(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Adam zacharias delves through the uae?s latest cinema releases
the other woman
continuing the recent trend of ‘girls gone raunchy’ comedy films spearheaded by bridesmaids in 2011 comes the other woman – in which three scorned ladies join forces for a highly personal revenge mission.
cameron diaz plays carly who is mortified to discover that her boyfriend mark (nikolaj coster-waldau) is secretly married to kate (leslie mann). the ladies bond over the revelation only to find out that there’s yet another woman on the cards in the stunning amber played by sports illustrated model kate upton in her first starring role.
together the trio set out to teach mark a lesson he’ll never forget.
the comedy has so far polarised critics – some of whom enjoyed its over-the-top tone and some of whom have winced at its vulgar centre.
“there are enough laugh-out-loud moments and an infectious sense of naughty fun to keep you watching to the bitter bitter end” said stella papamichael of digital spy.
“there’s something rather sad about diaz and mann nattering on about blokes as if they are just out of high school” said siobhan synnot of the scotsman.
the other woman currently has a 43% rating on rottentomatoes.com and a 6.1/10 rating on imdb.com.
the other woman is a popular film title. it has previously been used for movies in 1921 1931 1954 1983 1995 and 2009 as well as being the name for episodes of lost and mad men and songs by jeff buckley and ray parker jr.
welcome to the jungle
adam brody attempts to display his comic chops in this lark about timid everyman chris who must come out of his shell to save his colleagues on a company retreat gone awry.
jean-claude van damme parodies his tough guy persona as a former marine with several screws loose. megan boone (the blacklist) plays the love interest rob huebel (the office) the office bully and support also comes from kristen schaal (flight of the conchords) and dennis haysbert (24).
despite the abundance of talent involved welcome to the jungle sank without a trace upon its release and garnered just a handful of eye-rolling reviews.
“this movie’s biggest audience will come from jean-claude van damme’s fan base and boy will they be disappointed” said elizabeth weitzman of the new york daily news.
“no matter what the title says there is no welcome waiting for you” said betsy sharkey of the los angeles times.
welcome to the jungle currently has a 25% rating on rottentomatoes.com and a 5.0/10 rating on imdb.com.
jean-claude van damme’s character storm rothchild is accused in the film of using the alias francois van varenberg. the belgian actor’s actual birth name is jean-claude camille francois van varenberg.
revered south korean director bong joon-ho (the host) co-writes and directs this sci-fi flick based on the french graphic novel le transperceneige by jacques lob benjamin legrand and jean-marc rochette.
the movie is set in the near future where most of mankind has been killed off by a new ice age the result of a global warming experiment gone wrong.
the only remaining humans exist aboard the snowpiercer a train which travels around the globe – whose inhabitants are divided by an elitist class system.
joining joon-ho’s english-language debut are a host of western stars including chris evans jamie bell ewen bremner john hurt tilda swinton octavia spencer and ed harris.
“an enormously ambitious visually stunning and richly satisfying futuristic epic from the gifted bong joon-ho” said scott foundas of variety.
“an enthralling ride that never runs out of momentum as it cleverly examines the issue of social class in a thoroughly engaging yet complex manner” said jason bechervaise of screen international.
snowpiercer currently has an 83% rating on rottentomatoes.com and a 7.1/10 rating on imdb.com.
jamie bell’s character in the film is named edgar after british movie director edgar wright (shaun of the dead hot fuzz)