See which sequel stands at top of the cinema charts
Time Out Dubai staff
The Cold Light of Day Director: Mabrouk El Mechri Stars: Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, Jim Piddock, Joseph Mawle, Caroline Goodall, Rafi Gavron, Óscar Jaenada
Superman-to-be Henry Cavill stars in this action thriller about a man trying to save his kidnapped family, snatched while on holiday in Spain. He uncovers a conspiracy and must go on the run, forced to work against the clock. Bruce Willis – ever one to smell a kidnap plot – appears as Cavill’s father, while Weaver also has a key role. Time Out Dubai staff
Weekly box office: Dhs261,551 Weekly admissions: 7,315 Total box office: Dhs1,680,759 Total admissions: 44,368
A Thousand Words Director: Brian Robbins Stars: Eddie Murphy, Cliff Curtis, Kerry Washington, Emanuel Ragsdale, Jill Basey, Greg Collins, Robert LeQuang, Michael G. Wilkinson, Lyndsey Nelson
Ageing funnyman Eddie Murphy plays a motormouthed literary agent who gets a crash course in holding his tongue after a mystical Bodhi tree sprouts in his backyard. Every word he speaks (or writes) costs him a leaf; if all the leaves fall, he croaks. The high concept breeds lowbrow gags – our hero ingests herbicides (don’t ask) and conducts conference calls using talking toys – but before this star vehicle devolves into a soggy New Age sermon, Murphy’s manic pantomiming offers a few faint flickers of the mad comic genius from 1987’s Raw. His best shot at reviving those glory days would be to drop hack director Brian Robbins (Norbit) like a superfluous sentence. A Thousand Words? We have one – meh. AA Dowd
Weekly box office: Dhs270,708 Weekly admissions: 7,511 Total box office: Dhs3,894,852 Total admissions: 107,168
Titanic 3D Director: James Cameron Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane
The film you hate to love returns in a refurbished 3D print. Mind you, we can’t think why anyone would wish to convert James Cameron’s soppy, sloppy but oddly likeable aquatic love story to this irritating format, but then again, the inherently darker and blurrier characteristics of the 3D medium might just smooth over the blemishes of the film’s truly dodgy CGI. Granted, it was 1997 when it was first released, but even then we all thought the ship looked like a cartoon. A re-viewing of the current 2D trailer for the first time in aeons confirms our original thoughts. Still, where there’s muck… TO
Weekly box office: Dhs525,633 Weekly admissions: 10,006 Total box office: Dhs1,687,422 Total admissions: 32,349
The Pirates! Band of Misfits Director: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt Stars: Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven
Following the mildly disappointing Wallace and Gromit movie, rat-com Flushed Away and the sweet but slight Arthur Christmas, a case could have been made that Aardman Animation was losing its mojo. Well, said spark is back in this deliriously entertaining tale of a pirate crew and their efforts to become scientific boffins.
Hugh Grant voices The Pirate Captain, whose attempts to become Pirate of the Year are thwarted because, well, he’s not very good. But when kidnapped naturalist Charles Darwin points out that the Captain’s parrot is in fact the last living dodo, the merry crew set sail for London to present their find to the Royal Society.
