Wide choice at the movies

2014-05-16 00:00

CINEMA goers can choose from a sci-fi horror to a classic creature feature and a dramedy this weekend.

The Last Days on Mars, which stars Liev Schreiber and Romola Garai, tells the story of what happens when a crew member makes a discovery on the final day of the first manned mission to Mars. He believes it is fossilised evidence of bacterial life and, unwilling to let the relief crew claim all the glory, he disobeys orders to pack up and goes out on an unauthorised expedition to collect further samples.

This routine excavation turns into disaster when the porous ground collapses and he falls into a deep crevice and is near death.

His colleagues try to recover his body, but when another crew member vanishes, they start to suspect that the life form they have discovered is dangerous.

James McAvoy, Imogen Potts and Jamie Bell star in Filth, in which scheming Bruce Robertson, a bigoted and corrupt policeman, will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox, Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal.

As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, he starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control. Can he keep his grip on reality long enough to disentangle himself from the filth?

Finally, there is Godzilla, a visual effects-driven rebirth of the world’s most famous Japanese monster who is pitted against malevolent creatures which threaten our very existence.

The film stars Aaron Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston and David Strathairn.

• arts@witness.co.za

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