Still in holiday mode

2008-10-02 08:05

THIS week's new films are still in holiday mode, with Meet The Robinsons starting at Ster Kinekor and CineCentre. The latter also has The Messengers and Norbit, with Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd in their Sunday Bollywood slot. Flyboys and Smokin' Aces both come back to the circuit at Nu Metro and The Last King of Scotland now moves to Ster Kinekor. On April 18 CineCentre has two preview screenings of Perfect Strangers.

• The Messengers is a horror/ghost offering from Hong Kong directors Oxide and Danny Pang. It stars Kristen Steward, Dylan McDermott and Penelope Ann Miller. The plot concerns a family who move to a haunted house in the backwoods where the children find themselves susceptible to ghostly apparitions that no one else can see. They have to warn their family before it is too late. Reviews suggest this one starts better than it ends.

• Stephen J. Anderson directs Meet the Robinsons, an animated sci-fi comedy adventure from the Disney stable. A 12-year-old boy is transported to the future where he meets his son. It promises to be noisy and lively - probably more fun for the younger members of the audience. Voices include Angela Bassett, Daniel Hansen and Jordan Fry.

• Norbit sees Eddie Murphy returning to his usual bad choice of scripts after his Oscar-nominated performance in Dreamgirls (although he co-wrote this one, so maybe he would rather be in gross-out comedy). Brian Robbins directs and Murphy plays three characters, including a fat woman. He also plays the man who is engaged to her and tries to ditch her when he meets the woman of his dreams.

Expect stereotypes, racism, fatism. It will be crude and crass, and some reviewers have admitted to laughing anyway.

• Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd is a comedy directed by Reema Kagti and starring Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, Kay Kay Menon, Raima Sen and Amisha Patel. Six couples set off on a package honeymoon to Goa. Reviews suggest it is a likeable and quirky film.

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