Movies 294

14 Nov 2013
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Free Birds
**
This animated comedy sees Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson voicing two turkeys who travel back in time to the early American frontier to save countless turkeys in the future. How? By changing the menu for Thanksgiving Day. Not much heart or wit in the animation or script, but the actors give it their best shot.

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The Pact
***
This compelling chiller works because it is grounded in the life of a working single mum (Caity Lotz), who is just dealing with normal stuff until the paranormal steps in. When her sister goes missing, she returns to her recently dead mother’s home only to discover a malevolent presence lurking within. Well written and genuinely scary.

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The Day
***
Five hard-nosed survivors – three men, two women – walk through a desolate landscape of a post-apocalyptic earth, looking for shelter. The set-up of this action horror is highly atmospheric, forcing the audience to guess what has caused this disaster, and who the characters are. However, it descends into relentless gore and an ending that ties up loose ends too neatly.

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Djinn
*
The presence of Tobe Hooper, the named director of this first Emirati horror, shouldn’t fool you. Personally, I found Texas Chainsaw Massacre unwatchable, like this film. The story of an Emirati couple who move to the US following the death of their daughter is atrocious from the opening shot. A wasted chance to bring something new to the horror genre.

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Preview: Legendary (aka Tomb of the Dragon)
Swedish action man Dolph Lundgren pops up in this B-movie Chinese co-production. He’s a tough hunter searching for a dragon-like beast in a remote corner of China, but he’s up against eco scientist Scott Adkins, who wants to keep the creature alive.

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Bollywatch: Ram-Leela
The double-barrelled name of this Hindi romantic-drama refers to Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone as the eponymous leads and their forbidden love. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film makes use of some of India’s most stunning locations, including the lakes and palaces of Udaipur.
There are no fewer than ten song and dance numbers, with classical, folk, fusion as well as contemporary sounds. The production sets and costumes are sumptuous.


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