Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bangkok Cinema Scene: Movies opening November 8-14, 2012

Soob Kuu Ku Loke

Petthai "Mum Jokmok" Wongkumlao and Nakorn "Ple" Silachai team up for Soob Kuu Ku Loke (สูบคู่กู้โลก ) as a pair of biker dudes who are having money troubles. However, their problems worsen when they discover their nephew (Phoom Rangsrithananon) is actually an alien in disguise. They find themselves fending off an invasion by extraterrestrials.

This is a new venture for the comedian Ple, seen here wearing a ridiculous fake beard as he pairs up with veteran comedian Mum. He was recently trounced out of his old Saranae comedy troupe by former partners Willy McIntosh and the dreadlocked Kiattisak “Sena Hoi” Udomnak, who went their own way and made Saranae Osekkai, the recent feature-film spoof of Japanese pop culture.

Naruebadee Vejjakam, who directed the first three Saranae movies, sticks with Ple for this latest effort. Rated 15+.

Also opening

Bloom (เด็กสาว, Dek Sao) – Veteran writer Fa Poolvoralak makes his feature directorial debut with this coming-of-age drama about schoolgirls in a small Ayutthaya riverside town as they prepare for the annual long-boat race. At Major Cineplex. Rated G.

Wolf Children – Some fans of Japanese anime think that Mamoru Hosoda, creator of such works as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars, is better than the perhaps more widely known veteran animator Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli. That's a matter of opinion, I suppose. Hosoda's latest tells of a young woman's romance with a guy who turns out to be a wolf. She gets pregnant and gives birth to a boy and a girl who also turn out to be wolves, and is then left alone to raise these wolf children in a contemporary Japanese society that no longer accepts the mythical creatures. Critical reception has been mostly positive. It's in Japanese with English and Thai subtitles at Apex Siam Square.

House at the End of the Street – Seeking a fresh start, a divorcée (Elisabeth Shue) moves with her teenage daughter (Jennifer Lawrence) to a dream home in a small town. Of course, the neighborhood turns out to have a dark past, otherwise, why would this movie even exist?  Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared, leaving only a brother (Max Thieriot). And, against her mom's wishes, the new girl in town strikes up a relationship with the reclusive neighbor boy. With mostly negative criticism, House at the End of the Street appears to be a minor blot on the otherwise promising career of young Hunger Games starlet Lawrence. Rated 15+.

Also showing

Elle s’appelle Sabine (Her Name Is Sabine) – The month of documentary films at the Alliance Française Bangkok continues with actress Sandrine Bonnaire's sensitive portrait of her autistic sister. It's in French with English subtitles at 7.30pm on Wednesday, November 14 at the Alliance Française.

Chakravyuh – Arjun Rampal and Abhay Deol star in this political thriller set against the backdrop of the Maoist Naxalite rebel movement in India. Arjun is a highly decorated police office who convinces his best friend (Abhay) to go undercover in a Naxalite group led by the ruthless Rajan (Manoj Bajpai). It's at Major Cineplex Sukhumvit and Rama III. Rated 18+.

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