THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN (Stephen Norrington) is a botched adaptation of Alan Moore's astonishing graphic novel that brings together Alan Quartermain, the Invisible Man, Captain Nemo, Dorian Gray, Mina Harker and Dr Henry Jeckyll to stop a plot to plunge 1899 Europe into a world war. Like every other big movie this summer, it's phenomenally expensive, noisy and prone to really fast cuts to hide the mechanics of the effects and the stand-ins for the stars in the spectacular stunts. There are some nice moments, mostly when things aren't blowing up, but on the whole it's a mess. Save the money and spend it on Moore's novel, which is better written and more visually coherent. 111 min. NN (JH) Opens Jul 11 at 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Elgin Mills, First Markham Place, Grande - Steeles, Grande - Yonge, Humber, Kennedy Commons, Paramount, Queensway, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Woodbine, SilverCity Mississauga, SilverCity Newmarket, SilverCity Richmond Hill, SilverCity Yorkdale, Silvercity Yonge, Varsity, Varsity V.I.P.
SWIMMING POOL (François Ozon) is a literary/metaphysical puzzler that puts Under The Sand star Charlotte Rampling together with 8 Women's Ludivine Sagnier in a French country house, where Rampling wants to finish her novel and Sagnier is basically interested in behaving badly. A fascinating acting duel between actors with very different styles set against the jaw-dropping natural beauty of the locations. On the other hand, I don't think Swimming Pool is entirely successful, in part because the ending seems to come out of nowhere. It's insufficiently set up to be anything but a head-scratching moment for the audience. That said, the journey is interesting enough that you don't mind the destination that much, and both stars are terrific. See interview, page 61. 102 min . NNN (JH) Opens Jul 11 at Bayview, Canada Square, Cumberland. XX/XY (Austin Chick) features Mark Ruffalo (You Can Count On Me) as a 20-something caught up in a love triangle. Opens July 11 at the Bloor.