This week, we get an early start on Halloween with Not Another Paranormal Activity Movie, Bradley Cooper’s career takes a bit of a scary nosedive, old Disney classics come back to haunt us, and two local movies have nothing to do with Halloween but they still look pretty good. Plus we have a highly-praised coming-of-age drama and a properly awful Harry Potter rip-off.
Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension
The Paranormal Activity series grows with this fifth entry from Paramount Pictures.
Hmm. Okay, not much to go on with that synopsis, and not a heck of a lot of reviews out there for this either. So, running on absolutely nothing but pure assumption, Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension is another boring sequel in a horror franchise that started out with an interesting premise, but quickly ran itself into the ground with mass production, losing everything that made it unique in the first place. That’s my guess in any rate.
Chef Adam Jones had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene. This remarkably funny and emotional story is about the love of food, the love between two people, and the power of second chances.
On paper, Burnt looks like a pretty tasty movie, but unfortunately, it turns out it’s a flop. It might have some decent moments, and a strong ensemble cast, but it suffers from a shallow and predictable script that ends up playing it safe instead of stretching its wings. Burnt scrapes by with 33% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, “the handsomest man in the world,” Monroe Rutherford (Alexander Skarsgård). What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment.
Unconventional and honest, The Diary of a Teenage Girl is refreshingly different, taking a no-holds-barred approach to a messy coming-of-age story. 95% on Rotten Tomatoes makes this a must-see.
The Jakes Are Missing
Janice and Donald Jakes have fallen out of love and into Witness Protection. Being at the wrong place at the wrong time sends a teenage boy and his parents to a journey where they will rediscover what it means to love each other.
Yes it looks totally predictable, but at the same time, it honestly looks kind of… cute. I’ll be the first to admit that these kinds of movies are definitely not my cup of tea, but the trailer definitely had some laugh-worthy moments, and it’s really nice to see a South African movie that is so well produced and doesn’t have anything to do with “hot topic” issues.
Dis Ek, Anna
Successful Bloemfontein businessman Danie du Toit’s doorbell rings in the middle of the night. It’s the stepdaughter he hasn’t seen in years, and she’s seeking revenge. This is the poignant tale of the abuse of Anna Bruwer by her stepfather over a period of eight years. “Silent Anna,” she called herself, because she could not tell anyone about her twilight world of shame, threats and coercion.
There’s no doubt that Dis Ek, Anna is going to be a heavy movie, sexual abuse isn’t exactly a light-hearted topic. But, once again critics are heaping praise on award-winning director Sara Blecher, who will be taking her third feature film on the international festival circuit after its local release. Looks like Ms Blecher is definitely an up-and-coming director to keep an eye on.
Abandoned after an accident, baby Mowgli is taken and raised by a family of wolves. As the boy grows older, the wise panther Bagheera realizes he must be returned to his own kind in the nearby man-village. Baloo the bear however thinks differently taking the young Mowgli under his wing and teaching that living in the jungle is the best life there is. Bagheera realizes that Mowgli is in danger, particularly from Shere Khan the tiger who hates all people. When Baloo finally comes around, Mowgli runs off into the jungle where he survives a second encounter with Kaa the snake and finally, with Shere Khan. It’s the sight of a pretty girl however that gets Mowgli to go the nearby man-village.
Um, okay I’m honestly not sure what’s going on here. See, there’s supposed to be a version of The Jungle Book coming out in 2016, but this isn’t it. This looks like the original 1967 version, and honestly I’m not entirely sure why it’s showing on Ster Kinekor cinemas again. So… yes. You’ve probably seen it and know it quite well, and I guess this the chance to introduce the next generation to some classic Disney.
Molly Moon: The Incredible Book of Hypnotism
MOLLY MOON AND THE INCREDIBLE BOOK OF HYPNOTISM tells the story of a young orphan girl, Molly Moon, who comes across a book ‘Hypnotism, An Ancient Art’. Learning its lessons, she hypnotizes her way to stardom in London and becomes rich and famous. But little does she know that an unscrupulous man wants her book. He tracks her to London, kidnaps her dog, Petula and blackmails Molly. In order to get her dog back, she must rob Shorings Bank of all its jewels! And then she must find the friends she has lost from her hypnotic journey.
Hmm, British orphan finds magic that changes her life. Sounds like a cheap knock-off of Harry Potter. Completely lacking in charm and any sense of originality, Molly Moon is a movie that will probably make the kids cringe, never mind the adults. Although, I did laugh at the stupid looking pug, but that’s only because pugs are funny.
Last Updated: October 23, 2015