Red 2: Review

Retired C.I.A agent Frank Moses is back, along with his team of RED (Retired and Extremely Dangerous) friends Marvin (John Malkovich), Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) and Victoria (Helen Mirren). This time they are drawn in to a search to find a missing portable nuclear device, created by a brilliant physicist, Bailey (Anthony Hopkins).

As you can expect, the performances from the stellar cast do not disappoint, and one gets the sense that the characters enjoy each of the many scenes of destruction; all except Frank, who is looking to settle down with Sarah, keep her safe, and avoid the life of international spy.

The action will thrill audiences, the tongue-in-cheek humour will most certainly bring many laughs, and the story will entertain. There are enough twists in the story to keep the audience guessing, and plenty of stunning sights to see as the team tours the big cities on its mission to save the world.

Red 2 infiltrates South African cinemas 20 September 2013.

Red 2 Blu-Ray review, by SAMDB

R.I.P.D: Review

R.I.P.D takes and old formula, and switches it up, to the max. We begin with two cops, Nick (Ryan Reynolds) and Hayes (Kevin Bacon) who are skimming evidence secured on raids. Nick begins to experience the twinges of guilt, and is promptly killed by Hayes.

Normally, the problem would end there, but Nick is recruited into the R.I.P.D (Rest In Peace Department), sent back for a 100 year tour Earth to hunt down escaped evil souls, and as the various plots twist and intertwine, he finally has the opportunity to go after Hayes with new undead partner Roy (Jeff Bridges).

R.I.P.D mixes the genres, you get a feeling of the Old West from Roy, and modern action from Nick, leading to many extremely funny moments as the two learn to deal with each others differences, and their own personality problems.

R.I.P.D is an action, comedy, crime, fantasy, mixed in with modern life, a piece of the past, and a bunch of the supernatural. A movie that stirs in all the ingredients of fun and serves up an entertaining mix that anyone should enjoy.

R.I.P.D manifests on South African screens 4 October 2013

The Smurfs 2: Review

Smurfs 2Those little blue people are at it again. The Smurfs return with a new adventure, this time to rescue Smurfette from the wizard Gargamel before he can learn the secret that will turn his latest creations, the Naughties, into real Smurfs, allowing him to extract their essence for his own evil purposes.

The Smurfs 2 takes you not only on an adventurous ride, but tells a tale of loyalty and family, showing that the good in a person will triumph over the evil inside, and if you stick together as family, you can overcome any obstacle.

Although the film has its exaggerated ‘younger moments’, this is a story to see with family and friends. The Smurfs 2 will keep you smiling from beginning to end.

The voice talent is perfectly cast, with the likes of Katy Perry, Christina Ricci, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin, John Oliver, Jeff Foxworthy, Aloan Cumming, Adam Wylie, Shaquille O’Neal and Jimmy Kimmel, to name a few. The animation, mixed in with the real world is superb, and the characters of the Smurfs come alive in a way that will thrill the younger audience, and entertain the older.

The Smurfs 2 starts 20 September 2013 in South Africa.

Teen Beach Movie: Review

Teen Beach Movie

A mix of Grease and Pleasantville, with a dash of High School Musical, Teen Beach Movie is set to be the next Disney craze that will have kids and adults singing and dancing, and perhaps a few our surfing.

Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell are both young actors heading for the Disney ‘big time’. Talented as actors, dancers and performers, the two stars of Teen Beach Movie provide plenty of entertainment.

There are laughs, songs, dances, and a story for both young and old. The young-ones will enjoy the dancing, and surfing, while parents can reminisce over Grease as the biker and surfer gangs vie for control of their favourite hangout spot on the beach, right up to the point that members of each gang develop feelings for each other, and we’re treated to a song and dance, switching between the two, as guy and girl express their hearts romantic desires.

For the safest, and most enjoyable after school and weekend fun, Teen Beach Movie will be one the kids will be watching over and over again.

See Teen Beach Movie on DStv channel 303 (Disney channel) on Friday, 20 September 2013, at 17:00

Long Walk To Freedom Takes Toronto By Storm

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom had its first international screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, 7 September 2013.  The stars of the film Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Riaad Moosa, Terry Pheto, Deon Lotz and Lindiwe Matshikiza surprised throngs of fans when they stopped to pose for pictures with them before taking to the red carpet.  The screening ended on a high note with an unprecedented eight minute standing ovation from a visibly moved audience.

