Hitting SA cinemas this weekend

Of course the biggest new release of the week is superhero comic adaptation Green Lantern - screening in both 2D and 3D. The film has been out since Wednesday, and you can read my blog post on that here. For the record, Green Lantern is a disappointing 26% Fresh on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. Apparently the film is well acted but otherwise over-stuffed, messy and dumb. Trailer Tuesday profile here.

For those of you not in the mood for Ryan Reynolds' CGI-clad abs (what the hell is wrong with you?!), you can get your cinema kicks with the following new movies:

Ek Joke Net: The undemanding South African public adore candid camera/prank movies, and the dual-language Ek Joke Net is the latest local addition to this genre - from a band of young up-and-coming comedic talents. I'm not one for this kind of movie but I have to admit that the trailer squeezed a few laughs out of me. Small praise but this one looks a bit edgier than the typical juvenile Leon Schuster fare.

Bridesmaids: I profiled this raunchy comedy just this week as part of Trailer Tuesday. Described as a female The Hangover with heart and likeable characters, Bridesmaids is the best reviewed of today's new releases, sitting with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 89% Fresh. For the record, the film centres on Annie (Kristen Wiig), who, despite reeling from assorted personal and professional disappointments, agrees to be her best friend's maid of honour - and immediately finds herself part of a very mismatched bridal party.

All Good Things: Oh, so that's where you've been, Kirsten Dunst? If you're not in the mood for flashy superhero escapism or naughty comedy, there's this 80s-set romantic thriller, inspired by real events. Dunst is the working class wife of Ryan Gosling's heir to a real estate empire. Despite passionate beginnings, the young couple's relationship falters when hubby becomes increasingly involved in the business dealings of his secretive family. All Good Things is 33% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Apparently the film features excellent performances, but overall feels awkward and underwhelming.


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