Ghafla! Movies This Weekend (20th April 2012)

Thursday, 19 April 2012 13:11 , Written by 

The weekend is just around the corner and all movie buffs will be waiting with baited breathe to discover just what local theatres and cinema halls have in store for them.

The highlights for this week include the Hunger Games, which is ripping through the Global Box Office with reckless abandon as well as the premiere of the sequel to Ghost Rider, Spirit of Vengeance. We still can't get enough of Nairobi's brand new IMAX theatre showing the Wrath of the Titans in IMAX.

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Below is the bouquette of movies you can enjoy at the theatres this weekend of April 20th 2012: 

THE KENYA RELEASE of: 

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE IN 3D

Genre: Thriller, Action, Fantasy

Starring: Nicholas Cage Idris Elba

Johnny Blaze, a man who made a deal with the Devil who called himself Roarke at the time, is on the run trying to make sure no-one is harmed by his alter ego, The Ghost Rider. He is approached by a Monk named Moreau who tells him that he can help be him free of the Rider, but first, he needs Johnny's help to protect a boy, whom Roarke has plans for.

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*****

GHAFLA! HIGHLY RECOMMENDS >>

THE HUNGER GAMES

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Action

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemswerth

Ghafla Rating: 8.5/10

In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

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SHOWING AT:

Fox Theatres, Sarit Centre

*****

TITANIC IN 3D

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet

Ghafla Rating: 9/10

84 years later, a 100-year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiancé, Caledon Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning.

titanic

SHOWING AT:

Fox Theatres, Sarit

Nu Metro Westgate

*****

HUGO IN 3D

Genre: Adventure, Family

Starring: Asa Butterfield and Christopher Lee

Ghafla Rating: 7.5/10

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key which Hugo needs to find to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets with a shopkeeper, George Melies, who works in the train station and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past.

hugo

SHOWING AT:

Fox Theatres, Sarit

*****

GHAFLA! HIGHLY RECOMMENDS >

WRATH OF THE TITANS in 3D

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure

Starring: Sam Worthington and Rosamund Pike

Ghafla Rating: 8.5/10

A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus-the demigod son of Zeus-is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity's lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon.

wrath

SHOWING AT:

IMAX 20th Century

Fox Theatres, Sarit Cinemax

****

AMERICAN REUNION

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Jason Biggs, Alison Hannigan and Sean William Scott

Ghafla Rating: 7/10

Over a decade has passed and the gang return to East Great Falls, Michigan, for the weekend. They will discover how their lives have developed as they gather for their high school reunion. How has life treated Michelle, Jim, Heather, Oz, Kevin, Vicky, Finch, Stifler, and Stifler's mom? In the summer of 1999, it was four boys on a quest to lose their virginity. Now Kara is a cute high school senior looking for the perfect guy to lose her virginity to.

american

SHOWING AT:

Fox Theatres, Sarit Centre

*****

JOHN CARTER OF MARS

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Action

Starring: Taylor Kitch, Lynn Collins

Ghafla Rating: 6/10

Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.

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SHOWING AT:

Numedia Westgate

Fow Theatres, Capital Centre

*****

JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH 2

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Hutcherson 

Ghafla Rating: 6/10

Sean Anderson partners with his mom's husband on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island.

Journey 2

SHOWING AT:

Fox Theatres, Capital Centre

Nu Media Westgate

*****

MACHINE GUN PREACHER

Genre: Action

Starring: Gerard Butler

Ghafla Rating: 8/10

Sam Childs is a real-life ex-biker gang member. He decides to turn his life around by heading to East Africa to help repair homes that have been destroyed by civil war. He is affected by the plight of the people, especially the children. Against advice, he begins building an orphanage in militia territory. He also goes on an armed mission to rescue the children who have been kidnapped by the militia - who are being taken and forced to become child soldiers.

 machine gun

SHOWING AT:

Starflix Prestige

*****

MAN ON A LEDGE

Genre: Thriller, Crime

Starring: Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks

Ghafla Rating: 8/10

An ex-cop turned con threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop. The nearest New York Police officer immediately responds to a screaming woman and calls dispatch. More Officers arrive with SWAT and tactical command along with fire-fighters. The police then dispatches a female police psychologist personally requested to talk him down from the ledge. However, things aren't as straightforward and clearcut as they appear to be.

man on a ledge

SHOWING AT:

Nu Metro Westgate

*****

THE VOW

Genre: Romance

Starring: Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams

Ghafla Rating: 6/10

A car accident puts Paige (McAdams) in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo (Tatum) works to win her heart again.

the vow

SHOWING AT:

Fox Theatres, Capital Centre

*****

KAHAANI

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Starring: Vidya Balaan, Parambrata Chatterjee and Saswata Chatterjee

Ghafla Rating: 8/10

Kolkata is abuzz with the preparations for the annual Durga Puja festival, as seven months pregnant Vidya Bagchi steps off the airplane from London. Her first stop is the local police station to file a missing person report. Weeks ago, her husband Arnab arrived in India for a job assignment. The first two weeks, they talked daily on the phone, and then without explanation his calls stopped. Everywhere Vidya turns, no one can remember Arnab; there is no trace of him at the guest house or his workplace. It is as if he never existed. But Vidya will not give up her search. Somewhere in Kolkata she will discover the dangerous truth.

kahaani

SHOWING AT:

Nu Media Westgate

*****

UNDER THE SEA IN 3D

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Jim Carrey

Ghalfa Rating: 8/10

An underwater look at the diverse coastal regions of Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo-Pacific areas and the impact of global warming on the oceans.

under

SHOWING AT:

IMAX Thatres, 20th Century

*****

A release (in Kenya) to look forward to next week is:

THE AVENGERS IN 3D

This is interesting because the film might actually premiere in Kenya before it does in the US, on May 4th that is...

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Sci Fi

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L Jackson

A 2012 American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures1, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the sixth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast, which includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, and Samuel L. Jackson. In The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America to save the world from destruction.
Development of The Avengers began when Marvel Studios received a grant from Merrill Lynch in April 2005. After the success of the film Iron Man in May 2008, Marvel announced that The Avengers would be released in July 2011. With the signing of Scarlett Johansson in March 2009, the film was pushed back for a 2012 release. Whedon was brought on board in April 2010 and rewrote the screenplay that was originally written by Zak Penn. Production began in April 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio in August 2011 and New York City in September 2011. The film was converted to 3D in post-production.

avengers

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