Thrills over Halloween

2014-10-31 00:00

NEW to cinemas in KwaZulu-Natal this week is the crime thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones, which is based on the novel of the same name by Lawrence Block.

The story centres on Matt Scudder

(Liam Neeson), a former NYPD cop-turned-private eye who agrees to investigate when heroin dealer Kenan Khoury’s (Dan Stevens) wife is abducted and murdered. He wants Scudder to find out who is responsible.

But the deeper the private eye delves into the case, the more he realises that he is looking for people far more sinister than simple kidnappers.

There is more drama in Horns, which is based on the novel by Joe Hill.

This thriller, directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha), stars Daniel Radcliffe as Ig Perrish, a young man falsely accused of the murder of his girlfriend.

When he gains something akin to supernatural powers and horns begin to grow from his head, he sets out to find the real killer and clear his name.

Those wanting something altogether less serious will enjoy the Disney family comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Dylan Minnette) as he experiences the most horrible day of his young life.

And it isn’t long before Alexander’s awful day extends to his family and they also start having very bad luck.

The film co-stars Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell as Alexander’s mom and dad. There’s more family fun in Postman Pat, the Movie, an animated comedy which features everyone’s favourite postman.

In this adventure Pat comes face-to-face with the temptations of money, status and a shiny new suit when he enters a national TV talent show that threatens to tear him away from Greendale and his family and friends.

To coincide with Halloween, horror fans can head to cinemas to watch Oculus.

Ten years ago, tragedy struck the family of young siblings Tim and Kaylie Russell. Their parents were brutally murdered and Tim was charged with their deaths and convicted.

Tim (Brenton Thwaites), now in his 20s, is released from a mental institution and just wants to move on with his life; but his sister Kaylie (Karen Gillan) wants to clear his name.

She’s convinced the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home, unleashed a malevolent supernatural force that killed their parents.

Kaylie tracks down the mirror and finds out that similar deaths occurred to other owners over the course of the past 100 years.

The final new offering this week is the documentary Fed Up, which can be seen at Cinema Nouveau Gateway in Umhlanga. It offers a deep look inside the misinformation being presented to the public by the food industry with help from the American government, and follows a group of children over two years as they struggle to follow conventional diet and exercise guidelines.

Preview of new McConaughey film ‘Interstellar’

to be screened at gateway

Alexander’s not the only one having a bad day in ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day‘ which stars (from left) Dylan Minnette, Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey, Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner and Zoey/Elise Vargas.

PHOTO: disney

STER-KINEKOR Gateway in Umhlanga will be holding a preview of the new sci-fi film Interstellar, at 8 pm on November 6. The film, directed by Christopher Nolan, tells the story of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Among the travellers is a widowed engineer, Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), who must decide whether to leave his two children behind to join the voyage and attempt to save humanity from a devastated Earth by finding a new planet in another galaxy. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck and Matt Damon.

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