Surviving the African jungle in new animated ‘Tarzan’ film

2014-11-14 00:00

THERE is rather a mixed bag of movies opening this weekend, but the one most likely to attract the crowds is Dumb and Dumber To, in which Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles as Lloyd and Harry.

In this sequel to the smash hit Dumb and Dumber, which took physical comedy to new heights, the pair head out to find a child Harry never knew he had.

Edgar Rice Burroughs’s famous tale Tarzan gets a new big-screen outing in the animated film of the same name, featuring the voice talents of Kellan Lutz in the title role.

The story is set in the present day and begins when John Greystoke and his wife are killed in a helicopter crash while investigating a mysterious meteorite site in the remote African jungle. Only their young son J.J., nicknamed Tarzan, survives.

A group of gorillas discovers the boy in the wreckage and takes him in. Tarzan grows up learning the harsh laws of the jungle for nearly a decade, until he encounters another human being, Jane Porter.

It is love at first sight, but things get dangerous when William Clayton, who travels to Africa with Jane under false pretence, reveals his true intentions.

Tarzan must use all his jungle instincts and intellect to protect his home and defend the woman he loves.

Sports fans will enjoy When The Game Stands Tall, starring Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig and Laura Dern.

The film follows the real life of football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans team from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered records for American sport.

Keira Knightley and Chloe Moretz team up for Laggies, the story of a girl called Megan who, in the throes of a quarter-life crisis, panics when her boyfriend proposes.

She escapes for a week and hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika, who lives with her world-weary single dad.

Laurence Fishburne stars in the science fiction-thriller The Signal, which centres on a young man called Nic Eastman (Brenton Thwaites), who, together with two friends, is drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius called Nomad.

They track him to an abandoned house in the middle of Nevada, but once inside, they black out.

When Nic regains consciousness, he finds himself in a waking nightmare.

The new Bollywood release is Kill Dil, which tells the story of two killers, Dev and Tutu, who roam free in northern India.

Abandoned when young and vulnerable, Bhaiyaji gave them shelter and nurtured them to kill. All is normal in their lives until destiny throws the free-spirited Disha into the mix.

At Cinema Nouveau Gateway is The Drop, one of the last films made by the late James Gandolfini.

In the movie, Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy), finds himself at the centre of a robbery gone awry and is entwined in an investigation that digs deep into his neighbourhood’s past where friends, families and foes all work together to make a living — no matter the cost.

Also at the art house cinema in Umhlanga is the National Theatre Live screening of Skylight.

David Hare’s play takes place on a bitterly cold London evening, when schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died.

As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once-passionate relationship, only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.


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