Apr 27 2012 Dumfries Standard Friday
THE super heroes unite in the comic book blockbuster of the year; Robert Pattinson bids for post Twilight credibility; Jennifer Aniston and Paul Reid let it all hang out; and someone called Bill Cunningham hits the big screen!
Comic book movies don’t come any bigger than Avengers Assemble 3D (12A) at the Odeon in Dumfries.
For years we have been subliminally educated by Marvel to absorb their characters and back stories all designed to merge in the new film that brings together Captain America, The Hulk, Thor and Iron Man in a united force to defeat the evil Loki, Thor’s adopted brother who caused havoc in Thor.
He plans to take over Earth, as they all do, and Samuel L Jackson of SHIELD decides that one super hero is not enough.
With the big guys on board containing their egos, the way is clear for battles galore with each super getting the spotlight.
Slickly scripted with plenty of wise cracks and loads of action this is the ultimate popcorn movie.
Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries
Tonight and next Wednesday and Thursday Bel Ami (15) is based on the story by Guy De Maupassant in which a good looking young man from the lower orders of French society sleeps his way ruthlessly in whatever bed is a stepping stone to the heights of Parisian society.
The period detail is lovingly recreated and the cast includes Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci but the downside is Robert Pattinson who has the looks but not the charm to carry these ladies off their feet.
Screening tomorrow and next Tuesday and Wednesday Wanderlust (15) is a breezy comedy with Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd as Linda and George, a couple facing unemployment and downsizing to his awful brother in Atlanta.
They come across a stop-over called Elysium and find a hippy free-love community who don’t need money or clothes – unless they want them.
Is this the answer to escaping the rat race? Finding out is a lot of fun.
The Monday film is called Bill Cunningham New York (12A) but as far as I know only the name is common to both of us.
This Bill is a veteran 80-year-old photographer who cycles around New York capturing the fashion of both celebs and the plebs.
For decades he has recorded fashion trends and celebrity events.
Feted by Anna Wintour of Vogue, this absorbing documentary captures both his idiosyncrasies and his love for New York.
For all of you desperate to book into The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (12A), I can now reveal that it returns on Friday, May 4, for six screenings.
Avengers Assemble (12A) screens here in the 2D version as does the spectacular Battleship (12A) that relies on basic human power and wit to outsmart the aliens.
Pirates: In An Adventure With Scientists (U) is still the best family film around at the weekend and that Best Exotic Marigold Hotel(12A) is still around on Tuesday afternoon.
Next Wednesday and Thursday you can catch previews of American Pie Reunion (15) with the gang all back, older but not necessarily wiser.