Tied up too tight
When a film boasts a rosta of solid talent on its cast list, it invites certain expectations. The disappointment of a bad film experience is felt even more keenly when it’s actors who have proven their worth in previous movies delivering the killer blows. And so it is with Curb Your Enthusiasm actress Cheryl Hines’s straight-to-DVD directorial debut Serious Moonlight, a romantic comedy/thriller hybrid that, despite having a quartet of fine thespians at its core, shows itself to be an odd confection which leaves a rather bad taste in the mouth.
Take the hint…
Unashamedly a chick flick, this adaptation of the best-selling book He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tucillo won’t shake the foundations of the romantic comedy but – thanks largely to a truly impressive ensemble cast – it’s certainly head and shoulders above most of its contemporaries.
Hell hath no fury…
For horror fans, there’s a lot riding on Drag Me To Hell. Not only is it the latest addition to a genre that’s become overpopulated with torture porn, weak teen shockers and remakes, but it also marks the return of director Sam Raimi to the cinematic stable that made his name. Was it too much to ask that Raimi not only live up to his Evil Dead standards but also breathe new life into the American horror? Apparently not, as Drag Me To Hell is not only one of Raimi’s best, but it’s also the most inventive, thrilling and downright enjoyable scary movie to come out of Hollywood for quite some time.