Weekend movies: What to watch and what not to

Despite it being the long weekend, the catalogue of new movie releases this time round doesn’t appear impressive. There are a few, fairly decent entertainers but nothing remarkable that would prompt us to skip a weekend getaway for a trip to the movie halls.
 
But if you aren’t packing away on a mini-break and are hell-bent on heading to the cinemas, then we suggest that you reunite with Madagascar’s fun-foursome - Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman. We doubt it’d be a novel trip, considering these wisecracker’s have embarked on similar journeys twice before, but it’s going to be fairly hilarious, with an ample dose of one-liners thrown in.
 
Rajesh Mapuskar’s ‘Ferrari Ki Sawari’ might appear modest in its casting but is solid on storyline and performances. If that’s not all, there’s Vidya Balan’s debut as an item girl that should win over some takers.
 
Among the others, there’s Martin Donovan’s ‘Collaborator’ and Lasse Hallström’s ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’, that haven’t won favourable response from the critics but promises great stories.
 
But the one’s that should be, most definitely, given a miss are ‘Iron Sky’ and ‘Soldiers of Fortune’.
 
Madagascar 3: Europe Most Wanted



Genre: Animation
Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath and Conrad Vernon
Voices: Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Chris Rock
The Story: Central Park zoo fugitives – Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman – land up in Europe, where they join a traveling circus and reinvent it in the Madagascar style.

Movie timings

Grand Cinecity (3D) (Al Ghurair): (Screen 1) 11am, 1pm, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 1am
Grand Cinecity (Al Ghurair): 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4, 6, 8, 10, Midnight
Grand Cineplex (3D) (Grand Hyatt): 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4, 6, 8, 10, Midnight
Grand Cineplex (Grand Hyatt): (Screen 2) 11am, 1pm, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 1am; (Screen 10) 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30, 4.30, 6.30, 8.30, 10.30, 12.30am
Grand Festival Cinema (3D) (Festival City): 11am, 1pm, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 1am
Grand Festival Cinema (Festival City): (Screen 5) 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4, 6, 8, 10, Midnight; (Screen 11) 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30, 4.30, 6.30, 8.30, 10.30, 12.30am
Grand Megaplex (3D) (Ibn Battuta): 11am, 1pm, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 1am
Grand Megaplex (Ibn Battuta)(Screen 2) 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30, 4.30, 6.30, 8.30, 10.30, 12.30am; (Screen 17) 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30, 5.30, 7.30, 9.30, 11.30
Grand Megaplex IMAX (3D) (Ibn Battuta): 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4, 6, 8, 10
Grand Mercato 1 (3D): 11am, 1pm, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 1am
Grand Mercato 2: 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4, 6, 8, 10, Midnight
Reel Cinemas (Dubai Mall): (Screen 3) 11am, 1pm, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11.15; (Screen 7) 5.30pm, 7.30, 9.30, 11.40
Reel Cinemas 22 (3D) (Dubai Mall): 2pm, 4.10, 6.20, 8.30, 10.40, 12.45am
Reel Cinemas (Dubai Marina Mall): (Screen 3) 11.30am, 1.40pm, 3.40, 5.50, 8, 10.10, 12.25am; (Screen 4) 12.30pm, 2.40, 4.50, 7, 9.10, 11.20
Vox Max (3D) (Deira City Centre): 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4, 6, 8, 10, Midnight
Vox (3D) (Deira City Centre): 11am, 1pm, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11
Vox Max (3D) (Mall of the Emirates): 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4, 6, 8, 10, Midnight
Vox 3 (3D) (MoE): 11am, 1pm, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11
Vox Gold (3D) MoE): 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4, 6, 8, 10, Midnight
Vox Max (3D) (Mirdif City Centre) 9.45am, 11.45, 1.45pm, 3.45, 5.45, 7.45, 9.45, 11.45
Vox 2 (3D) (Mirdif City Centre): 10.45am, 12.45pm, 2.45, 4.45, 6.45, 8.45, 10.45
Vox Gold (Mirdif City Centre): 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4, 6, 8, 10, Midnight
 
Collaborator



Genre: Drama
Director: Martin Donovan
Cast: Martin Donovan and Olivia Williams
The Story: On a trip back to his childhood home, a playwright, who was once successful, is taken hostage by his infamous neighbour. What unfolds is a night of explosive drama that leaves the playwright inspired.

Movie Timings

Reel Cinemas The Picture House (Dubai Mall): 2.10pm, 4.10, 6.10, 8.10, 10.10, 00.10
 
Ferrari Ki Sawaari


Genre: Comedy
Director: Rajesh Mapuskar
Cast: Sharman Joshi and Boman Irani
The Story: A heart-warming story about a father, who proposes to rent out a Ferrari, that’s not his, in a bid to collect funds for his son’s expensive cricket coaching camp.

