A garden snail dreams of living life in the fast lane

2013-09-06 00:00

IF you’re looking for a film the whole family can enjoy, then head down to the cinema to see Turbo, an animated adventure about Theo the garden snail, who lives a slow-lane life, but dreams of speed at the Indy 500.

When a freak mishap gives him the ability to move at super-speed, Theo and his brother, Chat, are discovered by Tito, a goofy fast-food worker, and his crew of racing snails. A wild idea is born for Theo to race with his heroes in Indiana­polis.

The film features the voice talents of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Snoop Lion, Michelle Rodriguez and Samuel L. Jackson.

Also new to cinemas today is the comedy We’re The Millers, which tells the story of low-level marijuana dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis), who is robbed of his money and stash, some of which he owes to his supplier. His boss, wealthy drug lord Brad Gurdlinger (Ed Helms), forces David to smuggle marijuana from Mexico to clear his debt.

Realising that one man attempting to get through customs is too suspicious, he hires a stripper named Rose (Jennifer Aniston), a runaway teenage girl named Casey (Emma Roberts), and his virgin 18-year-old neighbour Kenny (Will Poulter), to pose as a bogus family called the Millers.

Opening in Durban today is Kick-Ass 2, in which costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows.

Film fans can also see the South African film Bakgat 3, in which Wimpie and his fiancée, Katrien, head to England, where he has been offered a contract to play rugby. The two of them quickly discover that London is not as cool as they thought.

At Cinema Nouveau Gateway is The English Teacher, which tells the story of Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore), a 40-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, Pennsylvania.

Her life is far less complicated than the dramas she devours on the page, but things change when former star pupil Jason Sherwood (Michael Angarano) returns to Kingston after trying to make it as a playwright in New York. Now in his 20s, Jason is on the verge of abandoning his dream and, pressured by his overbearing father, Dr Tom Sherwood (Greg Kinnear), to go to law school.

Linda can’t stand the thought of Jason giving up on his dreams, so she decides to mount his play — a dark, angst-ridden, ambitious work — as a Kingston High School production.

Also at the Umhlanga venue is the latest NT Live screening of the West End production of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations. This Jo Clifford adaptation has been universally acclaimed as a triumph on its sell-out tour of the United Kingdom.

Last, but not least, is the Bollywood film Shuddh Desi Romance, which tells the journey of three restless young people who ignore society’s rules for finding love and decide to follow their hearts. The film stars Rishi Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra and debutant Vaani Kapoor.

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