#1 Man on a Ledge. (Not to be confused with Man on a Wire… nor is it a film about a man on a ledge for the whole 102 minutes running time.) Hard to predict storyline for those who like to spend half the movie perched on the edge of their seats. Gorgeous male lead (Sam Worthington). Gorgeous female lead (Elizabeth Banks). Both ends of the sofa happy. Oh, and a surprisingly cool performance from a grown up Billy Elliot.
#2 Source Code. Well known Jake Gyllenhaal in a surprisingly little known film about a soldier, a Chicago commuter train and a bomb that will test even the most ardent like-to-work-out-the-end-before-the-end types.
#3 The Lucky One. A guilty pleasure for the ever hopeful romantic types. Zac Effron playing a marine. Nice lady as his love interest. Cute kid. Baddie ex-husband. Boyfriends need not apply. Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.
#4 The Hunger Games. This was originally a book for kids – seriously? With teenager forced to kill teenager in a game where the top prize is surviving, this is more like one of those weird dreams you have after eating or drinking too much before bed than it is your average Sunday night movie. Still, it has you hooked from the first minute. Gripping if slightly unsettling that people can even think these things up.
#5 Stranger Than Fiction. For the I’ve-seen-it-all-show-me-something-different types. Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman as you’ve never seen them before. Maggie Gyllenhaal looking as kookily beautiful as she always does. An original, sad, sweet, bittersweet and darned clever little movie.
#6 The Vow. For the I’m-not-crying-I-have-something-stuck-in-my-eye types. Rachel McAdams stars as a woman who suffers severe memory loss following a car crash, and Channing Tatum plays the husband desperate to win her back. Not nearly as lighthearted as it looks on the cover AND based on a true story.
#7 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. (2011 version, not 2009). It’s not often Daniel Craig is eclipsed on screen but Rooney Mara’s damaged computer hacker does an amazing job of doing just that, stealing every scene she stars in. Be warned – it’s a dark storyline that stays with you long afterwards. One scene in particular. Clench.
#8 Taken. Scene 1: Liam Neeson kicks the cr*p out of the baddies in the search for his missing daughter. Scene 2: Liam Neeson kicks the cr*p out of more baddies. Scene 3: Liam Neeson kicks even more cr*p out of even more baddies. Pow, pow, POW. Bam, bam, BAM… and the man STILL has more to dish out with Taken 2 now showing in cinemas. Baddies – Liam’s coming to get ya!
#9 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Takes a while to get into but once you’re in, an utterly charming, thought-provoking watch starring some of Britain’s finest. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Tom Wilkinson to name just a few.
#10 Safe. Proving that if you’re a young girl with a seriously good head for figures but the bad fortune to find yourself pursued by Triads, a Russian mob and some corrupt New York cops all at the same time, then loner Jason Statham is your man. Bonus feature: if all the action leaves you struggling to drop off to sleep afterwards, just try counting the number of people killed in it…. !!
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