This week's films

2008-06-26 00:00

The Incredible Hulk: Edward Norton is a hulk with depth in an improved version of Ang Lee’s 2003 film. With all its growling, flexing and Hulk smashing though, it is likely to appeal most to adolescent boys and the adoloscent in man. *** (MS) CC

The Happening: A frightening premise threatens to descend into silliness as a high-school science teacher and his wife attempt to outrun an airborne neurotoxin that causes people to kill themselves. The gore is shown in lurid detail and the ending is cheesy. *** (JW) CC, SK

Never Back Down: A troubled teen moves to a new school in the city, and tries to mix it with the resident bully. He loses, but decides to go the route of martial arts training. CC

Mama’s Boy: Diane Keaton, Jon Heder and Jeff Daniels. Heder plays a 29-year-old slacker who lives with his mother and feels threatened by her new relationship. CC

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: A visual feast in Andrew Adamson’s second Narnia film, which is darker and more edgy than the first. The story lacks the level of pizzazz present in the CGI though. *** (RC) CC, NM, SK

Definitely, Maybe: A father tells his daughter the story of his dating history and how he met her mother, as they go through a divorce. Quite sweet and unusual in that it’s seen through the man’s eyes. Still a chick flick, though. *** (KH) CC

Deception: Ewan McGregor as an accountant who gets caught up in a world of crime, fraud and sex when he is introduced to a mysterious sex club known as The List. Reviews have generally been bad. NM

Sex and the City: A must-see for fans of the multiple award-winning show. The movie picks up the story five years after the show ended and provides all the sex, love and shopping of the original, along with a happy ending for Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte. JW (CC) ***

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Indy is back in a convoluted plot that involves aliens. Harrison Ford (65) still looks the part while surviving everything from nuclear blasts to raging waterfalls. **** (RC) NM, SK

What Happens in Vegas: A mediocre but not utterly charmless formula rom com. Joy and Jack meet, marry one drunken night in Vegas and must stay together to be able to claim half of the jackpot they won. *** (JW) CC

The Forbidden Kingdom: Silly spoof of martial arts classics, which were silly to start with. ** (YV) SK

Made of Honour: Patrick Dempsey in a rom com where he is asked to be “maid” of honour to his best friend (Michelle Monaghan) just after he has decided to ask her to marry him. SK, NM

Mad Money: Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes star in this comedy as three bank employees who figure out a way to steal wads of cash from the Federal Reserve Bank. The movie passes over the fun possibilities of the plot and it becomes a very ordinary comedy. *** (JW) SK

Star Rating: 5 — unmissable; 4 — well worth the effort; 3 — okay if nothing better comes up; 2 — at least the popcorn was tasty; 1 — rather visit the dentist.

Reviewers: YV — Yves Vanderhaeghen. KH — Kate Hoole. RC — Ryan Calder. DN — Devan Naidoo. MS — Marc Strydom. JW — Joanna Wright. MvK — Margaret von Klemperer.

Code and Contact Numbers:

CineCentre (CC): 033 342 7007;

Nu Metro (NM): 033 347 1785;

Ster Kinekor (SK): 082 167 89.

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