Movie boffin: what’s on at the cinema

By admin
05 April 2013

The biopic Hitchcock is finally released in South Africa this week!

The biopic Hitchcock is finally released in South Africa this week. It stars Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as the legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock and his wife and creative partner, Alma Reville, respectively, and focuses on the Hitch’s struggle to get his most famous movie, Psycho, made. The film’s been generally well-received. Empire magazine gave it three stars, saying it’s “Hitchcock for dummies: brisk, jolly, well-played but oversimplified”.

GI Joe: Retaliation is the sequel to 2009’s GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and is based on the action figures. Terrorist organisation Cobra infiltrated the White House in the first film and now orders the GI Joe team, a group of elite US army soldiers, to be annihilated. Only a few, including Roadblock (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and Snake Eyes (Ray Park), survive and try to expose Cobra’s conspiracy. Critical reception of this film was mostly negative. Reviews website Rotten Tomatoes gave it 29 per cent, saying that although it improved slightly on its predecessor, it’s nonsensical and vapid.

Chashme Baddoor is a Bollywood romantic comedy about three friends. Two of them, Omi (Divyendu Sharma) and Jai (Siddharth Narayan), are womanisers and live a carefree existence, while the other, Sid (Ali Zafar), lives more simply and is more humble. When Sid wins the heart of Seema (Taapsee Pannu), a woman Jai and Omi had been pursuing, they become jealous and are determined to break them up. The reviews have been positive; Bollywood Life gave the film three stars and called it “a smashing entertainer”.

Maximum Conviction is a typical Steven Seagal action movie. When former black ops operative Cross (Seagal) and his partner, Manning (WWE wrestler Steve Austin), are assigned to decommission an old prison, they must oversee the arrival of two mysterious female prisoners. When mercenaries attack in search of the women, Cross realises he’s caught in something far bigger than he’d imagined. Matt Fowler on gave it four out of 10 and said it’s dreadfully dull.

-Sandra Visser

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