This week’s new movies

2009-10-16 00:00

MARITZBURG film fans can look forward to seeing either a new animated adventure, a dark comedy/horror or a parody this weekend.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs opens at CineCentre today. It is based on the children’s book by Judi Barrett , ­illustrated by Ron Barrett, that tells the story of a town where food falls from the sky like rain. The film’s hero is aspiring inventor Flint Lockwood, a socially ­awkward genius, whose invention that turns water into food accidentally destroys the town square. Then something amazing happens — cheeseburgers start raining from the sky.

The food weather is an instant success and Flint forges a fast friendship with Sam Sparks, the weathergirl who comes to town to cover what she calls “the greatest weather phenomenon in history”.

But when people greedily ask for more and more food, the machine starts behaving erratically, unleashing spaghetti tornadoes and giant meatballs. With the town about to be buried beneath mountains of marshmallows and waves of watermelons, it’s up to Flint and Sam to shut down the machine and put everything right.

Also new to CineCentre is Jennifer’s Body, a dark comedy/horror, penned by Oscar-winning Juno writer Diablo Cody.

After writing Juno, which Cody describes as a warm, sweet, life­affirming movie, she wanted to venture into darker territory. “I wanted to write something that was about my fears, something that was a little edgy and eerie, but also funny,” Cody said. “So I started thinking about what’s scary to me, and I decided that girls are scary.”

The film tells the story of two friends — Jennifer (Megan Fox) and Needy (Amanda Seyfried) — who find themselves on opposite sides when a demon takes possession of Jennifer’s body and she starts feeding on young men.

Transformers’ star Fox describes the script as one of the funniest she’s ever read, adding: “It’s also the most realistic interpretation of teenagers I’ve ever read.”

The third film opening this weekend is the parody, Dance Flick, which is at SterKinekor Scottsville.

Produced by the Wayans family, whose previous credits include the Scary Movie franchise and White Chicks , Dance Flick tells the story of Thomas ­Uncles (Damon Wayans, Jr.), a young street dancer from the wrong side of the tracks and a beautiful young woman, Megan White (Shoshana Bush), who are brought together by their passion for dancing and put to the test in the mother of all dance battles.

STILL ON CIRCUIT:

CineCentre: The Ugly Truth; Blood: The Last Vampire; Fame; Looking for Eric; The Taking of Pelham 123; Up; Final Destination.

SterKinekor: Public Enemies; ­District 9; Orphan; GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra; G-Force; The ­Proposal.

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