Ghafla! Movies This Weekend (27th April 2012)

Friday, 27 April 2012 09:40 , Written by 

The weekend is finally with us yet again and what exciting offerings there will be for the movie lovers across the country. You can watch out for a dedicated movie and theatre review section on Ghafla! soon as well.

The highlights for this week include the world premiere of 'The Avengers' today at both the brilliant IMAX theatre and Fox Cineplex Sarit Centre in 3D, as well as the Hunger Games which is still featuring high up on the Box Office hits in the US and the UK. 

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Below is the bouquette of titles you can enjoy at the theatres this weekend of April 27th 2012: 

 

THE WORLDWIDE RELEASE of: 

THE AVENGERS IN 3D AND IMAX

Interesting to note is that this flick opens in Kenya before it does in the United States.

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

SHOWING AT:

IMAX 20th Century

Fox Theatres, Sarit Cineplex

Nu Metro Westgate

Starflix Prestige

*****

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.

ghost rider

SHOWING AT:

Fox Cineplex Sarit

Nu Metro Westgate

Starflix Prestige

*****

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

Nu Metro Westgate

*****

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

*****

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, Capital

Nu Metro Westgate

Starflix Prestige

****

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:

Starflix Village

*****

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:

Nu Media Westgate

*****

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

*****

HOODWINKED TOO! HOOD VS EVIL

Genre: Animation

Starring: Glen Close and Hayden Panettiere

Ghafla Rating: 7/10

Hood vs. Evil will find a teen such as Red Riding Hood who will be training in a distant land with a mysterious, covert group called the Sister Hoods. When Red and the Wolf get called upon by Nick Flippers the head of the Happily Ever After Agency over to investigate the disappearance of Hansel and Gretel.

hood

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 Theatres, 20th Century

*****

 

AT THE TOP OF THE BOX OFFICE is:

THINK LIKE A MAN

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union

Ghafla Rating: 8.5/10

Four women have given up on getting their men to do what they want until they find a how to book written by Steve Harvey. They start using his advice about relationships, and their men start falling in line, until the men discover what the women have been doing, then the war is on.

think

SHOWING AT:

Not Screening In Kenya

*****

A release (in Kenya) to look forward to in coming weeks is:

DARK SHADOWS

Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Sci Fi

Starring: Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfieffer

In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better...

dark

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