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Reviews round-up (February 2009)

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He’s Just Not That Into You (12A) 129min ••• Romantic comedy based on the self-help book of the same name by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. The film follows the lovelorn misadventures of several individuals in their 20s and 30s. Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Long and Jennifer Connelly star. Lightweight, occasionally amusing comedy pitched at the Sex and the City demographic. Directed by Ken Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Kwapis. General release from Fri 6 Feb.

The Secret Of Moonacre (U) 103min ••• Film adaptation of The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge starring Golden Compass star Dakota Blue Richards and directed by Gabor Bridge to Terabitha Csupo. When 13-year-old orphan Maria (Richards) uses an inherited book to enter a magical kingdom she becomes involved in an eco-mythical plot to destroy Moonacre Valley. Decent if slightly over egged fantasy for young and older children. Tim Curry and Natascha McElhone bring some gravitas to things. General release from Fri 6 Feb.

Friday The 13th (18) 97min •• Twelfth outing for this horror franchise (pictured) revisits the original summer camp-set 1980 film with a new cast of bright young things. The results are horrifically thrilling or disappointing, depending what age you are. Marcus Nispel, the man who remade Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 2003 directs. General release from Fri 13 Feb.

Hotel For Dogs (U) 99min •• Orphaned siblings (Emma Roberts and Jake T Austin) turn their new foster home into a dog retreat when they are forced to give up an old pooch. Cute family comedy undone by lame dialogue and buffoonish adult performances from Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon, and Don Cheadle. Based on the novel by Lois Duncan. General release from Fri 13 Feb.

The Pink Panther 2 (PG) 91min •• Steve Martin returns as Inspector Clouseau. This time the hapless detective teams up with a bunch of international crime fighters who are as clumsy as he is. Funnier and more comprehensible than the 2006 first film but still fairly tedious. Children seem to love it though. General release from Fri 13 Feb.

He's Just Not That Into You

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 129 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ken Kwapis
  • Written by: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
  • Cast: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Long, Kris Kristofferson, Hedy Burress, Busy Phillips

Romantic comedy based on the self-help book of the same name by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, following the lovelorn misadventures of several individuals in their 20s and 30s. Lightweight occasionally amusing comedy pitched at the 'Sex and the City' demographic.

The Secret of Moonacre

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • Hungary/UK/France
  • 103 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Gabor Csupo
  • Cast: Dakota Blue Richards, Tim Curry, Ioan Gruffudd, Natascha McElhone, Augustus Prew

When 13-year-old orphan Maria (Richards) uses an inherited book to enter a magical kingdom she becomes involved in an eco-mythical plot to destroy Moonacre Valley. Decent if slightly over egged adaptation of The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.

Friday the 13th

  • 2 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 97 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Marcus Nispel
  • Cast: Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Aaron Yoo, Travis Van Winkle, Derek Mears

Twelfth outing for this horror franchise revisits the original summer camp set 1980 film with a new cast of bright young things. The results are horrifically thrilling or disappointing depending on what age you are.

Hotel For Dogs

  • 2 stars
  • 2009
  • US/Germany
  • 99 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Thor Freudenthal
  • Written by: Novel, Lois Duncan, Screenplay, Jeff Lowell, Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley
  • Cast: Emma Roberts, Jake T Austin, Troy Gentile, Kyla Pratt, Johnny Simmons, Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon, Don Cheadle, Yvette Nicole Brown

Orphaned siblings turn their new foster home into a dog retreat. Cute family comedy based on the novel by Lois Duncan, undone by lame dialogue and buffoonish adult performances.

The Pink Panther 2

  • 2 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 91 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Harald Zwart
  • Cast: Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, Emily Mortimer, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Andy García, Lily Tomlin, John Cleese

This time the hapless detective Inspector Clouseau (Martin) teams up with a bunch of international crime fighters who are as clumsy as he is. Funnier and more comprehensible than the 2006 first film but still fairly tedious.

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