In cinemas this week – Bond beats up teenagers; the elderly.

Bond is back to shake up the Australian box office this week, and no major film is brave enough to challenge it. Instead, a couple of smaller films will be fighting for very different audiences.

MUST SEE THIS WEEK

QUANTUM OF SOLACE

Look, does anything else really have to be said. 2006’s Casino Royale was a welcome surprise, breathing life into a series that most people didn’t even realise was dead (the previous film Die Another Day had been the highest grossing Bond film up to that point). However, the fans (and most cinema savvy audiences) knew the series was in a creative ditch, and thankfully the brilliant Daniel Craig was brought on board to reboot the series.

Quantum of Solace picks up right where Casino Royale left off, and follows Bond as he takes revenge on the people responsible for the death of his beloved Vesper Lynd. Critics don’t love the sequel as much as it’s predecessor, although few are denying the impressiveness of the action. Directed by Marc Forster and co-starring Judi Dench, Olga Kurylenko and Mathieu Amalric, QOS is the one to see this week.

AMERICAN TEEN

Although it’s unlikely to match the predicted zillion dollar gross of QOS, this small indie documentary is expected to claim hearts all over the country. A hit at the Sundance Film Festival, American Teen examines the lives of five teenagers in their senior year at high school. It takes the established ‘Breakfast Club’ stereotypes (the jock, the geek, the rebel, the princess and the arty girl) and provides a deeper understanding of these young adults.

Although the film has been criticised for some obviously staged moments, many critics believe it transcends the Laguna Beach/Hills-esque mugging it is cruelly compared to. Most importantly, the subjects are interesting and likable. Directed by Oscar-nominatee Nanette Burstein, American Teen is an interesting project worth definitely worth the price of admission.

WAIT FOR DVD

YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH

Francis Ford Coppola‘s first film since 1997’s The Rainmaker (exluding his uncredited work on Supernova), Youth Without Youth is the underwhelming return of a legend. Set in pre-war Germany, Tim Roth stars as a 70-year-old linguistics professor, who returns to the height of his youth after being struck by lightning. When the Third Reich learns of his superhuman abilities, they attempt to harness it for their own use.

The film was a critical and financial flop when it was released earlier this year in the U.S. Although it’s hard to find someone willing to recommend it, Coppola fans should be happy to see the master back in action. Plus, the synopsis sounds like something worth checking out. BUT, if you do head out this weekend to see it, don’t say you weren’t warned.

OUT NEXT WEEK

Oh, just a little film called Australia. Yeah, I haven’t heard of it either. Also opening is the Cloverfield-esque Quarantine and Rob Schneider‘s Big Stan.

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