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New Rental Releases This Week (27/09/10)

Iron Man 2 Movie PosterIRON MAN 2 (2010)
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Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Age Restriction: PG13V

Iron Man 2 is the sequel to the hugely successful and surprising Iron Man, a superhero story from unlikely superheroes Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. The follow-up features a wider array of great actors, a more complex twist of story lines setting up for a trilogy and a good dose of comedy under the direction of Favreau. It's entertaining, ballsy, funny and racks up some serious action with Rourke making a worthy adversary to Iron Man as the character takes a more inward journey akin to Spider-Man 2. It's loads of fun and packs a punch, but could have made more of the final showdown. Full Movie Review...

The Last Station Movie PosterTHE LAST STATION (2009)
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Director: Michael Hoffman
Starring: Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, James McAvoy
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Age Restriction: 16NS

This strictly art house biographical drama roots itself in the last chapter of legendary Russian author, Leo Tolstoy. The history, setting and build-up to his famous departure are portrayed with great passion by a seasoned ensemble. It's an earthy depiction of Tolstoy, his family and the legacy of his writing against the big picture of Russian philosophy, literature and the people. The performances go a long way to improving the overall entertainment value of a fairly plain and niche biography drama. Full Review...

Green Zone Movie PosterGREEN ZONE (2010)
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Director: Paul Greengrass
Starring: Matt Damon, Brendan Gleeson, Greg Kinnear
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Age Restriction: 16LV

Green Zone comes to screen courtesy of the Bourne director/actor formula of Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass. It's a competent Iraq war actioner in the tradition of Body of Lies, Traitor and The Kingdom with a similar echo from the Bourne series. It's entertaining for its accomplished ensemble, quick pacing, gritty realism and riveting war story, but isn't distinguishable enough to stand-out from other titles within the genre. Full Review...

Marmaduke Movie PosterMARMADUKE (2010)
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Director: Tom Dey
Starring: Owen Wilson (voice), George Lopez (voice), William H. Macey
Genre: Comedy, Family
Age Restriction: PG

Marmaduke is a live-action talking pet movie. Disney made it possible for us to believe dogs could talk with Goofy and the phenomenon has literally grown a tail and floppy ears with a string of talking animal movies. It seems that all you have to do is carry a story... any story with pets and the rest doesn't matter. The comedy is flat, the characters are stale, the formula is overly familiar to unwelcome and Marmaduke doesn't make a worthy adaptation to film. It's admirable to see how much hard work goes into giving these pets voice in terms of the training and film-making process, but it just doesn't have enough charm or comedy to compete with real heartwarming dog stories like Hachiko and Marley & Me.

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Now Showing This Week (23/09/10)

New cinema releases this week... Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Other Guys, Oceans, Susanna van Biljon and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Movie PosterWALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS (2010)
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Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin
Genre: Drama
Age Restriction: 13ML

While 23 years later... this Wall Street sequel is timely in the wake of the worldwide recession, yet lacks the bite and nail-biting tension of the original Wall Street. Michael Douglas is in fighting form, but is under-utilised, opting for an able yet miscast lead in Shia LaBeouf. LaBeouf's likable character isn't cold enough for the big league in New York's corporate scene and this softer edge resonates throughout the film. Entertaining and fascinating as a stand-alone drama... but not quite up to scratch for the talent involved. Full Review...

The Other Guys Movie PosterTHE OTHER GUYS (2010)
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Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan
Genre: Action, Comedy  
Age Restriction: 13MLV

The Other Guys is brought to you by the same director/actor duo that gave us Anchorman, Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Ferrell and Wahlberg team up in this buddy movie about mismatched cop partners, who try to step up their game when their super cop "mentors" kick the bucket. This action-comedy combines some great action set pieces with even greater Ferrell-style cop comedy. There are some hilarious laugh-out-loud moments and then some sluggish bits, all-in-all a must-see for Ferrell fans. 

Oceans Movie PosterOCEANS (2010)
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Director: Jacques Perrin
Starring: Pierce Brosnan (narrator)
Genre: Drama, Documentary
Age Restriction: 10MV

Oceans is the latest documentary release from Disneynature. This ecological film has been breathtakingly filmed from all five oceans across the world with remarkable footage of marine life. Whales breaching, swimming with Great Whites, it's a surreal experience... and the beautiful cinematography captures it all with subtle, yet majestic nature scenes with guidance from the narrator. For those that enjoyed documentaries like Earth and March of the Penguins.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Movie PosterLEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA'HOOLE (2010)
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Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Helen Mirren, Geoffrey Rush
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Fantasy
Age Restriction: PGV

Zack Snyder, renowned for directing such visual artistry as 300 and Watchmen, tones his craft down for his first animated feature about owls. The story is fairly formulaic, but the visuals are vivid with some comparing his use of 3D with Avatar. The animation has been filmed as if Snyder were positioning cameras for a live-action film and the movie is boosted by a top class voice cast. Legend of the Guardians is more of a family film, but has a little something for everyone.

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Director: Bromley Cawood
Starring: Karen Zoid, Marie du Toit, David Rees
Genre: Drama, Romance
Age Restriction: PGL

This romantic drama marks Karen Zoid's film debut in a Afrikaans story about a late 30-something woman stuck in a desolate Karoo town, working a depressing job in a cafe and dreaming of better days. From the look-and-feel of the movie trailer, this Afrikaans story about love, faith and hope is reminiscent of The Last Song with Miley Cryus and features a variety of South African music ranging from boeremusiek to contemporary Afrikaans songs.  

Spud (2010) Full-Length Movie Trailer (John Cleese, Troye Sivan)


Spud: The Movie Preview, Movie Review & Teaser Trailer


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