Alice grows up

2010-03-05 00:00

SHAH Rukh Khan’s latest film My Name is Khan is one of three new ­movies opening at CineCentre at the Liberty Midlands Mall today.

My Name is Khan tells the story of Rizvan Khan, a Muslim man from ­India, living with Asperger’s syndrome.

After 9/11, Rizvan is detained by authorities at Los Angeles International Airport who mistake his disability for suspicious behaviour. Following his arrest he meets Radha, a therapist, who helps him deal with his situation and his affliction.

Rizvan then begins a journey through the contemporary United States to meet President Barack Obama and clear his name. His ­unlikely act of defiance, one of peace and compassion, provides a sobering reality that touches the lives of every person he crosses.

Also new this week is Tim Burton’s cinematic version of Alice in Wonderland which incorporates Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and T hrough the Looking-Glass.

In this version, 19-year-old Alice Kingsley (Mia Wasikowska) receives a proposal of marriage from Hamish, the worthy but dull son of Lord and Lady Ascot, but instead of giving him an answer, she runs after a rabbit that is wearing a waistcoat and a pocket watch.

The White Rabbit disappears down a rabbit hole, and Alice finds herself back in Wonderland where she is reunited with the Dormouse, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the grinning Cheshire Cat, and a host of other characters who need her help to defeat the Queen Of Hearts.

The acting and voice talent in this film includes Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Ann Hathaway, Stephen Fry and Michael Sheen.

The third new film this weekend is the futuristic thriller Daybreakers that stars Ethan Hawke, Willem ­Dafoe and Sam Neill.

Set in the year 2019, the film shows a world where most of the population has been turned into vampires. ­Humans are now an endangered species, forced into hiding as they are hunted and farmed for vampire consumption to the brink of extinction.

Vampire researcher Edward ­Dalton, however, refuses to feed on human blood and instead works to perfect a blood substitute that might sustain vampires and spare the few remaining humans.

• Still on circuit: It’s Complicated, Dear John, Percy Jackson & the ­Olympians: The Lightning Thief, From Paris With Love; Valentine’s Day and The Book of Eli.

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