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13 September 2008

  • 13th September 2008

    Film Review: The Women

    Jada Pinkett Smith, Annette Bening, Meg Ryan and Debra Messing star in The Women

    12:49 PM — Over the last couple of decades, the battle for women's lib seemed to many to have been won. Yet though the situation may be better, the fight goes on. Women are still paid less, occupy fewer high-up positions in business and remain hugely under-represented in politics. 2008 was the year that many American women thought the tide would finally change with Hilary Clinton's campaign for the US presidency – and yet her bid failed.

  • Film Review: Pineapple Express

    Seth Rogen and James Franco star in Pineapple Express (Photo: Dale Robinette)

    12:45 PM — There's been a sizable, if not quite noble, tradition of stoner comedies in American cinema going back the last forty years or more. This has been largely since the arrival of the late sixties counterculture generation and the realization that people who smoke cannabis are not only easily amused, but can also be quite amusing to watch. The idea was itself an offshoot of the age-old comedies of drunkenness that have been a part of human entertainment pretty much since the first caveman ate the wrong sort of mushrooms and started to walk into things.

  • Film Review: The Duchess

    Keira Knightley plays Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire in The Duchess (Photo: Nick Wall)

    12:39 PM — Keira Knightley is undeniably beautiful, of that there has been little argument since she first appeared on the public radar with 2002's Bend It Like Beckham. But since her rocketing rise to global stardom, thanks largely to the Pirates of the Caribbean films, one thing has constantly been in dispute: can Knightley actually act, or is she just another in a long line of good-looking girls who can wear a corset and speak with a crisp middle-class English accent?

  • Film Review: RocknRolla

    Thandie Newton plays Stella in RocknRolla (Photo: Alex Bailey)

    12:35 PM — It's hard not to feel just a little bit sorry for Guy Richie. Yes, he may be a multi-millionaire, his life seemingly consisting of a succession of glitzy parties in a world of beautiful people and extravagant celebs. But at the same time he's become a laughing stock. He's in the public eye more thanks to being the husband of one of the most famous women on the planet, especially during the last few months of rumours of marital difficulties, than for any success of his own. And, lest we forget, it's been ten years since he first hit the big time – and ten years since he last made a good film.

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