New movies

2008-06-27 00:00

NEW films this weekend are Kung Fu Panda — the big holiday release at all three cinema complexes — and Harold and Kumar: Escape from Guantanamo Bay at CineCentre. Hancock will open next Wednesday at Ster Kinekor. Definitely Maybe is also now showing at Nu Metro.

Kung Fu Panda is directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson and is one for the school-holiday crowd, or at least the younger end of it. Po the panda is the laziest animal in all of the Valley of Peace, but unwittingly becomes the chosen one when a dragon warrior is needed. It is in the rooting-for-the-underdog — er underpanda — genre, and there may be some explaining needed afterwards as Po’s father seems to be a stork. But it should be fun and every school holiday needs an animated film. Voices include Jack Black as Po, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie and Ian McShane.

Harold and Kumar: Escape from Guantanamo Bay is the sequel to Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, which had its cult fans. This one is directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg and stars John Cho, Kal Penn, Roger Bart and Richard Christy. Our heroes get into trouble when they light up a joint on a plane and the powers that be think it is a bomb. So it is off to Guantanamo Bay with them. And if you thought Guantanamo Bay was not a subject for raunchy comedy, well apparently it is.

Hancock is the new Will Smith vehicle in which Smith plays a drunk superhero who has to come right and save the city. Charlize Theron plays his love interest, and Peter Berg directs.

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