Tales of young love thwarted

2008-03-20 00:00

FILMS change a day early this week, ahead of the long weekend, with the new line-up starting today. CineCentre has three new releases — 10 000 BC; Spiderwick Chronicles and The Game Plan — while Nu Metro has the Bollywood release Black and White, and Ster Kinekor is showing Love in the Time of Cholera. 27 Dresses joins the Nu Metro line-up as well. There will be previews of Horton Hears a Who at Ster Kinekor and CineCentre on Monday.

10 000 BC is directed by Roland Emmerich and stars Camilla Belle, Steven Strait and Cliff Curtis with Omar Sharif as narrator. A young mammoth hunter embarks on a journey to save the woman he loves who has been enslaved by pyramid builders. The film was shot in Namibia, South Africa and New Zealand, and reviews have been generally scathing.

Mike Newell has directed the film adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, starring Javier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Benjamin Bratt and Liv Schreiber. The story spans a half-century in the sensual city of Cartagena, Colombia, and is the tale of young love thwarted. But, of course, the novel is much more, and by all accounts the adaptation is heavy-handed and reductive.

There have been better reports of Spiderwick Chronicles, a fantasy adventure based on a popular American novel. Mark Waters directs Freddie Highmore, Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte, Joan Plowright and David Strathairn in the story of a divorced mother and her three children who go to live in a spooky family mansion. Long ago grandfather vanished there and his study holds secrets.

The Game Plan comes from the Disney stable and is directed by Andy Fickman. Dwayne Johnson plays an American football quarterback who finds himself looking after an eight-year-old daughter he never knew he had. Reviews have been universally horrible.

Black and White is a Hindi movie, directed by Subhash Ghai and starring Anil Kapoor, Anurag Sinha, Shefali Chhaya and Aditi Sharma. The film attempts to show the psychology of a suicide bomber and his interraction with a couple who sympathise with him as he attempts to detonate a bomb to disrupt the Indian Independence Day celebrations.

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