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Film Guide - October 12, 2012

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Hit and Run: Between the smug writing and the so-so action, the surprisingly off-kilter filmmaking doesn’t save this from counting as a hit and miss. ** WP

Hotel Transylvania: A sweet story (think Despicable Me) set in Count Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free from human meddling – and the assumptions that go with it. *** HH

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Mel Gibson does Prison Break in Mexico, where action and violence are the order of the day. *** TG

La tete en friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte): Gentle drama about affection between a mother and a son and the love of words, starring Gerard Depardieu. **** TS

Mad Buddies: Leon Schuster teams up with Kenneth Nkosi for a slapstick road trip movie. Crass humour and poo jokes abound. *** if you’re a six-year-old boy; * if you’re not. TS

Madea’s Witness Protection: Tyler Perry attempts to broaden his target audience by bringing a white family into Madea’s home. It's not funny, or novel. ** HH

Premium Rush: Adrenalin-fueled action film which has a bike messenger race across Manhattan ahead of a corrupt cop. Engaging characters and great action sequences make up for the predictable plot. *** TS

Resident Evil: Retribution: The fifth film in the franchise gives us Milla Jovovich shooting up more monsters, lots of explosions and atmospheric smoke. * TS

Ruby Sparks: An inventive romantic fantasy that could sneak in as good counter programming for audiences looking for a break from comics-inspired tentpoles. *** HR

Safe: Jason Statham kicks butt and takes names with a super smart Chinese girl by his side. *** HH

Searching for Sugarman: Narratively satisfying, Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul’s canny documentary tells the tale of the search for Detroit-born Mexican musician Sixto Diaz Rodriguez. **** WP

Step Up: Revolution: The dance franchise hits us once again. This time it’s all about flash mobs. Expect elaborate dance moves set to a chest-thumping soundtrack. *** TG

Ted: Crass but funny comedy about a man whose best friend is, and has always been, a teddy bear that came to life. Seriously. *** TS

The Savages: Oliver Stone pits a ménage a trois of pretty people growing pot against Salma Hayek sinking her teeth into being the baddie for a change. *** TS

The Watch: Sci-fi comedy misfire starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. ** HR

Tinkerbell: The Secret of Her Wings 3D: Cute and sweet, this is squarely aimed at four-year-olds, with lots of Disney wholesomeness and solid animation. *** TS

To Rome With Love: Woody Allen picks the best team of actors including himself and travels to Rome where he writes a story of love to a city he falls in love with. With Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Ellen Page and more, what’s not to love? **** DdB

Total Recall: Len Wiseman remakes the cheesy Arnie classic into an action-heavy, wit-lite sci-fi popcorn muncher. *** TS

Wolwedans in die Skemer: Initially suitably atmospheric, this radio serial doesn’t quite make the transition to the big screen, relying too much on dialogue to further the plot. ** TS


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