Films screening this fortnight are listed below with certificate, star rating, credits, brief review and venue details. Film index compiled by Paul Dale
Adaptation I IS) .0. (Spike Jon/e. US. 2003) Nicolas ('age. Meryl Streep. (‘hris (‘ooper. I I-lmin. The co-creators of Being Jolt/t .llulkut‘ir‘h, \vriter ('harlie Kauftnan and director Jon/c. would have us believe this story of Kaufman's efforts to adapt Susan ()rlcan‘s popular non-liction book The ()rrhid Tine/to be true. of course. it's an elaborate prank; the mix of fact and fiction. real life and reel life makes for a convoluted conundrum. But clever- clever as Kaulman's script is. it lacks the playfulness that made the mind-bending ilIqum-it'h such a joy. And unconventional as the plot is. it quickly becomes predictable. Ironically enough for a lilm so obsessed with plot. the standout element is a iwrformance. a remarkable one by the greatly undervalued ('ooper as the enigmatic rare flower collector. (il’ll
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(Kevin Allen. 1'8. 200-1) Frankie Muniz. Anthony Anderson. Hannah Spearritt. l00min. This feeble sequel to last year‘s hardly overwhelming action comedy for kids sees the (‘IA-trained (‘ody posing as a musical prodigy in order to join an international youth orchestra whose aristocratic sponsor is plotting to unleash a mind-control device on world leaders gathering at Buckingham Palace. There are roles for Keith Allen. of Fat I.es fame. as a rogue agent. Paul Kaye as a tea- drinking. Q-type boflin and Mark
Williams as a blustering police chief. None of them. though, adds much in the way of wit or excitement to a limp assignment. SIN (’mlurv. Ifdinlmrgli. The Agronomist t PG» 0000 (Jonathan Demure. ('8. 2003) 00min. The true story of Jean Dominique. a Ilaitian radio journalist and human rights activist. Inspiring stuff. ((14. (ilusemv.
Anansi t 15) tI-‘rit/ llaumann. (iermany. 2002i (ieorge Quaye. Naomie Harris.
Jimmy Akingbola. Maynard Ii/iashi. ('In'ys Koomson. Danny Sapani. 15min. Follow a group of people from (ihana on their perilous journey from west Africa to Iiurope as they take on the characteristics of the mythical .-\nansi to sury ive. (il’ll (i/uyumt. Artists’ Films (Beck’s Futures 2004 Prize for Music 8. Video) (the) (Various. l'K. 3003i I05min. I‘ourteen artists and their lilms show us why they got shortlisted. (Y i-l. (i/uyuim.
Asa Nu Mann Watna Da ithei i.\lanntohan Singh. India/('anada. 3004i Ilarbaian .\lann. :\rsh\ ir Baiwa. Kirandeep Kimmil’uniabi language romantic musical drama that depicts what happens to those who return to their homeland alter a prolonged absence abroad. Beautifully shot in both India and ('anada. this features almost (at) new tunes that w ill have you laughing. crying and getting all emotional. I'( 'l. lit/rn/tm'uli.
“AWE-INSPIRING, GROUNDBREAKING... BEGS TO BE EXPERIENCED ON THE BIG SCREEN"
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