Love, jokes and pilots

2008-10-02 08:05

THIS week sees Flyboys and Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj opening at both CineCentre and Ster Kinekor. The latter also has the animated film, Back to Gaya. Nu Metro is showing Notes on a Scandal and the new Bollywood release, Nehlle Pe Dehlla. Because of the public holiday on Wednesday, films will change early next week, with Because I Said So opening at Ster Kinekor and CineCentre where Smoking Aces will also join the line-up.

• Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj is directed by Mort Nathan and stars Kal Penn, Lauren Cohan and Daniel Percival. It is a sequel to the 2002 bomb, National Lampoon's Van Wilder, so expect the usual oversupply of gross-out jokes as Taj, the assistant to Van Wilder, heads off to a snooty England to complete his education. One for the National Lampoon fans.

• Notes on a Scandal is based on Zoe Heller's Booker shortlisted novel and is directed by acclaimed theatre and film director Richard Eyre. It picked up Oscar nominations for both Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett, and promises to be an intelligent and convoluted tale of love and hate. When Sheba Hart (Blanchett) joins St George's as the new art teacher, Barbara Covett (Dench) senses a kindred spirit. But Barbara is not the only one drawn to her. Sheba begins an illicit affair.

• Ajay Chandok directs Nehlle Pe Dehlla which has been seven years in the making. It stars Saif Ali Khan and Sanjay Dutt, and is a comedy thriller about a couple of small-time crooks who get themselves hired as waiters in a hotel where the manager is a bigger crook. Their plan is to try a spot of blackmail, but things don't work out as they had hoped.

• Flyboys is directed by Tony Bill and stars James Franco, Scott Hazell, Mac McDonald and Philip Winchester. The story concerns the Lafayette Escadrille, a group of young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the United States entered World War 1, and became the country's first fighter pilots. Reviews suggest it is a bit of a Boys' Own adventure, all rather innocent and empty of reality. One even pointed out that it is so determined to be politically correct that not even the French smoke.

• Lenard Fritz Krawinkel directs Back to Gaya, a German computer-generated animation, also known as Boo Zino and the Snurks. Voices include Emily Watson and Patrick Stewart in a tale of two innocents in a fantasy land where they meet their evil creator.

- Arts Editor.

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