Apr 12 2012 by Anthony White, Flintshire Chronicle
INSPIRED by the classic Hasbro children’s game of the same name, Battleship is a big-budget battle for planet Earth directed by Peter Berg (The Kingdom, Hancock).
Naval officer Lieutenant Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) is stationed on the Hawaiian islands with his older brother Stone Hopper (Alexander Skarsgard), who captains the USS Sampson.
Alex is assigned to the USS John Paul Jones, captained by the universally feared Captain Shane (Liam Neeson), who just happens to be the deeply disapproving father of his beautiful fiancée, physical therapist Samantha Shane (Brooklyn Decker).
When an extra-terrestrial race lands out at sea, the USS John Paul Jones and USS Sampson are scrambled into action. Petty Officer Cora Raikes (Rihanna), who is a weapon specialist with a sharp eye, joins Alex aboard his ship and together they take on the aliens, all guns blazing.
STAR RATING: ***
DELICACY (LA DELICATESSE) (12A)
ADAPTED from David Foenkinos’s award-winning novel, Delicacy is a touching romance about a widow who discovers love when she least expects it.
Nathalie Kerr (Audrey Tautou) falls in love with her soul mate Francois (Pio Marmai) and the young couple seem to have it all - until he dies in an accident, shattering her dreams.
She is consumed by her grief, devoting most of her time to her office job, where her boss Charles (Bruno Todeschini) secretly wishes he could be the man to restore her faith in love.
Three years pass and Nathalie is a shadow of her former self when, out of the blue, she kisses co-worker Markus Lundl (Francois Damiens).
The spontaneous act creates friction in the office but sparks Nathalie back to life and she agrees to run away with Markus to give the fledgling relationship the space and time to flourish.
STAR RATING: ***
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (PG)
RE-RELEASED to coincide with the centenary of the sinking of RMS Titanic, Roy Ward Baker’s epic 1958 drama adheres closely to historical fact as it recounts the final fateful hours of the liner from the perspective of terrified passengers and crew.
Captain Edward J Smith (Laurence Naismith) ignores ice warnings and gives the order to plough full steam ahead, arrogantly believing the vessel is impervious to the elements.
Lookout Frederick Fleet (Bernard Fox) spots the iceberg but the ship turns too late and starts taking on water, to the dismay of builder Thomas Andrews (Michael Goodliffe).
Second officer Charles Lightoller (Kenneth More) attempts to maintain calm above deck, lowering the lifeboats with his men as the mighty craft begins to disappear beneath the waves.
STAR RATING: ****
MOZART’S SISTER (12A)
WRITER-DIRECTOR Rene Feret casts two of his daughters in this fictional costume drama, sketching the early years of the great composer and his brilliantly talented sibling.
An accident on the road forces 11-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (David Moreau), his older sister Nannerl (Marie Feret) and parents Leopold (Marc Barbe) and Anna (Delphine Chuillot) to seek shelter at the Abbey of Fontevrand.
In these exalted surroundings, Nannerl forges a friendship with the young princess Louise Marie (Lisa Feret) and dazzles her brother, Louis (Clovis Fouin), the Dauphin of France, with her abilities on the harpsichord.
Romance flourishes between the dauphin and Nannerl but his affections are fickle and he becomes engaged to Maria Josepha instead, leaving the young woman to reflect on her extraordinary experiences.
STAR RATING: ***