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TIME OUT with Pete Kempshall
the War Began
John Marsden’s popular young-adult novel gets
the big-screen treatment. A band of teens engage
in guerrilla warfare when Australia is invaded by a
foreign country. Director Stuart Beattie has already
caused a minor stir, portraying the invaders as Asian.
“The ethnicity just makes common sense. If anyone
is going to invade Australia... it’s going to be
someone in Asia. It’s the logical thing.”
Steve Carell voices Gru – a super-criminal attempting
to one-up a villainous rival by stealing the moon – in
this animated flick from Universal. The trailers have us
expecting Looney Tunes-style violence, but the buzz
is this is also a film with a big heart.
Wall Street: Money
Gordon Gekko is back, fresh out of jail and
partnering a young trader at a time when the world
economy is looking the shakiest it has for years. It’ll
be good to see Michael Douglas back in one of his
most famed roles, but the big question must be,
after almost 25 years, is greed still good?
Dinner for Schmucks
Paul Rudd stars as an executive who needs to find
a complete idiot to take to a dinner party (the idea
being that the one who brings the biggest imbecile
as a guest is the winner). His pick? Steve Carell’s
moronic taxman. Director Jay Roach adapts from
French movie The Dinner Game.
Let Me In
A young boy who’s bullied at school falls in love
with a mysterious girl who moves in nearby. Thing
is, she only comes out at night, needs inviting into
your home and her arrival coincides with a spate
THE MOONLIGHT CINEMA in Kings Park has been bought by Amalgamated Holdings Limited, for around $1.75m. AHL has snapped up the entire chain
of popular outdoor movie houses from the Prime Media Group – the deal should be rubber-stamped in time for the chain’s three-month summer season.
of murders... The Swedish movie on which this is
based – Let the Right One In – made Twilight look
like Teletubbies. Can the remake be as good?
The Adjustment Bureau
When Matt Damon’s politician falls for Emily Blunt’s
dancer, he soon finds that shadowy powers are
interfering in his life, with the sole intention of
keeping him away from her. Taken from a short story
by the brains behind Blade Runner, Total Recall and
Minority Report, this promises paranoid thrills aplenty.
A quartet of CIA agents, classified RED (Retired,
Extremely Dangerous) realise they know too much to
be allowed to fade away quietly – the attempts on their
lives are a pretty big clue. With Bruce Willis, Morgan
Freeman and John Malkovich, this has got to be
worth a look just to see Helen Mirren as a softly spoken
pensioner who still takes contracts to keep her hand in.
A single woman, haunted by the ticking of her
biological clock, opts for a turkey-baster conception,
with a charming, handsome man providing the
essential ingredient. Except her best friend switches
his “material” for the sample of preference. Jennifer
Aniston stars opposite a resurgent Jason Bateman...
but could this rom-com stray too far into the tasteless?
Already gathering Oscar momentum after a
successful run-out at Cannes, Fair Game is based on
the true story of an undercover spy outed by her own
people after her husband takes a stance against the
government. With Naomi Watts and Sean Penn in
front of the camera and The Bourne Identity’s Doug
Liman behind it, it’s got quality stamped all over it.
Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows Part One
The concluding story in JK Rowling’s gazillion-selling
series rolls into town in November. You all know the
story, this is more about how it translates onto the
screen. And based on the top work done on previous
episodes, you’re allowed to be a little bit excited.
For more details and reviews, check
out imdb.com or rottentomatoes.com
Ten flicks to catch over spring
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