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Leatherheads

Leatherheads (PG) 113min •• Directed by and starring George Clooney, Leatherheads is a wannabe Preston Sturges-style romantic comedy set against the backdrop of the burgeoning American football league in 1925. Dodge Connolly (Clooney) is a cocky but charming football hero who is determined that his team will hit the big time. When the team loses their sponsor Dodge resorts to increasingly more eccentric measures to reach his goal including hiring golden boy WWI veteran Carter Rutherford (John Krasinski). Investigative journalist Lexie Littleton (Renée Zellweger) smells a story. Against his better judgement Dodge finds himself attracted to the woman who could spoil all his dreams. Clooney and writers Duncan Brantley and Rick Reilly clumsily try to capture the magic of those Sturges’ romantic comedies with very tepid results. Clooney’s least interesting film as a director so far. General release from Fri 11 Apr.

U, Me Aur Hum (12A) 125min •• Another week, another brain-rotting Bollywood romantic musical. This one follows the relationship between a savvy psychiatrist and a pretty young lady who he can't get out of his mind. This is the directorial debut of popular actor Ajay Devgan (London Dreams, Sunday) and on this evidence he needs to stick to his day job. Selected release from Fri 11 Apr.

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