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Let's Go To The Movies  by Mark Gernpy

 

Now playing in Chiang Mai through July 4

The Amazing Spider-Man: US, Action/ Adventure/ Fantasy/ Thriller – Expected by all concerned to be the next super-big movie hit. This time Peter Parker is played by the quite-amazing-by-himself Andrew Garfield (The Social Network). He’s an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance – leading him directly to the lab of his father's former partner, a true villain whose alter-ego is The Lizard. Generally highly favorable reviews. In both 3D (English) and Digital 2D (English) at Airport Plaza; Digital 2D (English) and regular 2D (Thai-dubbed) at Vista.

The Dictator: US, Comedy – It’s scripted rather than the sort-of-documentary performances of Bruno and Borat, and I feel a lot more comfortable as a result. The making of fools out of people in real interviews which was so much the style of the previous films made me feel very uncomfortable and sort of slimy. This is much more a regular script. However wild and raunchy the satire might be, it belongs to a truly valid comedic tradition, and is indeed very funny. Rated R in the US for strong crude and sexual content, brief male nudity, language, and some violent images; 18+ in Thailand. Mixed or average reviews. In Digital 2D (English), and only at Airport Plaza.

Prometheus: US, Action/ Horror/ Sci-Fi – An exceptionally well-done science-fiction film with a lot to think about amidst all the action. I thought it really a most satisfying movie experience. It’s the story of a team of explorers who discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. Directed by Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, who with this film returns to the genre he helped define. For me, many references to 2001: A Space Odyssey – including a walking, talking, joking HAL 9000 robot. And he’s got his own personal issues to work out (again!). Fine performances by Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, and Michael Fassbender (as the robot). Rated R in the US for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language; 15+ in Thailand. Generally favorable reviews, but I think it’s much better than that. I’d say it’s not to be missed. Now only in regular 2D, only Thai-dubbed, and only at Vista.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted: US, Animation/ Adventure/ Comedy/ Family – The Madagascar team of regulars – Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe – are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent – Madagascar style. Mixed or average reviews, which call it bright and breezy with fast pacing, bright colors, dazzling circus acts, a vigorous villain, and some new characters. Now only in Digital 2D (English), and only at Airport Plaza.

Snow White and the Huntsman: US, Action/ Adventure/ Drama/ Fantasy – I thought this a fantastically beautiful film with superb art direction and a fully realized story. It’s the old tale intact, with every moment, every twist and turn, given full due. Visually and aurally it is without peer – one of the most exciting and satisfying films I’ve seen in some time. Starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron; directed by Rupert Sanders, making his feature film debut. Shot mostly in England, with impressive photography. Mixed or average reviews, but I recommend it highly. Now only in regular 2D, only Thai-dubbed, and only at Vista.

Antapal (Hoodlum) / Gangster: Thai, Action/ Drama – A gritty action film on the exploits of Thai gangsters in the 1950s, starring Krissada “Noi” Sukosol Clapp and  "Tao" Somchai Kemglad as a pair of young hoodlums who take on the old-time mafia to shake up the Thai underworld. They then find themselves challenged by a pair of even younger hoodlums who are obsessed with the lifestyle of James Dean. Directed by Kongkiat Khomsiri, it’s based on a true story about a Bangkokian Mafia that was formed during a time of social and cultural upheaval in Thailand. Young people were listening to Elvis and aspiring to be like James Dean, breaking down cultural norms and, in the case of the men at the center of this film, breaking the law with a wild disregard for anything in their way. Rated 18+. Thai-only at Vista, English subtitles at Major.


 

Now playing in Chiang Mai through

Prometheus: US, Action/ Horror/ Sci-Fi – An exceptionally well-done science-fiction film with a lot to think about amidst all the action. A satisfying movie experience, which really must be seen in 3D. There was one spot when the characters were exploring a cave, and with the sound of the water dripping from the stalactites seemingly all around me in the theater, I was transported into the scene more completely than I ever remember happening before; it was an amazing experience.

It’s the story of a team of explorers who discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. Directed by Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, who with this film returns to the genre he helped define. For me, many references to 2001: A Space Odyssey – including a walking, talking, joking HAL 9000 robot. And he’s got his own personal issues to work out (again!). Fine performances by Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, and Michael Fassbender (as the robot). Rated R in the US for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language; 15+ in Thailand. Generally favorable reviews, but I think it’s much better than that. I’d say it’s not to be missed. In 3D and English at Airport Plaza, 2D and Thai-dubbed at Vista.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted: US, Animation/ Adventure/ Comedy/ Family – The Madagascar team of regulars – Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe – are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent – Madagascar style. Mixed or average reviews, which call it bright and breezy with fast pacing, bright colors, dazzling circus acts, a vigorous villain, and some new characters. In 3D and English at Airport Plaza, 2D and Thai-dubbed at Vista.

