Movie boffin: What’s on at the movies

By admin
15 March 2013

Check out our movie guide to see what’s new on the big screen this weekend.

Get out of the house and make your way to the nearest cinema. These are the films hitting the circuit this weekend.  The big release is Warm Bodies, a clever spin on the supernatural romance genre that became popular with the Twilight films. Zombie R, played by British hunk Nicholas Hoult, saves a human girl (I Am Number Four’s Teresa Palmer) and starts to develop feelings for her. Most critics have been impressed with the film’s humour – local critic Leon van Nierop gave it four stars.  Hyde Park on Hudson, on the other hand, has received mixed reviews. It got only 37 per cent on film review site Rotten Tomatoes. The period comedy drama is set in 1939 and focuses on the chaos that ensues when US President Franklin D Roosevelt (Bill Murray) hosts the king and queen of England for a weekend.  Nicholas Hoult also stars in Jack the Giant Slayer. The fantasy blockbuster based on the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk opens on Wednesday 20 March. Farmhand Jack (Hoult) accidentally opens a gateway for giants to return to Earth and must fight to save his kingdom. Most critics said the film was an entertaining adventure, although a bit too dependent on CGI.  Afrikaans comedy 100 Meter Leeuloop stars Robbie Wessels as Manie Mol, a finalist in a competition in which he has to show off his dancing, singing and running skills to win a big prize. In Die Burger Paul Boekkooi gave it one star and described it as puerile, but fans of slapstick won’t care.  People like Us is a comedy drama starring Chris Pine of Star Trek fame as a salesman who returns home after his estranged father dies. He discovers he has a sister (Elizabeth Banks) he never knew about and is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about his past. Rotten Tomatoes says the film is a bit melodramatic, but Pine’s fine acting is praised.  Red Dawn is a remake of an ’80s action movie and has been sitting on the shelf for two years. Up-and-coming stars Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson play teens who try to save their town after America is invaded by North Korea. The film flopped in the US and Empire Magazine gave it one star, calling it cynical and humourless.  Jolly LLB is a Bollywood satire about the Indian law system. Struggling lawyer Jolly (Arshad Warsi) wants to be India’s greatest lawyer but all his cases flop. The Times of India gave the film three-and-a-half stars. 

-Sandra Visser

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