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NEW RE­LEASES

De­spi­ca­ble Me 2: While not quite as charm­ing or unique as the orig­i­nal, this an­i­mated se­quel comes pretty close, even with­out the in­spired lu­nacy of the first movie. The movie is smartly cal­cu­lated to de­liver squeals to kids and amuse­ment to ac­com­pa­ny­ing adults. ★★★ Killer Joe: A con­de­scend­ing tale of lowlife con­spir­a­tors who are as gullible as they are homi­ci­dal, the movie be­gins as a pitch-black com­edy, but the fi­nal act saps the hu­mour and pushes the bound­aries of taste. ★★ Die Laaste Tango: When a dis­graced cop, De Wet (Louw Venter), with­draws to a Ka­roo town to es­cape the fall-out of botched ar­rest, he soon falls for a lo­cal girl, Ella (An­toinette Louw), who is slowly dy­ing. When he finds out that her dy­ing wish is to dance the per­fect tango, he de­cides to help her make it come true… but his past is about to catch up with him. Not re­viewed

ON CIR­CUIT

Man of Steel: Man of Steel serves up what could be as much spec­ta­cle and ac­tion as any movie any­one could think of. Zack Sny­der’s ex­trav­a­ganza is a re­hab job that is so over­whelm­ingly in­sis­tent in its size and strength that it’s hard not to give in. ★★★★ Song for Marion: Six­ties stars Vanessa Red­grave and Ter­ence Stamp bring grav­i­tas and pathos to this well­worn tale of pen­sion­ers com­pet­ing in a choir com­pe­ti­tion. ★★★★ White House Down: Pre­pos­ter­ously en­ter­tain­ing film that bor­rows from Die Hard, Air Force One, Lethal Weapon and Home­land, re­sult­ing in an ac­tion thriller that doesn’t know when to quit. Jamie Foxx plays the US pres­i­dent and Chan­ning Ta­tum is a Se­cret Ser­vice agent who must pro­tect him. ★★★ To The Won­der: Di­rec­tor Ter­rence Mal­ick’s med­i­ta­tion on love and the dis­in­te­gra­tion of a re­la­tion­ship wafts along to no par­tic­u­lar pur­pose. How­ever, this med­i­ta­tive drama man­ages to be oddly mov­ing. ★★★ Spud: The Mad­ness Con­tin­ues: Spud Mil­ton is ap­proach­ing the ripe old age of 15, with no sign of the muchan­tic­i­pated man­hood. He is com­ing to terms with the fact that he may well be a freak of na­ture. Not re­viewed.

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