Movies out Today: 12 February 2015

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IT’S MOTHERF—KING DEADPOOL TIME! Cue the music…

  • Deadpool

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Guys, come on. You’ve seen all the marketing – from posters to billboards (and random videos about Australia and football). You’ve watched all the trailers (and other trailers and featurettes!). You’ve read Wade and Kervyn’s excellent 4/5 star review. Hell, you’ve probably already booked your tickets (I have!). What more do you expect me to say? It’s outrageous, it’s mental, it’s Deadpool!

  • How To Be Single

A young woman searches for love in New York City in this romantic comedy based on the novel by Liz Tuccillo, and produced by Drew Barrymore.

Oh, right. There are movies other than Deadpool opening this weekend. Damn, I didn’t think that far ahead. Okay, so How To Be Single is a movie about… being single, as is evident. But there’s also friendship and romance and it’s mostly shallow but still kind of funny. Basically, if you’re a strong independent woman that don’t need no man, take your like-minded friends to watch this on Valentine’s Day as a girls’ night out. And hey, it’s got Dakota Johnson, if you feel like some 50 Shades of Grey flashbacks to last year’s Valentine’s releases.

  • A Perfect Day

It’s just another day on the job for a band of badass war zone rescue workers as they defy death and confront war’s absurdities. The setting is 1995, “somewhere in the Balkans.” Over the course of 24 breathless hours, Mambrú (Benicio Del Toro) leads his team of humanitarians—including hard-bitten, wisecracking veteran B (Tim Robbins) and new recruit Sophie (Mélanie Thierry) —as they deal with a most unexpected crisis, layers of bureaucratic red tape, and the reappearance of Mambrú’s old flame. Through it all, the group handles the less-than-glamorous realities of life in a combat zone the only way they know how: with selfless bravery and a healthy dose of irreverent humour.

A Perfect Day is an odd movie. It’s strangely paced and rather scattered, but funny in an irreverent way, and it’s as sarcastic as its title, maybe even more so. A little bit weird and a little bit off, nevertheless critics have mostly enjoyed it, giving it 64% on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • Vir Altyd

Childhood best friends, Nina and Hugo, shared many adventures. But today, those adventures are just painful memories and reminders of the past. At the age of 28 Hugo (Ivan Botha), a successful travel photographer, returns home to Paarl for the first time in 10 years. He arrives, to his surprise, the day before Nina (Donnalee Roberts), an aspiring author and owner of a bookshop, is about to get married. Unexpectedly, Hugo becomes part of Nina’s big day… and suddenly their lives are turned upside down again.

Reviewers are saying it’s one of the best local films in recent months, expertly filmed on some beautiful locations, complimented by really good acting and an emotional (if not predicable) script. It’s pretty obvious that there are no surprises about this movie, and if you watch the trailer I’m sure you can surmise where it’s going and how it ends. But, it’s still an enjoyable ride.

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Last Updated: February 12, 2016

Tracy Benson

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