Weekatthemovies_1A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Psychological drama.  A brilliant mathematician can do amazing things with numbers, such as massively increasing expenditure, hiking taxes and binging on borrowing, and still have a competitive economy and world-class unreformed public services.  Unfortunately, he then presents his Budget and it turns out it was all a schizophrenic delusion.

Starring: Russell Crowe as Gordon Brown; Paul Bettany as his non-existent friend who lives next door.

CH verdict: most members of the audience will realise eventually that they’ve been conned – and then the story will end very quickly.

of a comedy crime caper.  A small gang of friends ("the Pack of Rats")
hatch a plot to steal as much money as possible from unsuspecting
punters. There are three rules to be followed: First: no blood – no one
resigns. Second: rob only who deserves it. Third: then rob everyone
else.  Will they get caught?  Yes.  Does anyone do anything about it?

Starring: George Clooney as Gordon Brown; Brad Pitt as Tony Blair;
Andy Garcia as the Comptroller & Auditor-General and head of the
National Audit Office.

CH verdict: People sitting on the left hand side of the cinema
will probably prefer the versions of this film which were made in the
1940s, 1960s and 1970s.

fantasy.  Some hyper-active kids are playing about in a deserted old
Party HQ when one of them opens a wardrobe and finds £14 million has
magically appeared from out of a parallel universe which doesn’t seem
to be governed by the same rules applying to the rest of us.  They then
go off and live in a world of their own.

Starring: nobody you’ve ever heard of – although they might also be appearing at the Old Bailey very soon.

CH verdict: most viewers will wish the children stayed inside the wardrobe and didn’t come back.

vision of the future.  Britain groans under the grip of a cruel,
authoritarian, incompetent, corrupt, out-of-touch, hypocritical
regime.  One man bravely sets out to bring down the government by
forming links with "the B People", undertaking complicated tax
avoidance and, er, marrying a Cabinet Minister.  People should not be
afraid of their Governments; Governments should be afraid of who
they’re married to.

Starring: Hugo Weaving as David Mills; Natalie Portman as Tessa Jowell.

CH verdict: Given the risk of copy-cat crime by impressionable
teenage thugs, some people may feel that the scene where Parliament is
blown up should be played continuously in all inner-city schools.

instalment of a long-running farce.  All your favourite characters are
back again.  Laugh as they bumble their way through unlikely slapstick
disasters – cackhanded political correctness, gunning down an innocent
man on the Tube, gratuitously insulting the parents of murdered
children, bugging the Attorney-General, that sort of thing – until they
end up with knighthoods and a £300,000 bonus.  So, no change there,

Starring: Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Kenneth Connor, Hattie
Jacques, Joan Sims and Leslie Phillips combined as Sir Iain Blair;
Charles Hawtrey as Lord Goldsmith; Bernard Bresslaw as Charles Clarke.

CH verdict: hasn’t this series gone on long enough?

This is not a family film, and the Editor would not appreciate a review of it.

remake of a Hollywood classic.  This time 50 million French voters wake
up to student rioting, Government chaos and economic stagnation and
think they’re reliving 1968.

Starring: Peter Sellers as Jacques Chirac; Gerard Depardieu as Le Groundhog.

CH Verdict: Sellers steals the show with the scene where he tells
everyone that "Fronz ees seeting orn oon time berm."  CH readers of a
sensitive nature may find such crude xenophobic sterotyping of a
civilised and cultured allied nation to be highly enjoyable.

Related links: William Norton’s reviews from last week and Matthew Sinclair’s more serious review of V for Vendetta.

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