Film Guide - March 13, 2012

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TO SW GuideMelancholia INSLA Cape Town - 120320 - Blogger, Malibongwe Tyilo, discusses his blog, 'Skattie, what are you wearing?', and his involvement in the Toffie Pop Culture Festival and Design Conference which will be held in Cape Town from Friday the 30th of March to Sunday the 1st of April. Reporter: Wendyl Martin. Picture: Candice Chaplin.

21 Jump Street: Forget a trip |down memory lane, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go undercover on a rollercoaster ride to modern day high school. Just like the original TV series. **** HH

All Things Fall Apart: Who knew 50 Cent can pull off acting as a football star with a debilitating disease almost as well as he raps? **** HH

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Seven British retirees discover a newfound lust for life when they retire to India. Beautiful character study, even if the plot is a bit clichéd. *** TS

Carnage: What played brilliantly on stage doesn’t come alive on film even with a brilliant cast. The usually adept Roman Polanski doesn’t change anything to transform the conversation between two couples, which |should disintegrate dramatically yet colourfully, for film and the Oscar-winning actors don’t get a grip on their characters. ** DdB

Comedy of Errors: Shakespeare play recorded live at the National Theatre in London, starring Lenny Henry. |(Not reviewed)

Our Idiot Brother: Paul Rudd does |a good job convincing the audience|and his screen sisters that he is an |idiot. Obvious, but saved by his convincing performance. *** TG

The Lorax: Dr Seuss’ tale about caring for the planet features the voices of Zac Efron, Danny DeVito, Taylor Swift and Betty White. *** HH

Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked: The third film about the animated chipmunks sees them go on a cruise and get shipwrecked with the Chipettes. (Not reviewed)

Big Year: Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and a typecast Jack Black in a forgettable dramedy about watching birds for sport. ** HH

Contraband: Mark Wahlberg is a better smuggler than his brother in law… plus a better actor too, but even Giovanni Ribisi can’t help save this clanger. ** TS

Ghost Rider 2: Nicholas Cage returns to the big screen – and in 3D – as a cheesier Johnny Blaze. *** HH

Hugo: Martin Scorsese’s love of cinema shines through in this ode to the work of Georges Méliès which makes gorgeous use of 3D. **** TS

Jack and Jill: Adam Sandler plays himself, and his twin sister. Badly. * TS

John Carter: Based on Edgar Rice Burrough’s old school sci-fi pulp, heavy on the CGI with gorgeous locations, multi-limbed aliens and skimpily clothed heroes. What more do you want? *** TS

Journey 2 Mysterious Island 3D: The Rock shows off his pecs in an adventure in which he is teamed up with Michael Caine whose charm and whimsical quips are the best thing about this movie. ** TG

Material: Serio-comedy set in the Muslim community of Fordsburg, with stand-up comedy alternating a family drama from the director of Jozi. *** TS

Melancholia: An intriguing sci-fi drama about two sisters struggling with their strained relationship against the backdrop of a blue planet, Melancholia, threatening to collide with Earth. Kirsten Dunst is a highlight. **** KM

My Week With Marilyn: Michelle Williams brings Marilyn Monroe to life in this sweet, insightful drama about the icon’s week spent shooting The Prince and The Showgirl in London. **** HH

Project X: Teenage high school debauchery is had in a massive party blowout that causes the biggest mayhem in town. ** TG

Rampart: Woody Harrelson does a brilliant turn as a man who is losing everything he holds dear and there’s nowhere to go but down, swiftly. Something of a character study would have brought more depth to his particular tale. It won’t appeal to either the action-driven junkies or those who want to grapple with the complexity of the story. ** DdB

Safe House: Denzel Washington as a CIA agent gone rogue and Ryan Reynolds tuning SAPS in Afrikaans – all in Cape Town. What’s not to love? **** HH

Semi-soet: This is the second time round for the director and producers and a first attempt at an Afrikaans romantic comedy. Great idea with |some cool rhythms, but they need to keep up the hip factor and not fall back on the tried and tired for laughs. *** DdB

The Artist: Black and white, silent, Oscar winner about an actor at the height of fame, who struggles to adapt to the advent of talkies in the 1930s, as a fellow actress’s star takes off. **** TS

The Devil Inside: This demonically derivative faux documentary scares up phony hysterics. * HR

The Sitter: Plays like an R-rated homage to the 1980s comedy Adventures in Babysitting, with some Date Night and lots of filthy humour thrown in. ** WP

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Excellent ensemble cast and tight directing turns John le Carré’s Cold War spy novel into a classy puzzle of a thriller with a great soundtrack. **** TS


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