Dirty Pretty Things
Chiwetel Ejiofor as an undocumented Nigerian immigrant caught up in shady business as he works as a night porter in an upmarket London hotel. With Audrey Tatou, Benedict Wong, Sergi López, Sophie Okonedo and Zlatko Buric, directed by Stephen Frears, written by Stephen Knight.
Top notch modern, feminist-inflected Disney princess animation.
Aerial retread of Cars.
A bunch of strangers are trapped in a Nevada motel during a storm, there’s a serial killer being escorted by a cop, a limo driver trying to get home to his kid, a hooker, a fading actress, blah blah blah. Very silly, but sort of so-so. Decent enough cast – John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Clea Duvall, Amanda Peet, Rebecca De Mornay, Pruitt Taylor Vince – and not uninteresting.
Oddly downbeat 3D animated kids’ flick about a boy who talks to dead people. Well, it’s not exactly an uplifting plot. But quite enjoyable once you’ve over the hump and into zombie apocalypse territory. Co-directed by Aardman alumnus Sam Fell, with voice talents including Kodi Smit-McPhee, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Casey Affleck.
Disney’s zesty pre-Frozen proto-feminist take on Rapunzel, and not too shabby.
The Firm (1993)
Perfectly diverting legal potboiler, Sydney Pollack directing from John Grisham’s book, with Tom Cruise a young lawyer given an offer he can’t refuse from veteran attorney Geen Hackman and… Erm… Can’t remember – it’s that sort of film. But definitely not terrible.