Thursday, 14 April 2011

Box Office Preview: 14-04-2011

Welcome to our weekly preview of all the latest films that will be opening in local cinemas this weekend. Our duty is to inform you on what to see and what to avoid so that you don't spend your hard earned money on duds that should've never been given the production greenlight in the first place. Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

Limitless - Director: Neil Burger. Starring: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Robert De Niro. Distributor: Relativity Media. Age Restriction: 16DV. Running Time: 114 Minutes.

This film had me sold on the concept alone and the trailer is very good so you should definitely check it out.

The Roommate - Director: Christian E. Christiansen. Starring: Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet, Katerina Graham and Matt Lanter. Distributor: Screen Gems. Age Restriction: 16SV. Running Time: 90 Minutes.

This looks terrible and with a 4% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, you really, really should stay away from this.

Tomorrow, When The War Began - Director: Stuart Beattie. Starring: Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lincoln Lewis, Deniz Akdeniz and Phoebe Tonkin. Distributor: Paramount Pictures. Age Restriction: 13LV. Running Time: 102 Minutes.

If you can get past those nauseating Aussie accents and the fact that this looks like a cheap remake of Red Dawn, then this might be worth your time. If not then rather wait for the DVD.

Water For Elephants -  Director: Francis Lawrence. Starring: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz. Distributor: Fox 2000 Pictures. Age Restriction: 13V. Running Time: 120 Minutes.

The book this film is based on was very well received so hopefully the film is as good if not better. Plus it's directed by the same guy who made the under-appreciated I Am Legend and Robert Pattinson looks much more alive here than he does in the Twilight movies so that's a positive. I will definitely check this one out.

The Sanctuary - Director: Thanapon Maliwan. Starring: Russel Wong, Patharawarin Timkul, Michael B. and Intira Jaroenpura. Distributor: Film Frame Productions. Age Restriction: 13VM. Running Time: 83 Minutes.

If you're nostalgic for some old school, kick-ass, CGI free kung-fu action (in this case it's Muay-Thai but we'll let that slide) then this is the film for you. Unfortunately it's screening at only a select few theatres so good luck finding one of them!

Miral - Director: Julian Schnabel. Starring: Freida Pinto, Willem Defoe, Vanessa Redgrave, and Hiam Abbass. Distributor: The Weinstein Company. Age Restriction: 16VP. Running Time: 110 Minutes.

This is a great addition to the growing library of film's set in and around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is certainly worth a watch. Might easily be the best film of the week.

This week isn't as straightforward as last week was but I'll put my money on Rio to finish at number 1 again this weekend. Water For Elephants will most likely finish at number 2 thanks to the R-Patz factor and anything below that is anyone's guess. Limitless and Tomorrow, When The War Began are the only other new releases that should make the top 10.

Look out for The South African Box Office Report on Tuesday to see if my predictions were any good

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