Here’s our pick of this week’s movies
Nearly 20 years after the last book in the original series of Goosebumps was published, R L Stine’s creations are back. And this time they’re in 3D on the big screen.
As opposed to a straight adaptation, which, with 62 titles in the series and numerous spin offs and short stories, would be a nearly impossible task, Jack Black plays the famous author, who has become a recluse who jealously guards his daughter (Odeya Rush).
When new kid in town, Zach (Dylan Minnette) and his bumbling sidekick (Ryan Lee) accidentally unleash every single monster Stine has ever created on their unsuspecting small town community by opening a locked manuscript, the author must reluctantly join the kids as they battle to contain the creatures before they wreak complete havoc.
The over-the-top slapstick action and themes of mild terror may be aimed at a teen audience, but the film will also strike a somewhat nostalgic chord with twentysomething viewers who read the series religiously in their youth, as flashes of childhood memories are brought to life in three fantastic dimensions. All in all, Goosebumps is a fitting tribute to a classic series.
The Guardian Angel
German war veteran turned bodyguard Max Fischer (Til Schweiger) takes a 15-year-old orphan and key witness to a crime (Luna Schweiger) under his wing when the weapons dealer (Heiner Lauterbach) she is set to incriminate attempts to prevent her from appearing in court at all costs. Okay, so the action is clichéd and the dialogue questionable at times, but what could’ve been a potentially enjoyable film is done irreparable damage by some truly awful dubbing. Running the film in German with subtitles may have been a better and more bearable option.
Once revered as a road cycling great, Lance Armstrong quickly became the sport’s most reviled character after a prolonged doping scandal led to a fall from grace that saw him stripped of seven consecutive Tour de France wins in 2012. Enter The Program, which fills in the gaps with a bit of fact and a bit of fiction as it charts Armstrong’s (played by Ben Foster) career, from success to scandal. An interesting biopic about a controversial character, but the film ultimately fails to arrive at a conclusion, choosing to spread the blame instead.
After conforming to everything that was required of him by society, Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) finds himself at a crossroads in life, unhappy and lost. The wandering nomad meets a tourist (Deepika Padukone) in France, who becomes his partner in crime, and an unusual fairy tale proceeds to unfold as the pair develop a fondness for each other.
Preview: He Named Me Malala
Malala Yousafzai became a household name at 15, when she was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head for speaking out about girls’ rights to education in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. She later went on to recover and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This documentary film focuses on the events leading up to the attack as well as the aftermath, which culminates in a speech to the United Nations.