Thursday, April 24, 2008

WEEKEND PIC: April 25 - 27 2008

Your Guide to the Weekend Viewing

1. THE KITE RUNNER (drama with Khalid Abdalla, Homayon Ershadi, Zekeria Ebrahimi and Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada) Rated * * * * (out of 4): This one gets my vote for the Best Movie of 2007. It does not have the eye candy power of "Atonement" or the cool brutality of "No Country For Old Men", but it gets us both on the emotional and intellectual level. (Reviewed below).

2. NO COUNTRY OF OLD MEN (action thriller with Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem and Woody Harrelson) Rated * * * 1/2 (3.5 stars): Catch it if you want to know how this brutal kill-'em-all movie was picked Best Movie at the Oscars. Typical Coen Brothers pic with its signature unsatisfying ending. (Reviewed here in March).

3. RUN PAPA RUN (crime drama with Louis Koo, Rene Liu, Nora Mioa and Ti Lung) Rated * * 1/2 (2.5 stars): Writer-director Sylvia Chang gets whimsical and derivative in this tale about a HK triad boss who has a change of heart over his criminal ways when he has a new role as father to his little girl. (Reviewed below)

(adventure comedy with Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Donald Sutherland, Alexis Dziena and Ewan Bremmer) Rated * * (2 stars): A dim-witted romp about a treasure hunter and his soon to be ex-wife mucking around in the Caribbean in search of sunken gold. Really, it makes us feel like fools after watching this lame comedy. (Reviewed below).

5. FORBIDDEN KINGDOM (kungfu fantasy with Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Michael Angarano) Rating * * (2 stars): The main attraction for this movie is the first-time teaming up of Jet Li and Jackie Chan. And if you feel you must catch this, you have swallowed the bait. The stunts are familiar with lots of wire-fu and nods to the Drunken Master days. The dialogue (in English) and the acting suck.

6. CONGKAK (local horror thriller with Nanu Baharudin, Riezman Khuzaimi, M. Rajoli, Erin Malek and Erynne Erynna) Rating * 1/2 (1.5 stars): This one is billed as 'scarier than 'Jangan Pandang Belakang' but the real horror is its illogical plot, irritating effects, amateur acting... and even a makcik with a moustache(?).

7. STREET KINGS (cop thriller with Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie and Chris Evans) Rating: * * 1/2 (2.5 stars): A rather confusing saga of a 'dirty cop' made worse by foul language cuts. The twist at the ending is supposed to explain the incongruities but it turns out ridiculous and compromising. (Reviewed below)

8. OVER HER DEAD BODY (comedy with Eva Longoria Parker, Paul Rudd, Lake Bell, Jason Biggs and Lindsay Sloane) Rating * * (2 stars): Longoria plays a bride who gets killed on her wedding day and returns to haunt her groom. Let's let her RIP and stay away from this mediocre fare fit only for TV.


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