Other People’s Money
Fun diatribe against finance capital from Norman Jewison, with Danny DeVito as diminutive corporate raider Larry the Liquidator doing his best to asset strip cuddly manufacturing capitalist Gregory Peck’s small-town factory.
The Polar Express
So-so Christmas-themed kids’ CGI fantasy from Robert Zemeckis, with Tom Hanks in multiple parts.
Seriously, one of the worst films I’ve ever seen, and it’s a DVD I asked for. Definitely from the ‘bills to pay’ column of Michael Caine’s career balance sheet – here he’s a blagger tasked with pulling off a heist by mob boss James Fox. A really boring, tediously drawn-out and dull heist that makes no plausible sense, with odd, extended on-location stuff in and around Gloucester cathedral. Really, really no good at all.
Awesome prison break flick from Andrei Konchalovsky, with Jon Voight as archetypal antihero Manny, rolling the dice one last time with a desperate attempt to escape his Alaskan gaol cell before vindictive warden John P Ryan can have him rubbed out. Eric Roberts peaked early as naïve young con who tags along for the ride. Satisfyingly grim.
The Unauthorised Saved By The Bell Story
Frankly dull biopic about the teen sitcom, which manages to make a boring show seem even more boring, with no intrigue or scandal of any kind.
The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn
I’m not as agin this as I was the first time I saw it – a mashup of The Crab With The Golden Claws, The Secret Of The Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure in a motion-capture CGI stylee – and at least the scriptwriters (Steven Moffatt, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish) are clearly doing to it from a place of love.