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Now showing at BFI Southbank Belvedere Road,South Bank,London,London SE1 8XT 020 7928 3232

  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Adam's Rib
  • Love & Friendship
  • Ravenous
  • Romeo And Juliet

10 Things I Hate About You 3 stars

Modern day reworking of Taming Of The Shrew set in a hip and happening American high school.

  • GenreComedy
  • CastJulia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  • DirectorGil Junger.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration98 mins
  • Official site
  • Release02/07/1999

Inspired no doubt by the success of Shakespeare In Love and the inexplicable resurgence of the teen drama, every film studio in town has been trying to kill two birds with one stone by fusing the two genres. Hence, there's a glut of Shakespeare-inspired teen comedies on the way, including modern takes on Othello, Hamlet et al. First out of the proverbial gates is Gil Junger's appealingly spiky take on Taming Of The Shrew set in the fictional Padua High School where lovely Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) is the darling of the hallways, swooned over by every red-blooded male within a five mile radius. So far, so Beverly Hills 90210, except Bianca isn't allowed to date anyone until her sister Kat (Stiles) gets a boyfriend too. Which isn't going to happen in a hurry because Kat has no time for such distractions as the opposite sex, so when the new guy at school falls head over heels for Bianca, there's only one thing he can do: hire some unsuspecting sap to tame the Kat. Someone, in fact, like Patrick Verona (Ledger). Snappily directed and awash with a soundtrack of current indie chart faves, 10 Things... is a fast-paced and instantly likeable cinematic trifle, bouyed by some excellent performances (especially by newcomer Stiles who is clearly a face to watch in the future). Newcomer Ledger is a very watchable leading man although his Australian accent (100% natural) is somewhat distracting at first.

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Thursday 26th May 2016

Adam's Rib 3 stars

Comedy.

  • GenreClassic, Comedy, Drama
  • CastSpencer Tracey, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday.
  • DirectorGeorge Cukor.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 26th May 2016

Love & Friendship 4 stars

Lady Susan Vernon is concerned about the rumours that have begun to circulate about her relationship with smitten suitor Lord Manwaring. She seeks refuge with her late husband's family on their vast estate. Charles Vernon is blind to Lady Susan's capacity for mayhem, but his wife, Catherine, is less trusting, especially when their house guest charms her handsome younger brother, Reginald. Complicating matters, Lady Susan must find a wealthy suitor for her daughter, Frederica, and she resolves to force a love match with Sir James Martin.

  • GenreAdaptation, Comedy, Drama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastJames Fleet, Xavier Samuel, Morfydd Clark, Jemma Redgrave, Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny.
  • DirectorWhit Stillman.
  • WriterWhit Stillman.
  • CountryIre/Neth/F
  • Duration92 mins
  • Official sitewww.loveandfriendshipmovie.com
  • Release27/05/2016

Bosoms heave, corsets strain and venomous one-liners land with marksman-like precision in Whit Stillman's delicious period romantic comedy, based on Jane Austen's novella Lady Susan. The acclaimed New York-born writer-director polishes a very British tale of stifled emotions and rigid etiquette to a glorious lustre. Adultery, deception and intrigue abound in the rarefied circles of the late 18th century, spun to perfection by a widow with a gift for scandalous suggestion if it emboldens her social standing or perhaps lands her a rich, old and undemanding husband. The lead character's complete lack of scruples in a world where appearances are everything and rumour can scorch a lady's reputation beyond repair is a delight to behold. She wrecks romances and undermines friendships with nary a flicker of concern for her unsuspecting victims, observing that "facts are horrid things" as she stacks one tiny fib atop another, certain that they will never fall. Stillman gifts this peach of a role to Kate Beckinsale and she savours ever acid-laced bon mot with relish. Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale) is concerned about the rumours that have begun to circulate about her relationship with smitten suitor Lord Manwaring (Lochlann O'Mearain). She seeks refuge with her late husband's family on their vast estate. Charles Vernon (Justin Edwards) is blind to Lady Susan's capacity for mayhem, but his wife, Catherine (Emma Greenwell), is less trusting, especially when their house guest charms her handsome younger brother, Reginald (Xavier Samuel). Needless to say, Reginald's parents (James Fleet, Jemma Redgrave) are horrified by the prospect of their son fraternising with a minx. Complicating matters, Lady Susan must find a wealthy suitor for her daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark), and she resolves to force a love match with Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett). Lady Susan's trusted confidante in tangled affairs of the heart is the equally unshockable Alicia Johnson (Chloe Sevigny), who has burdened herself with an older husband (Stephen Fry). "He's too old to be governable, too young to die," admonishes Lady Susan. As the scheming socialite's web of lies unravels, she must think quickly on her feet to maintain her standing with her cadre of ardent supporters. Love & Friendship is a rare tonic. Period detail and costumes are impeccable, but it is Stillman's riotous reinvention of Austen's little-known novella that glitters brightest. Beckinsale oozes butter-wouldn't-melt sweetness as she leaves desolation in her bustled wake, running rings around the male of the species by exploiting her sex's bountiful charms. Every back-handed compliment lands like a sharp slap to the chops, eliciting so much laughter in some scenes that a couple of zinging one-liners are lost in our mounting delirium. A perfect excuse to savour a second helping. It would be rude not to.

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Thursday 26th May 2016

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Ravenous 1 stars

A platoon of US soldiers stationed at a remote mountain outpost is stalked by a mad man with a taste for human flesh.

  • GenreHorror
  • CastRobert Carlyle, Guy Pearce, David Arquette, Jeffrey Jones.
  • DirectorAntonia Bird.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site
  • Release10/09/1999

Ravenous - a comedy-thriller about cannibalism - is the epitome of bad taste. It's a truly unpleasant and unpalatable experience, made even worse by some astonishing mood swings from cartoon-esque violence to gory horror to surreal psychological drama. At the film's centre is a wildly over-the-top performance from Robert Carlyle as a maneating psychopath who terrorises a platoon of US soldiers (led by Guy Pearce) in a remote mountainside outpost. One by one, Carlyle devours the supporting cast, pushing poor Pearce towards the brink of madness and the audience towards the concessions stand or (more likely) the exits. The battle of wits between the two men increases when a new outfit of soldiers arrives at the outpost led by - you've guessed it - Carlyle, who it turns out is a commanding officer in the army. Pearce rants and raves to his new comrades about the killer among them but they, of course, don't believe a word of it. Until it's too late. Plagued by on-set disputes which resulted in the film's first director Milcho Manchevski walking just two weeks into production (sensible man), Ravenous is a jumble of ideas, none of them particularly good. The performances are uniformly dreadful, from pantomime villain Carlyle to a surprisingly sedate Pearce to another comedy stooge role for David Arquette. Bird lovingly photographs the snowy wastes of the Sierra Nevada mountains then baths the film in as much blood and as many entrails as she can possibly muster. The few moments of originality in Ted Griffin's screenplay are reduced to a conventional battle to the death between Carlyle and Pearce that plays like some twisted scene out of Tom And Jerry. Perhaps the only thing to recommend Ravenous is the stunning orchestral score by unlikely collaborators Michael Nyman and Damon Albarn. Incorporating strings, banjos and synthesizers, the music is both haunting and elegiac, hinting at the menace and terror to which the film clearly aspires. But fails to evoke.

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Thursday 26th May 2016

Romeo And Juliet 3 stars

Romantic drama.

  • GenreDrama, Film, Romance
  • CastLeonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey.
  • DirectorFranco Zeffirelli.
  • CountryUK/Ita
  • Duration138 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 26th May 2016