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Click on the links to watch the trailers of this week's new releases:
13 Asesinos (13 Assassins) - Japanese director Takashi Miike, Japan's most prolific film maker has made what many are calling the best samarai film in years. The premise is that a young, ruthless and bloodthirsty lord has to be defeated and it is warrior Shinzaemon's, job to do it. It's a long slog at 141 minutes long and the first half is a brooding introduction to the training of the elite squad of samarai that are to battle Lord Naritsugu but the last 50 minutes are of such choreographed brilliance that it makes the understated and restrained first half worth sitting through. The 13 said assassins have to travel to a remote village with numbers massively stacked against them but after a brutal, gruesome battle only two men are left standing.
La Boda de Mi Mejor Amiga (Bridesmaids) - Let's not go down the this is the new vanguard of feminism but just say that this is a funny film made and starring women. Kirstin Wiig, of Saturday Night Live fame co-wrote the script and it's a delicious mix of genuinely tender moments showing the realities of women friendships with slapstick, pathos and hilarious one-liners. Annie, played by Wiig, feels her life is a bit of a disaster with a failing business and long-term singledom who has only one single friend left but when that friend tells her she is to marry it gets even worse. Annie has then to endure all that comes with being matron of honour. It probably isn't feminism but it is a good, well-timed film where the relationships that it centres on are predominantly between women.
For those of you of a certain age, you will probably know director of ZooLoco (Zookeeper) (Frank Curaci) as the man behind the great Wedding Singer. Unfortunately for him and us, this doesn't even come close. Kevin James stars as Griffen, a lonely zookeeper who is so inept with women the animals he looks after decide to break their vow of silence with humans to offer him some dating advice.