Snow White and the Huntsman: US, Action/ Comedy/ Sci-Fi – I saw the plain old regular 2D version, and thought it a fantastically beautiful film with superb art direction and a fully realized story. It’s the old tale intact, with every moment, every twist and turn, given full due. Visually and aurally it is without peer. The direction is fine with the exception of the use of the shaky cam in a few places to cheat on the action scenes. It’s a lazy way of doing things, just making a blur of action so you can’t tell what’s going on, and thus they don’t have to plan out the scene very much. But it’s use is minimal, irritating because it’s so exceptional otherwise.

Probably you won’t love it much if you have an objection to fairy tales, but for me it is one of the most exciting and satisfying films I’ve seen in some time. Seemed a never-ending dark feast of surprise after surprise, delight after delight, imaginative horror after bloody evil. One could talk much about the excellent and imaginative costuming and art direction, and music/sound design. It all ends in a truly huge battle, unexpected in magnitude and ferocity. Research on medieval battles and the background of the fairy tale were provided by consultants from the University of Chichester and the University of Oxford. All in all, just a very well-done film.

Starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron; directed by Rupert Sanders, making his feature film debut. Shot mostly in England, with impressive photography at Pembrokeshire with a computer-generated castle. Mixed or average reviews, but I recommend it highly. In 2D only, Digital at Airport Plaza (English), and regular 2D (Thai-dubbed) at Vista.

Antapal (Hoodlum) / Gangster: Thai, Action/ Drama – A gritty action film on the exploits of Thai gangsters in the 1950s, starring Krissada “Noi” Sukosol Clapp and “Tao” Somchai Kemglad as a pair of young hoodlums who take on the old-time mafia to shake up the Thai underworld. They then find themselves challenged by a pair of even younger hoodlums who are obsessed with the lifestyle of James Dean. Directed by Kongkiat Khomsiri, it’s based on a true story about a Bangkokian Mafia that was formed during a time of social and cultural upheaval in Thailand. Young people were listening to Elvis and aspiring to be like James Dean, breaking down cultural norms and, in the case of the men at the center of this film, breaking the law with a wild disregard for anything in their way. Rated 18+. Thai-only at Vista, English subtitles at Major.

The Amazing Spider-Man: (Scheduled for Friday, June 29) US, Action/ Adventure/ Fantasy/ Thriller – Expected by all concerned to be the next super-big movie hit. This time Peter Parker is played by the quite-amazing-by-himself Andrew Garfield (The Social Network). He’s an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to the lab of his father’s former partner, a true villain whose alter-ego is The Lizard.

Get the Gringo / How I Spent My Summer Vacation: US, Action/ Crime/ Drama/ Thriller – A career criminal (Mel Gibson) is nabbed by Mexican authorities and placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy. Rated R in the US for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some drug use, and sexual material; 18+ in Thailand. Generally favorable reviews, saying this film will remind you why he is considered an excellent actor. At Vista only; Thai-dubbed only.

Piranha 3DD: US, Action/ Comedy/ Sci-Fi – The “DD” in the title refers to the cup size in women’s bras, so you can tell what the movie is fixated on. It’s a horror-comedy sequel to the 2010 film “Piranha 3D”. Ving Rhames and Christopher Lloyd reprise their roles from the first film. The director has said that the film was shot in 3D, as opposed to being converted to 3D in post-production. But it’s shown in 3D only at Major, and in English; at Vista it’s in 2D and Thai-dubbed. Generally unfavorable reviews, with many objecting to the film’s basic premise that women’s breasts are for the viewing pleasure of other people, and nothing else. In Thailand, only viewers over 20 years of age allowed in.


Now playing in Chiang Mai through June 27.

Battlefield America – Where Kids Rule: US, Drama/ Musical – A young businessman hires an instructor to turn a group of misfit kids into a team on the underground dance competition circuit. It’s a dance film written and directed by Chris Stokes, essentially along the lines of his own "You Got Served," which is to say that it tells the story of competing dance crews made up almost entirely of children. Reviewers note that not only is this grossly implausible, it's also incredibly disturbing; by replacing adult dancers with kids in the ten-to-twelve age range, Stokes has created a spectacle no less bizarre and fetishistic than a child beauty pageant. Generally unfavorable reviews, most commenting that it’s creepy because the kids are so young, and seem at the very least exploited. At Major only, in Digital 2D.