Movie Timings

Grand Cinecity (Al Ghurair): 10.30am, 1.30pm, 4.30, 7.30, 10.30
Grand Cineplex (Grand Hyatt): (Screen 7) 10.30am, 1.30pm, 4.30, 7.30, 10.30, 1.30am; (Screen 8) Noon, 3, 6, 9, Midnight
Grand Festival Cinema (Festival City): 10.30am, 1.30pm, 4.30, 7.30, 10.30
Grand Megaplex (Ibn Battuta): (Screen 5) 11.30am, 2.30pm, 5.30, 8.30, 11.30; (Screen 14) 10.30am, 1.30pm, 4.30, 7.30, 10.30
Grand Mercato: 10.30am, 1.30pm, 4.30, 7.30, 10.30, 11.45
Reel Cinemas (Dubai Mall): 11.20am, 2pm, 4.40, 7.20, 10, 00.45
Vox (Deira City Centre): (Screen 3) 11.30am, 2.30pm, 5.30, 8.30, 11.30; (Screen 10) 10am, 1pm, 4, 7, with additional show at 10pm on Thu & Fri
Vox (MoE) 11am, 2pm, 5, 8.30, 11.30

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Genre: Drama
Director: Lasse Hallström
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Amr Waked
The Story: Two souls must go against the flow to make a Sheikh’s vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert a reality, and prove the impossible possible.

Movie Timings

Grand Cineplex (Grand Hyatt): 10.30am, 12.45pm, 3, 5.15, 7.30, 9.45, Midnight
Grand Festival Cinema (Festival City): 10.30am, 12.45pm, 3, 5.15, 7.30, 9.45, Midnight
Grand Megaplex 3 (Ibn Battuta): 10.30am, 12.45pm, 3, 5.15, 7.30, 9.45, Midnight
Grand Mercato: 7.30pm, 9.45, Midnight
Reel Cinemas (Dubai Mall): 1.15pm, 3.35, 6, 8.20
Vox (MoE) 10am, 12.15pm, 2.30, 4.45, 7, 9.15, 11.30

Iron Sky

Genre: Action
Director: Timo Vuorensola
Cast: Julia Dietze, Peta Sergeant and Kym Jackson
The Story: It’s not the aliens who are plotting their way to earth supremacy, but the Nazis, who’ve remained in hiding in the moon until now, only to return and take over our planet.

Movie Timings

Grand Cinecity (Al Ghurair): 10.10am, 2.10pm, 6.10, 10.10
Grand Cineplex (Grand Hyatt): 10.10am, 2.10pm, 6.10, 10.10
Grand Festival Cinema (Festival City): 10.10am, 2.10pm, 6.10, 10.10
Grand Megaplex (Ibn Battuta): 10.10am, 12.10pm, 2.10, 4.10, 6.10, 8.10, 10.10, 12.10am
Reel Cinemas (Dubai Mall): (Screen 10) 11.15am, 10.40pm, 12.40am; (Screen 16) 4.10pm
Vox (MoE): Noon, 4pm, 1am
Vox (Mirdif City Centre): Noon, 4pm
Vox Gold (Mirdif City Centre): 10.30am, 2.30pm, 9.30

Soldiers of Fortune

Genre: Action
Director: Maxim Korostyshevsky
Cast: Jon Barton, Sean Bean and Elena Beuca
The Story: Wealthy adventurers pay big cash to get a real taste of military exploits, but this escapade doesn’t go exactly as planned.

Movie Timings

Grand Cinecity (Al Ghurair): Noon, 4pm, 8, Midnight
Grand Cineplex (Grand Hyatt): Noon, 4pm, 8, Midnight
Grand Festival Cinema (Festival City): Noon, 4pm, 8, Midnight
Grand Megaplex (Ibn Battuta): 11.50am, 1.50pm, 3.50, 5.50, 7.50, 9.50, 11.50
Reel Cinemas (Dubai Mall): 2.05pm, 6.10, 8.20, 10.20, 12.30am
Vox (Deira City Centre) 12.15pm, 4.15, 8.15, 12.15am
Vox (MoE): (Screen 8) 11.30pm; (Screen 10) 10am, 2pm, 6
Vox (Mirdif City Centre) (Thu & Fri): 10am, 2pm, 6, 1am
Vox Gold (Mirdif City Centre): 12.30pm, 4.30, 11.30

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