Thursday, October 04, 2007

WEEKEND PIC: Oct 4 - 6 2007

Your Guide To The Weekend Viewing:

1. BOURNE ULTIMATUM (action sequel with Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Joan Allen and David Strathairn) Rated * * * 1/2 (out of 4): It's non-stop action all the way in this closing instalment of Robert Ludlum's 'Bourne Trilogy'. The camera shake may give you a headache but the stunts will keep you on the edge of your seats. (Reviewed below)

2. LUST, CAUTION (with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Tang Wei, Joan Chen and Wang LeeHom) Rated: * * * (3 stars): With almost all the steamy bits taken out, this Ang Lee effort is more Caution than Lust. Still, it is a compelling watch if only to get the tone and flavour of his controversial epic. (Reviewed below)

3. SHANGHAI DREAMS (drama in Mandarin with Gaio Yuanyuan, Li Bin, Tang Yang, Wang Xueyang and Yao Anlian) Rated: * * * (3 stars): Set in China's Guizhou province in 1983, this drama explores the effects of the Cultural Revolution on a teenage girl and her father who only dreams of going back to Shanghai. With interesting insights into rural China. (Reviewed below)

4. NEVERWAS (drama with Aaron Eckhart, Ian McKellen, Brittany Murphy, William Hurt and Nick Nolte) Rated: * * 1/2 (2.5 stars): Made in 2005, this movie went straight to DVD in the US. However, the story about a psychiatrist uncovering his father's secrets combines issues of fantasy and stark reality.

5. RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION (action sequel with Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr, Mike Epps and Ali Larter ): Rated: * * (2 stars): An 'Alice In Zombieland' sequel that's strictly for action fans and Jovovich admirers. This third instalment gives us more of the same kick-ass action as Alice (Jovovich, pictured) finally confronts her nemesis at the Umbrella Corp HQ.

6. I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY (comedy with Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Jessica Biel): Rating * * (2 stars): This story about two heterosexual firefighters getting into a 'gay' marriage of convenience is too over-the-top and cringe-inducing to be funny. Only for those who like crude and crass humour.


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