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21 Jump Street (15)

(Phil Lord, Chris Miller, 2012, Us) Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson. 109 mins.

As with comic books, now that all the big titles have gone, it's down to TV's B-list to feed Hollywood's appetite for ready-made movie concepts. Based on the show that first traded on Johnny Depp's youthful good looks, it stars Hill and Tatum – a great odd-couple anchor – as two low-flying cops who are sent back to high school to infiltrate a drugs ring. The premise is an almost pitifully obvious excuse to aim for broad-appeal paydirt with a mix of fratboy crudity, teen-movie romance and crime-flick action, but for all the box-ticking, it has intermittently hilarious results.

Contraband (15)

(Baltasur Kormákur, 2012, Us) Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi. 110 mins.

Mark Wahlberg sticks to what he's good at, which is muscled, breathy and slightly high-pitched posturing in a brooding action thriller. Here he plays a smuggler lured
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Booked Out – review

Mirren Burke delivers a fine performance as an eccentric comic-book artist in this gentle comedy from a first-time director

You should dislike Ailidh, the protagonist of this gentle comedy from first-time writer/director Bryan O'Neil. She's brash, childish and deliberately eccentric. She invents animals, draws wacky comics, treats her neighbours like amusing playthings. Un petit Amelie, sans the continental exoticism.

And yet, thanks to a tight script and a confident performance by newbie Mirren Burke, Ailidh comes off more endearing then irritating. Her micro-problems – stamping upstairs to help confused old Mrs Nicholls (Sylvia Syms), then wooing floppy-haired hottie Jacob (Rollo Weeks) on the way down - are real, even if she's living a fantasy.

Syms is wasted, as Mrs Nicholls is little more than a batty old dear. And O'Neil's portrayal of degenerative illness is simplistic - a kindly word and nice a cup of tea will sort that dementia right out.
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DVD Review: 'Booked Out'

★★★☆☆ Made on a shoestring budget and self-distributed by debut feature writer and director Bryan O'Neil after he became disillusioned by various distribution studios, Booked Out (2012) is almost the textbook definition of independent British filmmaking. However, instead of focusing upon violence, rape or kitchen sink realism, this slice of indie cinema brings something refreshing to the table - a desire to explore the lives of unique characters who have been marginalised by society.

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Booked Out Trailer Arrives Online

If you're a fan of quirky comedies, than you'll be glad to know that the trailer for "Booked Out," starring Mirren Burke, Rollo Weeks, Claire Garvey and Sylvia Syms, has appeared online. Check it out below. Plot: The film follows the exploits of the Polaroid loving artist Ailidh (Burke) as she spies and photographs the occupants of her block of flats. Jacob (Weeks), the boy next door who comes and goes quicker than Ailidh can take pictures. Jacqueline (Garvey), the mysterious girl that Jacob is visiting and the slightly crazy Mrs Nicholls (Syms) who Ailidh helps cope with her husbands continuing existence after his death. As Ailidh gets closer to winning Jacobs affection the world that they all live in will be changed forever. The new movie is written and directed by newcomer Bryan O'Neil. It has yet to secure distribution or set a release date. Stay tuned. Trailer:
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This Week In Trailers: Balls + Heart: Director Stephen Reedy In One Minute Or Your Money Back, Booked Out, Chasing Madoff, Hell And Back Again, Life In Movement

This Week In Trailers: Balls + Heart: Director Stephen Reedy In One Minute Or Your Money Back, Booked Out, Chasing Madoff, Hell And Back Again, Life In Movement
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? Balls + Heart: Director Stephen Reedy In One Minute Or Your Money Back Trailer If nothing else, it's worth it to see Shia Labeouf drop a little profanity.
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Photoshop CS5 Preview: Content-Aware Fill Is Magically Automatic

Bryan O'Neil Hughes, one of the product managers of Adobe's Photoshop, let loose with a video that's tearing up the internet today, making nerds nationwide thrilled about the possibilities of even easier photo editing.

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The key item demonstrated here is called "Content-Aware Fill." Essentially, in CS4, the current version of Photoshop, some image cleanup tasks had a tendency to get tricky. Shadows, lens flares, and miscellaneous detritus often posed a real challenge to image polishing, and though Photoshop is relatively (and I use that word extremely loosely) easy to use, those problems often proved to require an expert touch.

Content-Aware Fill looks to change all that. I have no idea how it works, but it seems to analyze photos not just for shades of light and dark but for actual objects. So if you need to remove an object from a photo, it'll understand that there's, say, grass behind it,
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