Movies out today: dancing, drama and local detectives

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Five new films open in South African cinemas today, and sadly, not one of them is Guardians of the Galaxy. This is what’s on offer to tide us over until next week while we wait for the movie that Kervyn thinks is the most important Marvel movie to date.

Step Up: All In

The fifth installment in the Step Up franchise, Step Up: All In brings the return of previous stars including Briana Evigan, Ryan Guzman, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Alyson Stoner and Adam G. Sevani. The dancers are all headed to Las Vegas to take part in a competition that will define their dreams, and careers.

Step Up: All In is for die-hard fans of the franchise, so expect to see paper-thin plots and generic acting alongside explosive choreography.

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Cold Harbour

From director Carey Mckenzie, Cold Harbour is a crime thriller set in Cape Town where township cop Sizwe Miya (Tony Kgoroge) gets the opportunity to prove that he’s ready for promotion by solving the case of a mutilated Chinese man that washed up on a Cape Town beach. As Sizwe delves deeper in to the case, links to Triad activity and police corruption threaten to leave him with no one to trust, and integrity demands he take the law into his own hands.

According to Kervyn’s review, while Cold Harbour is unique in its premise for a South African movie, it is ultimately let down by clumsy story/directing choices and its shaky third act.

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Think Like a Man Too

The sequel to 2012’s Think Like a Man and based on Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man Too follows the couples from the first movie as they go back to Vegas for a wedding. However, their plans for a romantic weekend get derailed when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations, and threaten to ruin the big event.

Scoring a very low 25% on Rotten Tomatoes, Think Like a Man Too fails to capture the same magic as its prequel according to critics. While the talented cast still perform admirably, in the end this sequel seems to be less funny, less risqué and less well-rounded than its predecessor.

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Le Week-end

First of the two art-house picks this week, Le Week-end tells the tale of married couple, Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan), who are revisiting their original honeymoon destination, Paris, to revitalize their marriage as they take stock of a lifetime of deep tenderness – and even deeper regret.

Also starring Jeff Goldblum and directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill), Le Week-end is apparently bittersweet, poignant and unsentimental, with 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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The Broken Circle Breakdown

Your second art-house pick this week comes in the form of The Broken Circle Breakdown. Releasing on Cinema Nouveau, The Broken Circle Breakdown is an intense, passionate melodrama about the love between tattoo shop owner Elise (Veerle Baetens) and banjo player Didier (Johan Heldenbergh).

Directed by Felix Van Groeningen, The Broken Circle Breakdown scores a solid 81% on Rotten Tomatoes, with potent chemistry between the two leads and a compelling soundtrack.

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Last Updated: July 25, 2014

Tracy Benson

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