life and starts to wait impatiently by the letter box. Delighted but caught in her own trap, her daughter thus has to find someone who can play the role of the amorous author.


Just when you thought you'd seen all the possible variations of the hackneyed love-triangle plot device, along comes Beautiful Lies, with its stellar cast, ironic wit and a premise sexually dysfunctional enough to have Sigmund Freud doing gleeful backflips.

Audrey Tautou plays Emilie, the owner of a beauty parlour who unwittingly sets up a romance between her electrician, Jean (Sami Bouajila), and her chronically depressed mother Maddy (Nathalie Baye) with an anonymous love letter. The film's humour stems primarily from the dramatic irony of the situation, as we play voyeur to the oblivious trio of charmingly dysfunctional main characters.

Synopsis: Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. When a mysterious event from Earth's past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us.

In a 2011 episode of 30 Rock, a desperate Liz Lemon is walking through the streets of New York trying to find a new job as a writer, when she sees a poster for Transformers 5: Planet of the Earth which visibly reads ‘Written by No One`.

That`s how much of a joke the Transformers franchise became after a terrible second entry that even its director disowned publicly. Transformers fans will be relieved that Dark of the Moon is a vast improvement from its predecessor, but unfortunately the final chapter of the trilogy is little more than a louder, dumber version of the beloved first film.


In this third part, the Autobots discover that the US/USSR space race of the 1960s was initiated by the crashing of a giant alien ship on the moon one that held the secret to end the Autobot/Decepticon war. When they rescue the remains of the ship and its captain, Sentinel Prime, they realise this new technology could destroy Earth and must therefore be stopped.

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Miral

Synopsis: A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of the Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict.

Julian Schnabel, who last directed the stunning The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, a man who lost everything to sudden paralysis at 43 years old, returns with another based-on real-life film. Schnabel sets his lenses here on multiple female characters caught up in the crossfire of Middle East rivalry. His subject matter and directorial style is unorthodox and bold; yet it lacks the emotional depth and compelling characters which made The Diving Bell and the Butterfly such a celebrated film.


Miral is based on a screenplay by Rule Jebreal, which is adapted from her own autobiographical novel. She should have known better as to cramp a sprawling generational saga into a two-hour film that tries to be a portrait of a young woman`s life while insisting on being a film about politics and history as well.

Monte Carlo

Synopsis: A young woman, her uptight step-sister and her best friend use their savings for a long anticipated dream trip to Paris, which turns out to be a big disappointment. When they decide to take a break from their lousy tour and duck into the lobby of a five-star hotel, one of them is mistaken for a spoiled British heiress. Before they get the chance to reveal their true identities, they are wrapped up in a whirlwind of paparazzi, private planes, couture gowns, storybook romances and a vacation in Monte Carlo.


I went into Monte Carlo telling myself that I was going to write a review unbiased by my gender. But midway through the movie, after about an hour of being bombarded by long shots of the leading ladies in designer dresses and close-ups of high heelsâ€

Mr & Mrs Single

Synopsis: Huo Caiguo is forced to keep his marriage a secret in order to get a new job at a perfume company. As his CEO Mandy becomes more appreciative of him, their relationship starts to arouse the suspicions of his wife, Jingyi. When Jingyi asks for a divorce, the heartbroken Caiguo buries himself in work and mixes a scent that becomes a bestseller. Jingyi sees the ads that says: "Let`s get marriedâ€

Your Highness

The biggest question here is, following a couple of good supporting performances in Pineapple Express, Tropic Thunder and Up in the Air, and success on TV`s Eastbound & Down, is Danny McBride leading man material? The answer, based on the artistic merits of Your Highness and its box office results, seems to be no.

Green Lantern (2011)

Let it not be said that the Green Lantern is a second-stringer. Sure, he may not be as well known a comic book character as his DC compatriots Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman, but he has a strong fan following and as much cinematic potential as his illustrious peers. As a DC Comics fan, this reviewer has been waiting a while for a Green Lantern movie, and is glad to report that this mostly delivers the goods.

Super 8

Super 8 is as old-fashioned as it is modern. It has the charm and sense of discovery of a fantastic world that was present in Hollywood`s first movies designed to be summer blockbusters three decades ago, but it`s as loud and spectacular as any current high-budget production aimed at Generation Y and whatever generation comes after that.

X-Men: First Class

Just from reading online forums, many seemed to be expecting X-Men: First Class to be a cheap prequel, and to a certain degree, it`s understandable. After all, it`s not easy to breathe new life into the X-Men franchise, which has seen its share of highs and lows in the last 11 years; from the wonderfully layered first two movies by Bryan Singer to the brainless third entry by Brett Ratner and the underwhelming spin-off Wolverine, plagued by conflict between the studio and director Gavin Hood.

Kung Fu Panda 2

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Synopsis: In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung-fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po's new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung-fu. He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will Po be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.

Not as great as its predecessor, but this still thrills and entertains. The 3D's pretty awesome too.

Kaye S.

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