Friday, July 28, 2006

WEEKEND PIC (July 28 - 30)

(A guide to help you plan your cinema-going)

1. JASMINE WOMEN (Mandarin drama with Zhang Ziyi, Joan Chen and Jiang Wen) Rated * * * (out of 4): This movie, about how the women of three generations of a family cope with men and tragedy, is both rivetting and stylish. Zhang and Chen are at their best in multiple roles.

2. DRAGON TIGER GATE (Cantonese kungfu actioner with Donnie Yen, Nicholas Tse and Shawn Yue) Rated * * ½ (2.5 stars): If it is stylish kungfu you are looking for, this should fit the bill as its plot is just a hastily-concocted peg for all the action choreographed by Yen.

3. LADY IN THE WATER (A Shyamalan thriller with Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard) Rated * * (2 stars): This is strictly for Shyamalan fans as the bedtime story, upon which the movie is based, is so full of plot holes that it leaks.

4. DORM (horror thriller with Charlie Trairat and Jintara Sukaphat) Rated: * * * (3 stars): This Thai horror offers enough thrills and chills – plus, a heartwarming story.

5. ROCK SCHOOL (documentary about the Paul Green School of Rock) Rated: * * 1/2 (2.5 stars): If you are a rocker, or aspire to play the guitar, you may find inspiration in this rockumentary that is even darker than Jack Black’s School Of Rock.


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