Riaad Moosa (Ahmed Kathrada), Lindiwe Matshikiza (Zindzi Mandela), Deon Lotz (Kobie Coetsee), Terry Pheto (Evelyn Mase), director Justin Chadwick , Naomie Harris (Winnie Madikizela-Mandela), Idris Elba (Nelson Mandela) and producer, Anant Singh. - (Photo credit:  Haidee Malkin – courtesy of Videovision Entertainment)
Riaad Moosa (Ahmed Kathrada), Lindiwe Matshikiza (Zindzi Mandela), Deon Lotz (Kobie Coetsee), Terry Pheto (Evelyn Mase), director Justin Chadwick , Naomie Harris (Winnie Madikizela-Mandela), Idris Elba (Nelson Mandela) and producer, Anant Singh. – (Photo credit: Haidee Malkin – courtesy of Videovision Entertainment)

South African Short, MINESH, Officially Selected For 70th Venice Film Festival

Short film Minesh, written and directed by Shalin Sirkar of Chalia Films has been selected into the Orizzonti Short Films Competition of the 70th Venice Film Festival. The film highlights the psychological plight of children who are exposed to domestic violence.

Shot in Kylemore, a small rural community outside of Stellenbosch, this 12minute film tells the story of Minesh (6), played by Tristan De La Cruz. When Minesh sees his father assaulting his mother, he is shocked, afraid and runs away.

MineshMINESH is a South African‐German‐Danish co‐production, with Producers, Karl Baumgartner and Thanassis Karathanos of Pallas Film, (Germany), Peter Aalbæk Jensen of Zentropa Entertainment, (Denmark) and Shalin Sirkar of Chalia Films, (South Africa).

Shalin Sirkar, formerly of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa completed a BA in Psychology and Legal Studies at the University of Kwa‐Zulu Natal and a BA(Hons) in Philosophy at the University of Cape Town before working as a production assistant and Producer in the local film industry. MINESH is her directorial debut and she is currently in development with 2 feature films, PAUL and HOME SWEET HOME.

Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin And Piero Tosi To Receive The Academy’s Governors Awards

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Honorary Awards to Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Angelina Jolie.  All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 5th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 16, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

“The Governors Awards pay tribute to individuals who’ve made indelible contributions in their respective fields,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s honorees and look forward to bringing their peers and colleagues together to celebrate their extraordinary achievements.”

Lansbury has received three Academy Award® nominations for her supporting performances on film – the first in her 1944 feature debut in “Gaslight,” followed by “The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1945) and “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962).  Her numerous other credits include “The Long, Hot Summer,” “Blue Hawaii,” “The World of Henry Orient,” “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” “Death on the Nile” and “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” as well as voice work for the first animated feature to receive a Best Picture nomination, “Beauty and the Beast.”

Martin, who got his start in television, is a versatile actor, writer, comedian and musician who began to display the breadth of his big-screen talent as the screenwriter and star of the 1977 Oscar®-nominated short film “The Absent-Minded Waiter.”  He wrote and starred in “The Jerk,” “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” “Three Amigos,” “Roxanne,” “L.A. Story,” “The Pink Panther” series and “Shopgirl,” which he adapted from his critically acclaimed book of the same name.  His other acting credits include “All of Me,” “Parenthood,” “Father of the Bride” and “It’s Complicated.”  He also is a three-time host of the Oscars®, most recently in 2010 with Alec Baldwin.

Tosi rose to prominence through his collaborations with Italian director Luchino Visconti on such films as “White Nights” and “Rocco and His Brothers,” and continued to work with him on several other features, including the Costume Design nominees “The Leopard,” “Death in Venice” and “Ludwig.”  Tosi received two more nominations for his designs for “La Cage aux Folles” and “La Traviata.”  His other notable credits include “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” a Foreign Language Film winner, and “Marriage Italian Style,” a Foreign Language Film nominee, both directed by Vittorio De Sica.

