Thursday, 26 May 2011

Box Office Preview: 26-05-2011

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 never have been given the production green-light in the first place. Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

Animals United - Director: Reinhard Klooss and Holger Tappe. Starring: James Corden, Jim Broadbent, Omid Djalili, Jason Donovan, Dawn French, Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Billie Piper, Vanessa Redgrave and Andy Serkis. Distributor: Constantin Film. Age Restriction: PG. Running Time: 93 Minutes.

This animated film has not received much publicity in SA but it carries an impressive cast. It also has a strong pro-environment message. The good guys are animals, while the bad guys are humans. It is nice to see two European countries, i.e.: England and Germany, working together on a film. Directed by Germans, Reinhard Klooss and Holger Tappe, young British comedy star James Cordon and popular comedian, Stephen Fry play a meerkat and a lion, respectively. They are living in the African Okavango Delta. They decide to investigate why their river has unexpectedly dried up. The film also stars Dawn French and Joanna Lumley as, maybe fittingly, an elephant and a giraffe and Jim Broadbent and Vanessa Redgrave as giant tortoises.

Hanna - Director: Joe Wright. Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams, Jason Flemyng and Cate Blanchett. Distributor: Focus Features. Age Restriction: 13V. Running Time: 111 Minutes.

A 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.

This movie is garnering more praise for its soundtrack than anything else. The Chemical brothers did the score for the film. Can Hanna live up to expectations? It is very doubtful.

The Hangover Part II - Director: Todd Phillips. Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures. Age Restriction: 16 NLD. Running Time: 102 Minutes.

The sequel to one of the biggest comedy hits of the last few years, The Hangover Part II is more disgusting than the original. If the first one did not offend you, this one should. All of the main actors return. Acting genius, Paul Giamatti joins the lewd crew. Expect one hell of a party.

Like Dandelion Dust - Director: Jon Gunn. Starring: Mira Sorvino, Barry Pepper and Coel Hauser. Distributor: 20th Century Fox. Running Time: 100 Minutes.

I'm not sure why it took nearly two years for this movie to come out in SA. I suppose it is because it stars a bunch of "has-beens" or "nearly-theres".
The film won 26 awards at 23 film festivals so maybe it is worth your time.

"A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of the struggling, blue-collar Porters, and the privileged Campbell family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film bravely exposes the humanity in each character reminding us that we each have the potential to be the best and worst versions of ourselves at any time," Imdb reports.

Which one of this week's new releases are you looking forward to seeing?

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