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Rudo y Cursi

Rudo y Cursi

(2009)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Edinburgh 2009: It's hard not to fall for characters so easily likeable as Gael Garcia Bernal's and Diego Luna's in Carlos Cuaron's film. The chemistry between the two leads that made Cuaron's father's film Y Tu Mama Tambien so exciting is back in droves and their fraternal relationship is really the most entertaining thing about this light comedy. It's not a movie destined to change the world, but it's full of heart and plenty of big laughs - not least Bernal's frankly flawless music video - and it'll certainly entertain.

Exam

Exam

(2008)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Edinburgh 2009: Talk about your under-the-radar sci-fi gem. Exam sets its small group of cast in a room and keeps them there for its 97 minutes but through the way it tells its story it treats us to a virus-plagued alternate-future world that's totally believable. This is challenging even when a film throws hundreds of millions of dollars at the screen in the endeavour of creating vast CG skylines to convince us of its universe, so it's all the more impressive in Stuart Hazeldine's indie, literally doesn't leave its featureless exam room for the run.

Hazeldine is already working with the studios as a screenwriter, having done work on both The Day the Earth Stood Still and Alex Proyas' Knowing, but here he marks himself as a director to take very keen note of - if in his debut small British film he can create something this fresh, exciting, epic and, frankly, blockbuster-beating, imagine what could result when he does start making massive movies.

Away We Go

Away We Go

(2009)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Edinburgh 2009: Mendes and company have definitely overdosed on Juno Juice in the formation of this little quirky comedy. John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph are to die for in the lead, and there's plenty of humour along the way - not least from Maggie Gyllenhaal who's simply divine in her limited screentime - but it's all just so also-ran. A film about pregnancy with a killer soundtrack, a quirky sense of humour and Allison Janney. Been there, done that.

Adventureland

Adventureland

(2009)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Not quite sure what every girl in this flick seems to see in Jesse Eisenberg, but it's a charming American indie for the Juno generation. You get the sense that kooky teen flicks are on their ebb, so perhaps it's not as fresh as others have been, but it's full of belly laughs and eighties charm and Ryan Reynolds is particularly fun in his brief role. Kristen Stewart is destined to be huge. It doesn't make her a particularly remarkable actress, but she continues to prove she has chops above and beyond Twilight.

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