Enough Said (12A)
Dir: Nicole Holofcener
With: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini
Runtime: 93 minutes
THE only sad aspect to this otherwise joyful comedy of manners and mid-life romance is that it shows cinema lost a great star in the making in the late, great James Gandolfini. The Sopranos small screen titan is joined by another, Seinfeld's Julia Louis-Dreyfus, in this Californian tale of two divorcees who click at a party and try to take things from there. With first families still on the scene, however, life soon gets complicated. Directed by Nicole Holofcener (Please Give), the wit is sharp and true, the performances delightful, and the tone deceptively easy-osey. Enough said - enjoy.
Prince Avalanche (15)
Dir: David Gordon Green
With: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch
Runtime: 93 minutes
THIS US remake of the 2011 Icelandic comedy Either Way bucks the trend by matching the charm of the original, largely thanks to its two likeable leads. Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch play a two-man road gang painting lines on a road in the back of beyond. With no company except each other, the pair shoot the breeze about everything and nothing, some of it even important. An easy watch in every sense.
Dir: David Soren
Voices: Ryan Reynolds, Maya Rudolph
Runtime: 96 minutes
REVVING its engines for the school holidays is this animated yarn about a little chap (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) who feels the need for speed. Only trouble is, being a snail, he is rather a non-starter in the vroom vroom stakes. But a mollusc can dream, and with some help from his friends, including a taco vendor he might go far. Big on action, so-so on laughs, David Soren's picture is a pleasant enough diversion for the Cars and Planes set.
Walesa - Man of Hope (12A)
Dir: Andrzej Wajda
With: Robert Wieckiewicz, Iwona Bielska
Runtime: 124 minutes
ROBERT Wieckiewicz plays the shipyard worker turned trade union hero turned Nobel Peace Prize winner (and later president of Poland) in this solidly built biopic. Director Andrej Wajda concentrates on the lesser known part of the story, Walesa's initial rise to power, to explore what lay behind that legendary persistence in taking on a brutal regime. It's a tour de force performance from Wieckiewicz, but telling the tale in flashback makes the picture seem needlessly long and deflates the drama of those heady days.
Romeo and Juliet (PG)
Dir: Carlo Carlei
With: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth
Runtime: 120 minutes
SHAKESPEARE meets Downton Abbey as Julian Fellowes pens yet another cinematic adaptation of the tale of young love. As in Downton, many a big name - Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Stellan Skarsgard (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) turn out to help the young starry eyed ones, in this case Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Douglas Booth (Great Expectations). It is just as well, because the delivery is rushed, with Steinfeld in particular sounding as though she has a bus to catch, and the execution pedestrian.