Ben Stiller sequel

2009-05-22 00:00

IF you loved Ben Stiller’s Night at the Museum then you’ll be thrilled to learn they’ve made a sequel — and this time Stiller’s character, Larry Daley, gets up close and personal with the exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.

“We wanted everything we did in the first movie to be not only bigger but better in the second,” explains returning director Shawn Levy. “We wanted a journey for Larry that would be even more captivating, that would help him find his way back to the better self he got a glimpse of in Night at the Museum.”

The film Night at the Museum 2 — at CineCentre and SterKinekor Scottsville — features a host of new characters including: aviator Amelia Earhart, Ivan the Terrible, Napoleon Bonaparte, Al Capone and American Civil War leader General Custer.

For Stiller the chance to reprise the role of Larry inside the Smithsonian was a childhood fantasy realised. “The Smithsonian was always my favourite museum,” he says, “I’ll always remember going there as a child because they had the U.S.S. Enterprise from Star Trek there.”

The only thing Stiller wasn’t looking forward to was a reunion with the Capuchin monkeys from the first film. “The monkeys are back but I was only semi-excited about that because I had traumatic memories from the first experience. But I guess it’s like childbirth in that you forget about the pain and find yourself doing it all over again,” he added.

Also opening at CineCentre today is Duplicity. CIA officer Claire Stenwick (Julia Roberts) and MI6 agent Ray Koval (Clive Owen) have both left the world of government intelligence to cash in on the profitable cold war raging between two rival multi-national corporations. Both want to secure the formula for a product that will bring a fortune to the company that patents it first. But as the stakes rise and the tactics get dirtier, Claire and Ray find that the biggest problem they face is their growing attraction to each other.

Also opening is the horror, Last House on the Left, the story of a young woman’s parents, who take gruesome revenge on the gang that kidnapped and assaulted their daughter and her friend. See it at CineCentre.

 

‘SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE’

IF you still haven’t seen Slumdog Millionaire, the good news is it is now being screened at two venues in Pietermaritzburg — SterKinekor Scottsville and CineCentre.The film tells the story of Jamal Malik, an 18-year-old from the slums of Mumbai, who is just one question away from winning 20 million rupees on India’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating. To prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life on the streets and how he loved and lost the beautiful, Latika.

STILL ON CIRCUIT:

• CineCentre: Angels & Demons, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Slumdog Millionaire, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hannah Montana: The Movie.

• SterKinekor: Fast & Furious 4, Marley & Me, Hotel for Dogs, Monsters vs Aliens, New in Town.

• NuMetro: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Gran Torino, Monsters vs Aliens, Tornado, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

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