Premonition (12A) 96min (2 Stars) The deeply unemployable Sandra Bullock attempts to resuscitate her diseased career with this blatant but uncredited remake of Norio Tsurutu’s 2004 J-horror (based on Jirô Tsunoda’s manga series). For what it’s worth the premise has happy Linda (Bullock) living in a beautiful house with a good husband and adorable daughters. Her life changes when she receives news that her husband Jim (Julian McMahon) has died in a car accident. Then Linda wakes up the following morning and her husband is very much alive, but this horror of repetition is only just beginning. General release from Fri 16 Mar.
I Want Candy (15) 90min (2 Stars) Titillating but instantly forgettable British sex comedy about two naïve filmmaking graduates Joe (Tom Riley) and Baggy (Tom Burke) who find that their only way into the business is to make a porno film with the legendary star Cindy Fiveways (Carmen Electra). Some funny sequences give way to a very irksome kind of British schmaltz thanks to Peter Hewitt’s turgid screenplay. Worth catching, however, for cameos from Jimmy Carr and Mackenzie Crook. General release from Fri 23 Mar.
TMNT (PG) 87min (3 Stars) That means Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by the way, and yes, they have remade the popular 90s live action films. Everything has been souped up, and believe it or not, the turtles actually look cool and pretty fearsome. Good design and excellent fight sequences have replaced a lot of the humour of the original as up and coming US filmmaker Kevin Munroe works from original comic book creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s screenplay. Worth catching, surprisingly. General release from Fri 23 Mar.
Catch and Release (12A) 111min (2 Stars) Apparently this is a ‘dramedy’ about love and loss. Gray Wheeler (Jennifer Garner) should be at her own wedding, but she is at the funeral of her fiancé, Grady, following his accidental death on his stag night. For financial and therapeutic reasons Gray moves in with Grady’s roommates - attentive Dennis (Sam Jaeger) and quirky yet lovable Sam (Kevin Smith). With childhood friend Fritz (Timothy Olyphant) in from LA and sleeping on the couch, it’s a full house and sparks are going to fly. Promising but ultimately disappointing comedy, of interest only because of Smith’s rare acting turn (in someone else’s film) and for the always reliable Juliette Lewis who appears as a sexy, flaky Californian massage therapist who may be another skeleton in Grady’s closet. General release from Fri 23 Mar.