A land of magic

2008-10-02 08:05

OPENING locally this weekend are Stardust at CineCentre, Nanhe Jaiselmer at Nu Metro and School for Scoundrels at Ster Kinekor. The Last Legion and Death at a Funeral join the Nu Metro line-up, and CineCentre's Sunday Bollywood film is Heyy Babyy.

• Stardust is directed by Matthew Vaughn and is a fantasy adventure set in a town in a fictitious England that is separated from a magical land by a wall. A young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing across into the magical realm. The star turns out to be a beautiful woman with magical powers who is being pursued by evildoers. The film is based on a novel by Neil Gaiman, and is narrated by Ian McKellen. Also in the cast are Charlie Cox, Claire Danes and Sienna Miller. There are also roles for Robert de Niro and Peter O'Toole.

• School for Scoundrels, directed by Todd Phillips, was released last year in the United States, so has taken a while to get here. It is based on the 1960 Brit comedy which starred Alistair Sim and Dennis Price, but this time round Phillips directs Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder as a young guy short on luck, who enrols in a class to build confidence to help win over the girl of his dreams. Thornton plays the teacher, who has the same agenda. Overseas reviews have been bad.

• Samir Karnik directs Nanhe Jaisalmer with Bobby Deol (playing himself), Dwij Yadav and Karan Arora. The plot concerns a street urchin who worships Deol. All he owns is a camel, which he uses in the tourist trade, and when the movie circus comes to town, he is determined to meet his hero, despite any obstacles that might be in his path.

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