Action comedy is pick of the week

2008-09-19 00:00

NEW films locally this weekend are Hellboy II at Ster Kinekor and CineCentre; Space Chimps and Swing Vote at CineCentre; In Bruges at Ster Kinekor and Mirrors at Nu Metro where The Dark Knight also joins the line-up. It is a short week, with other films coming on Wednesday for the public holiday, including the local production, Hansie.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army is directed by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) and starring Ron Perlman and Selma Blair. Sequel to the 2004 Hellboy, it has the mutant Hellboy fighting against aliens who want to destroy the human race. Plenty of computer generated mayhem but good reviews as well.

Joshua Michael Stern directs Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci in the comedy Swing Vote. Costner stars as Bud Johnson, an apathetic loser, who is coasting through a life that has passed him by, except for the one bright spot — his precocious, over-achieving daughter. But, come election day, the future of the presidential poll comes down to just one vote — Johnson’s.

Space Chimps, directed by Kirk de Micco, is an animated film in which Ham III, the grandson of the first chimp astronaut, is blasted off into space on a dangerous mission into a wormhole. Reviews suggest it is cute, with some one-liners the grown-ups will appreciate.

In Bruges, directed by Martin McDonagh, looks to be the pick of this week’s releases. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are two hit men who hole up in the Belgian city of Bruges after a job goes wrong. Ralph Fiennes plays their boss. Overseas reviews have hailed this one as a clever, entertaining comedy thriller.

Horror fans are catered for with Mirrors, directed by Alexandre Aja and starring Kiefer Sutherland as an ex-cop whose work follows — literally — him home and terrorises him and his family. Throw in a possessed nun and it is all pretty predictable chiller stuff. — Arts Editor

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