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Movies: Y’s Weekly Guide to What’s On

Strangerland

Catherine and Matthew Parker (Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes) have lost their two children, which, apart from being incredibly careless, is a big deal in the small Australian desert town they’ve just moved to.



When a huge dust storm hits, the desperate couple find themselves in a race against time to find their teenage son and daughter, whose chance of surviving diminishes with each passing hour.

While the townspeople initially join the search, suspicions begin to rise as Detective David Rae (Hugo Weaving) delves deeper into the mystery and fishes through the Parker family’s murky past.

Kidman may frequently scream hysterically into the bleak and dark desert that she wants her children back, but her spouse seems altogether disinterested for large parts of the film. In fact, a rock could probably draw more empathy from an audience.

Director Kim Farrant’s debut feature is a tad heavy handed at times and the overall effect is an emotional distance in the film that’s almost as vast as the Australian desert it’s set in.

Verdict: 2/5

 

Unconscious

When a man (Wes Bentley) wakes up from a car accident, a woman who claims to be his wife (Kate Bosworth) tells him that he is suffering from amnesia. As she attentively nurses him back to health, Bentley’s character (unnamed throughout the film) starts to feel like a captive and suspects that all is not as it seems. Bosworth strikes an unsettling balance between innocence and menace (look out for the fur-coat wearing, chainsaw-wielding scene), but apart from that, the concept for Unconscious stretches a bit too thin.

Verdict: 2/5

 

Hatched: Chicks Gone Wild

What are the chances of a spaceship crashing into a farmhouse? Implausibility aside, that’s exactly what happens in Hatched, which precipitates the titular animals to go off on a merry adventure. Beyond the amusing character names (Cluck Norris and Angelina Poultrie anybody?), there really isn’t anything of real substance here, with poor CGI and weak scripting. While it may just about hold the attention of little ones, adults will most likely be pulling their feathers out.

Verdict: 1/5

 

Preview: Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant

When an airline company threatens to cut its cabin crew members as a cost-saving measure, it falls to Larry Gaye (Mark Feuerstein) the self-appointed best flight attendant in the business to make things right. Needless to say, the film’s metaphorical tongue is firmly in its cheek in what looks and feels like a spiritual successor or modern take on the 1980s Airplane series.

Bollywatch: Bajirao Mastani

This historical romance tells the story of one of the past’s greatest unsung heroes, Bajirao I (Ranveer Singh), the second Peshwa of the Maratha Empire. The leader protected his kingdom over 47 long wars, but the film focuses on the unforgettable love story between him and his second wife, Mastani (Deepika Padukone), which went on to inspire his nation for years to come.