Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (3D) (U)
Dirs: Kris Pearn, Cody Cameron
Voices: Bill Hader, James Caan
Runtime: 95 minutes
THE first serving of this tasty animated adventure about skies that rained food arrived in 2009. It has been a fair old wait for the second course, but it proves worth it for a picture that manages to build upon the inventiveness of the first film and sharpen its left-field sense of humour.
Many an age will enjoy watching as our hero, Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader), lands his dream job with ace inventor and high tech mogul Chester V (Will Forte), only to wonder if his career is heading in the right direction.
Besides James Caan turning up on voice duty as Flint's blue-collar dad, there are some nifty jokes about fancy-spectacled techy types and their fashion ways.
Love, Marilyn (12A)
Dir: Liz Garbus
Runtime: 105 minutes
LIZ Garbus, director of the documentaries Bobby Fischer Against The World (2011) and The Execution Of Wanda Jean (2002), resurrects the Marilyn Monroe story by asking actors of today to read from the screen icon's letters, diaries and other personal papers.
Glenn Close, Adrien Brody and Paul Giamatti are among those bringing the past back to life via Norma Jean's words.
The DiMaggio segments are fascinating and Marilyn obsessives will find much here to feast on, but otherwise this is a film that casts no new light on a well-aired tale.
Glasgow Film Theatre, October 25-27
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (15)
Dir: Jeff Tremaine
With: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll
Runtime: 92 minutes
YOU know the Jackass boys and their Candid Camera ways. The gang, led by Johnny Knoxville, turn up posing as real people, pull outrageous, sometimes death-defying stunts, and watch as others flee horrified or stand bemused.
This time, Knoxville, with the aid of some nifty make-up, is posing as a grumpy grandpa heading across country to deliver his grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll) to his feckless dad. All kinds of mayhem ensues, most of which involves Knoxville running around with his trousers off. The odd inspired moment aside, the jokes are puerile and the victims are easy targets - nice ladies at a delivery depot, nice guys at a takeaway, nice people in general.
There is no sense the pranksters are ever flirting with real danger.
Closed Circuit (15)
Dir: John Crowley
With: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall
Runtime: 96 minutes
WELCOME to a Britain where the law as applied in terrorism cases plays to its own rules, and the lines between right and wrong are in danger of becoming blurred.
Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall play two barristers involved in the case of a man accused of a truck bombing in London. As the defence digs deeper into the case, it seems that this is one story with many a twist yet to come. It is a chewy enough premise, and the cast, which also includes Jim Broadbent as the Attorney General, is blue chip for a British drama.
But from early on the picture is let down by a plot with more holes than a doughnut factory and dialogue that would not be allowed to disgrace even the weakest episode of Spooks. Case dismissed.
One Chance (12A)
Dir: David Frankel
With: James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Julie Walters
Runtime: 100 minutes
THE story of Paul Potts's rise from Carphone Warehouse manager to opera singing sensation on Britain's Got Talent is genuinely remarkable. Sadly, the film of his life is less so.
Produced by Simon Cowell and Harvey Weinstein, this is the type of feel-good biopic that adopts a relaxed attitude to the facts as if they were not already good enough on their own merits. Hence, while Potts did sing in front of Pavarotti (in one of the film's key moments), he didn't choke, and while he does live in Port Talbot, he grew up in Bristol and even served as a LibDems' councillor (a chapter that isn't even included).
David Frankel's film does feature an endearing central performance from James Corden and terrific support from Alexandra Roach as his wife.
It will also make you laugh and maybe even cry. But it really didn't need to take as much creative licence or feel quite so emotionally manipulative.
Reviewed by Rob Carnevale