Wednesday, August 4, 2010

In Cinemas This Week

Step Up 3D - Another 3D dance movie in as many months? I'm sure there's an audience for this kind of thing, but I think this might be overkill. It remains to be seen how many of the standard genre plot cliches get reused in this one. This won't be no Flashdance, so best to give this one a miss unless you like watching sweaty 20-somethings bumpin' & grindin' to the latest hip-hop.

Skin - Feature debut from director Anthony Fabian about Sandra Laing, an African girl born to an Afrikaner family who are unaware of their black ancestry. She grows up blissfully unaware of the apartheid around her, but disquiet sets in in later life. Featuring Sam Neill, Alice Krige and Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) as the older Sophie. Has divided many critics, but looks to be an insightful slice-of-life family drama tackling difficult issues in a unique way.

Soul Kitchen - Hipster foodie comedy by director Faith Akin (The Edge of Heaven, Head-On) tells the story of a young restauranteur who is facing a crisis with falling patrons, a distant girlfriend and a bad back. Fortunes pick up when he discovers a new culinary sensation, but again turns disastrous when he leaves it in the hands of his crooked ex-con brother. Could be a great mouth-watering pre-dinner aperitif. Or it could be just another insipid Euro-comedy. Go see it and make up your own mind.

Tinker Bell & The Great Fairy Rescue - Is it still the school holidays? I would have thought this would have been released to get the best of the bums-on-seats for the primary school set to get mums and their pre-teen daughters bonding? Nonetheless, this looks like a fun wee addition to the "Tink" franchise. Lots of familiar voice talent and some bright nicely realised animation. Get the fairy in your household out of you hair for an afternoon!

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