Movies to enjoy this week

2008-04-18 00:00

THIS week sees the start of the Art Film Festival at Ster Kinekor — films were detailed in The Witness on Tuesday. One cinema is given over to the festival for the next two weeks, with most getting five screenings at different times of day.

Otherwise, this week sees the opening of Mad Money and Street Kings at CineCentre and One Two Three at Nu Metro. It is also in the Sunday Bollywood slot at CineCentre. One Missed Call joins the Nu Metro line-up.

One Two Three is directed by Ashwani Dheer and stars Tusshar Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Sunil Shetty and Esha Deol. The plot concerns three guys with the same name — Laxminarayan — all checking into the same hotel. One is a hitman, one an underwear salesman and the third is an ordinary Joe trying to buy a car. Inevitably, their lives get tangled up in a slapstick comedy.

Callie Khouri directs Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes and Ted Danson in Mad Money, a comedy about a woman who attempts to tackle a mountain of family debt by becoming a cleaner at a bank. She sees a flaw in the security system and, with a couple of co-workers, cashes in on it. The idea comes from a made-for-TV British comedy, and reviews have not been overly enthusiastic.

Street Kings is directed by David Ayer and is the adaptation of a James Ellroy story — with all the violence that implies, and more. Keanu Reeves stars as Tom Ludlow, a veteran LAPD cop who finds solace in the bottle after the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he’s been a part of his entire career, ultimately leading him to uncover an extortion conspiracy that runs deep within the department. Starring Reeves, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans and Forest Whitaker.

— Arts Editor

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