Spelling to the top

2007-02-01 00:00

WITH Ocean's Thirteen having opened before the weekend at Ster Kinekor and CineCentre, there is not much new for movie-goers this weekend if they have already seen that one.

The only other film coming on the local circuit is Akeelah and the Bee, showing at Nu Metro where three of the cinemas have now been refurbished.

• Ocean's Thirteen had its overseas release last weekend. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ellen Barkin, Al Pacino and Andy Garcia, it is the third outing for Danny Ocean (Clooney) and the gang. This time the villain is casino owner Willy Bank (Pacino) who makes the mistake of double crossing one of Ocean's friends - and revenge is inevitable. Early reviews suggest it is all very slick, very smooth and playing straight to its well-established gallery.

• Spelling bees seem to be an important part of United States school culture, judging by the number of times they appear on screen. Akeelah and the Bee is directed by Doug Atchison and stars Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett in a story of an inner-city child who is a natural speller and eventually uses her skill in an attempt to improve her life. When the film came out last year, reviews suggested that it was well made and particularly well acted, but all a bit predictable as the underdog struggles to the top in the vein of many, many sports movies.

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