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Dis­con­nect: The ab­sorb­ing, if hys­ter­i­cally pitched Dis­con­nect is a cau­tion­ary tale of the in­ter­net age cen­tred on a rounde­lay of oc­ca­sion­ally in­ter­sect­ing sto­ry­lines that cul­mi­nate in dra­matic in­di­vid­ual catharses, each staged with melo­dra­matic, too-tidy over­state­ment. ★★★ The Lone Ranger: Johnny Depp and Ar­mie Ham­mer star in a re­vi­sion­ist ad­ven­ture with fran­chise and theme park in­ten­tions writ­ten all over it. Af­ter prov­ing him­self a crack shot on his first pranky Western, Rango, di­rec­tor Gore Verbin­ski ap­pears not to have had enough ammo left over to score as well with The Lone Ranger, but it has enough en­ter­tain­ment value to make it worth watch­ing. ★★★ The Big Wed­ding: The fact that the three ac­tors who do most of the fool­ing around – Robert de Niro, Diane Keaton and Su­san Saran­don – have a com­bined age of 202 pegs this as a sex romp for the Vi­a­gra crowd. ★★★ Bustin’ Chops: A lo­cal com­edy about stunt­man Eu­gene Koeke­moer and his crew of mis­fits who left a TV show and started reg­u­lar jobs. They seem to be do­ing well ex­cept Eu­gene, so he plans to re­assem­ble his crew to make a movie to show Steven Spiel­berg when he vis­its South Africa. Not re­viewed

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De­spi­ca­ble Me 2: While not quite as charm­ing or unique as the orig­i­nal, this an­i­mated se­quel comes pretty close. The movie is smartly cal­cu­lated to de­liver squeals to kids and amuse 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 fall­out of a 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 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 well- worn tale of pen­sion­ers com­pet­ing in a choir com­pe­ti­tion. ★★★★ White House Down: A 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

This movie only looks like a sci-fi film. At heart, it’s a tale of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­tween a cal­low boy and his jerk of a fa­ther. Di­rec­tor M Night Shya­malan lays on the schmaltz thick and heavy. ★ A Haunted House: Found-footage hor­ror movies are long over­due for par­ody, but this blandly ti­tled film fails to rise to the oc­ca­sion. ★ Shadow Dancer: James Marsh’s grip­ping thriller set in North­ern Ire­land de­mands pa­tience and con­cen­tra­tion, but is im­pec­ca­bly crafted. ★★★★ The Sap­phires: First-time film-maker Wayne Blair has crafted an ex­u­ber­ant cel­e­bra­tion of Abo­rig­i­nal­ity; its soul­ful­ness goes be­yond the em­brace of a juke­box full of Stax, Mo­town and At­lantic Records hits. ★★★★ The Great Gatsby: A hy­per­bolic adap­ta­tion of F Scott Fitzger­ald’s novel that spares noth­ing in bring­ing Jazz Age deca­dence to life. ★★★

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