WEEKEND PIC Aug 8 - 10 2008
1. THE DARK KNIGHT (fantasy sequel with Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Morgan Freeman) Rated * * * 1/2 (out of 4): A fantastic and realistic grown-up version of the comic book world of 'Batman'. And a good part of the credit goes to the late Heath Ledger who fleshes out the Joker so well that he really gives us the creeps. Yep, the Joker is the Ace here! (Reviewed below)
2. THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE GOLDEN EMPEROR (fantasy adventure with Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh) Rating * * 1/2 (2.5 stars): With Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh in the supporting cast, this sequel may be much more attractive to Asian audiences than Western ones. Except for a few f/x sequences, it just gives more of the same from a franchise that should have been mummified. (Reviewed below)
3. SPARROWS (drama in Cantonese with Simon Yam, Kelly Lin, and Gordon Lam) Rating * * * (3 stars): A stylish and musically-enhanced romantic comedy about a gang of pickpockets known as Sparrows. Creditable acting from Yam and Lin.
4. RED CLIFF Pt 1 (war epic with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Chang Chen, Zhang Fengyi and Vicky Zhao) Rated * * 1/2 (2.5 stars): As the most expensive Chinese movie to date, Red Cliff is a feast for the eyes, with spectacular scenery, sets, battles and thousands of extras. Too bad, it does not do enough for our heart. (Reviewed below)
5. ROGUE (killer croc thriller with Radha Mitchell, Michael Vartan, Sam Worthington and John Jarratt) Rating * * 1/2 (2.5 stars): This 2007 Aussie thriller about an American writer touring the Outback took some time to get here. However, it is a formulaic effort offering credible character development and the requisite frights. (Pictured)
6. MEET DAVE (comedy with Eddie Murphy, Elizabeth Banks, Gabrielle Union, Scott Caan, Ed Helms and Kevin Hart) Rating * * (2 stars): Murphy plays the captain of a spaceship landing on Earth on a mission to save his home planet. As a fish-out-of-water gag, we get a few chuckles but it is obvious that Murphy has past mprime as a comedian. He's jow a tired comedian.
7. X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE (sci-fi thriller with David Duchnovny, Gillian Anderson and Amanda Peet) Rating * 1/2 (1.5 stars): Even with its creator Chris Carter at the helm, this movie version fails to impress like it should. The plot is predictable, its relevance prolonged and you can't help feeling that X-Files should have been axed. (Reviewed below)