THE GUESTLIST NETWORK | MAY 2010
Up Coming Films For May
– Apr 21st
Attempting to rekindle their marriages fading flame, “Date Night’s” ‘every-couple’ Phil and Claire Foster decide to pull out all the stops for a special night out in Manhattan, not know- ing they’re in for a different sort of memorable. As the Fosters, Steve Carell (“Get Smart”) and Tina Fey (“Mean Girls”) share a comfortable, engaging chemistry in the lead roles that belies the fact this is their first onscreen pairing. The result of their efforts is an enjoyable mainstream enter- tainment that does exactly what it says on the tin by offering a good date film.
“Date Night” even pos-
sesses a shred of intelligence un- derneath its high-concept (early) Summer film hijinks. For every “True Lies,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and “Wanted” that uses bored marriages or banal everyday situ- ations as a springboard for explo- sions and car chases, the action in director Shawn Levy’s (the “Night At The Museum” franchise) film
offers a window through which marriage and good partnerships are explored. And even though the exploration is mostly super- ficial and produces no ground- breaking insight, it’s nice to see a major studio film taking the time to flesh out a semi-believable, lived-in relationship. The Fosters tumble
from one action set piece to an- other (with a couple short breaks along the way to catch their breath and check out Mark Wahlberg’s rippling pecs), but it’s little shock to find that there’s never any real sense of danger in the film. Every chase scene spinout is a little too clean and every bullet misses by just the right amount (gotta love that pinpoint Hollywood hench- man aim: so perfectly imprecise). But again, it’s a credit to Fey and Carell that we remain interested despite the almost complete lack of tension.
We know the Fosters
will survive and so will their mar- riage, but that’s not really the point in a film like this. With Fey and Carell at the wheel, it’s the journey to our rather obvious des- tination that turns out, much like the Fosters night, to be far more fun than you’d expect.
The disappearance of
Alice Creed – Apr 30th
Like any perfect crime, “The Dis- appearance of Alice Creed” is a well-plotted hyper-construction, lacking in spontaneity but scoring major points for execution. A chamber piece fea-
turing only three characters - two abductors and their captive, we are introduced to Vic and Danny (Eddie Marsan, “Sherlock Holm- es,” and Martin Compston, “The Damned United,” respectively) as they build a soundproof, high- security prison in an out-of-the- way tower flat for their kidnap- ping target, Alice Creed (Gemma Arterton, “Quantum of Solace”). The reason for the kidnapping is, of course, money, and young Alice makes for a perfect victim, being the daughter of a “rich list” father.
Vic and Danny carry
out their plan with breathtaking efficiency in the early stages, of- fering little suggestion that cracks in the arrangement and their part- nership may exist. Then again, the too-sterile absence of problems can almost always be seen as a sign of what’s to come, and “Alice
Creed” proves to be no excep- tion. As the saying goes, there is no honour among thieves, and it’s a thought that’s clearly at the back of the duo’s minds as they go about their business. Vic is the reconnaissance man, leaving the flat to communicate with the out- side world again and again, while Danny stays behind to look after Alice, brutally bound, gagged and hooded on a mattress in the ad- joining room, lacking in resources but possessing plenty of time to think her way out. To reveal any more
would be to ruin the fun of the film’s mostly clever twists. One twist was rather overplayed and had the audience in small fits of laughter, but these kinds of films are all about the shifts in a group’s dynamic and power structure that comes as layers are peeled back, and, while the shift should have been more subtle than it was, the payoff was more than worth the initial nervous sniggers. So even though “The
Disappearance of Alice Creed” doesn’t quite have the perfectly interconnected gears of a Rolex- quality thriller, the seconds still tick by with sleekly gorgeous ten- sion to its satisfying conclusion.
Robin Hood – May 14th Starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Mark Strong Reuniting with “Gladiator” direc- tor Ridley Scott for this macho medieval actioner, Crowe and co. bring back the longbowed man in tights… without the tights.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Times
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton and Alfred Molina Fantasy-adventure video game adaptation from hit producer Jerry Bruckheimer (“Transformers” and “Pirates of The Caribbean”).
Starring Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer Big explosions and even bigger laughs in this raunchy “Mac- Gyver” spoof.
Sex and The City 2
Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristen Davis and Cynthia Nixon. NY’s most famous female sex-comedy quartet is back for more relationship and shoe-related excitement.
HOW BEAUTIFUL UGLINESS IS!
A group exhibition of works exploring the concept of ugliness
Friday 28th of May 2010 - 6 pm to 11 pm
Exhibition runs from: Gallery Opening Hours: Last day of Exhibition:
What is the voyeuristic impulse behind our attraction to the gruesome and the horrible? Where does the magnetic ap- peal of the sordid and the scandalous come from? Is ugliness also in the eye of the beholder? ‘How beautiful ugliness is!’ is a forthcoming exhibition of works by a group of artists at Red Gate Gallery exploring the concept of ugliness, the monstrous and the repellent in visual culture and the arts. This provocative exhibition explores in- depth our present day notions of the horrid as well as dark- ness in art and literature. Apparently beauty and ugliness are concepts that imply
Friday 28th of May 2010 – Thursday 24th of June 2010
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 11 am to 6.30 pm Sat: 12.30pm - 5.00 pm Thursday 24th of June: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
each other, and by ugliness we usually mean the opposite of beauty, so all we need to do is define the first to under- stand the nature of the second. This exhibition aims to lead us on a surprising journey of expressions of all things ugly, investigating mankind’s unspoken fascination and fear of the sordid, vile, coarse, repugnant, horrendous and grotesque. The down-side of beauty lets one discover a vast and often unsuspected iconographic vein. This exhibition endeavours for visitors to consciously face ugliness with the hope that they will discover: ‘How beautiful ugliness is!’
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