Daily archives "January 15, 2013"

News Reel (W/e 13th January 2011)

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Catch Me If You Can screenwriter Jeff Nathanson has been hired to write Pirates of the Caribbean 5.

 

Christopher Nolan is in talks to direct & produce a new sci-fi movie Interstellar, the script was written by his brother Jonah.

 

Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse has been put on indefinite hold.

 

Guillermo del Toro confirms that plans are underway for a DC Comics “Justice League Dark” is being developed with the title Dark Universe.

 

One Hour Photo’s Mark Romanek has left as the director of Walt Disney Pictures’ upcoming live-action Cinderella.

 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s joins the cast of the Sin City follow-up, A Dame to Kill For. While Josh Brolin will play Dwight, the same character played by Clive Owen in the original.

 

Brad Pitt may play Pontius Pilate in an upcoming Warner Bros. epic.

 

Frank Darabont To re-write Godzilla reboot.

 

Jurassic Park 3D is set to be released in IMAX for a one-week run.

 

Zero Dark Thirty shoots down the competition at the U.S. box-office.

Quartet ***

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Running Time: 98 mins Certificate: 12A

Synopsis In an old country house,  former opera singers live out their retirements and in harmony. But the arrival of one of the residents’ ex-wife, a diva named Jean (Maggie Smith), brings back bad memories for mild mannered Reginald (Tom Courtenay).

 

It has taken decades for Dustin Hoffman to finally go behind the camera to direct after several failed attempts in the past, including one incident where he was actually fired from the set. What seems strange is that an accomplished actor would tackle a slow English drama as his debut.

 

The story on the whole is too light with little character development for an audience to feel and respond to these characters. There is only conflict between the two main characters of Jean and Reg.  There is also the problem that there are too many secondary characters who we see from time to time, but they may as well be in the background.

 

Where the film adds an extra note is in the performances. Smith and Courtenay  are the  heart and soul to the piece. While Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins completely steal the show as the other members of the quartet. Connolly brings some much needed humour, most of which is ad-libbed.  Collins also brings humour and sympathy to a character who is in the early stages of dementia.

 

An entertaining and charming movie, but without the actual quartet would have been tuneless.

 

Reviewed by Paul Logan