Weekend movie guide: What to watch, and what to skip

Another weekend, and yet another round-up of which movie deserves a trip to the movie hall, and which doesn’t merit access to your movie piggybank. There are quite a few runners for the latter, making this a dull weekend at the cinemas.

Although Ridley Scott’s much-awaited ‘Prometheus’ appears promising, with out-of-the-world special effects, there’s a lot lacking in terms of screenplay, performance and novelty. There have been far too many wars waged in the past, where humans battle the extra-terrestrials for supremacy, that this one appears a tad jaded.

James Mather and Stephen St. Leger’s ‘Lock-Out’ also falls in the above category, for heading out on an outer space expedition that’s completely inexplicable and illogical. It’s a rescue mission that requires a convict to blast off into space in search of the US president’s abducted daughter.

‘Cat Run’ is another muddled affair that is best left untouched, with the Hollywood Reporter branding it as a “self-consciously sleazy comic crime saga”.

‘A Few Best Men’ is another ‘Hangover’-rip-off, one that lacks in fun and spunk like the infamous original. “It’s a fake ‘Hangover’,” asserted a viewer.

The silver lining in this line-up of completely forgettable tales is Dibakar Banerjee’s political thriller ‘Shanghai’, which highlights the issues circulating a small town as it tries to rise in stature as the next Shanghai.

Prometheus

Genre: Action

Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron

The Story: After discovering clues to the origins of mankind on Earth, a bunch of explorers head out on a journey into the universe to uncover more. But their journey is cut-short by extra-terrestrials, who will stop at nothing but their destruction.

Movie Timings

Reel Cinema (Dubai Mall): (Screen 7) 11.10am; (Screen 9) 1pm, 3.30, 6.20, 9.10, 12.10am; (Platinum Suite) 1.50pm, 4.30, 7.20, 10, 12.40am; 3D (Screen 5) 12.10pm, 2.45, 5.20, 8.15, 11.10, additional show at 1.45am on Thursday

Reel Cinema 3D (Marina Mall): (Premier 3) 12.10pm, 2.55, 5.40, 8.30, 11.15; (Premier 5) 11.05am, 1.40pm, 4.25, 7.10, 9.45, 12.20am

Grand Cinecity 3D (Al Ghurair): 11.15am, 1.45pm, 4.15, 6.45, 9.15, 11.45

Grand Cineplex 3D (Grand Hyatt): (Screen 1) 11.15am, 1.45pm, 4.15, 6.45, 9.15, 11.45; (Screen 10) 10.15am, 12.45pm, 3.15, 5.45, 8.15, 10.45

Grand Festival Cinema 3D (Festival City): (Screen 1) 11.15am, 1.45pm, 4.15, 6.45, 9.15, 11.45

Grand Festival Cinema (Festival City): (Screen 9) 7.15pm, 9.45, 12.15am; (Screen 11) 5.30pm, 8, 10, 12midnight

Grand Megaplex (3D) (Ibn Battuta): 11.15am, 1.45pm, 4.15, 6.45, 9.15, 11.45; IMAX: 10.45am, 1.15pm, 3.45, 6.15, 8.45, 11.15

Grand Megaplex (Ibn Battuta): (Screen 13) 7.15pm, 9.45, 12.15am; (Screen 18) 10.15am, 12.45pm, 3.15, 5.45, 8.15, 10.45

Grand Mercato (3D): 11.15am, 1.45pm, 4.15, 6.45, 9.15, 11.45

Vox Max (3D) (Deira City Centre): 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30, 7, 9.30, 12midnight; (Screen 2) 10.30am, 1pm, 3.30, 6, 8.30, 11

Vox Max (3D)  (Mall of the Emirates): 10.30am, 1.15pm, 4, 6.45, 9.30, 12.15am; (Screen 3) 12.15pm, 2.45, 5.15, 7.45, 10.30; (Gold 1): 10.30am, 1.15pm, 4, 6.45, 9.30, 12.15am

Vox Max (3D) (Mirdif City Centre): 10am, 12.45pm, 3.30, 6.15, 9, 11.45; (Screen 2) 11.15am, 2.15pm, 5, 7.30, 10, 12.30am; (Gold 1) 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30, 7, 9.30, 12midnight

Shanghai

 Genre: Thriller

Director: Dibakar Banerjee

Cast: Emraan Hashimi and Abhay Deol

The Story: As a small Indian town readies itself to turn into the next Shanghai, it must first uncover the skeletons of its gruesome path before taking on the road to development.

