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No Tom! Yes Tom! Fifty Years of Cruise Control.

No Tom! Not the couch. Yes, right, ok, the couch then. No Tom! Not Lions for Lambs! Oh, you’ve gone and done it. And what’s that, Knight and Day?? If you must, but don’t say we didn’t warn you. Yes Tom! You and comedy will never quite gel – Tropic Thunder and Rock Of Ages safely filed into evidence thank you. Happy Birthday by the way – fifty right? That would be a Yes Tom! A milestone in anyone’s book that. But this new divorce thing, that would be a No Tom…

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The Strangest Irish Movies Ever

Quackser Fortune Has A Cousin In The Bronx (1970)

Imagine the shock if Superman himself presented in your local, pulled a stool to the bar, politely raised his hand for service and promptly ordered a pint of the black stuff. That’s how it must have felt for the characters of this offbeat Too-Ra-Loo-Ra Romance as Margot Kidder (the future Lois to Christopher Reeves’ Clark) accompanies the rather simple, horse dung flogging Quackser into his local, “Kavanaghs” – or The Gravediggers to you and I…

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Hidden Gem: 12 and Holding (2005)

Put simply, Twelve and Holding is a smashing coming of age drama. It is also a smashing American indie. At all times never less than intelligent, engaging, wry and unpredictable. It features superb performances from its three lead adolescent actors, a great turn from Jeremy Renner and an uncompromising thematic palette of revenge, hormonal desire and chronic obesity.

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In Focus // Armie Hammer

In the space of just over a year the great-grandson of a petroleum magnate has gone from (wealthy) obscurity to (wealthy) Hollywood star material. He’s shared the screen with Leo DiCaprio – his right hand man in the decidedly laborious J. Edgar – Hammer’s performance a standout in a rather underwhelming and overlong effort. He’s about to star opposite Julie Roberts in the upcoming Mirror Mirror and will be alongside Johnny Depp as the Lone Ranger to Depp’s Tonto in Gore Verbinski’s adaptation of said cowboy hero. But Armand Douglas Hammer is something of a throwback.

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Feature // Where are you Martin Brest?

His movies have made over 700 million dollars. An illustrious role-call of actors including Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg (yes the Lee Strasberg) have starred in his films. His enigmatic work-rate of three films in the last twenty years is rivalled only by that other great extrovert and man of the people Terence Malick. His last movie was nine years ago. You may have heard of it… Gigli…Commonly referred to as, not only one of the worst movies of the 2000’s, but also one of the worst ever made. But was it so bad as to end the career of a one-time Hollywood A-list director?

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