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with sarah szabo
TIM BURTON and Lewis Carroll are a match made in wonderland,
with Carroll's iconic creations getting the best of Burton's quirky
and visually sumptuous imagination. Using a mixture of live action,
animation and 3D techniques, an older Alice falls down the rabbit
hole (again) where she gets drawn into adventures which keep the
"vibe" of Carroll's material but overlay her rite-of-passage journey
into adulthood. Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry and Anne Hathaway join
Burton stalwarts Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Young
Aussie Mia Laskowski (she started in All Saints) bagged the title role
and won't be looking back. Depp, as always, has delved deeply into
his character's eccentricities, deciding the hatter was turned mad by
the mercury hatters commonly used to cure felt which is also slowly
turning him orange.
An entire 12th century village has been laboriously recon-
structed around Russell Crowe's giant ego to bring you an
epic "reimagining" of Hoody and his merry men. No tights
in sight as Crowe dashes about on horseback expertly firing
arrows (no CGI here -- he became a keen archer) into Ridley
Scott's massive budget. Beautifully shot, atmospheric slow
motion thundering horses, clashing of metal and heroic
battle cries softened with a little Cate Blanchett on the side.
You know you want it.
Gen X slacker Greenberg slides into his 40s with a
whimper; depressed, unemployed and alone in indie
darling Noah Baumbach's (The Squid and the Whale)
latest portrait of dysfunction. An uncharacteristically
subdued Ben Stiller plays the title character whose
choices have left him adrift, and whose angry letters
to corporations are existential red flags.
Pitch-black humour; a hint of redemption via equally
lost soul, Florence (Greta Gerwig) and good per-
formances (notably Rhys Ifans) lift this bitter, if not
Seventies American all-girl teen rock band The
Runaways kicked serious butt on stage and kicked in
more than a few doors for future grrrl rockers, with
legendary tough chick Joan Jett rocking on to carve
her name indelibly after the girls' group imploded.
Joan produced this biopic from the autobiography of
bandmate Cherie Currie, charting the rise of the band
and particularly her fall. Questions: does Twilight's
Kristen Stewart pull it off and should Dakota Fanning,
coming of age as the raunchy Cherie, keep it on?
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
IRONMAN From down and outs to the top of the game, Robert Downey Jr and Mickey Rourke put flesh and blood into the empty vessel of
superhero action, breathing life into the genre. KICK ASS Super violent and very, very funny adventures of a geeky wannabe superhero who dons
a mask despite no discernable powers. With a foul-mouthed 10-year-old fellow superhero -- Hit Girl, trained to go for the jugular -- it screams cult
classic. GREEN ZONE Rogue US army officer Matt Damon searches for the truth about Iraq's elusive Weapons of Mass Destruction in director Paul
Greengrass' (The Bourne Supremacy) latest action thriller. THE FIGHTER Biopic of boxer Micky Ward's unlikely rise to the world title, aided by his
ex-con brother who blew his own chances but redeems himself. Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale duke it out together. DATE NIGHT Reigning
king and queen of comedy Tina Fey and Steve Carell unite to play a dull married couple whose regular dull date night takes an unexpected turn.
Classic caper premise of mistaken identity. Can't miss.
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