REVIEWS

NINE: A musical film helmed by the director of the Oscar-winning Chicago and starring the biggest female stars in cinema today sounds like a can't-fail proposition. Sadly, it does.
THE BOOK OF ELI: It would be easy to dismiss The Book of Eli as simply another post-apocalyptic tale, but it does bring a few new elements to the table.
REVIEW: AVATAR: It’s one of the most anticipated movies of the year and, thankfully, Avatar also proves to be one of the most memorable films of the decade.
REVIEW: 2012: It’s the biggest disaster movie ever made but, while the film itself isn’t a catastrophe, it still fails to break out of the predictable Hollywood format.
REVIEW: NEW MOON: The second Twilight movie heralds the rise of another new screen idol, but is otherwise a feebly made orgy of pseudo-romantic teen angst.
REVIEW: LITTLE ASHES: Starring hottie of the moment Robert Pattinson, Little Ashes is more successful at generating sexual tension than exploring its subjects’ lives.
REVIEW: PEDRO: Presented as part of Cinema Nouveau’s Pride Month, Pedro is a moving, if somewhat erratic, biopic of reality star and activist Pedro Zamora.
REVIEW: DISTRICT 9: An excellent action film that really highlights South Africa’s talent, but a few glaring flaws prevent it from achieving true greatness.
REVIEW: PTERODACTYLS: It’s been a while since we’ve seen a meaty play with gay themes on Joburg’s stages, and Pterodactyls is a welcome and filling theatrical meal.
REVIEW: BRÃœNO: Despite some reservations, Sacha Baron Cohen’s controversial new film is an often funny and occasionally insightful take on pop culture and prejudice.
REVIEW: TRANSFORMERS – REVENGE OF THE FALLEN: If it’s mayhem on a massive scale that you’re after, then be sure to rush to see the second instalment of the Transformers series.
REVIEW: TERMINATOR SALVATION: Salvation, the fourth film in the Terminator franchise, will please action lovers but is unlikely to meet with the approval of fans of the series.
REVIEW: STAR TREK: Star Trek finally comes out from its geek closet in this fantastic reinvention of the legendary sci-franchise that is sure to appeal to a wide audience.
REVIEW: MILK:: Sean Penn recreates himself in this loving, well-directed tribute to the first openly gay man elected to public office in the US.
4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS: While occasionally frustrating and difficult to watch, this Romanian award-winner proves to be a brilliant character study.
REVIEW: WATCHMEN: Whether or not you’ve read the graphic novel, it’s likely you'll be disappointed with Zack Snyder’s new superhero epic, which would have worked better as a mini-series.
REVIEW: CORONATION: Nataniël's latest stage show at Emperor’s Palace, Coronation, certainly entertains; but is the enigmatic performer stuck in a creative rut?
REVIEW: THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON: This Oscar-winning film is engrossing, but the emotional effect is dampened by sheer length and a few weak plot points.
REVIEW: THE WORLD UNSEEN: The World Unseen has generated considerable controversy in South Africa, but does this locally made film about two women in love warrant all the attention?
REVIEW: DOUBT: While occasionally a little stagey, which isn't surprising considering its origins, Doubt – starring Meryl Streep – proves to be a worthy participant in the Oscar race.