THE BUSINESS OF STRANGERS (15) 83min 0..
Stockard Channrng's Julre Styron rs a workaholrc l)trsrnesswonrart who finds herself stranded rn an arrport rnotel when her plane rs cancelled. Also stranded rs her assrstant Paula ’Jtlliti Stylesr. who recogr‘.:ses a man (Fred ‘v‘./'el|erv who she says raped Her trrend at college. the raprst turns out to he a corporate lt(}£t()"trlti(}l' ot Julre's acguaintar‘ee. and. outraged. the ‘.'.'on‘en dec <r'-:; to exact sorne rexertae.
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CITY OF LOST SOULS
(18) 102mm .000
More graturtous altra vrolence tr’orr‘ ,lapan's great eccerrtrrc trlrr.rr‘aker lakes'nr Mrrke. the lliétf‘: benrnd Arid/tron and the torthcornrng l/re Happrn 2sr, of the K.'r.'akuras. lhrs :s
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40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS
(15) 95min ooo
On the rel )ou'rd from a long-term r'eiatronshrp. Josh Har‘nett's San Francrsco '.'.'eb-desr<_;ner grves up sex for l ent -re «10 days and nrghtsr. But hrs newt}. ll‘.£t(l(} vouv ot chastrty rs put to the test. frrst by hrs work pals .'./ho thrnk the, can break the boy and then when beautrtut Shannyn S< ssarnon corr‘es hrs '-.'/a\,'. 'l he attr'actron's rnutuai. but can the parr conirnue therr relatronshrp ‘.'.'rthout sex? «10 Days and x10 Nrghts Is a cut above the recent spate of US sex cornedres. Director Mrcnael Lelxrr‘ann keeps the pace (aunty. .'.rhrie hrs players are .'./ell served by snappy and sharp dralogue. Sarpr‘rsrnglg,’ lrkeable. rtlll) Vl l8 and DVD rental; rlvirles l relder‘r
(LOP/ll DY SLACKERS (15) 86min 0
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SPIDER-MAN (12A) 121 min on.
Vibrant and thrilling from start to finish
On its original publication in the early 605, Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man captured the hearts and minds of America’s teens because the hero had the same problems they had. Like Peter Parker before he got fanged by a radioactive spider (updated to a genetically-designed one in the movie), they too got picked on at school, ignored by the girl/boy they loved and misunderstood by the families that tried hard to protect them from the harsh realities of the outside world. And it’s precisely this appeal - the combination of the real and the fantastic — that director Sam Raimi pays tribute to in this loyal film adaptation.
But then, he’s a fan, and a big one at that. And while that could worsen and make precious his treatment of high school nerd Peter Parker’s transformation into your friendly neighbourhood super-hero, it doesn’t. Instead, Raimi’s concise understanding of Peter’s innate vulnerability as an insecure adolescent gives real depth to a film that could otherwise be simply a sum of special effects and overblown melodrama.
Vibrant and thrilling from start to finish, and superbly cast with Tobey Maguire playing Peter Parker/Spidey, Kirsten Dunst playing his unattainable sweetheart Mary Jane Watson and Willem Dafoe camping it up as the Green Goblin, Spider-Man even succeeds in escaping the episodic quality that the X-Men film fell prey to, and goes on to achieve a satisfying coherence as a film even though it only portrays Spidey’s early initiation into web-slinging. That’s not to say it doesn’t leave you wanting more. It does and thankfully, the next installment is not that far away.
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SCOOBY DOO (PG) 83min .0
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