Thursday, December 30, 2010

Bangkok Cinema Scene: Movies opening December 30, 2010-January 5, 2011

The Tourist

Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie headline the cast of this popcorn-pleasing international comedy-thriller.

Depp is a lone American traveler in Europe who finds himself attracted to a mysterious woman, played by Jolie. She draws him into a series of increasingly dangerous and hair-raising adventures.

Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton and Rufus Sewell also star.

It's directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, maker of the Oscar-winning film about surveillance of citizens in communist East Germany, The Lives of Others. The Tourist marks his Hollywood debut.

The movie has scored three Golden Globe nominations in the best comedy/musical category, including best actor and actress for Depp and Jolie.

Critical reception is negative, with the consensus being that "the scenery and the stars are undeniably beautiful, but they can't make up for [the] slow, muddled plot, or the lack of chemistry between Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie." Rated 13+.

Also opening

Yogi Bear – This is a live-action/computer-animated update to the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series that dates back to the late 1950s. Dan Aykroyd voices Yogi, a mischievous "smarter than the average bear" who thrives on coming up with inventive new ways to steal "pic-a-nic" baskets from visitors to Jellystone Park. His best pal Boo Boo is voiced by Justin Timberlake. Their adventure this time around involves nefarious forces who are trying to sell Jellystone Park to loggers, forcing Yogi and his nemesis Ranger Smith to combine forces to save the park. Critical reception is overwhelmingly negative, but the kids and their parents who were raised watching Yogi on Saturday mornings and after school likely won't care. Rated G.

The Incite Mill – Ten people are hired for the same lucrative temporary "job" and find themselves locked in an underground complex and forced to play a murder game for seven days. Hideo Nakata (Ring, Dark Water) directs. Critical reception is mixed. Japanese soundtrack with English and Thai subtitles at the Lido, Paragon and SFW CentralWorld. Rated 13+.

Sudkate Salateped (สุดเขต สเลดเป็ด ) – In what's become a New Year's tradition for new studio MThirtynine, Rerkchai Puangpetch (Noodle Boxer, 32 December Love Error) unwraps another New Year's treat for Thai moviegoers with Sudkate Salet Ped. Actor-musician "Pe" Arak Amornsupasiri portrays a young guy trying to get a break as a recording artist. "Yipso" Ramita Mahapruekpong, the glasses girl from the travel romance That Sounds Good, also stars. Comedic support is provided by the ubiquitous funnypeople Charoenporn “Kotee Aramboy” Onlamai and "Tukky" Sudarat Butrprom. Rated 13+.

Saranair Hen Phee (สาระแนเห็นผี ) – The comedy crew from the Saranair TV series are back for more ghostly laughs. Mario Maurer stars with Pongpit “Starbucks” Preechaborisutkul, the young actor who got his break in the first Saranair movie, 2009's Saranair Hao Peng. They're a couple of guys who run afoul of a mobster while hanging out in a bar. Actress "Aum" Patcharapa Chaichua plays a drunken coyote dancer who helps them out. Saranair cast "Ple" Nakorn is also featured. Rated 15+.

Also showing

Eternity (Chua Fah Din Salai, ชั่วฟ้าดินสลาย) – The lush-period potboiler is even more epic in a director's cut by ML Bhandevanob Devakula. Running for 3 hours and 10 minutes – an hour longer than September's original theatrical release – the characters are literally and figuratively more fleshed out with lots more skin and sex. The story is adapted from a 1943 novella by Malai Choopinit. Set set sometime in 1930s Siam, it deals with a love triangle that develops between a Burmese timber baron, his attractive younger wife and the man's handsome young nephew. Among the iconic images from the story is that of the cheating lovers chained together for eternity. Ananda Everingham and "Ploy" Chermarn Boonyasak star as the lovers in this sizzling new adaptation. Theerawong Liawrakwong portrays the uncle. Chua Fah Din Salai: Director's Cut runs until January 5 at House on RCA, showing in digital HD with English subtitles. Rated 18+.

Le silence de Lorna (Lorna's Silence) – Belgian brothers Jeanne-Pierre and Luc Dardenne direct this 2008 drama, which won the best screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival. Lorna (Arta Dobroshi) is a young Albanian woman caught up in the marriage-for-sale racket. She's wed to a drug addict in a deal brokered by a low-life named Fabio. Their aim is the kill off the junkie Claudy so Lorna can marry a Russian guy and then eventually be free of the racket so she can settle down with her true love and open cafe. But Lorna's growing sympathy for Claudy might derail those plans. With English subtitles at 7.30 on Wednesday, January 5 at the Alliance Française.

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