Sunday Territorian 11 Dec 2011
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www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday, December 11, 2011. Sunday Territorian. 37 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:11-DGE:37 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K VERDICT: A HUGE SLAB OF A CHICK FLICK If sickly sweet is up your street . . . Pull my finger ... Ashton Kutcher and Lea Michele in a scene from New Years Eve NEW YEARS EVE 118 minutes (M) Director: Garry Marshall (Valentines Day) Starring Ashton Kutcher, Hilary Swank, Katherine Heigl, Robert De Niro, Jon Bon Jovi, Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer Reviewer: Leigh Paatsch My verdict: Its the end of the year as we know it HH THE same thought bubble kept forming above my head: You win, New Years Eve. I lose. Id pop the thing and it would just come back. The movie is pumped so full of rom-com goo and weepy creepiness that resistance is useless. The more you try to trudge against New Years Eves constant flow of sticky-sweet sludge, the more overpowering it becomes. Remember that 2010 fluffybunny feel-gooder Valentines Day? Well, New Years Eve is from the same production stable. And pretty much the same movie. That means you should be expecting many, many stars going blah-blahblah about everything lifey and lovey-dovey. Such matters are addressed with all the sincerity of a spam email from a Russian dating agency. But who cares when you can also discover what its like to be trapped in a lift with Ashton Kutcher for the night? (Spoiler ahead, ladies: You will become his eternal love slave well before a repairman can come to the rescue.) There is no plot in New Years Eve. Just big-ish names doing a little of this and that. Michelle Pfeiffer is a dowdy secretary who spends December 31 quitting her job, completing a full bucket list of all the things she wished shed done, and, umm, getting pashed by Zac Efron. Katherine Heigl (as a posh caterer) hates Jon Bon Jovi because he backed out of a former relationship. Will they get back together again? Trust me, you wont need a pad and pencil to work that one out. Robert De Niro (grizzled old guy) has a terminal disease so terminally terminal he might cark it at 11.59pm. Halle Berry (his nurse) will do all she can to ensure he lives at least two minutes longer. So he can witness the final countdown over in Times Square one last time, and so on. . . Put simply, New Years Eve just is what it is a huge slab of a chick flick thats the size of Uluru. DVDREVIEWS REDDOG92minutes (PG) This superb, all-ages picture is based on a true story, irresistibly embellished by the Outback myth that grew around it. Theres a fair bit of the popular book by British writer Louis de Bernieres in there too. The title character, a copper-hued kelpie, which became a living legend in WAs Pilbara region in the 1970s, is played by a remarkably expressive pooch named Koko. The adventures of Red Dog (and his nemesis, Red Cat) unfold as all ripping yarns should, with a sly wink and a steady hand. A classy crowd-pleaser. Stars Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor and Noah Taylor. BADTEACHER92minutes (MA15+) This unambitious comedy dopily dumps on to the screen whatever happens to cross its dirty mind. Cameron Diaz stars as Elizabeth Halsey, a smutty teacher only in education to get a rich husband. Most of her lessons involve putting on a movie for her students. Polite conversation is peppered with the detonation of F-bombs. Dress standards are that of a pole dancer between shifts. The novelty value of watching sweet, sunny Diaz turning sour to play an educator from hell wears off quickly. Costars Justin Timberlake. HANNA111minutes (M) A former contract assassin has trained his daughter in the dark arts from an early age. Now a teenager, Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) must travel across Europe to avenge the death of her mother. Australians Eric Bana (his best effort in years) and Cate Blanchett offer impeccable support. THEEAGLE114minutes (M) A solid sword-and-sandal affair, set in the same time and place (second-century Britain) as recent release Centurion. Retreated behind Hadrians Wall, the Romans status as a conquerers is waning. The empire needs a hero. And it may have one in Marcus (Channing Tatum), a former soldier on what seems to be a suicide mission. When it comes to observing historical details, or staging convincing bloody stoushes, this serious approach pays off. Directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King OZBOXOFFICE TOP 10 1 Twilight: Breaking Dawn $2.1m $24.1m 2 Jack and Jill $1.7m $1.7m 3 The Inbetweeners $1.5m $5.4m 4 Immortals $0.8m $3.3m 5 The Ides ofMarch $0.75m $2m 6 Arthur Christmas $0.7m $2.4m 7 Moneyball $0.3m $4.4m 8 In Time $0.19m $8.8m 9 Midnight in Paris $0.19m $6.4m 10 WeNeed To Talk About Kevin$0.09m $0.5m USBOXOFFICE TOP 10 1 Twilight: Breaking Dawn $16.9m $247m 2 TheMuppets $11.2m $56m 3 Hugo $7.6m $25.1m 4 Arthur Christmas $7.3m $25.2m 5 Happy Feet 2 $6m $51.7m 6 Jack and Jill $5.5m $64.3m 7 TheDescendants $5.2m $18m 8 Immortals $4.3m $75.5m 9 Tower Heist $4.1m $70.8m 10 Puss in Boots $3m $139m ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (G) SUN 9.40, 11.50AM IMMORTALS (MA15+) SUN 4.10, 9.20PM JACK AND JILL (PG) SUN 9.30, 11.30, 1.30, 3.30, 5.30, 7.30, 9.30 NEW YEARS EVE (M) SUN 11.10, 1.40, 4.05, 6.30, 9.00PM PUSS IN BOOTS (PG) SUN 9.30, 11.30, 1.30, 3.30, 5.30, 7.30, 9.30 THE FAIRIES: CHRISTMAS BALLET (E) SUN 9.40AM THE INBETWEENERS (MA15+) SUN 10.00, 12.05, 2.10, 4.15, 6.20, 8.40PM THE SMURFS (G) SUN 10.00AM THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 (M) SUN 12.15, 2.40, 6.00, 7.00, 8.30PM CASUARINA 3D ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (G) SUN 9.50, 2.00PM 3D IMMORTALS (MA15+) SUN 8.00PM 3D PUSS IN BOOTS (PG) SUN 12.00, 2.00, 4.00, 6.00PM 3D ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (G) SUN 10.05, 12.10PM JACK AND JILL (PG) SUN 2.15, 4.15, 6.10PM NEW YEARS EVE (M) SUN 1.45, 4.10, 6.30, 8.50PM PUSS IN BOOTS (PG) SUN 10.00, 11.55, 2.25, 7.05PM THE IDES OF MARCH (M) SUN 10.00, 3.30, 6.00, 8.20PM THE INBETWEENERS (MA15+) SUN 12.15, 4.20, 6.20, 8.30PM THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 (M) SUN 10.30, 1.10, 8.10PM CITY LEGEND NO FREE TICKETS CINEBUZZ MOVIE OF THE WEEK; 2D $10, 3D $15 SUNDAY FAMILY FLICKS $6 ALL TICKETS ALL TICKETS $8 AUDIO DESCRIPTION CLOSED CAPTIONS Surcharges apply when using screen savers and gift vouchers for 3D & Vmax sessions. Screen savers, standard gift vouchers, complimentary tickets & discounts cannot be redeemed for Special Event () screenings. Session Times Copyright 2011 - EVENT Cinemas. 3D ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (G) SUN 9.30, 3.15PM 3D PUSS IN BOOTS (PG) SUN 11.30, 1.20, 5.15, 9.00PM 3D