Movie boffin: what to see at the cinema

By admin
31 May 2013

What to watch at the movies this weekend.

The big release this week is The Hangover Part III (16LN). This time the group of male friends known as the wolf pack – Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Doug (Justin Bartha) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) – reunite when Alan’s father dies and he goes off the rails when he stops taking his medication. The other three try to take him to rehab but on the way things go from bad to worse when they’re attacked and Doug is kidnapped. In order to save him they have to locate the flamboyant gangster Mr Chow (Ken Jeong). The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews and got only 20 per cent on reviews aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, where it was criticised for being “less a comedy than an angrily dark, excessively violent action thriller” that seems “tired and heartless”.

Eclectic director Steven Soderbergh ? whose wide variety of films includes Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven and Magic Mike ? tries his hand at a psychological thriller with Side Effects (16VLN). The Girl with the Dragoon Tattoo star Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum play affluent New York couple Emily and Martin who’ve been reunited after Martin is released from prison for insider trading. But Emily falls into a severe depression and when nothing seems to help her psychiatrist (Jude Law) prescribes a new experimental medication, with dire consequences. The film received mostly positive reviews and Rotten Tomatoes gave it 85 per cent, describing it as “a smart, clever thriller with plenty of disquieting twists”.

Texas Chainsaw (18 LV) is the seventh instalment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre horror series. This film ignores all the other sequels and picks up after the events of the 1974 original. The cannibal family’s farmhouse is burnt down by the townspeople of Newt and they’re presumed dead. But an infant, Edith, is found and adopted. One day Edith (Alexandra Daddario of Hall Pass fame) is notified her grandmother passed away and has left her a farm, so she and some friends set off for Newt where they of course get more than they bargained for. The film received terrible reviews. Empire magazine’s horror expert Kim Newman gave it only one star, calling it “a clunky, lumbering sequel that like its masked protagonist has no redeeming features”.

Children of Men and Duplicity star Clive Owen plays the lead role in Shadow Dancer (16LV), a drama set in 1993 during The Troubles in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After she’s caught leaving a bomb on the London Underground, Colette (Andrea Riseborough of Oblivion fame) is coerced to spy on her IRA brothers (Domhnall Gleeson, who played Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter films, and Aidan Gillen, who stars in Game of Thrones as Littlefinger) by MI5 agent Mac (Owen). But it’s not long before a deadly net closes around her. The film was highly rated by most critics. Total Film magazine gave it four stars and praised its “riveting performances and tense, water-tight plotting”.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (age restriction to be announced) is a Bollywood romance that follows four friends from their university days until one of them gets married. Movietarot.com’s reviewer gave the film 85 per cent and said it’s “one of those films that can truly make you feel happy”.

-Sandra Visser

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