WEEKEND PIC March 9 - 11
Your guide to the Weekend Viewing:
1. 300 (stylised war action with Gerard Butler, Lena Headey and Vincent Regan) Rated: * * * (out of 4): Pulsating battle scenes of the Spartans vs Persians with blood and gore enhanced by CGI to give a surrealistic effect. Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel (like "Sin City").
2. DREAMGIRLS (musical with Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy) Rating: * * * 1/2 (3.5 stars): Mesmerising musical about Black singers in the 60s and 70s (like Diana Ross & The Supremes), with powerful performances by Hudson and Beyonce. Watch how Hudson has managed to win the Globe and Oscar for her first movie role.
3. THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS (biodrama with Will Smith, Thandie Newton and Jaden Smith) Rated: * * * (3 stars): This rags to riches story of multi-millionaire Chris Gardner is a bit cliched and contrived but the heart and scene-stealer is Smith's son Jaden who should make the women reach for their tissues.
4. BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA (fantasy adventure with Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb) Rating: * * * (3 stars): A feel-good rites-of-passage movie about the power of friendship and imagination between two classmates. Don't expect another "Chronicles Of Narnia" epic, though.
5. CHARLOTTE'S WEB (fantasy drama with Dakota Fanning and voice of Julia Roberts) Rating: * * * (3 stars): This live action rendition of E.B. White's novel about loyalty and sacrifice is both heartwarming and emotional. Great for the family.
6. PRIMEVAL (thriller with Dominic Purcell and Orlando Jones) Rating: * * (2 stars): Story about a hunt for a giant killer croc in Africa with a military villain thrown in. Trouble is, you would feel pity for the croc, not the hunters.