Her mother is ill, and Peter Hedge's film covers the build-up and journey to the dinner, before getting his characters around the table. It also says a lot about the courage of Paul Giamatti as an actor to appear alongside the man he's portraying on screen at the same time. I did not read the first, but had no trouble picking up on the story. Alig was a party promoter in the city, whose life fell apart as he grew addicted to drugs. David Ayer received acclaim for his work on films like Training Day and the superb End Of Watch which he also directed. Anne Reid plays the 'mother' of the film's title, and Hanif Kureishi's excellent writing follows the loneliness of her character, and the ramifications of the relationship at the core of the film. Here, he plays a casino 'cooler', a man who - thanks to his uniform run of bad luck - is used in casinos to break the winning streak of more successful clientele. Director Roger Michell ended the 90s making the huge hit Notting Hill, but The Mother is one of four very different, really strong films that he made in the s. Shot well too, The Cooler never really surprises much, but it remains a lot of fun to spend time in the company of. Yet his luck begins to change throughout the movie, and Wayne Kramer's film explores the ramifications of that. The Sin Eater This supernatural horror, also known as The Order, did relatively little at the box office, despite the headline draw of Heath Ledger in the lead and Brian Helgeland behind the camera. Beautifully animated and written with real maturity, it introduces a collection of unusual and endearing characters and weaves them into a warm and philosophical story. Alex Frost and Eric Deulen play the two shooters - seemingly ordinary young pupils who cold-bloodedly plan and carry out an unfathomably horrible crime. An eccentric and imaginative mix of earthy realism and surreal, generation-spanning fantasy, Holes is blessed with an eclectic and fun cast where else could you see Jon Voight, Sigourney Weaver and Henry Winkler all in one place? Can Cage's antihero conquer his neuroses, pull off a major con, and ingratiate himself with his estranged teenage daughter Alison Lohman?