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It seems that the amount of films I watch peaks during winter; when it’s cold outside and dark by six o’clock there’s nothing better than putting on a DVD and curling up in bed in my pyjamas! From adventure to romance, there’s no better way to distract myself from the freezing weather. Here are my reviews of some movies I’ve rented recently…

Dreamworks have been known for the funny and brilliantly made animations ever since Shrek was first released, and one of their latest movies is the fabulous Monsters vs. Aliens. Susan Murphy is hit by a meteor on her wedding day and is transformed into a giant, nicknamed Ginormica by the US government, and locked up in a facility where she’s kept secret from the world along with fish-man Link; half cockroach, half mad scientist Dr. Cockroach; brainless blue goo B.O.B; and massive grub Insectosaurus. She is offered her freedom in return for ridding the world of aliens sent by the evil Galaxhar – but of course it’s not that easy.

Monsters vs. Aliens is the kind of film that’s perfect for all the family. Exciting enough for kids, it also has enough jokes to entertain the adults. B.O.B in particular steals the show, with every line that comes out of his mouth hilarious, but the president (obviously influenced by a certain dim-witted U.S leader) is just as funny. Meanwhile Susan is almost as good a heroine as Shrek’s princess Fiona. Definitely worth a watch if you’re after light-hearted laughs – it’s guaranteed to raise a smile.

Not so funny was the sequel to The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons. Although I loved the book, the Da Vinci Code didn’t excite me at all; it was far too wordy with not enough action. I wasn’t sure about Angels and Demons but after reading some good reviews I decided to give it a go. To give credit where it’s due it was a lot better than the Da Vinci Code; there was far more action as Professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) was led on a chase around Rome, trying to save four bishops favourite to become pope from being murdered in truly stomach-churning ways. However – and this is more a fault with the book than the film – it was ruined by too much church bashing and sometimes felt more like a history of the bad side of the catholic church than a movie. Also, I was disappointed by Ewan McGregor’s role as the Camerlengo – I wanted to fall asleep as soon as his dull tones came through my speakers. If you like the book the film is worth a watch but if you’re after non-stop thrills, look elsewhere.

I absolutely loved the stage version of Fame when I saw it on the West End and when I heard the movie version was being remade, I couldn’t wait to see it. Unfortunately I never had the chance to see it in cinemas, but after watching it on DVD I’m glad I didn’t waste my money watching it on the big screen. Set over four years at the New York School for Performing Arts, it tells the stories of the pupils who attend it, from the shy and retiring Jenny to over-achieving ballet dancer Alice and pianist Denise who wants to sing but her strict father is intent on her becoming a classical musician.

I could go on – there were so many characters and different storylines – but to be honest even after an hour and a half of watching I can’t remember half of their names. So many of the characters could have been cut in favour of looking at certain ones in more depth. Some characters only appeared in a couple of scenes and I was left feeling that I’d experienced no connection with any of them because there was such a feeling that the story was rushed. Put simply, it’s like fitting all three High School Musicals into one film – it just didn’t work. Save your money buying the DVD and go and see the stage show instead.

Fancy a bit of romance? I’ve finally got round to seeing He’s Just Not That Into You. It boasts an impressive cast including Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, current Hollywood it-boy Bradley Cooper, Drew Barrymore (who also produced it) and Scarlett Johannsen. Along the same lines as Love Actually it features a number of separate storylines that intertwine – Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) can’t seem to hold down a man; Beth (Jennifer Aniston) wants her boyfriend of seven years to propose; Ben (Bradley Cooper) is cheating on his wife…and so on and so forth. The title of the film refers to the little lies us women tell each other when it comes to guys when in fact we need to get real and realise he’s actually not just into us!

It’s not as good as Love Actually (not much can beat it in my opinion) but it’s actually not that bad. Most women will recognise themselves in the various characters – which makes for some cringeworthy viewing at times! – and the ending is heart-warmingly romantic. By no means a date movie but it’s perfect for a girls night in!

Finally, out in cinemas now is The Lovely Bones. Anyone who’s read the book will probably think the idea of turning it into a movie is ridiculous and you’d be right – it just doesn’t really work. The story is based around Susie Salmon, who is murdered by a paedophile, and watches over her family, friends, and killer from heaven. Narrated by the dreamy tones of Saoirse Ronan and filled with dream-like sequences of her heaven, I left the cinema feeling like I’d just been on a two hour drug trip! There was no real depth to the characters or any emotion, it was lacking in tension and considering the themes of the film I expected to feel much more emotional at the end.

Fans of the book should wait to rent it, anyone else, don’t bother!