Friday, 13 August 2010

This Week's UK Cinema Releases, 13th August

A round-up of everything you should and shouldn't be seeing this weekend at your local cinema.

-Firstly, we have Disney's special effects laden The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a partial homage to the classic sorcerer's tale of Fantasia. Nicholas Cage stars as Balthazar, the once apprentice to Merlin himself. After Merlin is murdered by the evil Morgana, Balthazar captures her, and her henchman Alfred Molina, in an urn, and sets out to find the true descendant of Merlin to vanquish her for good. Hundreds of years later and he meets Dave (Jay Baruchel, She's Out of My League), a down on his luck New York student whose geeky ways are thrown aside as he learns from the very best.

-M. Night Shyamalan may want to duck and cover as his intensely hated epic adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender hits UK cinemas this week. The Last Airbender follows the story of Aang, the last remaining bender of air whose child-like ways must be thrown aside to stop the evil Fire Nation from empowering the Water, Earth and Air nations. To find out if Shyamalan has dug his own grave, head over to your local cinema where The Last Airbender will be showing in either 3D or 2D.

-Michael Jai White stars in Black Dynamite, the story of a 1970's African-American action legend. Killing his brother, pumping heroin into local orphanages and flooding the ghetto with his adulterated malt liquor are just a few on his agenda as he remains as the one hero willing to fight The Man.

-One of this year's After Dark Horrorfest titles, The Final, hits limited UK cinemas this week. A group of bullies hatch a plan of kidnapping all those 'popular' folk we all hated in high school, throwing them in a secluded log cabin and torturing them until, essentially, they realise their mistakes. What's on offer is a cheap knock-off that attempts to shock, but merely embarrasses with it's lack development.

-Oscar winning The Secret in their Eyes also hits, focusing on a retired legal counselor whose intentions of writing a novel to find closure for one of his past undisclosed homicide cases falls into place.

-Disney sequel Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue turns big-screen this time around, with the previous two available purely on DVD and Blu-ray. Tink must team up with a rival fairy to hide their existence from humankind.

-The most macho-orientated film of the year has it's pre-screening showings at cinemas this weekend. The Expendables, starring Stallone, Statham, Li, Rourke, Austen, Willis and Schwarzenegger, depicts the tales of a group of mercenaries as they head to South America to overthrow a dictator.

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