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Iron Man 2 (2010). Directed by Jon Favreau. The story carries on from the previous film with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) having revealed himself to the world as Iron Man. Stark has three problems though, firstly the government, who have declared his suit a weapon and that he must hand it over. Secondly, from Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) who blames the Stark family for the ruin of his father, and is out for revenge. And thirdly, from the arc reactor embedded in his chest which is poisoning him. Iron Man 2 is not a bad film, and the performances from Downey Jr. and Rourke are both great. But they do inevitably feel somewhat wasted in a by-the-numbers story, which has Gwyneth Paltrow popping up again in a token role, and also Scarlett Johansson in another token role. Of course it's all tied off with a big explosive finale, but would you expect anything less? Those who loved the first film should enjoy the second. Those who found it dull and derivative will probably find the second film to be more of the same. 3/5 (Average)

I Love You Philip Morris (2009). Directed and co-written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, based on the novel by Steve McVicker. The film is told in flashback by Steven Jay Russell (Jim Carrey), an adopted child who becomes a policeman solely so he can find out who his real mother is. When his real mother ignores his approaches he loses his way and ends up as a con man of amazing proportions, also managing to con his way out of prison numerous times. It's in prison though that he meets Philip Morris (Ewan McGregor) who he believes to be the love of his life. I Love You Philip Morris is certainly an unusual film, if only for the bizarre story. Carrey acts his socks off, as per usual, in the bizarre role. McGregor is OK, but does have by far the weaker role, and doesn't have much of a chance to shine. What really makes the film though is the knowledge that it's fairly accurately based on fact. If it weren't for this it would be a rather bewildering tale, as in this case truth really is stranger than fiction. Recommended for fans of quirky comedy. Those who like their comedy straight and simple should avoid. 4/5 (Good)