The Hangover Part 2
Your head hurts, the whole thing feels horribly familiar, and it’s just not funny any more. Can this really be happening again? Todd Phillips’s sequel to (remake of?) his rude adult comedy about a stag night snafu is not so much more of the same as exactly the same, but set in Bangkok and minus the laughs. During their Vegas bachelor night debauch, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) lost the groom on the eve of his wedding; this time, they lose the Thai bride’s innocent 16-year-old brother on the eve of her marriage to Stu. Since the dialogue isn’t funny, everyone overacts to make up for the lack of humour or threat. Together with co-writers Scot Armstrong and Craig Mazin, director Phillips serves up a tasteless, warmed-over version of the same dish, spiced with local Thai colour. Nigel Floyd Weekly box office: Dhs5,013,206 Weekly admissions: 141,763 Total box office: Dhs5,013,206 Total admissions: 141,763
Pirates Of The Carribean 4
Johnny Depp is back in the headscarf and eyeliner as Captain Jack Sparrow, whose search for the Fountain of Youth has foundered for no specific reason. Finding himself in London for no specific reason, he soon falls in with ex Angelica (Penélope Cruz), who is masquerading as Sparrow for no specific reason. Together they set off for the fountain, pursued by Geoffrey Rush’s peg-legged Barbossa, who has joined the British navy for no specific reason. Far be it for us to accuse the Walt Disney company of making a fourth Pirates movie strictly for the money. But the experience of sitting through this latest flogged cash cow in the already overexposed comedy adventure series feels more like tracking stock figures than watching a piece of family entertainment. Every frame feels laboured, every gag tired, every action set piece familiar, every performance phoned in. Tom Huddleston Weekly box office: Dhs2,871,012 Weekly admissions: 64,182 Total box office: Dhs11,088,126 Total admissions: 246,435
It’s been 10 years since Vin Diesel got behind the wheel of the Fast & Furious franchise, and he’s probably as surprised as anyone it’s still going. After busting out of prison, car thief Dom (Diesel) hatches a plan to rob Rio’s biggest drug baron. Meanwhile his sister Mia (Brewster) has a little boy/girl racer on the way thanks to cop-turned-robber Brian (Walker). The heist plot is enjoyable and doesn’t take itself too seriously, even if the finer details get muddied in exhaust smoke. Anna Smith Weekly box office: Dhs550,512 Weekly admissions: 17,959 Total box office: Dhs12,035,718 Total admissions: 363,355
Game Of Death
Not to be confused with the Bruce Lee classic of the same name, this up-and-down action was originally released in 2010, and went straight to DVD everywhere except Japan. The always-magnetic Wesley Snipes stars as a CIA agent who’s been double crossed by his team and subsequently goes on a fighting rampage. Fight scenes are decent, as is Snipes’ performance, but patchy directing and plot lets the film down overall. Weekly box office: Dhs462,216 Weekly admissions: 15,123 Total box office: Dhs462,216 Total admissions: 15,123
Bolbol Hayran (Arabic)
Bolbol (Helmy) wakes up in a full-body cast after a mysterious accident shattered every last bone in his body. He’s lying in a hospital bed, where he’ll probably spend the next few weeks, and with him is Dr. Amal (Ghanem), a dedicated physician taking care of his needs 24/7. Bolbol Hayran (A Bewildered Lovebird) suffers a suffocating detachment from reality. The eye-popping colours and polished sets reflect a world far from the one that we inhabit. There is not a single moment where Bolbol shows any sign of genuine torment, where any of his love interests represent more than just props. His dilemma starts out as insignificant and develops into an insufferable one: it’s a placeholder for humorous miscommunications and frail idiosyncrasies. Weekly box office: Dhs423,561 Weekly admissions: 14,008 Total box office: Dhs2,567,807 Total admissions: 83,560
From Joel Schumacher, the helmsman behind Batman Forever, Phone Boothand The Client, this average horror gore film covers everything from Nazi zombies to the occult and Viking rune stones. It begins in West Virginia in the ’30s, when a German immigrant family take in a lodger. The story then grows to encompass Hitler and the Third Reich, and finishes in the same place in current times, where the house is still haunted by a sense of evil. The plot is at first bewildering, but as the pace picks up about a third of the way in, suddenly the threads become clearer. The film was a victim of zero marketing and a straight-to-DVD release in the States, yet despite technical issues and some serious black holes in the plot, it still has that comforting quality of a horror flick that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Weekly box office: Dhs224,174 Weekly admissions: 7,298 Total box office: Dhs224,174 Total admissions: 7,298
Animals United (3D)
There’s no point pondering how a lion, a meerkat, two Galapagos turtles, a polar bear, a kangaroo, a Tasmanian Devil and a cockerel could ever live in harmony, suffice to say that it allowed filmmakers to drum home their message that mankind is destroying the planet. This cautionary tale sports impressive animation and a worthy ecological message, but its method of execution is clumsy. Still, the kids at the screening managed to stay awake. Derek Adams Weekly box office: Dhs185,150 Weekly admissions: 4,460 Total box office: Dhs1,410,780 Total admissions: 33,982
Based loosely on a real-life Stanford University experiment from 1971, and more than loosely on 2001 German film Das Experiment, this went straight to video in the UK and US. It follows 26 men who are chosen to participate in a two-week psychological study, enacting the roles of guards and prisoners. The film explores the darkness of group mentality, showing how animalistic humans can be. The highlight is a creepy performance from Forest Whitaker. Nyree McFarlane Weekly box office: Dhs126,556 Weekly admissions: 4,172 Total box office: Dhs464,341 Total admissions: 15,283
With its big hair, blunt dialogue, swooning maidens, stoic heroes and shiny armour, had Thor been released a quarter of a century ago it would have had its own tie-in shampoo. It remains an endearing throwback to simpler times: when men were men, gods were gods and heroes looked like bodybuilders who’d just raided the dress-up box. Just don’t expect to remember much about it afterwards. Tom Huddleston Weekly box office: Dhs114,174 Weekly admissions: 3,357 Total box office: Dhs7,518,624 Total admissions: 176,294
A friendly domesticated macaw named Blu (voiced by Eisenberg) travels from small-town Minnesota to Rio de Janeiro, when he meets the bird of his dreams. But the object of his affections, the fiercely independent Jewel (Hathaway) is no pushover: cue a comedic animated rewriting of the gender stereotypes yet again, with Jewel assisting (a rather emasculated) Blu to learn to fly, while making all sorts of friends, including will.i.am and Jamie Foxx. Weekly box office: Dhs120,394 Weekly admissions: 3,245 Total box office: Dhs6,880,271 Total admissions: 159,175
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Eddy Markiewicz Jun 08, 2011 05:49 am
Although the movie was, in general, funny! We found the swearing too over-the-top!
It did not need to resort to so many expletives to get a laugh!
Obviously we are in a Muslim country and needless to say bad language isn't tolerated; yet we thought it was inappropriate even for a western cinema.
As a footnote; once again there were children allowed into the auditorium which beggars belief!!