WEEKEND PIC: Sept 19 - 21, 2008
1. MAMMA MIA! (musical with Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stelan Skasgard and Amanda Seyfried) Rated * * * (out of 4): It is a real campy Bollywood-style musical incorporating the songs of ABBA but fun to watch. Where else can you see Bond star Brosnan singing and Streep having such a great time hamming it up?
2. THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL (period drama with Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana and David Morrissey) Rated * * * (3 stars): BBC director Justin Chadwick combines historical court drama with the emotional rivalry between the two Boleyn sisters to cook up a rich and engaging movie. If you liked 'Elizabeth', you will like this one. (Reviewed below)
3. MONEY NO ENOUGH 2 (Singaporean comedy with Jack Neo, Mark Lee, Henry Thia and Lai Ming) Rated * * * (3 stars): This second instalment (it's not a sequel) to Singapore's highest-grossing comedy touches on both the funny and 'tragic' sides of life and the pursuit of wealth. It can bring tears to your eyes as well. (Reviewed below)
4. THE LOVE GURU (comedy with Mike Myers, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake and Ben Kingsley) Rating * * (2 stars): This satire on the Asian mystics has a few laughs but on the whole, it is silly and forgettable.
5. BABYLON A.D. (action thriller with Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh and Melanie Thierry) Rated * * (2 stars): It is a bit of 'Blade Runner', 'Matrix' and 'Children of Men' and a lot of mindless, ridiculous action. Only for those who need their weekly fix of blasts and stunts. (Reviewed below)
6. HALLOWEEN (remake of 1978 horror, starring Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif, Tyler Mane, Sheri Moon Zombie and William Forsythe) Rated * * (2 stars): This recycled slasher pic tells the same story as its 1978 predecessor but updates the time factor to the 90s. Nothing special here, except for the shaky camerawork.
7. DECEPTION (crime thriller with Ewan McGregor, Hugh Jackman, Michele Williams, Maggie Q and Charlotte Rampling) Rated * 1/2 (1.5 stars): After an engaging start, this one takes a drastic turn and starts insulting our intelligence. (Reviewed below)
8. PATHOLOGY (with Milo Ventimiglia, Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Weston, Alyssa Milano and Keir O'Donnell) Rating * 1/2 (1.5 stars): It's blood-and-gore meets kinky sex in this pathetic excuse for a morgue thriller. Of course, it's dead meat for our censors. So...? (Reviewed below)