UK DVD [26/4]
The Girlfriend Experience
Steven Soderbergh’s improvised drama isn’t especially brilliant as a whole, but it’s well worth a rental just to see the revelatory performance by 21-year-old porn star Sasha Grey, whose work suggests that there may be a bright future for her outside of titles like Butt Sex Bonanza.
Oh, and something called Avatar, which can [still] go fuck itself
US DVD [27/4]
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
Terry Gilliam’s latest film is often beautiful, sometimes captivating, and always a mess. That mess is sometimes glorious and sometimes frustrating, but when it all comes together there are flashes of the great filmmaker that Gilliam undoubtedly is. The recasting of Heath Ledger’s role works very well, and among the rest of the cast young model Lily Cole stands out.
UK THEATRICAL RELEASE [30/4]
The Disappearance of Alice Creed
A trio of fine performances from British actors Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston and Gemma Arterton mark out this stripped down, extremely intense, debut from director J. Blakeson. It’s tough going, especially in the brilliant, near silent, opening half hour and even though it starts to fall apart when the story opens up beyond a single location this is an interesting calling card for Blakeson and a notable tour de force for Arterton.
US THEATRICAL RELEASE [30/4]
A Nightmare on Elm Street 
I would love this to be great, I suspect it will be terrible, but let’s face it, all us horror fans are going to want to see what Jackie Earle Haley can bring to Freddy Kruger.
Nicole Holofcener is far from my favourite director, but she’s always got a fantastic cast for her films, and it should be a pleasure to watch the likes of Oliver Platt, Catherine Keener and Rebecca Hall play off one another.
LINK OF THE WEEK
The Editing Room
The problem with Rod Hilton’s excellent site, which skewers movies by ‘abridging’ their screenplays, and generally being honest, if scathing, about their clichés and shortcomings, is simply that it doesn’t update often enough. Generally there’s just one slice of fried comic gold every month these days, but fortunately there’s also an extensive archive to laugh your way through.
NEXT WEEK @ 24FPS
Among other things I'll have reviews (and, with a bit of luck, Q and A reports) from Sci-Fi London on Vincenzo Natali's Splice (starring the brilliant Sarah Polley) and sci-fi rom-com TiMER (starring Emma Caulfield of Buffy). Other screenings set or probable for next week include The Joneses and Iron Man 2.