The rapper who dreamed big

2009-03-13 00:00

A FILM chronicling the life of a rapper, The Notorious B.I.G., is one of four new movies opening in Pietermaritzburg this weekend.

Notorious, which can be seen at SterKinekor in Scottsville, stars Jamal Woolard as Biggie (real name Christopher Wallace), and shows how, through raw talent and sheer determination, he transformed himself from a Brooklyn street hustler who once sold crack cocaine to pregnant women, to one of the greatest rappers of all time.

Also at SterKinekor from today is The Wrestler starring Mickey Rourke and the comedy, Role Models. New at CineCentre this weekend are the comedies, Confessions of a Shopaholic and Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

In Confessions, Isla Fisher plays Rebecca Bloomwood, a woman who is struggling with a debilitating obsession with shopping and the sudden collapse of her income source, when she lands a job writing for a financial magazine. To her surprise, her innovative comparisons and unconventional metaphors for economics get her critical acclaim, public success and the admiration of her supportive boss Luke (Hugh Dancy).

Based on the Shopaholic series of novels by Sophie Kinsella, the film is directed by P.J. Hogan.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop tells the story of Paul Blart (Kevin James), a mild-mannered, dutiful family man who works as a security guard in a New Jersey mall. He dreams of being a policeman but keeps failing the physical exam because he is overweight. Then a gang of criminals put the mall under siege and take hostages and it’s up to Paul to save the day.

The final new film in the city is Sunshine Barry and The Disco Worms, about a worm called Barry who, fuelled by disco music’s infectious energy, decides to pursue his dream of entertaining the insect world through the power of the boogie. The film, at NuMetro (Cascades), boasts colourful 3-D computer animation, a clever script and an amusing cast of insect characters.

— Arts Editor.

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