* Originally scheduled in NZ for Dec 20th, THE GUILLOTINES (血滴子) has arrived in 3D. This flashy-looking tale of the emperor's assassination squad facing extinction is directed by Andrew Lau (one half of the duo behind the Infernal Affairs trilogy). We're suckers for ANY movie featuring a flying guillotine, even if this one is rumoured to pale in comparison with the 1976 genre classic, MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE (独臂拳王大破血滴子):
* Apatow's "sort-of sequel to KNOCKED UP" THIS IS 40 is not exactly winning the world over, but with Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Chris O'Dowd, Lena Dunham, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow and Melissa McCarthy on the cast-list, it can't be too painful, right?
* Unseen since the first film in the franchise, John McClane Jr. aka Jack returns as a main character in A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, the fifth in the series. Played by Werner Herzog's deadly-serious sidekick in JACK REACHER, he'll help his Dad beat the shit out of Mother Russia.
* Lasse Hallström's SAFE HAVEN sees a young woman running from the dark secrets of her past. Sounds dreadful. But perhaps fans of the director's SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN or CHOCOLAT won't be scared off by that sentence.
* Hoyts has Asian drama anthology TOGETHER (在一起) starring Angela Baby and Donnie Yen. I saw a write-up somewhere that said the martial arts star won't be fighting in this one; instead, he plays Mr. Cool, a dude with a rare disease that prevents him from smiling. Hmm.
* More Bollywood films for the week: JAYANTA BHAI KI LUV STORY and SINGH VS KAUR both hit multiplexes this Friday. Flicks even has a third one, MURDER 3 listed as Feb 15th, but I don't think that's right...
* SOLD OUT for Valentine's!!! Number 8 Films: BEAR CITY 2- THE PROPOSAL, featuring Kevin Smith and Kathy Najimy! I guess you could always just stay home and listen to the new My Bloody Valentine instead (which is ACES):
* The latest pikachu flick POKÉMON THE MOVIE: KYUREM VS. THE SWORD OF JUSTICE hits this weekend for children and otaku, with a bonus 1-hour trading card demonstration at Wairau Park beforehand.
* In film-related news, the TAN DUN Martial Arts Trilogy is on this Friday at THE EDGE ($65 - $140). Tan will conduct the NZSO as they play segments from three of his movie scores, while the films screen behind them; CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (卧虎藏龙)(2000), HERO (英雄)(2002) and THE BANQUET (夜宴, aka Legend of the Black Scorpion)(2006).