Movie shorts: June 2

2013-06-02 14:00

The Great Gatsby

Director Baz Luhrmann’s kaleidoscopic reimagination of F Scott Fitzgerald’s great American classic is a delight.

A sweeping tale of love lost against a backdrop of the jazz era in New York. Leonardo DiCaprio will break your heart as Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan is spot-on as the siren Daisy Buchanan, while Tobey Maguire’s wide-eyed narrator beckons the viewer into a world of flash and cash that leads to inevitable tragedy. 8/10

Stoker

A diabolically delightfully nasty piece of work is this finely tuned thriller about a strange girl who has just lost her father, only to find her uncle stepping up to take his place.

Nicole Kidman is perfect as the barely sane mother, Mia Wasikowska gives another emotionally rich performance and Matthew Goode is anything but a benevolent relative as happy-go-lucky uncle Charlie. 7/10

Safe Haven

This Nicholas Sparks tale is hazardous to your health if you have an overdeveloped gag reflex.

Of the eight films based on his books, only The Notebook hit the right romantic chord. The rest are coated in more sugar than a sweetie-deprived toddler let loose at a birthday party. Julianne Hough is a battered woman on the run and Josh Duhamel is the widower who falls for her. 4/10

Blitz Patrollie

Most of the brains trust of South African comedy join forces in this wannabe buddy-cop flick. It suffers from being short on story and ends

up being a series of skits threaded together. Fans of David Kau, Joey Rasdien, David Kibuuka, Chris Forrest and Kagiso Lediga will definitely go see this one. 5/10

Oblivion

Jack Harper (played by Tom Cruise) is the last person on Earth, or is he? Jack’s mission is to monitor the extraction of the last of Earth’s resources for humankind, who’ve evacuated to another planet. But Jack has dreams about a woman and a place he can’t know.

When he finds the woman alive, he begins to question what he thinks he knows and what reality tells him. This is a modern classic for sci-fi fans. 7/10

Iron Man 3

Robert Downey Jr and his crew outdo themselves with this better-than-the-original sequel. Iron Man must face The Mandarin and a blast from his past, who have joined forces to terrify America. Tons of fun and very witty too. 8/10

This Is 40

Judd Apatow, who became the first citizen of American comedy with The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, is back with two of the above film’s cast members, Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd. Mann and Rudd are facing 40 ungracefully.

The film is really funny, real and smart. This is adult fare thanks to Apatow’s rudeness, but then the subject matter’s adult too. Strictly for over 40s or those getting there. 7/10

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