Rocky returns

2008-10-02 08:05

THIS week's new arrivals on the local circuit are Rocky Balboa at Ster Kinekor, Fast Track at CineCentre and Black Friday at Nu Metro. Guru is the Sunday Bollywood film at CineCentre, and Catch A Fire also joins the lineup there today.

Rocky Balboa is the sixth film in Sylvester Stallone's Rocky franchise, written and directed by the man himself. Rocky Balboa, now a sad widower running an Italian restaurant, comes out of retirement to step into the ring for one last time (if you believe that, you'll believe anything) and face the heavyweight champ Mason ‘The Line' Dixon.

Suspend disbelief once again as a 60-year-old boxer goes on fighting. But the fans will be happy and reviews have suggested that even some hardened critics found things to like here. Joining Stallone in the cast are Burt Young, Milo Ventimiglia and Geraldine Hughes.

Black Friday is directed by Anurag Kashyap who also wrote the screenplay from Hussain Zaidi's book. The film is a crime drama about the investigations following the 1993 serial Bombay bomb blasts, told through the different stories of the people involved - police, conspirators, victims and middlemen.

The Indian government opposed the release of the film, which is realistic and gritty, and, when it was finally shown, was well received. Starring Kay Kay Menon, Pavan Malhotra, Aditya Srivastava and Dibyendu Bhattacharya

Jesse Peretz directs Fast Track which stars Zach Braff, Amanda Peet and Jason Bateman. The cast are drawn from the ranks of television performers for a comedy about office life and having babies. Tom Reilly (Braff) is an underachiever whose high-powered wife decides to stay at home when their baby is born. So he has to try to do a bit better.

The moral of the story seems to be that it's not a great idea to do the right thing for the wrong reasons. Reviews are not good.

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