Cinema Review Archive: July 2006

Stormbreaker

Anthony Horowitz's series of Alex Rider novels have been successfully repackaging the James Bond formula for younger readers since 2000. Now the first of the books comes to the screen with newcomer Alex Pettyfer in the lead role and a host of big names supporting him, including Mickey Rourke, Bill Nighy, Sophie Okonedo, Alicia Silverstone, Stephen Fry and Ewan McGregor. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Break-Up, The

It's splitsville for Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston in this comedy about a bickering couple who end their relationship but continue sharing the same apartment. Jon Favreau and Judy Davis also star. The director is Peyton Reed (Bring It On, Down With Love). Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Superman Returns

The Man of Steel flies back into cinemas nineteen years after the Superman series crashed and burned with The Quest For Peace. Bryan Singer takes over the reins, ignores the last two sequels and takes up where Superman II left off. Newcomer Brandon Routh steps into Christopher Reeve's tights, Kate Bosworth plays Lois Lane and Kevin Spacey is the evil Lex Luthor. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

District 13 (Banlieue 13)

Luc Besson's latest production is an action thriller set in Paris in the near future, when lawless ghettos have been surrounded by walls to keep the inhabitants in. When a nuclear weapon is lost inside one of these ghettos, two men are sent in to find it. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

The biggest sequel of the summer reteams Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley for another adventure on the high seas, pitting pirates against supernatural foes. Jerry Bruckheimer produces and Gore Verbinsi directs. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Reeker

When five college students run out of gas at a desert rest-stop, their troubles are only beginning in this supernatural slasher film. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Over The Hedge

Bruce Willis plays a cute raccoon who teaches his woodland friends how to steal junk food from humans in the first of this summer's computer-animated films. Also in the cast are Gary Shandling, Steve Carell, William Shatner, Nick Nolte and Avril Lavigne. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.