Thursday, 9 June 2011

Box Office Preview: 08-06-2011

Welcome to our weekly preview of all the latest films that will be opening in local cinemas this weekend. Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

Kung Fu Panda 2 - Director: Jennifer Yuh. Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Jackie Chan. Distributor: Paramount Pictures. Age Restriction: PG. Running Time: 91 Minutes.

Apparently this sequel is a good film. Jack Black returns to animated film after the dismal Gulliver's Travels. He's Po the warrior. It's in 3D and it is surely one of the family films worth seeing this year.

The Adjustment Bureau - Director: George Nolfi. Starring: Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Distributor: Universal Pictures. Age Restriction: 13LM. Running Time: 106 minutes.

This is another film based on a Philip K. Dick story. That's a good start already.

Congressman David Norris (Damon) is running for US Senate. Under pressure, he runs to a bathroom to rehearse his concession speech. There he meets a woman hiding in a stall. She esays he should be more honest. Attracted to each other, they kiss before David leaves to make the speech. Inspired, David goes off script and makes an honest speech that makes him a favourite for the 2010 Senate race. However, something is amiss and there is a conspiracy looming.

The New York Times said the film was "a fast, sure film about finding and keeping love across time and space... [which] has brightened the season with a witty mix of science-fiction metaphysics and old-fashioned romance."

Wikipedia adds: Barack Obama President of the US, jokingly described Matt Damon's performance as 'disappointing' at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner in response to Matt Damon's criticism of his presidency.

Between Kings And Queens - Director: Joy Dickson. Starring: Andrea Awalefo, Art Barrara and Angela Bennett.

This is an African film that we know little about.

An anonymous source on Imdb writes:

"The story of Kalu, a young prince from Africa who seeks to escape his royal duties by fleeing to America. Torn between love and free will, his adventure experience in the land of liberty quickly unravels as he finds himself running for his life and love."

African films do not get much airplay in the US and only a bit in Europe. We may be lucky to get this one. Hopefully it's better than the made-for-TV-esque stuff on Mzansi Magic,

Nice Guy Johnny - Director: Edward Burns. Starring: Kerry Bishe, Matt Bush, Anne Wood, Edwards Burns and Max Baker. Distributor: Marlboro Road Gang Productions. Age Restriction: 16L. Running Time: 89 Minutes.

It's amazing how Edward Burns keeps on making very cheap independent films. He is a man who is interested in telling films and enjoying the process, I believe. Nice Guy Johnny was made for $25 000.

Johnny Rizzo (Matt Bush), is about to trade his dream job in talk radio for some snooze-ville gig that'll pay enough to please his fiancée. Then Uncle Terry comes along. He is a womaniser set on turning a weekend in the Hamptons into an eye-opening fling for his nephew. Nice guy Johnny is not really into this. Then he meets a lovely woman called Brooke (Kerry Bishé from Scrubs Season Nine), who challenges Johnny to make the toughest decision of is life

Nowhere Boy - Director: Sam Taylor-Wood. Starring: Aaron Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff. Distributor: Icon Entertainment International and The Weinstein Company. Age Restriction: 13SL. Running Time: 99 Minutes.

From wikipedia: The drama tells the story of John Lennon's (Aaron Johnson) teenage years from 1955–1960 and the start of his journey to becoming a successful musician. The story also examines the impact on his early life and personality of the two dominant females in his childhood – his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), and his mother, Julia (Anne-Marie Duff) In addition, the film shows the first meeting of Lennon with future Beatles Paul McCartney (Thomas Brodie Sangster) and George Harrison (Sam Bell), and the development of their friendship and musical partnership.

Aaron Johnson fell in love with Taylor-Wood while making this film. He was impressive in 2010's Kick Ass. Can he do an interesting Lennon?

Which one these new releases are you looking forward to watching?

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