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Gnomeo & Juliet
If you fancy a trip to the cinema this weekend then peruse the latest releases for you. Click on the links to watch the trailers.
El mundo ségun Barney (Barney's Version) - Paul Gambatti plays a loveable loser Barney Panofsky whose successful TV production company makes popular but dreadful soap operas. Never far from a glass of whisky we see Paul through 40 years of his life, his three failed marriages and witness the changing relationship he has with his father, played by the scene-stealing Dustin Hoffman. It's a role that Gambatti has played before, reminiscent in particular to his character in Sideways, but this time he won a Golden Globe for it.
El Rito (The Rite) - One has to wonder why the legendary Anthony Hopkins accepted this role. This film has been almost universally panned and judging by the synopsis alone it is little wonder. Hopkins plays a robbed Jesuit Priest who takes as his charge a young novice, played by Colin O'Donoghue, who goes to Rome to undertake demon-possession training - yes, really. Hopkins whispers, candles flutter and unexplained spooky laughter can be heard throughout.
Gnomeo & Julieta (Gnomeo & Juliet) - Elton John is the man behind adapting William Shakespeare's much loved play Romeo and Juliet and transporting it to suburban England with the lead-roles being played by garden gnomes. Apart from that he doesn't stray too far from the original; two warring families argue over the garden fence whilst two star-crossed lovers try to continue their doomed relationship. Voices are provided by James McAvoy and Emily Blunt whilst the soundtrack is, almost inevitably, provided by Sir Elton.
La Mitad de Óscar (Half of Oscar) - Miguel works as a security guard whose daily routine is as steady as his regular inspections. That is until his grandfather is taken ill and has to be transferred from a home into hospital and with that Miguel's life changes. His sister arrives home pregnant and with a new boyfriend and relations between the siblings are obviously strained, loaded with untold issues. A film about the routines of life and how no-one can truly escape from familial ties and secrets.
Misterios de Lisboa (Mysteries of Lisbon) - Many thought that Raúl Ruiz wouldn't make any further films but thanks to successful surgery he's made what many are calling the finest of his career. Adapted from the 19th-century Portuguese novel by Camilo Castelo Branco, the story is a sprawling tale that centres on the lives of a beautiful but jealous countess, a ruthless business man and an orphaned 14-year-old boy Joas who is desperate to find out his parentage. The beautifully shot film follows the unlikely threesome across Portugal, France, Brazil and Italy.
Nunca me abandones (Never Let Me Go) - Alex Garland adapts Kazuo Ishiguro's Booker-nominated novel Never Let Me Go. The film follows the lives of three youngsters who meet at an unusual boarding school and continue to remain friends into adulthood where they involve themselves in a painful love triangle. At the ages of 11 they learn at their regimented and old-fashioned school what their fate will be and what the State has in store for them. Critics have pointed out that this film doesn't do enough with the original material leaving viewers with the feeling that the film's investigation into mortality isn't done fully for it to really matter. Kiera Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield star.
The Roommate - Many people describe this as a college thriller as if that was a noted genre. A deranged freshman starts to be stalked by her new roommate. Billy Zane gets some work as a hammy professor and fans of Gossip Girl will recognise Leighton Meester as the crazed roomie. Rotten Tomatoes gave this film just 5 percent.