Friday, October 23, 2009

WEEKEND PIC - Oct 23-25, 2009



a) INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (war adventure with Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Melanie Laurent, Eli Roth, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Bruhl, Samm Levine and Til Schweiger) Rated * * * 1/2 (3.5 out of 4): This is 'Pulp World War 2 History' according to Quentin Tarantino - set in the template of spaghetti westerns. It is at times funny, outrageous and loquacious but entertaining, especially for fans of Tarantino and 'pulp cinema'. (Reviewed below)

b) LAW ABIDING CITIZEN (crime thriller with Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Bruce McGill, Colm Meaney, Leslie Bibb, Michael Irby, Regina Hall and Viola Davis) Rated * * 1/2 (2.5 stars): Director F. Gary Gray's tale of one-man against the city's justice system is far-fetched and whimsical, if at all ingenious. Still, Foxx and Butler make it watchable as they pit their wits against each other. (Reviewed below)


1. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS (animated comedy with Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, James Caan, Tracy Morgan and Mr. T) Rated * * * (3 stars): Offbeat family entertainment with a touch of inspired lunacy and subtle messages about fatherly love, puppy love and youthful ambition. Available in 3D, the action makes you hungry at first - and then you may wanna duck for cover. (Reviewed below)

2. REBELLION (HK crime thriller with Shawn Yue, Elanne Kwong, Ada Choi, Chapman To, Jun Kung and Conroy Chan) Rated: * * * (out of 4): This Herman Yau 'chop-chop suey' actioner is about the tussle for territory among five rival gangs in Hong Kong. It keeps you on the edge of your seat most of the time - with a few comic and romantic interludes. (Reviewed below)

3. SURROGATES (sci-fi thriller with Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, Ving Rhames, Boris Kodjoe, Michael Cudlitz and James Cromwell) Rating * * * (3 stars): A better than average sci-fi movie that is both thought-provoking and engaging. Thankfully it's not about robots going berserk but about humans falling for an easier and prettier life - a'la WALL-E.

4. THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE (drama with Robin Wright Penn, Blake Lively, Alan Arkin, Keanu Reeves, Maria Bello, Zoe Kazan, Winona Ryder, Monica Bellucci and Ryan McDonald) Rated * * 1/2 (2.5 stars): I like watching the performances of its cast of top stars in this flim than aims for Oscar nods than ticket sales. But writer-director Rebecca Miller tends to be too quirky for her own good. (Reviewed below)

5. WHITEOUT (crime thriller with Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, Columbus Short, Alex O'Loughlin, Shawn Doyle, Tom Skerritt and Nicolas Wright) Rated * * (2 stars): Beckinsale is undeniably hot. This plodding Antarctic murder thriller is not. Thankfully, we get to see Beckingsale's hot bod at the opening of the show and then it's all the way downhill. (Reviewed below)

6. BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (courtroom drama with Jesse Metcalfe, Amber Tamblyn, Michael Douglas, Joel David Moore, Orlando Jones, Lawrence Beron and Sewell Whitney) Rated * * (2 stars): This remake of the 1956 film noir stumbles and stutters because its lead, Metcalf, cannot deliver - and director Peter Hyams has failed to improve the narrative. (Reviewed below)

7. SORORITY ROW (Slasherpic with Briana Evigan, Leah Pipes, Rumer Willis, Jamie Chung, Margo Harshman, Audrina Patridge and Carrie Fisher) Rated * (1 star): A needless remake of the 1983 film, this one totally defies logic and accepted human behaviour. It is about how a bunch of sorority sisters are being hunted down over a prank-gone-wrong. (Reviewed below)


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