“Whilst I disagree with the calculated sneers towards V for Vendetta by U.K. critics, the film was a disappointment despite all the ideas bubbling beneath the surface. Visually it never really took off and too many of the supporting characters were one-note stereotypes. Halfway through I couldn’t help but wish the Wachowskis had ditched the Moore comic book and filmed the actual story of Guy Fawkes. And by the way: Basic Instinct 2, which previewed in London last week, contains very little that is controversial. It’s surprisingly tame in the sex department despite some embarrassing one-liners from Sharon Stone. Maybe they have some outtakes left over for the DVD.” — Ambrose Heron