Three new films open today

2008-06-20 00:00

THERE are three films opening locally this weekend. Forgetting Sarah Marshall is at CineCentre and Ster Kinekor; Speed Racer at CineCentre, and Sarkar Raj at Nu Metro, where Deception also joins the line-up. Both Ster Kinekor and CineCentre have weekend previews of the big release for the last weekend of the month, Kung Fu Panda.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is directed by Nicholas Stoller and produced by the Knocked Up team of Judd Apatow and Shauna Robertson. It stars Jason Segel as a musician who is struggling to get over the fact that his girlfriend (Kristen Bell) has dumped him. He heads off to Hawaii for a break, only to find the girlfriend and her new man in the same hotel. Expect plenty of below the belt jokes. Reviews overseas were mixed — some liked it, some didn’t.

Andy and Larry Wachowski direct Speed Racer which stars Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, Christina Ricci and Susan Sarandon. Born to race cars, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolised — the legendary Rex Racer, whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfil. It is a combination of live action and computer generated effects, and is based on a Japanese anime film.

Sarkar Raj is directed by Ram Gopal Varma and stars Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan. The film is a political drama and a study of power; it explores the politics of development and takes a look at the tradition versus modernity debate. A London-based businessman sends his daughter to India to work on a proposal to built a power plant in a rural area, but it is not all plain sailing. — Arts Editor.

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