Prometheus: US, Action/ Horror/ Sci-Fi – An exceptionally well-done science-fiction film with a lot to think about amidst all the action. A satisfying movie experience, which really must be seen in 3D. There was one spot when the characters were exploring a cave, and with the sound of the water dripping from the stalactites seemingly all around me in the theater, I was transported into the scene more completely than I ever remember happening before; it was an amazing experience.

It’s the story of a team of explorers who discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. Directed by Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, who with this film returns to the genre he helped define. For me, many references to 2001: A Space Odyssey – including a walking, talking, joking HAL 9000 robot. And he’s got his own personal issues to work out (again!). Fine performances by Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, and Michael Fassbender (as the robot). Rated R in the US for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language; 15+ in Thailand. Generally favorable reviews, but I think it’s much better than that. I’d say it’s not to be missed. In 3D and English at Airport Plaza, 2D and Thai-dubbed at Vista.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted: US, Animation/ Adventure/ Comedy/ Family – The Madagascar team of regulars – Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe – are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent – Madagascar style. Mixed or average reviews, which call it bright and breezy with fast pacing, bright colors, dazzling circus acts, a vigorous villain, and some new characters. In Digital 2D and English at Airport Plaza, Digital 2D and Thai-dubbed at Vista.

Snow White and the Huntsman: US, Action/ Comedy/ Sci-Fi – I saw the regular (non-digital) 2D version, and thought it a fantastically beautiful film with superb art direction and a fully realized story. It’s the old tale intact, with every moment, every twist and turn, given full due. Visually and aurally it is without peer. The direction is fine with the exception of the use of the shaky cam in a few places to cheat on the action scenes. Its use is minimal, irritating because the film is so exceptional otherwise.

Probably you won’t love it much if you have an objection to fairy tales, but for me it is one of the most exciting and satisfying films I’ve seen in some time. Seemed a never-ending dark feast of surprise after surprise, delight after delight, imaginative horror after bloody evil. One could talk much about the excellent and imaginative costuming and art direction, and music/sound design. It all ends in a truly huge battle, unexpected in magnitude and ferocity. Research on medieval battles and the background of the fairy tale were provided by consultants from the University of Chichester and the University of Oxford. The attention to detail is evident, and a delight.

Starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron; directed by Rupert Sanders, a well-regarded creator of commercials, making his feature film debut. Shot mostly in England, with impressive photography at Pembrokeshire with a computer-generated castle. Mixed or average reviews, but I recommend it highly. In 2D only, Digital at Airport Plaza (English), and regular 2D (Thai-dubbed) at Vista.

Antapal (Hoodlum) / Gangster: Thai, Action/ Drama – A gritty action film on the exploits of Thai gangsters in the 1950s, starring Krissada “Noi” Sukosol Clapp and "Tao" Somchai Kemglad as a pair of young hoodlums who take on the old-time mafia to shake up the Thai underworld. They then find themselves challenged by a pair of even younger hoodlums who are obsessed with the lifestyle of James Dean. Directed by Kongkiat Khomsiri, it’s based on a true story about a Bangkokian Mafia that was formed during a time of social and cultural upheaval in Thailand. Young people were listening to Elvis and aspiring to be like James Dean, breaking down cultural norms and, in the case of the men at the center of this film, breaking the law with a wild disregard for anything in their way. Rated 18+. Thai-only at Vista, English subtitles at Major.

Get the Gringo / How I Spent My Summer Vacation: US, Action/ Crime/ Drama/ Thriller – A career criminal (Mel Gibson) is nabbed by Mexican authorities and placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy. Rated R in the US for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some drug use, and sexual material; 18+ in Thailand. Generally favorable reviews, saying this film will remind you why Mel Gibson is considered such an excellent actor, despite everything. At Vista only; Thai-dubbed only.

Piranha 3DD: US, Action/ Comedy/ Sci-Fi – The “DD” in the title refers to the cup size in women’s bras, so you can tell what the movie is fixated on. It’s a horror-comedy sequel to the 2010 film "Piranha 3D". Ving Rhames and Christopher Lloyd reprise their roles from the first film. The director has said that the film was shot in 3D, as opposed to being converted to 3D in post-production. But it’s shown in 3D only at Major, and in English; at Vista it’s in 2D and Thai-dubbed. Generally unfavorable reviews, with many objecting to the film’s basic premise that women’s breasts are for the viewing pleasure of other people, and nothing else. Rated R in the US for sequences of strong bloody horror violence and gore, graphic nudity, sexual content, language, and some drug use. Both locations now claim it’s rated 18+ here -- down from 20+ last week. Maybe something’s been cut; maybe it’s just a mistake.

I Miss You: Thai, Drama – The film is about a handsome surgeon whose fiancée dies in a car crash and comes back to haunt him when he starts to look at someone new. It’s in Thai only (no English subtitles) at both locations.


 
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