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December 3, 2022
ARTS & LEISURE

Opening on screens this weekend

Due Date (USA 2010)

Director: Todd Phillips

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis

Venues: Movieplex Cinema Plaza, The Light Cinema, Hollywood Multiplex, CinemaPRO, Cinema City Sun Plaza, Cinema City Cotroceni, Patria, Cinema City Cotroceni VIP


This dark comedy from The Hangover director Todd Phillips fails to surpass last year’s blockbuster, but it offers a steady stream of laughs thanks to the odd-couple hilarity of its two leads. Robert Downey Jr. plays uptight businessman Peter, and Zach Galifianakis is whacko actor Ethan, who offers to drive Peter cross-country after Ethan’s terrorist talk gets them booted from a plane. The talented duo brilliantly spar as they sling zingers and work each other’s nerves from Georgia to California, where Peter’s wife (an underused Michelle Monaghan) is about to give birth. Following the already too used cliché of road movies, “Due Date” isn’t going to blow us away with its originality. Fortunately, this movie is blessed with two outstanding lead actors who are able to elevate this flick a notch or two above mediocrity. Robert Downey Jr. is an actor with an impeccable comedic timing, something you don’t find too much in today’s actors, so you have to go back to Jack Lemmon to find a similar actor who could move so effortlessly between comedy and drama with such success. Then there is Galifianakis, a character that in the past year has gone from virtual obscurity to one of the most dominant comedic forces working today. The way he is able to blend quirks and idiosyncrasies to form wholly original characters is impressive enough, but when combined with his distinct, on-screen presence you get guaranteed comedy gold. (AMI)

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ARTS & LEISURE

Opening on screens this weekend

The Social Network (USA 2010)

Director: David Fincher

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield

Venues: Movieplex Cinema Plaza, The Light Cinema, Hollywood Multiplex, CinemaPRO, Cinema City Sun Plaza, Cinema City Cotroceni


Less than a month since the mediocre “Wall Street 2” hit the local cinemas comes the true successor to “greed is good” spouting Gordon Gecko circa 1987. Except, David Fincher’s “The Social Network” is less about the money, though it certainly plays its part, rather it is about power, ambition and intellectual property law.  In fact > is about so much more than even these classic sources of conflict, reaching dramatic heights as it tells not the simple story of a website which has single-handedly reduced human productivity globally, but a narrative much more symbolic about how this seismic shift in human interaction was born out of friendship, betrayal and vengeance. This could have been a deathly dull film but Fincher’s impeccable direction and the smart and surprisingly funny script by The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin make it utterly engaging. The film delivers plenty of everything with a collision of genres providing high drama, entertainment and humour. (AMI)

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