Thursday, July 26, 2007

WEEKEND PIC July 27 - 29

Your Guide To The Weekend Viewing:

1. THE INVISIBLE (psychological thriller with Justin Chatwin, Margarita Levieva and Marcia Gay Harden) Rated * * * (out of 4): The plot about a spirit-in-limbo trying to solve a murder provides the suspense but coupled with its theme about the plight of today's 'invisible' youth, this thriller should be thought-provoking and satisfying. (Reviewed below)

2. THE SIMPSONS MOVIE (animated comedy with voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith) Rated: * * 1/2 (2.5 stars): Homer gets chased out of town but somehow redeems himself in this rather tame big-screen rendition that seems to recycle the gags of the TV series. Mainly for Simpsons fans. (Reviewed below)

3. INVISIBLE TARGET (HK actioner with Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue and Jaycee Chan) Rated: * * * (3 stars): Hard, unrelenting action and spills in this cat-and-mouse caper between three cops and a vicious Vietnamese gang. Hong Kong's answer to "Die Hard 4.0". (Reviewed below)

4. VACANCY (psychological thriller with Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale) Rated * * * (3 stars): A slasher-flick with a touch of "Psycho", this tale of a couple trapped in 'Snuff-movie Motel' fulfils its job of keeping us at the edge of the seat. Don't bother to think of the plot mechanics, though. (Reviewed below)

5. HARRY POTTER & THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (with the usual cast and Imelda Staunton) Rated: * * 1/2 (2.5 stars): As far as Potter's adventure goes, this sequel delivers. However, the charm and magical delights of the earlier films are missing in this dark tale about another clash with 'You-Know-Who'. (Reviewed below)


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