Sci-fi westerns, magical prison dramas and a musical psycho
Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
The Green Mile An hour in, this touching adaptation of Stephen King’s 1996 novel is shaping up to be a prison drama in the vein of The Shawkshank Redemption. But then Michael Clarke Duncan starts projectile vomiting magical bees and it all goes a bit mental. Still a great film, mind.
Black Swan First it’s an arty career flick about one woman’s mission to succeed in the dog-eat-dog world of professional ballet. But then, just as you’re about to nod off, Natalie Portman starts growing feathers and things start getting downright odd. Oscar-winningly odd, in fact.
From Dusk till Dawn Arriving hot on the heels of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, many cinemagoers took this stealth horror B-movie at face value: another moody Tarantino gangster flick, set in a scuzzy Mexican bar. Imagine their shock, then, when the patrons turn out to be vampires, leaving leading man George Clooney in quite a pickle.
Sweeney Todd Thanks to some brilliantly misleading marketing, many sat down to Tim Burton’s 2007 reprisal of the demon barber expecting two-and-a-bit hours of Johnny Depp slashing throats and looking generally dashing. When he (and everyone else) started singing, then, it didn’t go down too well, with many moviegoers walking out.
Star Wars On the surface, the nerd favourite is classic sci-fi, starring a giant slug man, wise-cracking robots and glowy swords made of light. But look under the surface and you’ll discover all the traits of the classic western, from the naive youngster with dreams of bigger things to the trigger-happy renegade he meets in a rough saloon.