'Hansie', a true story

2008-09-26 00:00

THE local movie line-up changed early this week because of the public holiday on Wednesday. The new films are the South African production Hansie, at all three cinema complexes, and The House Bunny and Star Wars: The Clone Wars at CineCentre.

Early reviews of the Reghart van den Bergh-directed Hansie have not been particularly good, but it is still likely to attract a considerable audience.

Frank Rautenbach stars as the former South African cricket captain and Sarah Thompson as his wife. Hansie Cronjé’s brother’s company, Global Creative Studios, is responsible for the production of the film which details Cronje’s rise to stardom, his disgrace, his depression, recovery and eventual death in a plane crash.

The House Bunny is directed by Fred Wolf and stars Anna Faris, Colin Hanks, Emma Stone, Rumer Willis and a brief appearance by Hugh Hefner — Mr Playboy himself. Shelley is a super-annuated Playboy bunny with nowhere to go until she is made house mother to a group of nerdy, socially hopeless girls. And, of course, she saves the day. Aimed straight into the American teen girls’ market, it has received dire reviews.

Also for the school holidays is Star Wars: The Clone Wars, directed by Dave Filoni, and the first full-length animated feature drawn from the Star Wars saga, set in the time between Star Wars Episode II and III (2002 and 2005), the final two prequels to the original film.

Jabba the Hut’s child has been kidnapped and Anakin Skywalker has to go to the rescue, while Obi Wan Kenobi and Yoda continue to struggle to hold the forces of evil at bay.

Roger Ebert, one of the most respected film critics in the United States, was scathing about this one.

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