Now playing in Pattaya
Wrath of the Titans / Clash of the Titans 2: US, Action/
Adventure/ Fantasy – Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his
father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades, who unleash the
ancient Titans upon the world. A sequel to Clash of the Titans. Not filmed in
3D, but the entire production was conceived as a 3D picture (unlike the first
film), with a 3D stereographer on set. (The 3D conversion of the original was an
object of universal scorn, as a supreme example of how not to do a 3D
conversion.) Stars Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, and Rosamund Pike. No reviews
yet, as it doesn’t open in the world until March 30.
The Grey: US, Action/ Adventure/ Drama/ Thriller – A
“must-see” film in my opinion. It’s a surprise – a film that’s spiritual,
frightening, heartfelt, and thrilling. A tale of survival, populated with
fleshed-out characters, and within a surprising philosophical framework. I was
truly frightened at several points, with my heart (what’s left of it, after a
bypass) pounding. Full of astonishing sequences, spectacular cinematography,
excellent performances, and heartfelt ruminations on mortality, faith,
masculinity, hope, family, and existence. It also has really cool wolves. Stars
Liam Neeson. Rated R in the US for violence/ disturbing content, including
bloody images, and for pervasive language; 13+ in Thailand. Generally favorable
reviews, some of which have been extraordinary in their philosophical
reflections. Now showing only at Pattaya Beach. (Warning: Sit all the way
through the closing credits. There’s one more scene – extremely short – at the
very end.) Highly recommended.
The Hunger Games: US, Action/ Drama/ Sci-Fi/ Thriller – Set
in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts
to fight to the death on live television, one girl volunteers to take her
younger sister’s place for the latest match. With Jennifer Lawrence, Josh
Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. Generally favorable reviews, saying that it’s
thrilling and superbly acted, capturing the dramatic violence, raw emotion, and
ambitious scope of its source novel. A 2D film in English, except Thai-dubbed at
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 3D: US, Adventure/ Animation – A
12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the
affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of
the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. A
mostly delightful plea for saving Nature, and it’s mildly cute and funny. Mixed
or average reviews. 3D (English) at Pattaya Beach; 2D (Thai-dubbed) at Major and
Mirror Mirror: US, Adventure/ Comedy/ Drama/ Fantasy – A
retelling of the Snow White tale with some surprising twists. Julia Roberts
plays the Evil Queen, Lily Collins plays Snow White, Armie Hammer is the Prince,
and the outstanding comic Nathan Lane plays a long-suffering servant of the Evil
Queen. With the Indian director Tarsem Singh, who did “The Immortals” last year.
No reviews yet (it just opened today in the rest of the world) but the previews
look intriguing. This is a 2D film, in English at Pattaya Beach and Major,
Thai-dubbed at Big C.
This Means War: US, Action/ Comedy/ Romance – Two CIA agents,
Tuck and Frank, who are also best friends, have been benched because someone’s
after them. Tuck is divorced and Frank is a ladies’ man. Tuck decides to try and
find someone, so he places his profile on a dating website. Lauren, a woman also
looking for a guy sees Tuck’s profile and goes with him. She later bumps into
Frank and he hits on her and she goes out with him. She’s intrigued by both of
them. When they learn that they’re dating the same girl, they agree to let her
choose. But both can’t help but use their spy skills to keep tabs on her and
each other. And also sabotage each other’s dates with her. Stars Reese
Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy. Rated R in the US for some sexual
content. Generally unfavorable reviews. This is a 2D film in English – regular
at Pattaya Beach and Big C, Digital at Major.
407 Dark Flight 3D: Thai, Horror/ Thriller – Thailand’s first
3D horror movie tells of the shocking experience of a senior flight attendant
who has to deal with a supernatural event and mystery on a flight, and her
passengers begin to die one by one. English subtitles at all locations.
She / Reung Rak Rawang Ter: Thai, Drama/ Romance – Lesbian
love in two stories starring Veteran actress Penpak Sirikul, who appeared
earlier this year in the transgender romance It Gets Better. English
subtitles; not showing at Major.
John Carter: US, Action/ Adventure/ Fantasy/ Sci-Fi – This
film bombed in the US and forced Disney to announce a $200 million operating
loss in the second quarter due to the film’s very poor domestic showing. It’s
more popular overseas. I saw this in 3D and was quite taken with it – and the 3D
was quite excellent. As an old-fashioned pulp-magazine adventure tale, it can’t
be beat. No science in this Sci-Fi film, just fantasy, and very well done
indeed. You need to let the kid inside you see this. It’s a richly imagined and
often spectacular realization of a classic pulp novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by
12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he
escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.
Directed by Pixar director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL•E) in his
first live-action film, and it’s a solid achievement in the genre in my opinion.
In both 2D and 3D at Pattaya Beach (English); 2D at Major (English); 2D at Big C
Chronicle: UK/ US, Action/ Drama/ Sci-Fi/ Thriller – Three
high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing
uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their
abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of
control, and their darker sides begin to take over. Rated R in the US for some
violence; 13+ in Thailand. Generally favorable reviews, saying that though it
arrives during a glut of found-footage films, this film transcends its gimmicks
with a smart script, fast-paced direction, and engaging performances from its
young, talented cast. Not at Big C.
Mae Nak 3D: Thai, Horror – Mae Nak Phrakhanong is one of
Thailand’s most enduring figures of horror and despair, and the ghost legend has
been told many times in many forms. Here, she gets the 3D treatment. My Thai
film guru Wise Kwai says: “Dull.” At Big C only, in 3D, Thai-only.