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The Lincoln Lawyer
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Midnight in Paris
Take a look through what's out at the pictures this week: Click on the links to watch the trailers.
El Inocente (The Lincoln Lawyer) - This stylish, slick noir thriller stars Matthew McConaughey in what many are calling a career-best performance. Brad Furman adapts Michael Connelly's book which tells the story of Mick Haller, a criminal lawyer only recently given his license back after some unmentioned offense. Unable to afford an office he works out of his Lincoln car (which has plates that read NTGUILTY). William H Macy and Marisa Tomei co-star in this slightly far-fetched but well acted and fast-moving LA thriller.
Medianoche in Paris (Midnight in Paris) - The 2011 Cannes Film Festival opener was Woody Allen's latest in his seemingly endless quest to pay homage to European cities where everyone is super rich and inhabits luxury hotels, bars and restaurants 24 hours a day. Owen Wilson is an American film writer who, with his fiancee, played by Rachel McAdams, is on a trip to Paris where he somehow manages to travel back in time and get Picasso's lover, Adriana (Marion Cotillard) to fall in love with him. He meets F Scott Fitzgerald, Dalí and Hemingway on his travels back in time and in the present meets Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. The phrase second-tier Allen is being bandied about and it seems that this offering will not stand up against Allen's greater, earlier works when it comes to go over his life's work.
Sin Identidad (Unknown) - Another thriller for you that takes its inspiration from Hitchcock or Polanski's Cold War works. Liam Neeson is a doctor on a foreign conference when his taxi crashes into a river. He loses his memory and, it turns out, his identity; not even his wife seems to recognises him. It turns out that after four days in a coma lots of dodgy agents are after him and only the young taxi driver (Diane Kruger) and Bruno Ganz, who plays a former senior Stasi agent, can save him. Predictable, derivative and to Philip French's mind a poor man's Bourne.
Tournée (On Tour) - The first competition film to be screened at Cannes was the work of film star and director Mathieu Amalric, who consequently won Best Director. In the starring role, Amalric plays a TV producer who returns to France after a spell in America bringing a troupe of past-their-best burlesque dancers with the idea of touring them round the port towns of France. It's sad, it's funny and it's a little bit sexy. Amalric is both director and star, but think not his turn as the baddy in Quantum of Solace but lop-sided flirty selfishness as he tours the backwaters of France with his group of dancers.