Just three new films open in South African cinemas for the long weekend. Between them they offer a combination of sci-fi action, bittersweet star-crossed romance and tonally lightweight, but star-heavy, fare for the older set.
Edge of Tomorrow:
Blockbuster fanatics will find their needs fulfilled by this Japanese novel adaptation, screening in 2D, 3D and 3D IMAX. Tom Cruise is a rather useless soldier forced into a front line battle with aliens that have invaded Western Europe in the not so distant future. The thing is, he finds himself in a Groundhog Day-style time loop, fighting (and dying) in the same battle repeatedly. This makes him a better fighter, and his unique ability is recognised by Emily Blunt’s badass female commander, who has experienced something similar herself. Together, they may finally be able to save humanity.
As usual with a Tom Cruise flick these days, it can be difficult to get an objective opinion of the movie, given how often critics like to jab at the star. This said, both Kervyn and Kyle are supporters of Edge of Tomorrow, which they’ve said is massively entertaining, witty and *gasp* actually makes Cruise likeable. Internationally, reviewers have called the film gripping and playful. Pity about its ending though. 89% Fresh on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
The Fault in our Stars:
The critically acclaimed, best-selling romance gets the big screen treatment. Two teens (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) affected by cancer meet at a support group and develop a friendship that deepens into something more. Fate won’t let them escape tragedy, however. Also with Laura Dern and Willem Dafoe.
Like its source material, The Fault in our Stars has been a hit with critics and audiences alike. Check out Ingrid’s review here. The film is a tearjerker that succeeds thanks to its relaxed naturalism which develops over time, and refusal to slather on the mawkishness. Woodley is exceptional. 82% Fresh.
John Turturro writes, directs and stars in this indie comedy about two cash-strapped friends – the other being Woody Allen – who start up a thriving gigolo business. Feelings start to get in the way though. Then again, the lady clientele do include Sharon Stone, Sofía Vergara and Vanessa Paradis.
Fading Gigolo has split critics. It’s apparently lightweight and very likeable – Allen is especially delightful – but overall, the project doesn’t ring true at all.
Last Updated: June 13, 2014