At the Cinema: September 2010

Made in Dagenham (2010)

An enjoyably uplifting piece, crowd-pleasing in all the right moments and effectively capturing a key turning point in twentieth century history. Solid performances all round too. 4/5

The Hole (2010)

Joe Dante’s latest works best as a sort of horror pick-and-mix for the younger crowd. Some good scary moments for older kids, and still fun for grown-ups too. 3/5

The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc-Sec (2010)

Quirky, entertaining comic-book-adaptation from Luc Besson. Good fun in parts, especially towards the end, but never really gels in to a satisfying whole. 3/5

Winter’s Bone (2010)

Haunting, bleak drama that is beautifully acted and directed. Absolutely gripping viewing. 5/5

Tamara Drewe (2010)

Amusing comedy drama set in rural England – a sort of Bridget Jones meets The Archers. Slightly darker than you might expect, but no less fun for it. Roger Allam and Tamsin Greig on top form. 4/5

Metropolis (1927)

All-time classic sci-fi masterpiece, a visionary work of art that continues to astound and impress today. Influential in the extreme, the genius of Metropolis lies in its ambition – an epic story told on an epic scale. In its longer restored version, its narrative becomes clearer and – paradoxically – tighter. Truly grand. 5/5

The Expendables (2010)

Daft action thriller featuring a who’s who of Hollywood muscle-men. The plot is threadbare and makes little sense, but who cares? The action packs a punch, and Sly’s crew of mercenaries look cool while blowing stuff up. Basically, it’s brain-off Friday night popcorn fun. 3/5

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