New holiday fare

2009-01-02 00:00

THE new films on the local circuit for the New Year weekend are The Tale of Despereaux, Pride and Glory and Yes Man at CineCentre and Dostana at Nu Metro, where The Day the Earth Stood Still joins the line-up. The Women now opens at Ster Kinekor.

Tarun Mansukhani directs Dostana which stars John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan as two guys, living in Miami, who have to pretend to be a gay couple to secure the apartment they want. Trouble is, they both fall for their new room-mate (Priyanka Chopra). Aishwarya Rai was originally offered the role, but she refused because she felt that her real-life marriage to Abhishek Bachchan would spoil the comedy.

Pride and Glory is directed by Gavin O’Connor and stars Colin Farrell, Edward Norton, Jennifer Ehle and Jon Voigt. This is another film about a multigenerational police family (remember We Own the Night?). This time around, the son-in-law is the bent cop, and his brother-in-law has to investigate him. Conflicts of loyalties abound, but reviews have been lukewarm at best.

The Tale of Despereaux is an

animated film based on Kate DiCamillo’s 2003 best-selling

children’s book about a brave little mouse. Born with an enthusiasm too big for his little mouse world, Despereaux Tilling befriends a

banished rat, falls in love with a lonely princess and rescues the Kingdom of Dor from the tyranny of darkness and grief. Voices include Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson and Tracey Ullman. Reviews overseas talk about the superb look of

the film, but found the plot too complicated.

Jim Carrey fans can get their fix in Yes Man, directed by Peyton Reed and starring Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Danny Masterson and Terence Stamp. Carrey is Carl Allen, a guy whose life is going nowhere — the operative word being “no” — until he signs up for a self-help programme based on one simple covenant: say yes to everything … and anything. But yes can lead to too much of a good thing. — Arts Editor.

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