Movie boffin: what to see at the cinema

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24 May 2013

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Start your engines! Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are back in the sixth instalment of Fast & Furious (13LV), one of the few franchises that’s getting better and better. Following their successful Rio heist, Dom (Diesel), Brian (Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) are still hiding out from the American authorities when special agent Hobbs (Johnson) tracks them down and asks for their help to take down a criminal mastermind (Luke Evans of The Three Musketeers), whose second-in-command is Dom’s former girlfriend, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez of Avatar), whom he thought was dead. If they succeed the crew will get full pardons. The film received positive reviews from critics – on reviews aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes it got 75 per cent and was praised for its “high-octane humour and terrific action scenes”.

But if you’re not an action junkie and are looking for something more down-to-earth, try The Sapphires (13LPV), a musical comedy based on a true story. Set in 1968, it follows four Australian Aboriginal singing sisters who are discovered by a talent scout (Chris O’Dowd of Bridesmaids). He turns them into girl group The Sapphires and flies them to Vietnam to entertain the American troupes. The film received 93 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes where the consensus was that “while it’s predictable and sentimental, The Sapphires also has an irresistible feel-good vibe, winning music and charming performances”.

360 (16LSN) is a romantic drama directed by Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener) that weaves together the stories of a variety of people whose lives intersect. Empire magazine’s critic Philip Wilding writes, “Like tumbling dominoes, the script follows a series of seemingly unrelated characters as one’s actions impact on the next.” So a business executive (Jude Law) is tempted to cheat while on a business trip to Vienna. Back home in London his wife (Rachel Weisz) is sleeping with a photographer (Juliano Cazarré). Meanwhile the photographer’s girlfriend (Maria Flor) has moved out of their flat when she bumps into a man (Anthony Hopkins) looking for his daughter. Wilding gave the film only two stars, criticising it for its underdeveloped characters, and “sluggish story that merely ends up chasing its tail to an uneven and unconvincing end”.

Ishkq in Paris (age restriction to be announced) is a Hindi romantic drama about two strangers, Akash (Rhehan Malliek) and Ishkq (Preity Zinta), who after meeting on a train from Rome to Paris spend the evening together in the romantic city. They part the next morning and Ishkq moves on, but Akash falls in love. The film received mixed reviews. Subhash K Jha of Indo-Asian News Service gave the film four stars, calling it “fresh, frothy, feel good”, but Raja Sen of Rediff.com awarded it only one star, writing that it’s so “unbearably generic the script could have been assembled by putting together the outtakes from any number of romantic movies”.

-Sandra Visser

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