Movies releasing today: Sequels and arthouse fare

2 min read

This week at South African cinemas, new entries in hit movie franchises are evenly matched with art house fare. Take your pick…

The Bourne Legacy:
Matt Damon is out and Jeremy Renner is in for this fourth film in the action-espionage Bourne film series, stemming from Robert Ludlum’s spy thriller books. A rogue black ops agent – who isn’t Jason Bourne! – tries to get to the bottom of a shady government scheme to create drug-enhanced super-soldiers. Also with Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, Oscar Isaac and Albert Finney. Overseas critics are divided between calling Legacy well-constructed, electric entertainment or unnecessary franchise milking. 55% Fresh.

 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days:

The second sequel in the family-friendly comedy series, based on Jeff Kinney’s popular book series. Mixing live-action and cartoon illustration, the film follows self-absorbed tween hero Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) during his incident-filled Summer break. Sitcom-like with slapstick humour, but not without its old school “family values” charm.

 The Flowers of War:

A multi-award nominated historical drama from acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou. Christian Bale and Ni Ni star in this tale of a mortician holed up in a cathedral with a group of convent girls and prostitutes during Japan’s violent 1937 invasion of Nanking. Human drama clashes with spectacle, sans subtlety in either department.

Read  Action-packed new Star Wars Resistance trailer shows more Poe Dameron, General Leia, and Captain Phasma

 Monsieur Lazhar:

Screening in limited release is this French-language Canadian production about an Algerian immigrant (Mohamed Saïd Fellag) who takes over teaching duties at an elementary school. Despite the cultural gap, he gradually forms a bond with his class, but continues to struggle secretly with his own grief and fears. Tender and authentic-feeling. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars.

Last Updated: September 21, 2012

Noelle Adams

Sometime Tomb Raider. Full-time Pop Culture fanatic and Geekaissance Woman. Most often spotted outputting Pop Culture opinion pieces, writing fanfic and original genre fare, cosplaying and bringing the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu smackdown. Editor of the Comics and Toys section.

Check Also

Sew the Winter to my Skin is South Africa’s foreign language Oscar contender

Here is the trailer to the film that has been declared as South Africa's best bet to secur…