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Movie Mania: Mad about movies

City Times takes to the multiplexes to find out what’s in store for movie buffs this week

By Davina Raisinghani

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Published: Thu 13 Aug 2009, 2:52 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 11:08 PM

Drag Me To Hell

THIS WEEKEND’S HORROR flick is written and directed by Sam Raimi (who also made the cult horror classic Evil Dead and the Spiderman series). Drag Me To Hell features Alison Lohman, Chelcie Ross, David Paymer, Justin Long and Lorna Raver.

The script follows ambitious bank employee Christine Brown (Lohman) who brutally denies an elderly lady (Raver) a mortgage extension, thus effectively evicting her from her home.

The repercussion is lethal: a Gypsy-curse that guarantees her three days of unimaginable torture and torment before she is shipped off to Hell.

The film was first screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, as part of the competition, where it received quite a bit of critical acclaim. The film holds a 92 per cent positive rating and reviews it as “scary without being unwatchable, and revolting without losing wit”.


The DVD and Blu-Ray of Drag Me to Hell will be released in October.

Unlike with his past horror films, Sam Raimi wanted the film to be a PG-13 rated horror film not wanting Drag Me to Hell to be strictly driven by gore.

Funny People

FROM MADISON 23 Productions, a subsidiary of Adam Sandler’s company Happy Madison, comes director Judd Apatow’s comic drama Funny People. The film stars Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonathan Hill and Jason Schwartzman.

Stand up comedian George Simmons (Sandler) and his assistant Ira (Rogen) learn that the funnyman has an fatal blood disorder and has only a year to live. This prompts him to reflect on the hollow shell that his life has turned into.

Funny People has received an above average rating from most audiences. Unfortunately, majority of the critics have panned the film as an “exasperating” watch. claims that the movie is a “transitional film for Apatow, and the good news is that his people remain funny”.


Reviews of Funny People claim that the movie has several cameos done by some of Hollywood’s top comedians of this generation.

Director Apatow and Sandler used to be roommates during their college years. While both were stand up comedians at the time, Sandler was much more successful than Apatow. This is the situation that inspired Apatow to write some of Funny People’s script.

My Sister’s Keeper

THIS DRAMA IS a big screen adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s book My Sister’s Keeper. Starring Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vassilieva, and Alec Baldwin the film is helmed by Nick Cassavetes (Alpha Dog, She’s So Lovely and The Notebook).

Anna Fitzgerald (Breslin) was conceived with one purpose in mind: to be a genetic match for her older sister, Kate (Vassilieva), who suffers from leukemia. However, when she turn 11, Anna hires a lawyer and files for emancipation from her parents (Diaz and Baldwin)

My Sister’s Keeper recently bagged the Teen Choice award for Choice Summer Movie Drama but Peter Travers of the Rolling Stone Magazine has given the flick one and half stars out of four.

The film has received a mixed bag of reviews from critics and audiences alike.


One of the major differences between the original novel and the film adaptation is the ending of the movie. Another minor difference is that the movie takes place in LA instead of Rhode Island.

Dakota and Elle Fanning were originally set to play the Fitzgerald sisters but Dakota changed her mind when she found out she would have to shave her head to play the leukemia-suffering character of Kate.

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