Thursday, June 19, 2008

WEEKEND PIC: June 20 - 22 2008

Your Guide To The Weekend Movies

1.THE BANK JOB (crime thriller with Jason Stratham, Saffron Burrows, Daniel Mays and James Faulkner) Rated: * * * (out of 4): You probably haven't seen Stratham in a more serious and more complicated role. Here, he plays a bank vault raider who also has to take on the mob and the Government. (Reviewed below)

(comedy with Steve Carrell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Terence Stamp and Alan Arkin) Rated * * * (3 stars): This updated remake of the Sixties TV series is actually smart in a dumb way, or vice-versa. Whatever, you do get a few laughs, some eye-popping moments with Hathaway and a generally good time. (Reviewed below)

3. KUNGFU PANDA (animated comedy with voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan an
d Lucy Liu) Rated * * * 1/2 (out of 4): Hey guys, there's a new kung fu kid in town and you're gonna love him and his 'buddies', namely the Furious Five. There are some nice spoofs wrapped up in heart-warming cliche of a story. (Reviewed below)

4. THE INCREDIBLE HULK (fantasy adventure with Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt and Tim Blake Nelson) Rated: * * * (3 stars): This summer's second Marvel Comics adaptation is not quite as engaging as "Iron Man" but there is enough action and plot to satisfy fans. (Reviewed below)

5. THE HAPPENING (Shyamalan's suspense thriller with Mark Wahlberg and Zoey Deschanel) Rated * * 1/2 (2.5 stars): Although not the disaster that was "Lady In The Water", it is not quite Happening too as the film is 90 per cent build-up with no satisfying twist at the end. Thankfully, Shyamalan does not have a big onscreen role here. (Reviewed below)

6. MADE OF HONOUR (romantic comedy with Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin McKidd, Kathleen Quinlan and Sydney Pollack) Rating: * * (2 stars): Weak and tepid rom com that is neither romantic nor funny. Somewhat like 'My Best Friend's Wedding' without the charm of Julia Roberts. (Pic: Dempsey & Monaghan)

(fantasy horror in Spanish with Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera, Montserrat Carulla and Geraldine Chaplin) Rating: * * * (3 stars): If you liked "Pan's Labyrinth", you are gonna like this one. It has a nice storyline that weaves together a number of different plot threads, all of which will come together at the end.


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