Portrait of a marriage

2009-01-30 00:00

WITH awards season well under way in the United States and Europe, film fans will be glad to know that the award-winning Revolutionary Road, and the Oscar and Bafta-nominated Burn After Reading open in the city this weekend.

Joining them are the historical thriller Valkyrie, British crime film Rocknrolla the Adam Sandler comedy, Bedtime Stories, the romantic comedy Ghost Town, and Bollywood film Chandni Chowk to China.

Golden Globe winner Kate Winslet reunites with Titanic co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, in Revolutionary Road, opening at Cine Centre at the Liberty Midlands Mall today. Directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty) and set in the mid-fifties, it tells the story of a young suburban couple who appear to have it all, but the reality is that he is stuck in a boring office job and she is a housewife still mourning the demise of her hoped-for acting career.

Another must for film fans is the Coen brothers’ Burn After Reading, which tells the story of a Balkan expert (John Malkovich) who writes a memoir after being fired from the CIA. When a disk of his musings falls out of his bag, the men who find it try to turn it into cash. The film also stars George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Brad Pitt. It can be seen at SterKinekor in Scottsville.

Also starting at CineCentre this week is Tom Cruise’s new film, Valkyrie, a historical thriller set in Nazi Germany during World War 2 that depicts the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Cruise plays Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, one of the key plotters, alongside Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Eddie Izzard, Terence Stamp and Tom Wilkinson.

Also at CineCentre is the Adam Sandler comedy Bedtime Stories, which tells the story of a motel owner (Jonathan Pryce) and his son, who are cheated by an unscrupulous developer (Richard Griffiths). However, when he starts telling his sister’s children bedtime stories, strange things happen.

CineCentre also screens RocknRolla which is written and directed by Guy Ritchie and stars Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton and Tom Wilkinson. A bungling London crime boss, Lenny, agrees to a deal with a wealthy Russian property dealer. As a show of faith, the dealer insists that Lenny borrow his “lucky painting”. When the dealer’s accountant transfers the money to Lenny, things go awry when a band of thieves intercept the cash. And when the lucky painting is stolen, the suspect is Lenny’s estranged stepson.

Ghost Town tells the tale of a man who dies unexpectedly, is miraculously revived after seven minutes and wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to communicate with ghosts. The film is at SterKinekor.

Chandni Chowk to China, at NuMetro, tells the story of Sidhu (Akshay Kumar), a food-stall vendor who longs to escape his dreary existence and consults astrologers, tarot readers and fake fakirs. Then two strangers from China claim him as the reincarnation of a war hero and take him to China. — Arts Editor.

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