She, A Chinese
Noche y Dia (Knight & Day) - Critics were digging the knife in before release for this Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz action comedy but reviews haven’t been too bad. It’s a formulaic, breezy enough thriller about a woman (Diaz) whose life gets tangled up with that of a secret agent (Cruise) who isn’t supposed to survive his latest mission. Their flight from danger takes them across the globe and along the way there’s choreographed action a-plenty.
Directed by London-based Chinese writer and director Xialolu Guo, Ella, Una Joven China (She, A Chinese), is the story of Li Mei; a young woman, with visions of the West as a place of glamour and wealth, who travels from a remote Chinese village to London. There, she finds that life is just as monotonous and difficult in the west as it was back home. It’s been well-received on the art house circuit.
London River – Ousmane (Sotigui Kouyate), a French-African Muslim, and war-widow Mrs Sommers (played by the outstanding Brenda Blethyn) are brought together when both lose contact with their children after the day of terrorist attacks in London in 2005. With finely-tuned performances from both Kouyate and Blethyn, this is a highly recommended and moving story about waiting for news.