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Reviews round-up (March 2008)

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Never Back Down

The Hottie and the Nottie (12A) 90min • Paris Hilton stars as a hot babe who performs a makeover on her plain friend June (Christine Lakin) so she can get some dates in the excruciatingly unfunny romantic comedy. General release from Fri 28 Mar.

The Conformist (15) 113min ••••• Bernardo Bertolucci’s brilliant 1970 psychological thriller about one collaborator’s troubling journey through Nazi occupied Europe gets a limited release on new 35mm print from a restored negative. A classic from an Italian master. Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Fri 28 Mar–Thu 3 Apr; GFT, Glasgow, Sun 13–Tue 15 Apr (digital print only).

Drillbit Taylor (12A) 101min •• Three school kids who are being bullied hire a bodyguard to protect them in this anaemic comedy starring a miscast Owen Wilson as the titular protector and directed by Steve Brill, the actor-turned-director who gave us the less than singular joys of Without a Paddle and Little Nicky. General release from Fri 28 Mar.

Never Back Down (15) 113min •• Jake Tyler (Sean Faris) is a troubled tough kid with a talent for martial arts. When he is forced to move to a new city with his family he becomes a bit of an angry loner until a humiliating fight at a party gives him a goal, namely to beat the crap out a bully named Ryan McDonald (Cam Gigandet) with the help of mentor Jean Roqua (Djimon Hounsou, pictured). Sub Karate Kid nonsense. General release from Fri 4 Apr.

The Conformist (Il Conformista)

  • 5 stars
  • 1970
  • Italy/France/Germany
  • 113 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Dominique Sanda, Enzo Tarascio, Gastone Moschin

Bertolucci's brilliant 1970 psychological thriller about one collaborator's troubling journey through Nazi-occupied Europe gets a limited release on new 35mm print from a restored negative. A classic from an Italian master.

The Hottie and the Nottie

  • 1 star
  • 2008
  • US
  • 90 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Tom Putnam
  • Written by: Heidi Ferrer
  • Cast: Paris Hilton, Joel David Moore, Christine Lakin

Hilton stars as a hot babe who performs a makeover on her plain friend June (Lakin) so she can get some dates in this excruciatingly unfunny romantic comedy.

Drillbit Taylor

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 101 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Brill
  • Cast: Owen Wilson, Troy Gentile, Nate Hartley, David Dorfman, Alex Frost, Josh Peck, Leslie Mann

Three school kids who are being bullied hire a bodyguard to protect them in this anaemic comedy, starring a miscast Wilson as the titular protector and directed by Brill, the actor-turned-director who gave us the less than singular joys of 'Without a Paddle' and 'Little Nicky'.

Never Back Down

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 113 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jeff Wadlow
  • Written by: Chris Hauty
  • Cast: Sean Faris, Djimon Hounsou, Amber Heard, Cam Gigandet, Evan Peters

Jake Tyler (Faris) is a troubled tough kid with a talent for martial arts. When his family moves to a new city he becomes an angry loner until a humiliating fight gives him a goal, to beat up bully Ryan McDonald (Gigandet) with the help of mentor Jean Roqua (Hounsou). Sub 'Karate Kid' nonsense.

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