This is Daniel Craig’s second outing as James Bond, and takes up the story following Vespa’s death at the end of ‘Casino Royale’.
Review by Jenni Tucker
The staff magically transports Jason (Michael Angarano) through time and space to China, where he meets a band of misfits – Lu Yan, the drunken kung-fu master (Jackie Chan), the silent fighting monk (Jet Li), and the vengeful Golden Sparrow (Crystal Liu Yi Fei) – all of whom join Jason to overthrow the evil Warlord and set the Monkey King free.
Along the way, the group has to out-manoeuvre the Jade Warlord and his forces, in order to return the Monkey King’s staff and end the evil Warlord’s violent and terrible rule.
‘How to lose friends and alienate people’ is based on the memoirs of Toby Young, a British writer given his big break at one of New York’s biggest magazine.
The role of Toby (who’s named Sidney Young in the film), is played by Simon Pegg. The film follows Sidney from his days in London as editor of the failing title ‘Post Modern Review’ to his meteoric rise to Sharps Magazine in New York, under the watchful eye of Clayton Harding (played by Jeff Bridges).
‘In Her Shoes’ is the story of two sisters, Maggie and Rose, who at the start of the film are like chalk and cheese – completely at odds with each other – but who share the same shoe size and love for Rose’s collection of shoes.
Rose (played by Toni Collette) is the older, more serious sister, with a busy career as a lawyer, and serious outlook on life. Cameron Diaz plays Maggie, the younger, irresponsible sister who drinks too much and does inappropriate things with inappropriate men.
George (James Purefoy) is a knight returning from the first crusade on his way back to England. All he wants is a little bit of land and some cattle and start a home. On his return to England however, he hears that the king's daughter Lunna (Piper Perabo) has gone missing. He sets out on a quest to find the girl and return her to the King and Lord Garth the Gurney (Patrick Swayze) who has been promised her hand in marriage. George and Garth both set out to rescue the princes
New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) is picking his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) up from Washington's Dulles Airport at Christmas. The authorities don't believe John when he sees some very suspisious people of which he kills one in a gun fight. It's just his luck when terrorist take over the airflight controls and keep a number of planes circling over the airport hostage, including the plane Holly is on. As the authorities don't believe him, he has to go at it himself. Surrounded by a snow storm McClane fights the baddies in and around the airport.
New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) in Los Angeles over the Christmas holidays. Whilst John waits for her at her office party a gang of criminals take the people in the building hostage. The criminals are ruthless and kill Holly's boss after he refuses to open the safe. John is the only one in the office building who isn't rounded up by the criminals. He starts fighting the criminals and tries to get help from the outside.
Fred Tate his a highly intelligent seven year old boy, playing the piano, performing astonishing mathmatics and creating art. As he's a bit of an odd duckling, he is ignored by his class mates. His single mother Dede, played by Jodie Foster, tries her best, but is strugling. After long deliberation she agrees to let a psychologist (Dianne Wiest) enlist him to a school for highly gifted children. Fred finally get an intelectual challenge here, but he finds it difficult to get used to living in the academic world.
According to the blurb on the back of the DVD case, the movie is a semi-autobiographical story written (and directed) by Barry Levinson. Set in 1954, it tells the stories of two sons, Van and Ben each falling in love with girls that their parents do not approve of. Van, the oldest, falls for a rich non-Jewish girl and Ben becomes friends with his school's first black student.