In Theatres: Travolta & De Niro have a fight

Here’s the round-up for today’s local theatre releases.

Killing Season

Coming to theatres today is Mark Steven Johnson’s Killing Season, about two Bosnian War vets who form an odd friendship with ulterior motives. The film marks the first time that John Travolta and Robert De Niro have shared screen time together — and the first time that Travolta’s attempt at an accent borders on joke territory/all-out mockery. (Honestly, watch the trailer.)

Dennis Dugan’s Grown Ups 2 is of course the follow-up to 2010’s Grown Ups. The film brings back the original cast, including Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade and Kevin James, for more Sandler-esque comedy. Lenny Fedder (Sandler) decides to move back to his hometown to be with his old pals, and so his kids can grow up with their kids and perpetuate the cycle. (By the time the child actors are 35 we’ll be onto Grown Ups 56.) You can read our review here.

I love me some anime. I also love me some Neon Genesis Evangelion — and yes, although there are many who refute what I’m about to say, I can’t help but feel it in my bones: Guilermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim is a rip-off of Evangelion. I’m not sayin’ there’s no variation in the plot lines — for instance, aliens don’t come out of the sea and wage war on the human race in Evangelion. But come on.

If you fancy robot war films, this sucker is for you, but personally I’d stick with Shinji’s story.

Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Neighbouring Sounds is an interesting sonic experience. It documents the dwellers in one apartment building in Recife, Brazil, as well as the the security guards who are paid to keep them safe.

You can also check out Massoud Bakhshi’s Une famille respectable, which follows the travels of Arash (Babak Hamidian), as he returns to Iran to teach after living and learning in the West. His interactions, especially with his family, only remind him of the hardships and troubles of his childhood. ■


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