IN&OUTTONIGHT 30 Thursday, 22 October 2009 London Lite REVIEWSCINEMA Lacking bite: Josh Hutcherson, Willem Dafoe and John C Reilly Poorplotsuckslife outofvampireflick Shufflingthrougha cut-priceapocalypse SadismisaSawpoint OF COURSE, this shouldnt work at all. I have no idea if its true that Colin, a zombie movie told from the perspective of a zombie called Colin (the names a nice touch), cost just 45 to make but, judging from the production values, it cant have cost much more than that. This is initially a problem as the wonky camerawork really does distract from a not all together satisfying opening 15 minutes. But once our undead friend (played well, if wordlessly, by Alastair Kirton) starts shambling round a convincingly apocalyptic London, witnessing the horror of a collapsing civilisation and paying a visit to his family (not an entirely happy experience for either party), the film really takes off and offers proof that British horror has a big future, even on a shoestring budget. Shame about the shaky camera, though. PC Dead good: Alastair Kirton Colin Cert 18, 97 mins Fantastic Mr Fox Cert PG, 87 mins REVIEW BY PAUL CONNOLLY Seethelatesttrailersonline>> Attheroot ofreggae THIS documentary about Jamaican music explores its evolution from Bob Marleys sunshine reggae to newer MCs such as Bounty Killer. All the big names are here, from Gregory Isaacs to Elephant Man, who claims hes keeping the flame burning. And while its hard to see the message of peace and love in lines like send on the pussy, theres enough here to justify Wim Wenderss description of the film as a masterpiece. AC Made In Jamaica Cert 15, 109 mins Cirque Du Freak -- The Vampires Assistant Cert 12A, 103 mins NO PRESS screenings for the latest Saw, but you dont need paranormal powers of deduction to guess sadistic cancer sufferer Jigsaw is on the rampage. I am still with you! threatens the trailer over shots of people with bolts through their temples, wearing torture helmets and the like. If you havent seen the clips and you wonder how it could possibly be nastier than Saw V, three words tell you all you need to know: reverse bear trap. AC Saw VI Cert 18, 90 mins nopreviewscreenings Clooney bags a fine fox I TS obvious why director Wes Anderson irritates so many people -- he keeps making the same film. As with The Royal Tenenbaums, The Dar jeeling Limited, Rushmore et al, Fantastic Mr Fox, based on Roald Dahls short book, is as much about dysfunctional families and a son trying to snag the attention of an eccentric father as it is about anything else. Anderson also has a sappy, why-cant- we-all-just-live- together-and-accept-our-differences tendency that makes you want to give the pasty-faced, gangly boy- man a slap round the chops. However, Fantastic Mr Fox, Andersons first animated feature -- while it occasionally overdoes the cloying, hippy tosh and despite some unevenness -- is very smart, entertain- ing and occasionally even brilliant. Mr Fox, voiced by a George Clooney clearly thoroughly enjoying himself, is a rogue and an incorrigible chicken and pigeon thief, who, soon after the movie opens, has promised a newly pregnant Mrs Fox (Meryl Streep), that he will mend his ways and go straight. So against all his instincts Fox jacks in the thieving lark and becomes a newspaper man. For a dozen fox- years, he bashes out a weekly column but hes dissatisfied with his lot. He still lives in a den and yearns for his own house above ground. And so, despite the advice of his lawyer friend, a badger voiced by Bill Murray, he buys a tree giving him a view of the farms of Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean. Waking up every day to the sight of farms across the valley awakens IT SEEMS inevitable now that there will come a time when every film released will be about vampires. And they will all be aimed at 16-year- olds. Based on the teen books by English author Darren Shan, Cirque Du Freak has scary creatures, teen angst, romance and a war between factions of the vampire fraternity. By amping up the fighting, director Paul Weitz (American Pie) is clearly hoping to attract boys as well as the girls who loved Twilight. The immediate problem with Cirque Du Freak is the lead, Chris Massoglia -- who plays Darren Shan -- a bland Goody Two-Shoes with a haircut stencilled from a pudding bowl and the voice of Kermit the frog from The Muppets. This is one lad who will not be getting the girls excited. Darren, ridiculously, becomes a half-vampire assistant to 280-year-old vampire Crepsley (John C Reilly, bored out of his skull), who is part of a troupe of circus freaks; Crepsleys girl is a bearded lady played by Salma Hayek, who looks alarmingly like Russell Brand. Thereafter the plot spends more time setting up the sequel than it does on the actual film. I fear this will be time wasted. PC Dolphin-friendly: champion freediver Mandy Rae-Cruick swims with The Coves star cast Undercoverheroes Scene-stealer: Michael Gambon voices Bean index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html