Movies 302

09 Jan 2014
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Mr Go 



When her grandfather dies, a young circus ringmaster, Wei-Wei, is left with an insurmountable debt and a baseball bat-swinging gorilla. Yes, a bat-swinging gorilla. With loan sharks circling, the gorilla soon comes to the rescue by succeeding in the Korean baseball league. It’s as silly as it sounds.

Police Story 2013

Jackie Chan is back with a reboot of the Police Story film series, though this time with a grittier tone. Set in China, Chan plays Detective Zhong Wen in search of his estranged daughter, Miao Miao, now the girlfriend of a nightclub owner. Chan’s character isn’t happy with his daughter’s relationship but soon the pair put their troubles aside as they become embroiled in a kidnap plot. Chan uses his usual array of highflying kicks and lightning punches to get the two to safety. If you like Chan’s movies, you’ll enjoy this one.

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The package 

Steve Austin, formerly of ‘Stone Cold’ WWE fame, goes up against ageing hard man Dolph Lundgren in this so-so action thriller in which he plays the clichéd nightclub bouncer and ex-soldier, Tommy Wick. Employed by his Seattle mob boss to deliver a package to an international crime boss, ‘The German’ (Lundgren), things turn sour as Wick finds himself the target of an increasingly rampant team of hit men and mercenaries. Bodies pile up and bullets fly wildly. Think The Transporter with more muscle and you won’t be far off.

PREVIEW 

388 Arletta Avenue

Starring Nick Stahl, probably best known to audiences for his role as the wide-eyed John Connor in Terminator 3, the film follows the story of a suburban couple whose home is invaded by a mysterious stalker. Unaware that their house has been bugged with microphones and cameras are observing their every move, James returns to find that his girlfriend, played by Mia Kirshner, has disappeared. With the police reluctant to offer him help, James develops an obsession to find out what happened to her. If the aim of the film is to give the view of a stalker then it works, but other than that, it offers nothing new.

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Y’s Choice 

THE BOOK THIEF 

Based on the international bestselling book by Markus Zusak, The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary young girl sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. At her brother’s funeral, she picks up a book and keeps it to remind her of him. But she can’t read until her new parents and the secret guest under the stairs teaches her, opening a magical world that inspires other people. It’s a beautiful, intelligent story, starring a solid cast that includes Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.

 


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