A great new-movie line-up

2007-12-07 00:00

LOCAL movie goers are spoilt for choice this weekend, with some promising films opening. All three cinema complexes are showing The Golden Compass, with Ster Kinekor also showing 3:10 to Yuma. American Gangster opens at CineCentre and Om Shanti Om at Nu Metro.

The Golden Compass is the film of the first book in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. Chris Weitz directs and Nicole Kidman (who has been stealing all the attention), Daniel Craig and Dakota Blue Richards star. The story revolves around a young girl who travels to the far north to save her best friend. Along the way, she encounters shape-shifting creatures, witches and a variety of otherworldly characters in parallel universes. However, other people are after the golden compass she has.

Ridley Scott directs the crime drama American Gangster with Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film is based on a true story from the seventies (the days of the Vietnam War) and deals with a detective who is working to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas (Washington), a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drugs into the country from the Far East.

Om Shanti Om is directed by Farah Khan and stars Shahrukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Kiron Kher and a host of Bollywood stars playing themselves. In the seventies, Om, an aspiring actor who is in love with the queen of Bollywood, is murdered, but is immediately reincarnated into the present day. He attempts to discover the mystery of his demise and find Shanti, the love of his previous life.

James Mangold directs the remake of the 1957 classic Western, 3:10 to Yuma. Russell Crowe and Christian Bale star, Crowe taking the role Glenn Ford played the first time round. The film is based on an early short story by Elmore Leonard and is the tale of small-time rancher (Bale) who agrees to hold a captured outlaw who is awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to outwit the rancher.

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