Moviegoers can choose romance, horror or history

2010-02-12 00:00

THREE new films open in Pietermaritzburg today — the perfectly timed Valentine’s Day, the horror thriller The Wolfman, and a Bollywood historical spectacle Veer.

Garry Marshall has collected an ­all-star Hollywood cast for his film Valentine’s Day, which tells the stories of a group of Los Angelinos whose lives intertwine as they find their way through romance over the course of February 14.

There’s Reed (Ashton Kutcher), the owner of a florist shop who proposes to his girlfriend, Morley (Jessica Alba), while learning that his best friend, Julia (Jennifer Garner), has a married boyfriend named Harrison (Patrick Dempsey).

Julia’s mother, Estelle (Shirley ­MacLaine), meanwhile is a happy ­retiree who must reveal an affair from long ago to her husband, Edgar (Hector Elizondo); and a publicist named Kara (Jessica Biel), who is seemingly alone on Valentine’s Day, is in fact in love with her boss, Kelvin Briggs (Jamie Foxx).

And, if those big names were not enough, you can also look out for Kathy Bates, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Anne Hathaway, Queen Latifah and Julia Roberts.

For a complete antidote to romance, book seats for The Wolfman. Benicio Del Toro plays the role of ­Lawrence Talbot, a haunted nobleman who is lured back to his family estate when his brother vanishes, in this horror thriller.

Reunited with his estranged father, played by Anthony Hopkins, Talbot sets out to find his brother and discovers that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers. As he pieces together the gory puzzle, he hears of an ancient curse that turns the afflicted into werewolves when the moon is full.

The third new film opening this weekend is the Bollywood epic Veer, starring Salman Khan as the Pindari warrior of the title who plots to overthrow British rule in Madhavgarh, while falling in love with Princess Yashodhara (Zarine Khan), whose ­father, the king (Jackie Shroff), ­betrayed the Pindari many years ­before, leading to the massacre of 4 500 men.

The film’s story was penned by ­Salman Khan and was inspired by Nikolai Gogol’s book, Taras Bulba.

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