Movie Timings

Reel Cinema (Dubai Mall): 2.10pm, 4.35, 7, 9.25, 11.50

Grand Cinecity (Al Ghurair): 11.15am, 1.45pm, 4.15, 6.45, 9.15, 11.45

Grand Cineplex (Grand Hyatt): 11.15am, 1.45pm, 4.15, 6.45, 9.15, 11.45

Grand Festival Cinema (Festival City): 11.15am, 1.45pm, 4.15, 6.45, 9.15, 11.45

Grand Megaplex (Ibn Battuta): 11.15am, 1.45pm, 4.15, 6.45, 9.15, 11.45

Grand Mercato: 11.15am, 1.45pm, 4.15, 6.45, 9.15, 11.45

Vox (Deira City Centre): (Screen 6) 10.30pm; (Screen 10) 11.15am, 1.45pm, 4.15, 6.45, 9.15, 11.45 

Cat Run

Genre: Action

Director: John Stockwell

Cast: Paz Vega and Janet McTeer

The Story: As a streetwalker tries to escape the clutches of a ruthless assassin, hired to silence her for holding the key evidence to a scandalous government cover-up, she finds help from two bumbling young detectives.

Movie Timings

Reel Cinema (Dubai Mall): 2:25pm, 4:35, 6:50, 12:25am, with additional shows at 9.15pm Sunday through Wednesday

Grand Cinecity (Al Ghurair): 10.15am, 12.15pm, 4.15, 8.15, 10.15, 12.15am

Grand Cineplex (Grand Hyatt): 10.15am, 12.15pm, 2.15, 4.15, 6.15, 8.15, 10.15, 12.15am

Grand Festival Cinema (Festival City): 1.15pm, 5.30, 9.45, 12midnight

Grand Megaplex (Ibn Battuta): 10.15am, 12.15pm, 2.15, 4.15, 6.15, 8.15, 10.15, 12.15am

Grand Mercato: 12noon, 4pm, 6pm, 12midnight

Vox Cinema (Deira City Centre): 10am, 12.15pm, 2.30, 4.45, 9.30

Vox Cinema (Mall of the Emirates) 10am, 12.15pm, 9.45

Lock-Out

Genre: Action

Director: James Mather and Stephen St. Leger

Cast: Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace

The Story: A convict is promised his freedom if he rescues the president’s daughter from the clutches of violent inmates in an outer space prison.

Movie Timings

Reel Cinema (Dubai Mall): 2:05pm, 4:10

Grand Cinecity (Al Ghurair): 10am, 12noon, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12midnight

Grand Cineplex (Grand Hyatt): 10am, 12noon, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12midnight

Grand Festival Cinema (Festival City): (Screen2) 10am, 12noon, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12midnight; (Screen 11) 11am, 1pm, 3.30

Grand Megaplex (Ibn Battuta): 10am, 12noon, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12midnight

Grand Mercato: 10am, 12noon, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12midnight

Vox Cinema (Deira City Centre) 10.15am, 12.15pm, 2.15, 4.15, 6.15, 8.15, 10.15, 12.15am

Vox Cinema (Mall of the Emirates) 10.15am, 12.15pm, 2.15, 4.15, 6.15, 8.15, 10.15, 12.15am

Vox Cinema (Mirdif City Centre) 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30, 7, 11.45 

A Few Best Men

Genre: Comedy

Director: Stephen Elliott

Cast: Laura Bent and Xavier Samuel

The Story: A laugh out riot about how a bachelor party in the Australian outback go completely haywire.

Movie Timings

Reel Cinema (Dubai Mall): 11:20am, 1:30pm, 3:40, 5:50, 8, 10:10, 12:15am, additional show at 2:15am on Thursday

Grand Cineplex (Grand Hyatt): 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30, 5.30, 7.30, 9.30, 11.30

Grand Festival Cinema (Festival City): 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30, 5.30, 7.30, 9.30, 11.30

Grand Megaplex (Ibn Battuta): 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30, 5.30, 7.30, 9.30, 11.30

Grand Mercato: 10am, 2pm, 6, 10

Vox Cinema (Deira City Centre): 10.15am, 12.30pm, 2.45, 5, 7.15, 9.30, 11.45

Vox Cinema (Mall of the Emirates): 10.15am, 12.30pm, 2.45, 5, 7.15, 9.30, 11.45; (Gold 2): 10.15am, 12.45pm, 3, 5.15, 7.30, 9.45, 12midnight

Vox Cinema (Mirdif City Centre): 10.30am, 12.45pm, 3, 5.15, 7.30, 9.45, 12midnight; (Gold 2) 11.15am, 1.45pm, 4.15, 6.45, 9.15, 11.30