Movie shorts: November 3

2013-11-03 14:00

Bite-sized reviews of the movies on circuit.

»  Riddick

“There are bad days and then there are legendary bad days.”

So says escaped convict Riddick (Vin Diesel) while fighting giant hyena-like dogs and monstrous scorpion-tipped creatures on a faraway planet.

But then this is the guy who saved the day in the cult sci-fi classic Pitch Black, so you know he’s on the winning side. There are many ridiculous moments in the film, but so what? It is the perfect antidote to reality for space cadets

Rating: 6/10

» About Time

Richard Curtis has nailed it again. The man behind Notting Hill and Love Actually has written and directed another touchingly real love story – even if the main character can travel in time.

Tim, played by Domhnall Gleeson (most famous before this for being Bill Weasley in Harry Potter), learns from his dad (Bill Nighy) that from the age of 21 all the men in the family can travel back in time in their own lives.

Tim uses this odd skill to get a girlfriend (Rachel McAdams), but it is a strangely difficult thing to do. It is about time we had a really fun romantic comedy to see – and this is it.

Rating: 8/10

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