Jolie, who won an Oscar for her supporting performance in “Girl, Interrupted,” has been an impassioned advocate for humanitarian causes, traveling widely to promote organizations and social justice efforts such as the Prevent Sexual Violence Initiative.  Staking out a career at the nexus of entertainment and philanthropy, Jolie has worked for a number of global advocacy groups including the Council on Foreign Relations and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), for which she was appointed Special Envoy of High Commissioner António Guterres in 2012 after twelve years of service.  Her dedication to these causes has also shaped her work in films that tackle global humanitarian issues including “A Mighty Heart” and her feature film directorial debut “In the Land of Blood and Honey.”

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

Kick-Ass 2: Review

Not your average superhero movie. Kick-Ass 2 follows the costumed high school hero, Kick-Ass, as he joins a group of fellow citizens who have joined forces to fight crime.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson returns to the title role as Kick-Ass (or his day time persona, Dave Lizewski), now mentored by action girl Mindy Macready, going by the superhero name of Hit Girl (played by Chloe Grace Moretz).

Taylor-Johnson and Moretz deliver an engrossing, enjoyable performance as the lead characters, drawing the audience in to their world, leading to that moment when you realise you’re not watching a superhero movie, but a move about overcoming, a story about good triumphing over evil, and a story about applying yourself, and never giving up.

The action sequences are thrilling, with a touch of humour as a young teen girl gets the better of a gang of thugs.

Kick-Ass 2 is a fun, comedic and thrilling story, and the perfect choice for a night out.

Kick-Ass 2 opens in South African cinemas 6 September 2013

We’re The Millers: Review

We’re The Millers follows David Clark (Jason Sukeikis), a veteran pot dealer as he creates a fake family as part of a misguided plan to smuggle a shipment of weed in to the United States, from Mexico.

Clark talks local stripper Rose O’Reilly (Jennifer Aniston) into becoming his fake wife; Casey Mathis (Emma Roberts), a local teen who pretends to be homeless, into becoming his fake daughter; and finally, Kenny Rossmore (Will Poulter), the young and not so wordly-wise teen of his apartment block, into becoming his fake sone.

We’re The Millers is a crime comedy. It’s not slapstick, but it’s also not a laugh a minute. Although the story may be predictable, it has a heart-warming feel to it. Aniston is in her element in this role, even though the character is a lot less mushy and a lot more assertive than her usual.

It’s a great bit of escape, a fun time for fans of the genre, and the ideal introduction to rom-coms on a date night.

We’re The Millers opens 6 September 2013 in South Africa.

More Than 60,000 People On Six Continents To Compete In World’s Largest Timed Filmmaking Challenge

More than 60,000 people on six continents will spend a wild, sleepless weekend this year creating short films at breakneck speed as part of The 48 Hour Film Project. The 48 Hour Film Project brings together contestants from all walks of life fuelled by imagination, ingenuity, energy drinks and dreams of being the BEST FILMMAKER in the WORLD.

The 2013 tour will make stops in New York City, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Paris, Beijing, Durban, Cape Town, Gaborone and over 100 other cities through 2013. The winning films will go on to represent their city at Filmapalooza in the USA in 2014, top films also stand a chance of screening at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival’s short film corner!

In a partnership sure to empower local film makers, the largest timed film competition in the world would like to announce M-Net Movies as the official media partner in bringing the 48 Hour Film Project to your screens.

The 48 Hour Film Project has attracted high-profile judges in cities throughout the years, including directors Akin Omotoso and Krijay Govender, film maker Norman Maake, actors Rapulana Seiphemo and Quanita Adams and casting director Moonyeen Lee to name a few.

An expected 162 crews, totalling over 1,500 people will swarm Durban, Gaborone, Nairobi, Johannesburg and Cape Town to create a winning film. “The 48 Hour Film Project has truly spread to all corners of the globe, proving that filmmakers anywhere can make a movie, especially if they’re left with too little time to doubt themselves,” said Langston, co-executive producer of The 48 Hour Film Project.

Filmmaking teams begin at 7PM on a Friday and deliver a finished 4 to7 minute film by 7:30PM Sunday. They are responsible for putting together a cast and crew, and getting equipment and anything else necessary to make a film/video in just one weekend. Any team, regardless of skill level, is eligible to participate in this competition.

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