Animated adventure from the director of Ice Age and Robots
While the Second World War rages in Europe, three teenage friends plan to lose their virginity. It's a Long Island 'Cider with Rosie' - sounds like a nasty cocktail, doesn't it? - in which gold-hued landscape photography and a general air of wistfulness stand in for any original elements which director Mulligan might have introduced. O'Neill is flat and uninteresting as the mother of the young hero, Hermie (Grimes), but the interaction between Grimes and his teenage co-stars - the sharp, crude Houser and the more innocent Conant - is engaging, and the spare, uncluttered soundtrack is recompense for Mulligan's overblown visuals.
But American Pie was less pretentious.
Film4.com editor Catherine Bray experiments with James Franco's ambitious split screen adaptation of William Faulkner's Nobel Prize winning impressionistic stream of consciousness novel, As I Lay Dyin
Film4.com editor Catherine Bray catches an early morning screening of the new film from prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike... [caption id="attachment_2409" align="alignnone" width="508"] Shield