Movies such as the Shrek series have largely devalued the idea of a film aimed at both kids and parents, but The Pirates! gets the balance spot on. Kids will be enthralled by the slapstick and yo-ho-ho-ing, while the olds will get a kick out of the intricate visual detail, sparkling wit and wild historical inaccuracies: find us another movie in which Jane Austen chucks a mug at the Elephant Man. Glorious. Tom Huddleston
Weekly box office: Dhs469,696 Weekly admissions: 10,252 Total box office: Dhs1,404,796 Total admissions: 30,221
Wrath of the Titans Director: Jonathan Liebesman Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Ralph Fiennes, Édgar Ramírez, Toby Kebbell, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Danny Huston, John Bell
Louis Leterrier’s 2010 Clash of the Titans remake was a pinnacle in will-this-do multiplex joylessness. This time, in a turn of events more surprising than the script, the results are rather good. The prospect of further additions to this franchise no longer sounds like divine punishment. Guy Lodge
Weekly box office: Dhs463,014 Weekly admissions: 10,570 Total box office: Dhs5,865,894 Total admissions: 126,624
The Raven Director: James McTeigue Stars: John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans, Brendan Gleeson, Kevin McNally, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Jimmy Yuill
A bizarre, deeply unsatisfying fictionalised account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe, starring John Cusack: it’s hard to recall this actor giving a more uninterested performance. Languishing in 19th-century Baltimore and making a meagre living as a newspaper hack, Poe is soon back on the front page when a killer begins copying death scenes from the great author’s most famous stories. It’s impossible to shake the feeling that The Raven has been badly knocked about in post-production, resulting in a film that has no grasp on its characters or its plot. Tom Huddleston
Weekly box office: Dhs443,105 Weekly admissions: 11,388 Total box office: Dhs443,105 Total admissions: 11,388
Tactical Force Director: Adamo P. Cultraro Stars: Steve Austin, Michael Shanks, Michael Jai White, Adrian Holmes, Candace Elaine, Lexa Doig, Steve Bacic, Michael Eklund, Darren Shahlavi, Peter Kent
Stone Cold Steve soldiers on with his acting career and, to the surprise of no-one at all, his latest outing is a S.W.A.T. caper. Tactical Force continues to deliver the usual bouts of hardman posturing and… little else. As team leader Captain Frank Tate, it’s his job to lead the LAPD squad when a training exercise goes awry and they’re forced to face off against rival gangs, armed with nothing but blanks. Prepare yourself for 90 minutes of woefully unimaginative scripting and plenty of clichéd street-talk. Holly Sands
Weekly box office: Dhs463,526 Weekly admissions: 13,278 Total box office: Dhs463,526 Total admissions: 13,278
The Hunger Games Director: Gary Ross Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Willow Shields, Elizabeth Banks
The perils of allowing a successful author to adapt their own work for the screen are demonstrated once again in this absorbing but cluttered take on Suzanne Collins’s post-apocalyptic teen epic. This is a gripping, impressively mounted action movie – but its adherence to finicky details means there’s not enough time to fully explore Collins’s complex world.
Jennifer Lawrence excels as Katniss, a teen girl forced to take part in the televised Hunger Games, in which children from each of 12 districts fight to the death in tribute to the ruling Capitol. The central concept may be derivative, but as in the book, there are enough original ideas to make it feel fresh and involving.
But The Hunger Games is an oddly muted film. Director Gary Ross’s decision to avoid any sense of uplift or triumphalism may be appropriate for a story about children killing one another, but it leaves the film feeling a little one-note in its bleakness, which may harm its chances at the multiplex. This is a solid take on the material, but it could have done with a little less narrative incident and a little more cinematic sparkle. Tom Huddleston
Weekly box office: Dhs646,413 Weekly admissions: 16,676 Total box office: Dhs6,145,158 Total admissions: 160,548
StreetDance 2 Director: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini Stars: George Sampson, Sofia Boutella, Falk Hentschel
This energetic sequel to the Brit hit StreetDance begins like a 3D globe-trotting heist movie. Determined to form a winning street dance crew, Ash (Falk Hentschel) and Eddie (George Sampson) race around Europe whisking dancers off to Paris for a contest. It’s not clear quite how this is funded. But reality has never had much of a grip on dance movies.
This sticks closely to the tried-and-tested formula, as Ash dares to dream of pioneering a new fusion style. Aside from a few comic set-pieces and routine romance, the focus is squarely on the dancing, which looks impressive in 3D, and the speaking parts are sensibly limited to those who can act. Anna Smith
Weekly box office: Dhs1,450,190 Weekly admissions: 30,111 Total box office: Dhs1,450,190 Total admissions: 30,111
How I Spent My Summer Vacation Director: Adrian Grunberg Stars: Mel Gibson, Peter Stormare, Dean Norris
Some 13 years after his role in well-received 1999 crime thriller Payback, Gibson reprises the character of Porter in this sequel, which is also being released under the title Get the Gringo. After making a career out of crime, Porter’s felonies have finally caught up with him and the Mexican authorities throw him in jail. It’s here that he meets a nine-year-old boy who teaches him the tricks to survive life on the inside. Time Out Dubai staff
Weekly box office: Dhs1,611,043 Weekly admissions: 38,892 Total box office: Dhs1,611,043 Total admissions: 38,892