Film Diary 2009

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1.
Australia (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand. (165 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ CINEMA: Tyneside - Roxy
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 7-

DATE: 6 January ” - ianbrd
 
2.
The Reader (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial. (124 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
“ CINEMA: Empire 8
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 6

DATE: 13 January ” - ianbrd
 
3.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (120 mins.)
“ CINEMA: Tyneside - Electra
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 8

DATE: 20 January ” - ianbrd
 
4.
Frost/Nixon (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon. (122 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ CINEMA: Empire 4
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 6+

DATE: 23 January ” - ianbrd
 
5.
Revolutionary Road (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. (119 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ CINEMA: Tyneside - Classic
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 6+

DATE: 3 February ” - ianbrd
 
6.
Doubt (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student. (104 mins.)
“ CINEMA: Empire 2
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 6

DATE: 6 February ” - ianbrd
 
7.
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding. (113 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ CINEMA: Tyneside - Roxy
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 7

DATE: 10 February ” - ianbrd
 
8.
Deadly Is the Female (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A well meaning crack shot husband is pressured by his beautiful marksman wife to go on an interstate robbery spree, where he finds out just how depraved and deadly she really is. (86 mins.)
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
“ CINEMA: NFT 3, South Bank
LOCATION: London

RATING: 6

DATE: 27 February ” - ianbrd
 
9.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ CINEMA: BFI IMAX, Waterloo
LOCATION: London

RATING: 7 [IMAX version]

DATE: 1 March ” - ianbrd
 
10.
The Class (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood. (128 mins.)
Director: Laurent Cantet
“ CINEMA: Odeon 3, Covent Garden
LOCATION: London

RATING: 7+

DATE: 2 March ” - ianbrd
 
11.
Gran Torino (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino. (116 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ CINEMA: Empire 5
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 7+

DATE: 13 March ” - ianbrd
 
12.
The Damned United (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of the controversial Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of the English football club Leeds United. (98 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ CINEMA: Tyneside - Classic
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 6

DATE: 31 March ” - ianbrd
 
13.
Star Trek (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. (127 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ CINEMA: Tyneside - Electra
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 7-

DATE: 19 May ” - ianbrd
 
14.
Anything for Her (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
With no legal means left to him, a high school teacher devises a daring plan to rescue his wrongfully imprisoned wife from jail. (96 mins.)
Director: Fred Cavayé
“ CINEMA: Cineworld 3, Haymarket
LOCATION: London

RATING: 6

DATE: 21 June ” - ianbrd
 
15.
Red Cliff (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.). (146 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ CINEMA: Odeon 1, Covent Garden
LOCATION: London

RATING: 7+

DATE: 22 June ” - ianbrd
 
16.
Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems. (97 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
“ CINEMA: Tyneside - Roxy
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 5

DATE: 21 July ” - ianbrd
 
17.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past. (153 mins.)
Director: David Yates
“ CINEMA: Tyneside - Electra
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 7-

DATE: 28 July ” - ianbrd
 
18.
Coco Before Chanel (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world. (105 mins.)
Director: Anne Fontaine
“ CINEMA: Tyneside - Roxy
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 6+

DATE: 11 August ” - ianbrd
 
19.
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1. (113 mins.)
“ CINEMA: Odeon 1, Covent Garden
LOCATION: London

RATING: 7

DATE: 23 August ” - ianbrd
 
20.
Sin Nombre (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border. (96 mins.)
“ CINEMA: Odeon 3, Covent Garden
LOCATION: London

RATING: 6

DATE: 24 August ” - ianbrd
 
21.
Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. (133 mins.)
“ CINEMA: Tyneside - Roxy
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 7-

DATE: 1 September ” - ianbrd
 
22.
Broken Embraces (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie. (127 mins.)
“ CINEMA: Tyneside - Electra
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 7+

DATE: 8 September ” - ianbrd
 
23.
Julie & Julia (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book. (118 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
“ CINEMA: Empire 7
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 6

DATE: 11 September ” - ianbrd
 
24.
District 9 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
“ CINEMA: Empire 3
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 4

DATE: 15 September ” - ianbrd
 
25.
Away We Go (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time. (98 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ CINEMA: Tyneside - Classic
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 6

DATE: 22 September ” - ianbrd
 
26.
Up (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
“ CINEMA: Odeon 11, Metro Centre
LOCATION: Gateshead

RATING: 7+

DATE: 14 October ” - ianbrd
 
27.
Air Doll (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A life-size blow-up doll develops a soul and falls in love with a video store clerk. (125 mins.)
“ LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

RATING: 7

DATE: 24 October ” - ianbrd
 
28.
Samson & Delilah (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy... (100 mins.)
“ LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

RATING: 7-

DATE: 24 October ” - ianbrd
 
29.
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
“ LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (Surprise Film)

RATING: 6-

DATE: 25 October ” - ianbrd
 
30.
The French Kissers (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A coming-of-age tale about an adolescent boy and his efforts to fit in amongst a varied cast of characters. (90 mins.)
Director: Riad Sattouf
“ LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

RATING: 5

DATE: 25 October ” - ianbrd
 
31.
Villa Amalia (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Villa Amalia is the story of Ann, a musician, whose life is turned upside down by a kiss. When she sees Thomas kissing another woman... (94 mins.)
Director: Benoît Jacquot
“ LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

RATING: 6

DATE: 25 October ” - ianbrd
 
32.
A Prophet (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young Arab man is sent to a French prison. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

RATING: 7

DATE: 26 October ” - ianbrd
 
33.
Taking Woodstock (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

RATING: 6

DATE: 27 October ” - ianbrd
 
34.
Three Days with the Family (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When Léa comes back to her family for the burial of her grandfather, she's get to know the actual nature of their members' relationship. (86 mins.)
Director: Mar Coll
“ LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

RATING: 5

DATE: 27 October ” - ianbrd
 
35.
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions. (94 mins.)
Director: Grant Heslov
“ CINEMA: Tyneside - Electra
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 5

DATE: 17 November ” - ianbrd
 
36.
A Serious Man (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking. (106 mins.)
“ CINEMA: Tyneside - Classic
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 7

DATE: 1 December ” - ianbrd
 
37.
An Education (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age. (100 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
“ CINEMA: Apollo 2, West End
LOCATION: London

RATING: 7

DATE: 20 December ” - ianbrd
 
38.
Nine (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother. (118 mins.)
Director: Rob Marshall
“ CINEMA: Odeon West End 1
LOCATION: London

RATING: 7

DATE: 21 December ” - ianbrd