Bring on the block­busters

As win­ter closes in, Eguide film critic Leigh Paatsch takes a look at what’s hot on the big screen

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THE DIC­TA­TOR

Due out: May 16 Stars: Sacha Baron Co­hen, Anna Faris, Ja­son Mant­zoukas, Ben Kings­ley

They say: The heroic story of a dic­ta­tor who risks his life to en­sure that democ­racy will never come to the coun­try he’s so lov­ingly op­pressed.

We say: Baron Co­hen is al­ready the mar­ket leader in be­ing for­eign, funny, in­ap­pro­pri­ate and in­sane. Clearly play­ing to his strengths here.

Close up: SBC fans will no­tice one big change: the guer­rilla, mock- doco shoot­ing style has been dumped. It’s time for a script and proper ac­tors. The lead char­ac­ter is a African- Arab amal­gam of dead despots like Sad­dam Hus­sein and Muam­mar Gaddafi.

Wide shot: While SBC has made more bad movies ( Bruno, Ali G

In­da­house) than good ( Bo­rat), he does have a knack for get­ting the world’s at­ten­tion.

MEN IN BLACK 3

Due out: May 24

Stars: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson

They say: Agent J trav­els back in time to stop an alien from as­sas­si­nat­ing his friend, Agent K, and chang­ing his­tory.

We say: It’s been 10 years since the last one. Public de­mand hasn’t ex­actly been through the roof in that time. Bet­ter bring its A- game.

Close up: The whole she­bang has been rather rushed for a $ 200 mil­lion movie, to say the least. To score a tax break, film­ing started be­fore a script was any­where near fin­ished. Ex­ten­sive rewrites and un­planned re- shoots were the or­der of the day through­out pro­duc­tion.

Wide shot : Smith came up with the orig­i­nal sto­ry­line, which con­signs Jones to the subs bench for much of the play while Brolin plays his younger self in the swingin’ 1960s.

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