Movies in brief

2013-05-05 14:00

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Bite-sized reviews of the movies on circuit.

This Is 40

Judd Apatow, who made himself first citizen of American comedy with The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, rounds up the ­sensible sister and her husband from Knocked Up to dabble in the ­funny and flabby bits of their midlife crisis.

Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd are hilarious as the ­40-year-olds who act up as their big four-oh looms.

Apatow’s gift is that he gets the balance right ­between crass humour and real people. He must be getting better at it because in this film he gets the balance just right. Mann and Rudd both deliver the kind of spot-on comic performances you’d expect and they have good on-screen chemistry.

Good fun, especially if you think you’d like to be 20 again. You’ll find it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. 7/10


Tom Cruise (Jack ­Harper) is the last person on Earth, or is he? His mission is to monitor the ­extraction of the last of Earth’s resources for humankind, since everyone has evacuated to ­another planet.

But Jack has dreams about a woman and a place he cannot know. When he finds the woman alive, he begins to question what he thinks he knows and what reality tells him. This is a modern classic for sci-fi fans. 7/10

Little One

Director Darrell Roodt’s latest film tackles a big South African story: child rape. A child is left for dead in the bush. The woman who finds her takes on the little one’s salvation.

But the script is weak and it loses focus, so it falls well short of being the definitive take on this disgusting South African pastime. 5/10

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

One hundred minutes of brain freeze is the only promise you will get from this toy-store-to-big-screen sequel. Channing Tatum rippled his muscles through the first film five years ago.

This time, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson takes over the role as the leader of the G.I. division who must, of course, save the world from ­Cobra Commander. 5/10

Olympus Has Fallen

The film is best described as ­Die Hard on steroids. It’s an action flick of pure muscle that makes for great watching while you’re in the zone, but is instantly ­forgotten when the credits roll and the popcorn’s finished. 7/10


Director Danny Boyle returns to his creepy, black comedy roots in the hypnotic Trance. James ­McAvoy is an art auctioneer who is the insider on a heist to steal a priceless Goya.

But after a bump on the head, he can’t remember where he put it. Enter Rosario Dawson, the hypnotist who’ll prise it out of his head. 7/10

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